Things to do with kids in Tuscany?
Travelling is never easy when you have kids, all the more so in places like Tuscany, which has plenty for the big people to amuse themselves with, but not much for the little people. But if you know where to look, you can keep them happy and enjoy your holiday at the same time.
So this page is dedicated to parents and little people alike, and we'll try and update it with new information and ideas as we come across them.
Your children at Podere Patrignone
There are lots of things for kids to do here at Podere Patrignone:
- Obviously, there's the swimming pool, essential if it's hot and you've been carting the kids around Renaissance churches all day.
- Then there's the play area in the woods, ideal if your kids need to let off some steam but you don't want to expose other guests to the full range of noises your kids are capable of. Very considerate of you.
- The Tree House - say the password, and our kids will lower the drawbridge and allow your kids to play in their tree house.
- The Trampoline - also in the play area in the woods
- The Swing - great fun for kids of all ages
- The sandpit
- Your kids will love fussing over our "puppies" and Miao
- Then there are lots of interesting things to see, like the fish pond, the woods, the stream in the woods...
Obviously, Patrignone is a working farm, so you can't just rock up and set them loose. Children of a certain age will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times, but there are plenty of strategically placed chairs and hammocks for parents who like to rest while their kids play.
Our top 5 things to do with kids in Tuscany
Finding things for kids to do in Tuscany ain't easy. We know: we live here all year around and it's not always easy to keep the little tykes happy. Of course, this totally depends on the ages of your kids, and how difficult they are! But here are a few suggestions:
- A trip to the Chianti Sculpture Park followed by lunch in San Sano. A really lovely walk through some amazing modern sculptures in a great country setting, followed by an excellent lunch in a pretty nearby town, and then a swim in the pool back at Patrignone. Beat that!
- A day on the beach - there are lots to choose from, between 90 mins and 2 hours away. Our current favourite spot is Bagno Tito in Castlglione della Pescaia. Clean beach, shallow water for young children, rocks for older kiddies to clamber over. The best bit is an amazing fish lunch with a bottle of white wine for the grown-ups, nice pasta for the kids. Everyone's happy. Expect to pay around €70 for a family of 4. Worth every penny.
- A day at a water-park in either Cenina or Folonica
- A tree-top adventure - one in Fiesole just outside Florence, and one at Monte Amiata, so you could combine this with...
- A barbeque in the woods at Monte Amiata: a stunning place, very peaceful, and a great day to detach from all the efforts of being a tourist. Try not to lose your kids.
A few more things you could consider:
- A cooling trip into the mountains for picnics and letting the kids run around on the green grass: Monte Amiata or Abetone
- Plan your trip around one of the many medieval festivals that happen each year, the best being at Monteriggioni and Volterra.
- Maybe consider a trip to Mercantia in Certaldo, if your kids are old enough? It's a performing arts festival, with jugglers, fire-eaters, trapeze artists, theatre, puppets, mime, street bands, and so on...it's an amazing spectacle, but it does start late and go on quite late at night.
- How about a boat trip to see the wild dolphins near Viareggio?
I've put most of these on my Google Map and I'll keep this updated. If you have any other suggestions, let me know!