There are so many family-friendly activities in Tuscany, it’s hard to decide how to spend a summer vacation here! Before your stay, sit down with the family and discuss some of the options so you don’t miss out on your favorites. Here are some Cuvée picks for family fun:
We know you’ll want to take a peek into every shop, stall, restaurant, and workshop, but the kids might tire easily unless you make it an adventure. Make the exploring fun by giving them a little spending money of their own, and sending them out into the Market in Florence to make their own discoveries. Consider awarding prizes to the best finds, such as “Most Artistic”, “Most Comfortable”, and “Most Delicious”.
Once you find a favorite Gelateria, be prepared to visit again and again. In Florence, take the kids to Marco Ottaviano Gelato Gourmet (Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria) for in-season fruit flavors and limited sugar. In Siena, visit Gelateria Kopakabana (near the Basilica di San Francesco) which has over 200 delicious and creamy flavors including popular mango and pistachio. In San Gimignano, taste the award-winning creations of Gelateria di Piazza, home of the famous Crema Di Santa Fina, a saffron-infused blend that will happily surprise even picky eaters.
Picnic in Paradise
Ask your Experience Curator, Francesco, to help you pack a lunch and get you pointed in a promising direction. Then do as the locals do on holiday, and just drive. Drive through valleys and around villages until you find the perfect spot for a picnic. You might stop to spread your blanket beneath a grove of trees, or at the top of a ridge with a glorious view. Get out your bocce ball set and enjoy an afternoon together eating, talking, and experiencing La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) in the Italian countryside.
Cycling in Tuscany
There is a great variety of bike paths through the Tuscan countryside, so tell your Manager in advance your experience level and desired scenery so he can make an appropriate suggestion. The most celebrated paths go through the Chianti region, with smooth roads, historical sites, and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Schedule a half day tour, or a full-day with a leisurely lunch break in Greve. This experience is best followed by a soak in the pool or spa with a glass of Cuvee’s best Chianti wine.
For an unforgettable hands-on experience, schedule a cooking class at Badia a Coltibuono for the entire family. Start with the freshest ingredients harvested right out of the garden, and learn from your talented teacher how to prepare pasta from scratch. Then sit down and enjoy the tasty meal together. This delicious activity is a must-do for families visiting Tuscany. Be sure to take pictures!
Allow Francesco to arrange for a babysitter and some pizza-making fun, while you take a romantic afternoon and evening to yourselves. After a beautiful drive through rolling Tuscan hills, enjoy a wine tour at Castello di Ama and sample the most famous wine in Tuscany, while you admire the creative talents of the artist-in-residence and the contemporary art collection on site. Then drive 20 minutes to Osteria Il Papavero in nearby Gaiole for an authentic dinner of superb quality and service in an intimate setting. You’ll be reminiscing about this date night for years to come.
Where to Stay in Tuscany:
Tuscan Farmhouse | 5 Bedroom Suites
Cuvée’s Tuscan Farmhouse Estate is the most sought-after villa in Tuscany. A 16th century farmhouse estate occupying a hillside in the Chianti Classico of Tuscany and enfolded in a lush landscape of olive groves, Italian cypress trees, rolling vineyards and the Vertine Castle. 5 bedroom suites, heated outdoor pool, organic garden and luxurious outdoor dining area.
Villa Laura | 10 Bedroom Suites & 10 Baths
Explore a 17th Century estate in Tuscany so captivating, it became the setting for Under the Tuscan Sun, a film about love and beauty in the Italian countryside. Each of the 10 bedrooms features its own en-suite bathroom, sweeping views across the Cortona valley and its verdant olive groves, and plush luxuries including pillow-top beds wrapped in the highest thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy bathrobes and towels.