A Guide To Enjoying Tuscany With Children

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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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.

Mondo 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.

Family 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 all ages.

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.

Behaving 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.

Get 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.

A 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 surroundings.

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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