Tuscany: holidays with an artist's touch

The graceful hills that seem painted by an artist’s brush flow into one another in a disarming display of colours, fading towards the sea that stages many a memorable sunset: Tuscany’s landscapes epitomize the irresistible charm that Italy has on the entire world. From the varied coastlines, smooth and sandy or rocky and dramatic, to the Apuan Alps and the Apennine Mountains, from the valleys of Chianti to the woodlands of Maremma, and from Val d’Orcia to Garfagnana, Tuscany seems to always have new vistas to show off. Florence, Siena and Pisa are but a few of the places to see in this breathtaking region, which also knows a thing or two about living well… and eating better!

Children activities in Tuscany

From Florence with love…

Impossible not to take a few days to discover a city that, by itself, symbolizes the country’s boundless wealth of art and culture. The Duomo, Santa Maria Novella, the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, the Old Bridge and the Lungarno are pictures of Florence that will stay in the hearts of children for life…

A leaning wonder

Even in the age of selfies and smartphones, the good old picture while holding up the Tower of Pisa remains a must-have shot. And Piazza del Campo remains an iconic location, equally beloved by children and adults.

Elba, an island of fun and discovery

Boarding a ferry and sailing to Elba is in itself an exciting adventure for any child. And once they reach the island, kids will find many activities and facilities conceived specifically for them, making their stay an unforgettable one.

A puff-puff train for kids

For some years now, Siena’s Nature Train has offered a journey in time that redefines “slow” tourism: whistling and puffing through clouds of white smoke, with the nostalgic sound of wheels clanging on the tracks, the old steam train wanders into the history and traditions of a little-known Tuscany.

A day at Pinocchio’s house

In Collodi, near Pistoia, a large art and amusement park leads visitors into the universe and into the adventures of the world’s most famous puppet.

The best things to eat in Tuscany

An ancient fish stew

Tuscany’s variety of traditional specialities is such that hundreds of books have been written on the subject. And while the inland areas are the clear winners when it comes to art, you may want to venture towards the coast to experience the peaks of Tuscan cuisine. In Livorno, Cacciucco is king. This stew of ancient origin was born on the galleys and fed to the prisoners who were forced to man the oars. Though it exists in many versions, the one everybody knows and loves is with seafood: scorpionfish, squid, cuttlefish, mussels and whatever else the fishermen reel in on a given day.