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Italy with Your Kids

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

4 Perfect Florence Villas for Families with Teenagers

When a swimming pool is no longer enough — but they want one of those, too — our teen-friendly villas near Florence are the answer. These handpicked villas for teenagers offer public transport links into the city centre, outlet mall shopping, or more outdoor activities than you could complete in a week.

6 Child-friendly Family Villas in Chianti

Every family is different, which is why we have a range of family-friendly Chianti villas to match yours. Whether child-friendly Tuscany means go-karting, tennis lessons, pizza-making or just splashing about in your own huge pool, we have a luxury villa your family will love.

Where to Shop with Teenagers in Tuscany

Teens love our luxury villas, of course, but many won’t feel their holiday is 100 percent perfect without somewhere to shop. You may be hunting down artisan products, food and wine; chances are, your teen isn’t. This guide — by a parent who has been there — suggests some tried-and-tested spots.

Pinocchio and His Legacy

Adopted as Tuscany's wooden son, Pinocchio is the star of a morality tale enjoyed around the world. But the classic Disney movie differs in many respects from the original children’s folk tale, written by Tuscan Carlo Collodi. We look at the background to the story and its author, and point you towards places to rediscover the tale and its original characters.

7 Italy Villas Just Right for Your Family

What do you look for in a family villa? Could it be a taste of luxury, a private heated outdoor pool, a floodlit tennis court, or a villa rental with a chef, to give you a proper week off? We have villas near villages, near Tuscany’s best beaches, and many with with a short transfer from Pisa Airport — perfect for travel sickness-prone little ones. Which one is perfect for your family?

Italy with Children: Rules & Discounts

Italy is incredibly family-friendly, no matter what age your young travelling companions are. Whether you choose the Tuscan or Umbrian countryside, or stay closer to historic cities like Florence, Rome and Verona, you will have a blast. Our short guide explains a few rules you need to know, including on car seats, and many benefits and discounts you can claim for your kids.

How to Climb Tuscany’s Towers with Your Kids

Tuscany sometimes has a rep as a destination for adults — with all that wine and Renaissance art. But its history is also full of people who liked to build skywards: there are towers you can climb all over the region. Some have stood for almost a millennium. We introduce six of our favourites, including Pisa’s Leaning Tower.

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