If you’re heading to the beautiful region of Tuscany with your family, you’ll be pleased to know that there is plenty of things to do in Tuscany with kids. Below we feature our top 10 things to do with kids of all ages, so you’re sure to find something to entertain even the youngest member of your family.
Tuscany is the perfect destination for families. There are beautiful views, historic monuments and plenty of stunning, family friendly accommodation. Our favourites can be found on the ‘Bookings For You‘ website. They are one of our favourite travel companies and they’ve very kindly given us a ‘Tuscany’ based food hamper to giveaway to one of you lucky readers. You can find out more about that at the end of this post.
10 Things To Do In Tuscany With Kids
Our family first fell in love with Tuscany 18 months ago. We touched down in Florence on a warm October day, our toddler in tow and we had no idea what to expect. We hadn’t planned anything or looked at any guides, but were met with one of the most breathtakingly beautiful regions that we’ve ever seen. Quickly we found that there was a plethora of things to do in Tuscany with kids, so much so, that we plan on visiting again and again as our daughter gets older. If you’re looking for things to do with your family, you’re sure to find something from our top ten favourites below.
1. Learn How To Make Gelato and Eat It
How much fun would it be to get to make your own authentic Italian pizza or gelato? Plus you get to eat it all at the end! I can vouch for the fact that gelato in Tuscany is some of the best in the world, so the opportunity to make some with your family, is an opportunity not to be passed up.
There are a whole range of family cookery classes available in Tuscany that are both English speaking and that cater for kids and families of all ages. Holiday companies such as ‘Bookings For You’, can even organise these classes for you!
2. Bike The Walls Of Lucca
There are plenty of adventurous things to do in Tuscany with kids. If your family love biking, it’s well worth heading to Lucca for the morning and hiring some bikes. The city of Lucca is an hour and a half train ride from Florence, but it’s the Medieval city walls that attract so many people. Lucca is entirely encircled by wide fortress walls that still are still completely intact today. Nowdays they are used for recreational purposes, such and walking and cycling, and it’s such a fun way to see the city.
With expansive vistas, even on a busy day there is still plenty of room for everyone. There are parks to explore on top of the walls and plenty of spots to sit with a picnic. Bikes can be rented at Cicli Bizzari at the north end of town. Booking in advance is not required, but advisable if you’re coming with a large group.
After your cycle it’s well worth exploring the rest of the beautiful city, however if you plan your time cleverly, you can probably do both Lucca and Pisa all on the same day.
3. Prop Up The Leaning Tower Of Pisa
Pisa is 35 minutes away from Lucca by train, so well worth a stop while you are in this area. There isn’t ample to do here, so combining it with other adventures (like a morning in Lucca or even in Livorno) can make your time more worth it. If you wanted to visit the famous ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’, do note that is is only accessible to children aged eight years and up. But, kids of all ages can still have fun pretending to prop up the tower in photos.
3. Visit The Aquarium In Livorno
A 15 minute train ride away from Pisa is the city of Livorno. Livorno is home to Tuscany’s largest aquarium; The ‘Acqvario Di Livorno‘. The aquarium sits right on the beachfront and offers both hands on and educational experiences for children. The aquarium is the perfect visit for kids and is home to a whole number of sea creatures; from eagle rays, to turtles, to sharks and jellyfish.
The Livorno Aquarium is right on the city’s seafront, within the famous Mascagni Terrace. It’s a beautiful, scenic location and both the promenade and Livorno itself is well worth exploring for the day. After a visit to the Aquarium, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the promenade that will fill those hungry tums.
4. Visit A Museum
There are plenty of educational things to do in Tuscany with kids. If you have kids from 4 years up, there are plenty of Museums in Tuscany that will entertain them. Two of our favourites for families lie within the walls of Florence. The first is the Museum Of Palazza Vecchio. Palazzo Vecchio offers daily activities for children aged 4 and up. Activities are held in Italian, English, French and Spanish, so don’t worry about any language barriers.
Another one of our favourites is the Leonardo da Vinci Museum. The museum is small but really interesting and lots of the machines are interactive, which is great fun for even the youngest of kids.
5. Ride Horses
One of our favourite things to do in Tuscany with kids is taking a ride on the famous carousel in the Piazza in Florence. It’s also a great spot to sit with a gelato or an Aperol Spritz. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, why not take a ride on a real horse drawn carriage?
These are dotted all around the centre of Florence and each one takes you on a ‘highlights’ tour of the city. It’s a little on the pricier side, but gives you such a magical viewpoint of Florence.
