Last summer we spent a couple of week in Tuscany and we discovered a beautiful area named Maremma that has a lot of offer from the turistic point of view expecially for those who like good food, historical sites and relaxing places.
Below then I give you some suggestions based on what we’ve experienced, hoping that they can serve you if you’ll want to explore this area with the children.
Things to do in Tuscany: visiting the Maremma area with children
Things to do in Maremma: Tuscany with kids
Besides the sea and the beach there are some parks not far from seaside that will delight the children.
The “Gallorose” Park in Cecina for example, is a wildlife park where they breed farm and exotic animals. The “Cavallino Bianco” in Castagneto Carducci is an amusement park for the whole family – and for all age groups – in the heart of the pine forest, where you can spend a few hours of entertainment.
The “The Archaelogical Mines Park of San Silvestro” is a completely different kind of park and it is located in a beautiful natural setting, where you can organize trekking, explore a mine and get on the little yellow train that runs through the mountains. This is a park where the whole family can have fun, not just children, and where at the same time you can learn and you know the history of the area.
What to see in Tuscany: visit Maremma area
There are many things to do in Tuscany and a lot of beautiful places to visit but if you love nature and history don’t miss the Maremma area in Tuscany. The Maremma is one of those amazing places where you just go a few miles away and you can wonder in front of a small village or the beautiful countryside with a spectacular view of the valley below.
Among the many small towns in the area I suggest you not to miss Bolgheri a small village with the long avenue of cypresses, made famous by the famous italian poet Carducci, and the wine route (“Strada dei Vini“) that connects Bolgheri to Castagneto Carducci.
Montescudaio, Guardistallo and Casale Marittimo are three small villages where you can stop and have a drink at the bar where the life is peaceful. They are pieces of an Italy that seems to disappear, where children can play safely in the streets in the shade of the old houses of stone.
Suvereto instead is larger, but no less fascinating with its castle, the squares and the incredible views from the top of the hill.
Keep in mind also that during the summer in the inland villages are organized many festivals and celebrations, so why not to have a dinner there and visit the area after a day at sea.
Where to stay: Maremma hotels
We stayed at Camping Village Le Capanne renting an apartment. It is a large structure that is located less than a mile from the sea and offers the opportunity to stay in a tent (even renting it on the spot!) or camper, bungalows and apartments.
The staff speaks english perfectly, there are many activities for children and you can practice a lot of sports (mini-golf, football, beach volley, etc). In this camping, there is really everything you need for a family holiday and in fact the number of children coming from all over the world is incredible: huge pools, miniature golf, a playground and a kids entertainment, all designed for the entertainment of the kids. It deserves to be noted that the resort provides the “baby kit” including high chair, stroller, baby bath, changing table and dishes and plastic cutlery for free for guests who apply. Handy if like us you have little space in the trunk of the car! All the activities and shows are in italian plus english and german.
For us it worked out great as a base for exploring this part of Tuscany and we loved our days spent in Maremma with our child!
There are many things to do in Tuscany we hope that you can find some useful advices in our blog! 🙂