Top 5 Family Activities in Tuscany
Poster by Dympna (06/03/2015)
Medieval towns, fine foods and wine-tasting are among the many pleasures to experience on a Tuscan holiday, but if you’re taking your children with you then you’ll want to mix in some family-friendly activities. We’ve rounded up five ideas that you will love just as much as your children to keep everyone happy.
Chocolate FactoryThe Perugina Casa Del Cioccolato is a famous chocolate factory in Perugia. Organise a visit to see where some of the tastiest Italian treats are made, including the famous love token the ‘Baci’, which is Italian for ‘kisses’. You can have a full tour of the factory, and guzzle a few free tasters before you leave. It’s also a perfect opportunity to pick up a few treats to enjoy back at your villa, or take home with you – if you can resist them long enough!
Water ParksTuscany has a few waterparks that you can choose from, depending in which region you’re staying in. Livorno and Grosseto both have large aqua parks called ‘Acqua Village’ nearby that are open June-September, or there are smaller choices depending on which region you visit. If your children are dedicated water lovers, you could look into Tuscan villa rentals that include a private or shared pool so they can keep the fun going while you relax.
Pistoia Zoo (Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia)From big cats to little lizards, there’s a lot to see and learn about the 600 animals that live at Pistoia Zoo. You can get up close and personal with some of the friendlier critters in the organised interactive exhibits which, along with the adventure play areas and face painting, will all add up to an exhausting day out for your little ones.
Ice CreamIf you have a sweet tooth, you really can’t visit Tuscany without trying the delicious ice cream on offer. Have a go at making your own ice cream with one of the various shops and factories around Tuscany - we recommend Antica Delizia. If you don’t fancy having a go yourself, at the very least you can all have a taste.
Palazzo Veccio Family MuseumBook a guided tour of this museum in Florence to experience what life was like for the Medici family in a fun, interactive way that your children will love. Along with learning a lot about Italian Renaissance history, you will get to play dress-up (yes, adults too!) hear stories and engage in craft activities. There are attractions for every age, so everyone will find something that they’ll enjoy.
At the end of every adventurous day, you’ll need a relaxing space that feels like home to go to. Consider renting one of our Tuscan villas as the base for your perfect family holiday.