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Italy with Kids: The Best Pizza in Florence

Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is home to some of the best pizza in the world. When traveling to Italy with kids, one of the most memorable things to do is stop in at one of the hundreds of pizzerias and enjoy that perfect slice. Kids can be picky, so we’ve narrowed down the best pizza in Florence with all the bells and whistles that they are sure to love!

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Here are 5 places to stop for the best pizza in Florence:

 
1.    Pizzaria Cinzia – If a quiet corner of Italy with outdoor seating sounds appealing, then head over to Pizzaria Cinzia. Their specialized pizza options are some of the best in Florence, and the fact that it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist crowd means you’ll get to stop and enjoy your food without feeling rushed. When you want a true taste of Florence, stopping by Pizzeria Cinzia (located on Via dell’Argingrosso) guarantees a great meal and the opportunity for local flavor that your kids will definitely appreciate.
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2.    Yellow Bar – With a large pizza menu, you can order something that will feed the whole family. The large bench seating and tables make it easy to bring a group in, so you don’t have to worry about knowing whether or not you all will fit. Not only is their pizza a perfect Florentine pie, but they also have hand-made pasta options for someone looking for a slightly different meal. Traveling to Italy with kids is painless when there are such simple menu options at the Yellow Bar. Find it on Via del Proconsolo in Florence.

 
best-pizza-in-florence-duomo3.    Il Pizzaiuolo – If you’re looking for pizza ‘al taglio’ (by the slice) at lunch or if you have a hankering for a giant pie of Neapolitan pizza for dinner, Il Pizzaiuolo is your best bet. Not only do they offer a fun atmosphere for you and the kids, but they do a great job of making sure that you get an authentic-tasting pizza (perhaps the best pizza in Florence). You’ll want to arrive early or call ahead, as it can become very busy during lunch and dinner hour. Il Pizzaiuolo is located on Via dè Macci.

 

 
4.    Mr. Pizza Firenze – A quaint and bright place to eat, Mr. Pizza is easily on this list as some of the best pizza in Florence. With simple and delicious options like Salsiccia best-pizza-in-florence(tomato, mozzarella, sausage, and basil), Calzone Classico (mozzarella, ham, and tomato), and simple Marinara; kids will find all of their favorite toppings here. Because it can get busy during the late afternoon, reserve your table online with their new feature. Find Mr. Pizza in the Piazza Del Duomo.

5.    Gusta Pizza – If you asked one of the locals for the best dinner in town, you may just be directed here. Located on Via Maggio in Florence, Gusta Pizza has all the classics including pepperoni, double cheese, and sausage, but also allows for the adults to try more creative concoctions such as Pizza Capricciosa which is topped with tomatoes, hot dog bits, Italian sausage, and artichoke hearts. With flavors that completely embody the heart of Italy, you truly can’t go wrong here. Keep in mind that Gusta Pizza is closed on Mondays, and you definitely want to call ahead with your order.


 

Finding the Best Pizza in Florence While Touring Italy with Kids

Traveling to Italy with kids has never been easier with all of the attractions and events catered to that age group, and a car rental in Florence is a perfect way to travel with the whole family! Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals and specials on whatever type of vehicle you may need, from station wagons to spacious vans, so you and your loved ones can get around in the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. Browse our options online or give us a call, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668, to avoid the hassles of public transportation and take your family on an Italian food tour at your own pace and direction. Pizza will always be a delicious standard for families to come together for quality time and quality food; we hope your adventure to Florence is a little slice of heaven!

 

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The 4 Most Underrated European Cities for Vacation

Tourist hotspot like Paris, Rome, Santorini, and Munich are all excellent European cities for vacations, but have you considered a slightly more adventurous vacation in one of these underrated European cities? Discover new and exciting places that you won’t find in a standard all-inclusive European vacation package, and enjoy everything that these relatively unknown places in Europe have to offer!

4 widely underrated European cities:

1.    Cologne (Köln), Germany

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You may have heard of Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, and Berlin as top cities to visit in Germany, but have you heard of Cologne? Situated in the very west of Germany, Cologne is known as the country’s party city, and it hosts an annual carnival that draws party-goers from all over Europe. Carnival season traditionally starts at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of the 11th month (November), pauses for Advent and Christmas, and then culminates in a massive celebration in February. Cologne is full of things to see and do – originally a Roman settlement on the Rhine River, there are Roman ruins and archaeological finds to explore in the Romano-Germanic Museum, there is the iconic Cologne Cathedral, the cable car that offers excellent views of the city, and countless clubs, bars, restaurants, and pubs to entertain those travelers who appreciate cities with a vibrant nightlife.

 

2.    Galway, Republic of Ireland

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Galway is a small seaside city in the Republic of Ireland, situated on the north-west coast of the Emerald Isle. It’s known for its artsy bohemian atmosphere, heady traditional Irish culture, and the annual Galway International Arts Festival. Galway is often called “the most Irish city in Ireland”, as you are likely to hear Irish spoken in the streets, shops, bars, and homes of the residents. As well as having a rich and fascinating history, the city has a vibrant contemporary culture that has its fingers on the pulse of modern art, music, and design. Galway is definitely one of the best Underrated European Cities to visit if you love history, art, literature, and nature.

