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Italy is a fantastic destination when it comes to family holidays, with a great mix of sightseeing and relaxation on offer. The whole family can take advantage of Italy’s beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and more. A great region to consider for your next family trip (that we have fallen in love with) is Tuscany. With some impressive cities to visit including Florence and Siena, there’s plenty of breath-taking sites to admire and it’s the perfect place to switch off.
To make the most of your time there here are our tips on how you can plan the Ideal getaway!
Purchase tours and tickets in advance
If you want to make the most of your time, purchasing your tickets in advance can be a great way to skip the queues and plan your time more efficiently. If you are travelling with younger children, eliminating the need to queue for tickets can be a great way to avoid frustrations or meltdowns. Also, having times allocated for visiting attractions allows you to plan your day to maximise your time enjoying the most that Italy has to offer.
Look out for any offers or family tickets, which obviously could save you some money – especially when purchasing online.
Find the ideal Tuscan hideaway
Renting out a villa is a great way to make your time away from home a little more comfortable. You can really make the place feel like a home away from home and it allows you to create a central base for you to go out and explore from. Picking somewhere with a pool or outside space is great if you have kids to entertain, especially if you plan on having a few relaxing days in between sightseeing. If you’re after somewhere special to stay, Abercrombie & Kent have a range of luxury Italian villas that make for the most exemplary escape!
Make the most of train travel
Taking the train is a great way to get a round Italy; they’re well connected and reasonably priced and we used them last year when travelling from Pisa to Rome, so make the most of them to get around and explore more of what’s in your area and those surrounding it. If you’re staying in the countryside and don’t fancy driving into the cities, then opting for train travel is a nice alternative and lets you explore more without having to worry about parking. You can also pre-book your tickets online, so you don’t have to worry about getting them on the day.
Head off the beaten track
When it comes to exploring the Tuscan countryside, some of the smaller more authentic Italian towns allow you to experience something new. You’ll find some of the best food places when you head outside of the typical tourist traps and towards the local side streets. There are also a lot of historical attractions such as cathedrals, so if your family is into history then you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied. The bigger cities, such as Florence and Siena, are packed full of interesting historical sites including iconic bridges and squares. For the adults, there plenty of world-renowned wines on offer, so be sure to make the most of these!