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If you are thinking of taking a vacation in Italy with your children you can be confident that there are plenty of things to keep the little ones amused. Not only that but in Italy, child friendly holiday accommodation is widely available and can make your vacation a truly memorable time for you and the kids.
By child friendly accommodation we mean that there are places where families can stay knowing there are activities for their children on site, or that have crib, cot, high chair, sleep large numbers at low rates, or offer activities for the children.
There are also family friendly vacation rental places that provide various children’s games, cookery classes or farming activities, which can be great fun for kids. Many children love animals so a stay at a farm would be a terrific experience for them. For example, families can enjoy a Siena learning farm holiday and help the owners carry out their daily chores such as feeding chickens, milking sheep and making cheese.
Of course Italy is brimming with history and many wonderful ancient sites and buildings, which might be a little boring for children. However, many kids, especially boys, are captivated by castles and forts. Tuscany doesn’t disappoint in this regard with wonderful examples such as the medieval town of San Gimignano and its famous towers. Perhaps one of the most famous buildings in Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which people of all ages still marvel at.
Perhaps if you have slightly older children who like climbing, the Bell Tower at Siena might be worth a visit as it offers a great view of the city.
Siena has many beautiful places to stay at where wild species roam about such as deer, wild boar and hedgehogs. Families can enjoy guided and self guided horse rides to explore the landscape as well as fun nature trails.
Pinnochio Park in Collodi is to the north of Tuscany and is a fun place to visit for children. This is a theme park based on the character of Pinnochio with many things to do and see including puppet making workshops and marionette shows.
Arezzo is a city with many fun things for children to do. A beautiful park here offers wonderful views and a good selection of climbing equipment for children to play on. Like many others towns and cities in Tuscany, Arezzo has many festivals throughout the year. Children will enjoy the medieval joust in June for example.
Very often the restaurants in Italy have gardens or piazzas where the children can run around, while the adults finish of their meal and glass of locally produced wine.