Tuscany for children – fun places to visit | To Tuscany
As well as being popular with couples, Tuscany is also perfect for families looking for a fun and relaxing break. There are plenty of places to go on unforgettable family days out, and attractions in Tuscany that the children will love. From theme parks and underground caves to kids museums and cooking classes, there’s a lot to keep your kids occupied on a holiday to Tuscany.
After an action packed day of adventures or exploring a medieval hilltop town, you can head back to your very own private villa. The children can make themselves at home and play in the garden whilst you unwind and take in the amazing Tuscan views.
We have a wide range of family villas that have all the facilities you need for a stress free break with your children. See below for some of Tuscany’s best family friendly attractions.
Tuscany for children
Pinocchio Park Collodi Pisa
This is a beautiful garden with many bronze statues of all the characters of Pinocchio which walk you through the story. It is fun for the big and small.
At a slight extra cost the very little ones can enjoy a small amusement park filled with games and rides from the 40s.
At the park during the summer there are times when the children can learn to make masks and other things. At the weekends there is a puppet show. The puppet show and the craft making are all in Italian but this may be an excellent opportunity for the children to mix with other children and maybe even learn a few words of Italian.
Open from: 8.30 to sunset
Tel: +39 0572-429342 or +39 0572-429613
Piccolo Mondo Pisa
Located near Pisa is the amusement park Piccolo Mondo created by the Fornaciai family who have a history of providing amusement rides for children. It boasts of having the highest slide in Tuscany!
The park is open during the summer months:
May - June - July - August - September: daily
October - April: closed Monday
November - March: closed Monday and Tuesday.
There is free parking and free entrance – but you pay for each ride/activity you do.
Location: Near to Pisa
Il Giardino dei Tarocchi Capalbio Grosseto
This fantastical sculpture garden was started in 1978 by the artist Nicki de Saint Phalle, who having visited the Guell Park by Gaudi in Barcelona was inspired to one day create her own garden. The sculptures are based on the characters of the twenty two tarot cards and range from the monumental to smaller pieces. Virtually every surface is covered in ceramic, glass or mirrors, and there are unusual waterfalls and fountains throughout the garden.
The garden is open from the 1st April until 15th October 14.30 – 19.30 entrance fee applies; under 7’s free of charge.
January – March and November – December on the first Saturday of each month entrance is free of charge from 09.00 – 13.00
Prehistoric Park Peccioli Pisa
The prehistoric park was created after a number of fossils had been found in the area. The park has lifelike models of over eighteen different dinosaurs, a volcano and cavemen. There is also a picnic area with play area and a small café.
Opening hours: 1st April /31st August 9.00 – 19.00
1st September /31st March 9.00 – 18.00
Entrance fee applies.
Children under 3 years free of charge.
Location: Via dei Cappuccini 56037 Peccioli (PI)
Tel: +39 0587 636030
Cavallino Matto in Donoratico
An amusement park with a variety of rides, they also have magic and water shows throughout the day, but check the website for times as these are subject to change. The water show is only in high season. The park has a selection of restaurants and fast food outlets as well as picnic areas if you bring your own food.
Opening hours: Open on certain weekends only in March, April and October from 10.00 – 18.00
Then every day from mid May until mid September from 10.00 – 18.00 and until 20.00 in the middle of August. Admission is reduced for over 65 years and under 10 years, those under 90cm are free of charge but there are height restrictions on some of the rides.
Location: Via Pò 1 - 57024 Marina di Castagneto (LI)
Open From: Mid May – Mid September 10.00 – 18.00 and until 20.00 in August. Limited opening during the winter months – check the website for latest details
Tel: Tel +39 0565 74.57.20 - Fax +39 0565 74.67.70
Acqua Village Water Parks in Cecina and Follonica
This company own two water parks, one in Cecina and one in Fallonica. The parks both have a selection of pools and flumes suitable for all ages from tiny tots to the more adventurous who like the adrenalin rush of the big flumes - great fun for all the family. The admission price allows you to stay all day if you would like so pack a picnic!
Opening hours: Opens early/mid June from 10.00 – 18.00
Admission: Admission fee charged, under 3 years free of charge
Location: Acqua Village Fallonica, via Sanzio – Zona Capannino, 58022 Fallonica (GR)
Acqua Village Cecina, Via Tevere 25, 57023 Cecina Mare (LI)
Opening From: Early/Mid June from 10.00 – 18.00
Tel: Fallonica Tel/Fax +39 0566 263735
Cecina Tel/Fax +39 0586 622539
Pistoia Zoo is set in the hillside surrounding Pistoia and is home to more than 600 animals, including Giraffe, Jaguar, Polar Bear and a variety of birds and reptiles.
Open every day Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 18.00 Sundays 09.00 – 19.00.