6. Visit The ‘Crazy Horse’ Theme Park
If you’re looking for fun family things to do in Tuscany with kids, they will love a visit to the ‘Crazy Horse’ theme park, otherwise known as the ‘Cavallino Matto‘. The Cavallino Matto is the largest amusement park in Tuscany. It’s also the greenest and most environmentally friendly in the whole of central Italy. The theme park sits within the pine forest of ‘Marina di Castagneto Carducci’ and it’s really beautiful. It is completely immersed in greenery and covers an area of 100,000 square metres. Although most rides are aimed at bigger kids, there are even things that toddlers will love at this fun, family adventure park.
7. Climb up Giotto’s Bell Tower or into Bunelleschi’s Dome.
Kids who love climbing will love scaling both Giotto’s Bell Tower and Bunelleschi’s Dome in Florence. Both can be found within the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which is the main church of Florence.
The Dome can be scaled by kids 6 and up. Pre-booking is essential as queues can be very long. Climbing up the Dome is such an experience, not only for the panoramic views of Florence but also for the views of the Dome from the inside. There are a total of 463 steps up to the Dome and the stairways are very narrow, so if you are claustrophobic we recommend giving this climb a miss.
Next door to the Duomo is the the Bell Tower which has 414 steps. This offer different views and a different climbing experience. The Bell Tower passageways are slightly wider and less crowded than the Dome, so much better for younger kids. There are also several landing areas on the way up where you can stop and rest. The top of the Bell Tower offers you a closer look at the Dome itself and stunning views across Florence.
9. Visit The Pistoia Zoo
For animal lovers, the Zoological Gardens of Pistoia is worth a day trip. Just outside of Florence, the Pistoia Zoo is home to more than 400 animals. There are hands on feeding experiences and other activities for kids to take part in. For the brave, they even offer night time visits during certain times of the year. The Pistoia zoo is big on education and conservation and is on a mission to teach people how to protect animals and how to to respect the planet.
10. Explore The Gardens and Parks
The last thing we want to mention on our ’10 Things To Do In Tuscany With Kids’ is the plethora of parks and gardens. Even within the city walls of Florence, there are big open spaces to explore, mazes and greenery a plenty. When we travelled to Florence with our toddler, it was baking hot. On one of the days, we were so grateful to escape into the shade of the gardens and it gave our two year old a great opportunity to run free.
Our favourite Florence gardens are the Boboli Gardens. 11 acres of beautiful greenery, set over many levels, with the most striking views of Tuscany.
Inland Tuscany also offers a whole array of open parks and attractions. A famous one is the Parco di Pinocchio in Collodi, home to everything Pinocchio based. Or, for those more interested in dinosaurs, there is the Prehistoric Park at Peccioli where you can see dinosaurs and a ‘real’ errupting volcano.
Where To Stay In Tuscany….
If you’re looking for a family friendly place to stay in Tuscany, we fully recommend staying in a ‘Bookings For You’ property. There are some seriously stunning properties available in the most jaw dropping areas of Tuscany. Whether you want to be more remote, or right in the centre of vibrant cities like Florence, there is a property that is perfect for you. Take a peek at some of the holiday rentals available here.
Jo, the owner of ‘Bookings For You’ knows first hand how precious family holidays are. Her team pride themselves on their knowledge and customer service and are on hand to give you advice, to book extras for your stay (like cooking classes) and to make sure you have a 5 star family holiday.
There are holiday rentals to suit every budget, taste and party size. From luxury villas, to farmhouses, to contemporary apartments, there are plenty of options available to tempt you!
My favourite thing about ‘Bookings For You’ is that Jo has personally handpicked and visited each property in the portfolio. She knows them inside out and can even help you to choose which property is best for your family, based on what you need.
They also have properties available in other regions of Italy and France including (but not limited to) Puglia, Umbria, Rome and Sicily.
Jo has kindly given us a gorgeous Italian hamper full of goodies straight from Tuscany, to giveaway to one lucky winner.
The hamper is full of delicious treats, some of which have been made by the Giovanni family of Giovanni Enterprises, a family run business that was established in 1984. The Giovanni family are based in Volterra, Italy. They are the owners of a Rustic Country Chic Villa; the perfect destination for weddings, business ventures and holiday getaways. You can find out more about them here!
To be in with a chance to win this delicious hamper, simply enter via the Rafflecopter below.
Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over. There is no cash alternative offered. There will be one winner. The winner will be drawn at random and will receive a hamper from Bookings For You. The giveaway will close on the 17th March at midnight. The winner will be notified through e-mail and will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address.
So, those were our favourite things to do in Tuscany with kids. This list is by no means extensive. There are so many more family things to do from lounging on beaches, to hiking mountains and visiting the wine estates. Tuscany is a perfect destination for a family holiday and one we cannot recommend enough.
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