 

3.    Strasbourg, France

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A curious mix of German and French cultures with a potent dash of Alsatian charm, Strasbourg is arguably one of the prettiest cities in Europe. The Petite France area of the city is straight out of a fairy-tale, with beautifully restored half-timbered houses, canals, sidewalk cafes, and red flowers spilling out of wooden window boxes. The Alsace region of France is unique – it has its own cuisine, culture, and architecture. Strasbourg is a fantastic example of the beauty this region, and it is well worth visiting for a fresh and exciting experience of France.

 

4.    Lucca, Italy

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This Tuscan city is often overlooked by tourists in favor of Florence, Siena, or Rome, but beautiful Lucca is a hidden gem in north-western Italy. With a rich history stretching back to the Etruscans, Lucca has plenty of archaeological treasures and historical sites to visit. The city itself is surrounded by a medieval wall, and the tightly-packed, red-roofed buildings and narrow streets evoke a sense of romance nostalgia. Perfect for a summer vacation!


 

Finding Your Way to Unknown Places in Europe

You don’t have to be a seasoned explorer to visit the unknown places in Europe mentioned above! Public transportation is a great option for getting around major European cities, but having your own private vehicle will enable you to travel out to underrated cities beyond the limitations of train and bus routes. Rent a car in France and expand your trip to places few other travelers have the opportunity to see while cruising through vineyards and rolling hills. Take your Italy rental car or your car rental in Germany and see the rural alpine region between the two countries, providing natural beauty and exquisite views dotted with quaint villages that offer a taste of authentic culture which simply can’t be found in major metropolitan areas.

The best part is, traveling Europe by car can be your most affordable option! Kemwel is here to help you get the best prices on whatever type of vehicle you may need with the best travel deals and specials, so browse our rates online or call us, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668, and begin planning your next trip today!

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Dive into Ancient Secrets at Marseille’s Cosquer Cave

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With the entrance tunnel hidden underwater and accessible only by diving 35 meters under the sea, Marseille’s Cosquer Cave is a fascinating historical site to visit in France. Besides the adventurous swim up the long, narrow tunnel into the cave, the main attraction is the 20,000-year-old Cosquer Cave Paintings that adorn the cave walls. The rising of sea levels in the Paleolithic Period that followed glacial melting sealed the cave off, preserving a small section of the ancient cave paintings on the exposed walls above water.

 

ancient-caves-in-france-marseille-coastGetting to these Ancient Caves in France is not for the faint of heart; a technical scuba diving level is recommended, as well as using experienced guides and safety precautions. After descending 35 meters underwater off the coast of Calanque de Morgiou, you will make your way up the narrow, 175 meter-long tunnel that serves as the entrance to the cave. Since its discovery in 1985, the cave has been visited by many avid divers who wished to experience its magic in person. It’s hard to imagine that the cave was originally inland, and it can be somewhat of a surreal experience to come out of the water inside the cave and see the artwork of prehistoric people right before you.

 

Remarkably, over 150 engravings and paintings still remain on the walls of the cave. The images depict animals such as bison, horses, great auks, red deer, seals, jelly fish, and ibex, as well as geometric shapes, hand stencils, and digital markings. These ancient artworks were likely created for a spiritual purpose, for example, for shamans to communicate with the gods or ancestors, but their true meaning and purpose are unknown. Seeing these paintings in the eerie underground caverns is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

ancient-caves-in-france-marseille-cliffsIn addition to the Cosquer Cave Paintings, there are many other fascinating things to discover in Marseille. There are several shipwrecks off the coastline that you can explore if you are an experienced diver, or if you prefer to stay on dry land while other members of your party do the diving, you can explore the surrounding countryside and beaches. Explore the beautiful city with its eclectic architecture, charming Old Port, and casual seaside atmosphere. There are pebble beaches to sun yourself on by the Mediterranean Sea and plenty of bistros where you can sample fresh French seafood dishes. Visit the Chateau D’If, a fortress located on an island in the Bay of Marseille, or take a day trip to Provence’s wine country with your France car rental for some sophisticated fun with wine tastings and cellar tours.

 

Marseilles is the oldest city in France, and the region is rich in history and places to explore. Do some research and come up with a list of palaces, cathedrals, churches, and gardens to visit while you are in the city. If you prefer to connect with the more modern side of Marseilles–gritty, vibrant, and chaotic–check out the nightlife in the late evening. The city falls into a lull during the sweltering midday and afternoon hours, so head out for dinner at around 10 pm and hit the clubs and bars afterwards.


Planning Your Own Adventure in Marseille

Whether or not you opt to explore ancient caves in France, the coastal city of Marseille is a fantastic place to host your very own outdoor adventure. Hike the pathways along rocky cliffs, or relax on the beach, but remember that you’ll need a convenient and efficient mode of transportation to see it all; a private and comfortable way to get around wouldn’t hurt either! Book your car rental in Marseille with Kemwel to open up a world of possibilities beyond the limits of public transportation and taxi cabs at a price that can’t be beat. Get out and see the country, or just make things easier on yourself while traveling with your family in tow. Whatever your plans may be, Kemwel is here to provide you with the best travel deals and promotions so you’ll never pay more than you have to! Browse our rates online or call us anytime, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668, to speak with one of our friendly travel experts.

 

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