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holiday together is a regular occurrence for most families but it’s not without
its problems. What might seem like the perfect destination in the eyes of mum
and dad could be the holiday from hell for the children and so it is important
to find a location that suits everyone. Luckily enough, the beautiful Italian
region of Tuscany fits the bill perfectly and is sure to keep everyone happy
for however long you choose to grace it’s tranquil landscape.
something to please everyone, not only will you enjoy a relaxing, argument free
escape but you will also get to see a lot of what this amazing area has to
offer. So while you’re planning what to pack and which of the many luxury Tuscan villaHYPERLINK
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in, why not choose a few of these and add them to your itinerary.
For Mum – Mums, more than
anyone, love to relax on holiday (probably because they have to do most of the
work at home) and so what better way to see the easy going side of Tuscany than
taking a walk off the beaten track. The beautiful area of Garfagnana, just to
the north of Lucca, offers scenic walks, breath-taking views and a moment of
great way for mum to relax is to enjoy one of the many thermal baths that
populate this region of Italy. Baths in Montepulciano, Lucca and San Filippo
are just waiting for you to soak yourself in their natural, healing waters. I’m
sure mum will also be keen to sample the many different wines from the Chianti
region; purely for medicinal reason though of course.
For Dad – A lot of people
say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and they could be
right. To test this theory, why not try a dish that is world renowned for
flavour and meatiness – the steak Florentine. If that all seems too laid back
to get dad’s pulse racing then taking a trip to the race track in Mugello might
be right up his street. Races are staged here regularly on Sundays and the
atmosphere has to felt seen to be believed.
sport in Italy is football so why not take dad to a match in Italies top
league, Serie A. Fiorentina are perhaps the best team to hail from Tuscany but
both Livorno and Siena will still allow you to experience football from a true
Italian point of view. Also, dads, can you really go to the birth place of
Ferrari without test-driving one?
For The Kids – Kids are
arguably the hardest members of the family to please but here in Tuscany there
really is an abundance of things to feed their imagination. There are water
parks in Cecina and Follonica that will allow them to splash around to their
heart’s content and then there’s a great adventure park in Cieloverde that will
offer tree climbing and obstacle courses to help dry them off.
If the kids
are getting a bit restless with all the sightseeing then why not make it fun
for them by either taking a bicycle trek or a tour on horseback. I’m sure the
odd gelato here and there will also go a long way to making their experience of
Tuscany a memorable one.
March is the season of the Camelias & the historic Villas in the Lucca region are open for viewing these beautiful flowers (which love the local climate). Alongside the Camelia Villas tours there are also music, art exhibitions, cultural events & tastings of Camelia tea. Events take place in the Pieve di Compiti & San Andrea di Compiti locations on 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24 March.
Our accommodation, which cost less than £800 for the week, is in a converted stone farmhouse next to a 12th Century Franciscan chapel. There is a pergola shaded by vines round the back here we quickly settle into a rhythm of eating long pasta suppers while the shadows lengthen.