Give Your Kids a Taste of Tuscany
Posted by Sonia (06/11/2015)
One of the great joys of any holiday abroad is getting to try out the local cuisine. However, we know that kids can sometimes be fussy about trying new things and that they often need a little encouragement. The following are our top picks to get your kids excited about going on a food adventure and (hopefully) turn them into budding foodies!
The Perugina Chocolate Factory
Anyone who has ever read or seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has no doubt dreamt of visiting a real life chocolate factory. Baci Perugina offers just that. Located on the outskirts of Perugia, the company has been making sweets since 1907 and now has locations in New York and Chicago as well as their Italian home. Visitors get to see chocolate being made, take a tour of the factory museum and even try out some of the chocolates fresh from the production line! Take a look at the Baci Perugina website to find out more.
At the risk of stereotyping, most children love ice cream so when in Italian it would be foolish not to indulge them! Florence is well known for the high quality and variety of its gelato (the Italian name for ice cream) with a wide range of gelato bars (or gelateries) to choose from. Booking a gelato tour is a great way to see the city and a real treat for the whole family. Alternatively, you can make a list of the best local gelateries that you want to visit and organise your own tour.
One of the best ways to get kids excited about new foods is to get them involved in making them. Pizza is a relatively safe place to start as most children are already familiar with it. Italy offers the perfect chance to introduce them to more traditional kinds of pizza and more adventurous toppings than they might be used to at home. Located just to the south of Florence in the hills of Chianti, Ciao Laura offers pizza making classes which children are very welcome to attend.
To Tuscany has a number of villas in Florence, Perugia and throughout Tuscany available for rent, many of which are perfect for families. We are also happy to advise you on the best activities for whatever kind of holiday you are planning.