Our area of Tuscany is truly an enjoyable place to stay for anyone of any age. But for families with children and teenagers, it is just perfect! Parents can rest easy and enjoy watching their children have the time of their lives, running around, playing games and sports with perfect freedom in the sunshine and Tuscan breeze!
We want your children to be happy and comfortable, and you’ll find items such as baby bed, special plastic bathtub, high chair, bottle warmer, baby monitor, cuddly bears, and toys. We have two children of own own, and we know exactly what you need when you travel with your children.
Here are more activities that we think your children might enjoy.
VISIT OUR FARM ANIMALS
Children who live in the city often have no contact with farm animals. Some have never even seen a chicken or a pig “up close and personal”. At our family farm in Pienza, where we live and grow our crops, we also raise many animals. If your children want to see and hold these animals come to our farm tour activity. They will be thrilled!
Depending on the time of your visit and our agricultural schedule, our youngest guests can enjoy the thrill of riding on a tractor with Carlo. Let us know if your child would like such an experience and we’ll do our best to make his or her wish come true!
FUN CRAFT ACTIVITIES
Our staff can provide fun clay modeling sessions, candle making lessons, and cooking classes for youngsters.
WALKING TOUR OF PIENZA
Our staff will take the children to the beautiful town of Pienza that was completely redesigned by Pope Pius II in Renaissance times, and explain to them in an interesting way why it was seen as an “utopian town” by the Italian people. They’ll have a slice of pizza and a gelato during this easy walking tour, which is designed just for them.
PIZZA COOKING CLASS
Your children can visit a family-owned organic farm where the owners will share their passion for pizza making. Kneading, rolling and tossing, it will all be done! And of course, they then get to enjoy their efforts!!
MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR
Children 12 years+ will enjoy a fantastic bike ride from Bagno Vignoni to San Quirico d’Orcia to Pienza and back through the heart of the Crete Senesi with a great guide who will take them through the most beautiful landscapes on back roads. They’ll enjoy a light lunch stop in Pienza for a pecorino cheese tasting. Some itineraries end with a dip in a spa or thermal spring!
HORSE BACK RIDING
Lessons and guided excursions for children are available for all skill levels (beginners through advanced) in the magnificent surroundings of the Val d’Orcia.
DIP IN NATURAL COOL SPRINGS
Our favorite place to take the kids in the hot summertime is “La Gora” for a dip in Mother Nature’s springs in the Tuscan landscape. This deep blue natural swimming pool sits directly below Bagno Vignoni. Not only is this a fun and pleasurable experience, very few tourists know about it… and it doesn’t cost a cent!
THERMAL HOT SPRINGS
Take your youngsters to the foothills of the mysterious Monte Amiata to a brook called Fosso Bianco. The hot springs leave calcium deposits that continuously transform the landscape into a wonderland of pools and natural formations. See the “White Whale”, formed by white calcium deposits from the water and recognized as a natural wonder. Your kids will love it! It is located in the woods and is free of charge.
There are many wonderful thermal swimming pools your family can enjoy in our area. In nearby Bagno Vignoni there is a large hot spring pool that overlooks a valley with a spectacular panoramic view. You can stand beneath the waterfall that feeds the pool. The large beautiful lawn has lounge chairs, a snack bar, showers and locker rooms. Your kids can learn to play the Italian game of bocce or have fun playing tennis.
ROPES COURSE FOR KIDS
Not far away is a fun and exciting ropes course park, equipped with 7 acrobatic routes according to age and difficulty. Kids, teenagers and adults cross Tibetan bridges, pirate ladders, aerial railways, and swinging tree-trunks to get the kick and spirit of an adventure. Trekking routes lead through rich woods to discover the local fauna.
Italy values the family over everything else; but we also know that occasionally the grown-ups want to do something by themselves. We will arrange for one of our experienced babysitters to watch over the children at your apartments. You can be assured that your precious ones will be well taken care off! The sitters will offer “piece of mind” while you enjoy some adult time.