If you’re looking for a photo opportunity — whether a well-planned family picture or encouraging the kids to take up photography — Florence is generally the spot to be. Narrow down the location with this list of best photo-op spots in the city.
Infiltrate your kids’ Instagram or lock a great group shot in for your family Christmas photo at any one of these top spots.
Also known as The Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the most iconic stops in Florence. It’s the third-largest church in the world and boasts a red-brick dome and incredibly ornate detailing all along its exterior. Take a closer look and read the story the chiseled images are trying to tell around every corner. One memorable angle to look for — get a rooftop shot of the family with The Duomo as the backdrop.
The breathtaking panoramic views from the Piazzale Michelangelo may be difficult to beat. It’s difficult to tell what the main focal point should be, the replica of Michelangelo’s “David” statue with family, candid shots walking through the museum and the Gardens of Irsis, or classic sweeping views of the city below with the family standing front and center.
Make your way to Florence’s town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio. You’ll be able to get a great picture of the Piazza della Signoria below, or another photo op with (yet another) copy of Michelangelo’s “David” statue.
Ponte Alla Carraia
Really any bridge over the River Arno would suffice, but the Ponte alla Carraia is something special. Line up for a photo on the five-arched bridge over the glistening water, offering a beautiful view of the city to one end and the family to the other — or just snap a great picture of the bridge on its own.
Take It to the Streets
Pick a cobblestone street in Florence, any cobblestone street, and you’re already closer to a picturesque moment than you would be at home. The rustic architecture mixed with local floral touches and quaint city streets, and you have a top-notch family picture on your hands.
The 16th-century Mercato del Porcellino was once a place to buy luxury goods and statues and still boasts its grand allure from Roman times. The marketplace still boasts a wide variety of goods, along with impressive statues and a famous fountain. Take your pick and say formaggio!
As ecotourism and responsible travel become more popular, destinations look for ways to promote their rural and natural areas and preserve local ways of life. Agritourism — staying in farms or rural houses — is perfect for family travel, offering a chance for children to meet and interact with local people. It is not only a highly sustainable form of tourism, but also a more relaxing vacation compared to trips trudging through cities with children in tow.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Australian adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions announced its partnership with Australian-based education platform UpSchool on an Arctic education program, perfect for family travelers. The 10-week course explores the importance of the Arctic region. The program encourages children to create a plan for how their community can contribute to positive environmental change.
For many, a Hawai’ian vacation is the family trip of a lifetime, one that will make memories the entire family will cherish. If the island of Oahu is on your itinerary, be sure to check out these top three activities the family is sure to love.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Some of the top hotels and resorts from across the country invite family travelers to take advantage of exclusive booking offers this summer. The offers allow families to maximize vacation days and skip all of the stresses that typically come with travel. Here are just some of the hotels with exciting and exclusive summer offers.