Finding Kid-Friendly Florence: Oblate Library And Cafe
On my search for kid-friendly things to do indoors in Florence, I found a few reviews on TripAdvisor about the children's section in the Oblate. So on one sticky, hot Saturday, we strolled into the city center to make use of their air-conditioning and check out the children's section.
View from the Oblate Cafe
For an utterly impressive and entirely free view of Brunelleschi's Dome, I have to recommend a visit to the Oblate Library. Whether or not you opt to get a coffee and pastry (try the chocolate muffin and order a cappuccino), you can enjoy the views of Brunelleschi's Dome and the beautiful terracotta rooftops of Florence by heading to the second floor and making your way to the walkway above the courtyard.
Children's Library at the Oblate
Honestly, I had low expectations for the children's section, but I was totally blown away by the selection of children's books in Italian, English, Russian, German, and other languages as well as the beautiful facilities, small puppet theater, and cozy reading spots. Unlike any other children's library I've visited, they also had a huge selection of well-loved soft books for babies. I could definitely see this as a good spot to take crawlers.
The children's section is conveniently located on the ground floor and there is ample space to roll in with a stroller. The entire library is free to enter and anyone can get a library card regardless of their residency status.