Little black book – A travel guide for a family trip to Tuscany in Summer Holidays
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Day 1 – Living under the Tuscan Sun: Agriturismo in Sienna
Local produce, discount cialis ampoule stay along olive groves, wrought iron beds, vintage furniture and everything that you’d expect from a vacation under the Tuscan sun. Sounds dreamy? Enter Agriturismo. A combination of agriculture and tourism, these farm stays are perfect for families of all sizes. That’s nice, but will we be able to live on an actual farm? Absolutely! Most of these locales have amenities along the lines of a high class resort – something that the kids or you will not have a problem adjusting with. Some of the farm owners even organize structured activities such as Italian cooking classes, barbeque, olive tasting and horseback riding. Bardeggiano is one such farmhouse located in Colle Val d’Elsa and can serve as a perfect starting point for your journey. It is 27 Km from the main city of Sienna, 48 Km from Florence and a little more than 100 Km from Pisa, which, on a normal Italian afternoon, is an hour and a half’s drive from the estate. You can explore the ancient town of San Gimignano – 30 minute drive from the farm and learn about the preservation of 12 of the town’s tower houses, pay a visit to the historic centre of San Gimignano (a UNESCO world heritage site), or enjoy a mix of Gothic and Roman architecture in the town’s secular buildings and churches.
Day 2, 3 – Rock in the cradle of renaissance: Enjoy Florence (and taste some Chianti Wine)
Florence sees a sharp rise in tourism in summers and hence, it is not advised to stay in town during these months, if you’re traveling with kids and want some peace and tranquility. However, the province is a must visit – art, food, kid’s fashion, Leonardo Da Vinci and Galileo – Florence is steeped in it all. Boboli gardens at Palazzo Pitti are a must visit with the kids. The place has a lot of open spaces for the little ones to play, explore and have fun. There is a super market right across the gardens for you to enjoy. If you’re lucky, you might even get to enjoy a musical performance produced at the Palazzo Pitti. Enjoy it while polishing off a gelato from Gelateria Santa Trinita. Another must visit place with kids is Palazzo Vecchio – the children’s museum that will bring the renaissance city to life for kids. The institute and museum of Science is a place that the kids will enjoy a lot. The place has a lot of instruments and personal items related to Galileo. You can travel to Chianti to enjoy a wine tasting session. You may book a session with Vigna Maggio. The estate has been producing wine since 1404! Ask for a child friendly tour.
Day 4 – Awe in the glory of “the tower”: Visit Pisa
Leave early and travel to Pisa. The kids and you will definitely enjoy the tower. However, bear in mind that kids below 8 years of age are not allowed to climb the tower. Another wonderful place of interest in the province is piazza dei miracoli. You can either park your car in “parcheggio via pietrasantina” – a big parking space just 7-8 minutes from the tower. Alternately, you can park in the blue lines beside the piazza dei miracoli in via andrea pisano for 1,25€/hour. If you kids love pizza, try one at “bagni di nerone” at the end of via cardinale maffi. If you plan in advance, you can even visit the town of Lucca – a beautiful walled town an hour’s drive from Pisa.
Day 5 – A dream for the photographer in you: Val d’Orcia & its Scenic Beauty
Val d’Orcia is a town right out of a postcard. The marks left by 5 million years of earth’s history are clearly visible on this territory through its flora and fauna. The deposits of lava from the now dormant volcanoes such as Amiata and Radicofani have also had an impact on the contours of the area. This is the side of Tuscany that is quite different from the art cities such as Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Sienna. The must visit towns in Val d’Orcia are Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, the abbey of Saint Antimo with dinner at Pienza. Enjoy a traditional Italian meal at Terrazza Val d’Orcia. The restaurant has something for everyone – including dishes for kids.
So, what are you waiting for? Rent a car with Hertz and enjoy Italy at its best!