Italy is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. Tuscany in particular as it is known for its gorgeous landscapes and striking architecture. It is also a very family friendly location so it would be ideal for all of the family to enjoy. Besides I could do with a little relaxation and some serious sun to make up for all of these rainy days we are having here in the UK. So what better time to make up a guide on visiting Italy with a family.
Planning A Family Trip to Tuscany Italy
There are so many beautiful luxury homes in Italy. It would be amazing to book a luxury villa to stay in. I tend to prefer self-catering as you can come and go as you please. There are no timescales to adhere to like when you are in a hotel. For instance no set dinner times, no making your self scarce for the cleaners to come in and so on. The pace is generally more relaxed when you stay in a villa. There is the obvious factor of having more privacy too. You don’t have to share a pool, you can own that pool! I could wake up to this every morning no problem. This is what dreams are made of.
The thought of living the high life for a week seems quite appealing to me! All of that land to explore. I don’t think I would want to go home after staying in such a premium villa.
The kids would absolutely love it too. Lazy days around the pool having fun, then maybe watch a movie in the home theatre afterwards and then some star gazing in the observatory come night time. It’s like having your own personal resort isn’t it?!
Let’s not forget what there is to do nearby too. We would definitely look into hiring a car so we can explore further afield. As this would be a family holiday, I have chosen attractions to suit everyone. Should you be travelling as a couple or even solo, then there is obviously numerous choices of places to visit that would suit your own interests.
See The Dolphins In Viareggio
Dolphins have always fascinated me. They are so graceful and such intelligent creatures. I think it would be such a special experience to see them in their habitat. It would be awesome to spend an afternoon sailing and see all of the fantastic sights. It would be the perfect opportunity to get the DSLR out and capture some of the memories that we make.
It looks like a magical place at Pinocchio Park. It is named after the infamous adventures of Pinocchio who was created by Florentine writer Carlo Lorenzini. It is an outdoor park with lots of fun attractions for the kids to play on. It has several water features, some being interactive and an ivy maze to have fun trying to get out of. There are also carousels for the younger kids, puppet theatres to watch and even a giant chess board. There is a cafe on site so that would be handy for when we are ready for a spot of lunch.
The Garzoni gardens and butterfly house is just a minute up the road, so we would definitely stop by here before heading back to the villa.
The boys love visiting the zoo as do all kids. Pistoia zoo is home to more than 400 animals. Giraffes, elephants, zebra, jaguars, monkeys, giant turtles and many more species live at the zoo in the Pistoia hills. There are play areas around the zoo grounds for the kids to explore, as well as a cafe and souvenir shop. We always go in the souvenir shops and tend to leave with my purse feeling considerably lighter! The kids like to get a fridge magnet when we visit somewhere, so they can pop it on the fridge door and remember all of the cool places we have been. Overall it looks an enjoyable way to spend a day out and the kids get to learn about conservation and the protection of our animals.
I have always enjoyed walking around castles. They are majestic and rich in history and a perfect place to combine with our homeschooling. The Poppi castle has lots of things to see and do. You can walk around the servants quarters, the living quarters, the ballroom, the chapel or maybe brave it in the dungeons. I think the kids would enjoy discovering new things here so well worth a visit.
Massaciuccoli Nature Walk
We love going for walks so this is definitely something we would like to do. This wildlife oasis is perfect for the kids to get some fresh air and do a bit of wildlife spotting. It’s family friendly boardwalks through the surrounding marshlands edges the Massaciuccoli lake, showing outstanding views all around. There is a Roman villa ruin close by so that would be an ideal opportunity to get the camera out! You can also pop in the mini-museum that shares what you can expect to see on your walk. After a nice walk around the lake you can then end the day by stopping by the nearby beach and treat yourself to an ice-cream.
Now that’s one fun packed holiday in Italy just waiting to happen!
Have you been to Italy?
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