Admission fee is charged, reduction for children aged 3 – 9 years, under 3 years free of charge.
Location: Outskirts of Pistoia
Opening From: Monday – Sundays 09.30-17.00
Tel: +39 0573 911219
European Fauna Park Poppi
Located between Florence and Arezzo set in large natural parkland with Bear, Deer, Porcupine, Lynx and Wolves. The park has a large restaurant as well as picnic areas.
Open all year
Location: Near Poppi (AR)
Tel: +39 0575 504541 Fax: +39 0575 504174
Caves & Grottos in Tuscany
Throughout the mountain ranges of Tuscany there are some amazing underground cave systems with stalactites and stalagmites some even have underground waterfalls and lakes. Archeological studies have found the remains of human and animal bones as well as various artifacts. There are a range of guided tours available to suit all abilities, and the surrounding areas have a wide range of plants and animals to look out for as well. Remember to make sure you take warm clothing and wear suitable footwear. For details on a cave system near to where you are staying check the Toscana underground website for up to date information.
Open From: check with the website for a location near you.
Download a comprehensive online guide in pdf to all Tuscan caves here
Lago di Vagli Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
This is a beautiful area rich in wildlife, popular with walkers with many footpaths around the lake. Lago di Vagli is in fact a manmade lake created by the ENEL electricity company when they built the nearby dam. They needed to flood the valley in order to provide hydro electricity to the surrounding area, which meant the inhabitants of the village of Fabbriche di Careggine had to be re-housed nearby.
Every ten years the lake is drained for repairs and to allow maintenance work to be carried out. As the waters recede the village rises from the lake watched by locals and tourists alike who are then able to wander around the remains of the church and village buildings. It is also known as ‘Paese Fantasma’ (ghost village) and some say that there have been strange events and that miracles have taken place since the village was flooded. The next date for the lake to be drained is in 2024. However, it is possible to see the church tower when the water level is low. Boats can be hired from the village of Vagli Sotto and directions will be given on how to find the hidden village.
Location: North West of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.
Castello dell'Imperatore Prato
This is a huge imposing structure with high crenellated walls and towers. Built for the medieval emperor and King of Sicily Frederick II, it was built on top of a previous fortification of which two towers remain. Building stopped when Frederick died and the interior was never fully completed. Although some destruction took place during the fascist regime, much reconstruction work has taken place and is ongoing. It is possible to climb the stairs up to the top of the castle walls and walkways which have fantastic views over the surrounding city of Prato.
A small entrance fee applies. Reduction for children aged 4 – 18 years under 4 years free of charge.
A reduced combined ticket is available for the castle, the museum dell’Opera dell Duomo and the exhibition of the sacred images.
Open from: Open weekdays and holidays - closed Tuesdays
October – March 09.00 – 13.00
April – September 09.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 19.00
Tel: +39 0574 38207
Marmore Falls Terni Umbria
The Marmore Falls are the highest in Europe and are less than an hours drive from Rome. The Falls are surrounded by lush vegetation which gives the area a beautiful tropical-like setting. Rafting Marmore have been operating for 10 years and have guided thousands of rafters from all over the world down the 3 kilometredescent from the Marmore Falls along the Nera River in Umbria. The trip lasts approximately one hour and each raft can take six people and the licensed guide.
To take part in the rafting there are no particular skills required but you must be a good swimmer and in good health (see website for medical/health restriction details). Participants must be between the ages of 16-55 - an adult must accompany children from 16-18. All the instruction and practice takes place before you begin your descent and full equipment - waterproofs, helmets and lifejackets - is provided.
Location: Papigno - Terni
Opening Dates: The center is open all Saturdays and Sundays from march 15th to October 31st, and every day in July, August, and September.
Tel: 0039 330 753420 – 0039 337 729154
Palazzo Vecchio Family Museum Florence
Located in Palazzo Vecchio one of the best known landmark buildings in the city of Florence.
The museum has a number of attractions for children of all ages, with two theatres one the “Bia and Garcia’s storytelling room” is for younger visitors (from 3 years) and the other know as “Renaissance civilization in Florence” for older visitors (from 8 to 88 years old). Short plays are staged with the help of audience participation most of which concern life in the court of Cosimo I de Medici and his wife Eleonora di Toledo who used to live in the Palace. For the younger members stories are told by the Palace mice and various other characters.
Make a fresco using the traditional techniques used in the Renaissance period and take this away as a souvenir, or investigate the multimedia room.
The museum has a variety of guided tours including the secret passages of the palace.
