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With its diversity and ‘something for
everyone’ nature, Tuscany is a great place to spend your family holiday and
while some people jet off to escape the daily routine of family life, others
like to take their whole family with them so that they can all enjoy the
Italian sun, sea and sights together. There really is something to satisfy
everyone’s tastes and everyone’s thirst for adventure and that makes this
delightful region of Italy the perfect location for that family vacation.
Some older children may feel that they are
too old for a family holiday and that they are too cool to be spending an
extended period in close proximity to their parents. However, choosing one of
the many luxury villas in Tuscany as
your base will give them their own space, their own piece of independence and
you still get to enjoy your holiday as one family.
So what does this beautiful area have to
offer for the younger holiday maker? There is definitely plenty to keep even
the oldest mind young.
Bimbo – This indoor soft play area is perfect for
children that want to run around and use up all their energy. Located in the
Piazza della Liberta in Florence, there is plenty of space for parents to watch
their kids enjoy the inflatables and ride-on toys and plenty of refreshments to
refuel them with afterwards.
Friendly Museums – The great thing about museums is
that they are for all ages, especially the Palazzo Vechio which can also be found
in Florence. This museum has three parts which are sure to cater for people of
There is also the Museo del Bosco in Siena
which houses a collection of stores from a culture of people that used to live
in the nearby woodlands. Children will enjoy exploring the walks and trails and
spotting different kinds of flora and fauna.
Like Animals – Children are always excited by the
prospect of getting to see different types of animals up close and Tuscany
offers plenty of chances to do just that. There is the Zoo in Pistoia which is
home to many different species from snakes to stick insects and axolotls to
African elephants. There’s also the European fauna park between Arezzo and
Florence which is more of a nature park than a zoo.
Alternatively, if you prefer your animals a
little more extinct then why not visit the amazing prehistoric park in
Peccioli, Pisa. Share your children’s enthusiasm as you explore a park that is
littered with life-size replicas of dinosaurs, cave men and even a volcano.
Taken For A Ride; On Land And Water – Tuscany is
home to some great amusement parks so whether you like your fun to be wet and
wild or dry and diverse, there is plenty to keep you entertained. If you’re one for water based adventure check
out the water parks in both Cecina and Fallonica. There are a range of flumes
and slides at both parks and various refreshment opportunities to keep you and
your children going all day.
Also water based are the thermal baths in
Saturnia, Massa. These pools, first built by the romans, will sooth any aching
limbs with temperatures at a constant 37.5 degrees.
For something a bit drier but equally as
fun, there is the amusement park in the province of Livorno called Cavallino
Matto. This immensely popular family destination will provide thrills in all
shapes and sizes and includes a 4-D cinema screen, mountain roller coasters and
much, much more.
Great Way To See The Sights – One thing that any parent
will find frustrating is if halfway through your lovely family day out, the
kids start to become agitated and get tired of all the walking. Luckily there
are other ways to get around and see the sights that will put less strain on
younger legs and will provide a more exciting tour of the area.
A perfect example of this is the holiday
train in Pietrasanta, Lucca. This colourful locomotive runs along part of the
west coast of Italy through some beautiful, picturesque areas and then back to
Pietrasanta again. Another fun way to get around is via horse and cart. There
are extended city tours available via this mode of transport in Florence which
will keep the children interested in the beauty of their wonderful
Italy has always had a great children’s
culture and you will see examples all over the Tuscany region of how children
are integrated and not forgotten about. It is not unusual for you to be stopped
in the street by a lovely Italian family as they graze admirably into your pram
or pushchair and you will soon see how much children are cherished and
celebrated in this breath-taking holiday destination.
For more information on opening times and
prices for the zoos, theme parks, museums and many more fun activities for
children visit our Tuscany
for children page on our main site.
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