For adults and families
Tel. +39 055 2768224 Fax +39 055 2768558
Monday to Sunday, from 9.30am to 5pm
Museo d’arte per bambini Siena
Settled inside the huge Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex, right in front of Siena Cathedral, the art museum for children was founded in 1998 and its mission is to create a space and activities that invite a young audience (of between 3 and 11 years of age) to become familiar with the museum-space and art. It has hosted a number of activities in the past years, including the Illustration exhibition with artists from all around the world. This takes place annually from April to early June.
Open daily from 10.30 – 18.30
Cheese making in Cugusi Pienza
Cugusi is an area around Pienza that is famous for its Pecorino cheese. Its vast open landscapes are perfect for the grazing sheep and mean the area offers some of the best Pecorino you’ll find in Tuscany. It is possible to visit the cheese-making process at the Cugusi Dairy and taste the different varieties. On my visit here, I stocked up on some of Italy’s finest cheese, while the children learnt how sheep’s cheese is made and met the animals – they loved it!
Ice cream making in Castellina in Chianti
The best ice cream I have tasted is at the Antica Delizia Ice Cream Parlour in Castellina in Chianti. Simone is the ice cream chef there and we have been loyal customers since he opened in 1997. I asked him one day if he could show my children how he makes the ice cream - the kids had a great time and my youngest wants to be an ice cream taster when he grows up! Simone welcomes children to explore with him the mysteries of ice cream making in his store in Castellina. Bookings are required.
Via 4 Novembre, 47
Castellina In Chianti (Si)
Tel. +39 0577 741337
Cooking classes Tuscany
We have known Simmonetta since we arrived in Tuscany and I think her Tosca Mia cooking school is the best place in the Chianti for a family cooking course. There are low tables for the children to prepare food so they can learn how to make pasta and it is great watching the kids eat their own food at the end of the day – smiles all round!
Tree walking Rapolano Tuscany
Saltalbero has adventure routes through the trees which have been designed for different age groups.
Increasing levels of difficulty ensure from 3 years old you can enjoy this outdoor adventure playground. Children and adults alike will find themselves challenged.
Found in the spa town of Rapolano Terme, south of Siena.
From June to 15th September open every day from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
From 15th September to 31st May it is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 a.m. until dusk.
Nanny in Tuscany
Holiday Nanny are a brand new and unique nanny agency offering high-calibre nannies to accompany families on holiday in the UK or Abroad.
Holiday Nanny take pride in a very careful and thorough selection process of their nannies, selecting only a small percentage of those who apply to join the register. All nannies are fluent English speakers, experienced in childcare, and CRB checked. References are formally obtained and the nannies are First Aid qualified.
Most of their nannies are nursery and primary school teachers, maternity nurses, nannies or nursery nurses. A number of their inspiring nannies have special skills: dance teachers, swimming teachers, skiing, artists, actresses – even a champion ice skater!
Holiday Nanny offers a bespoke holiday childcare service for your family. Make your holiday a real break this year! www.holidaynanny.org
Experience an official tuscany tour with
3-Hour Duomo Complex Tour
Explore the Duomo Complex for 3-hours. Visit the Dome, Giotto’s bell tower, New Museum and Restoration workshop. Your professional guide will take you on a journey inside the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the New Opera del Duomo Museum. You will learn the great history about each building and their treasures. Climb the Dome and Giotto's bell tower. You will have a 48 hour ticket to enjoy the view.
Sunset Stroll in Florence
Together with one of Florence’s top tour guides, take a relaxing stroll through the city’s most charming quartier. Wander along enchanting cobbled streets lined with historic palaces and traditional artisan stores. Tread along gloomy alleyways brimming with the city’s more sinister secrets. Find out about the ominously-named streets and piazzas. Explore the little-known area of Florence where the locals like to pass their evenings together. Then, do just like the locals do by going to a charming wine bar for a traditional pre-dinner drink – an “aperitivo” – to conclude the tour.from 38,84 US Dollar
Private Winery Tour with Wine and Olive Oil Tasting from San Gimignano
Take a private tour of a family-run organic winery. Immerse yourself in a real Tuscan farmstead, starting with a visit to the vineyard and cellar, then ending with a tasting of four organic wines, straight from the winery's own vineyards, plus three extra virgin olive oils. Just few minutes walking from San Gimignano town center, with a spectacular view on the Medieval towers of the town. An Italian, English, French or German-speaking member of the staff will guide you throughout this approximate 45-minute tour.from 15,53 US Dollar
Private Day Tour: Pisa and Lucca from Florence
Embark on this private day tour of both Pisa and Lucca over a total of 8 hours. Pisa, known for its architectural wonders, is home to some of the oldest yet well-preserved buildings in the region, like its Leaning Tower. Meanwhile in Lucca, Giacomo Puccini’s hometown, you can take a leisurely stroll on the quiet, picturesque streets, as well as indulge in a mouthwatering lunch in its trattorias!from 570,33 US Dollar