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How to See Tuscany from One Central Location

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It has been our longtime dream to visit Tuscany, but as it often goes, we have been to places on the other side of the globe before we finally got to Italy. There are several reasons why we chose Tuscany. It’s one of the most beautiful regions in Italy with rolling hill landscapes, medieval towns, wonderful architecture and art, hospitable people who are fond of children, good weather, and last but not least tasty Italian food and wine.

It was the very first time we were traveling with all three of our children together and you can probably imagine that any destination would be challenging with the 8-month old twins and a 2 year old. To make this vacation pleasant for everybody, we chose one single hotel for 12 days. We stayed in Borgoiano in Toscana.

It had a quiet rural location, we had a big family room on a ground floor and a terrace with a beautiful view, and there was a pool. We had a kitchen, and there was a tiny food store nearby with fresh bread every morning, there were also two restaurants in the village, so we had complete flexibility as to where and when we could eat. Some evenings we would order a take-away pizza, get a bottle of local wine and have a dinner on our terrace with the view while the children were already in bed. These were the very best moments of our vacation (if you have little children, you will understand)!

ponte vecchio florence

Ponte Vecchio in Florence


When we travel, we travel in order to see places, and I can’t imagine it any other way. So when I was looking for a hotel, I made sure that it was centrally located in Tuscany so that we could do some sightseeing as well. Sightseeing with 3 toddlers who could only travel in a buggy? Yes!

As I said in my post about traveling if road trips are not for you, the key to this kind of vacation is variation. So we would do sightseeing one day and spend the next day by the pool and go out for dinner, followed by maybe a half a day sightseeing the next day. We would also take our time to stop at the playgrounds, let the children run around a city square chasing pigeons, stop for a gelato… and then for a second one.

Tower of Pisa

Tower of Pisa


Where to stay in Tuscany – Tuscany trip itinerary from one central location

Tuscany trip itinerary map

Tuscany trip itinerary map


We stayed at the family-friendly apartments Borgoiano in Toscana in a tiny village called Iano, in Montaione. It’s really in the middle of nowhere as you can see on the map (the red dot – thank you Google), but it’s in the middle.

Tuscan landscape - view from our terrace at Borgo Montaione

View from our terrace at Borgo Montaione


From Iano we were less than a 30min drive to two beautiful medieval towns – San Gimignano and Volterra, 1hr from Pisa or Siena, just a bit over an hour from Florence, and 1.5hrs from Lucca. I am not talking about just any places; these are one by one top destinations, all within such an easy reach.

You can find the complete guide to the most beautiful towns of Tuscany here.

We had a longer list of places to see and things to do, and we would have explored the region much more if we were not traveling with little children… Of course, we could have also chosen to stay home, or we could have stayed by the pool days in a row… But we wanted more!

Taking this kind of vacation gave us just that: a possibility to discover so many beautiful places while leaving plenty of time to rest, swim, and play with the kids.

In fact we loved Italy and this way of traveling so much that a year later we were back exploring the region around Garda Lake and beyond.


  1. Thinking of visiting Tuscany next year.
    Found your blog.
    Informative – thank you!!

    1. Author

      Glad to hear that, Joan. I assume you have read our other articles about Tuscany too, but just in case, you can find an overview of all the posts in our Italy travel guide.

  2. Thanks Jurga, this approach definitely appeals to me traveling to Tuscany for the first time with a 3 year old in tow! Have you had any experience staying in agriturismos? Love the idea of having animals, a pool and meals in the one spot for days you can’t be bothered adventuring.

    1. Author

      Hi Nicole, we stayed at agriturismo in Italy just once. It was ok for two nights, but it’s not really our thing. Also, very often people in those rural areas won’t speak any English…
      I guess it depends on the specific place that you find. I’m sure it can be really nice with kids, but indeed I’d try to look for a place that has a pool and make sure to read customer reviews and fine print so that you know exactly what to expect.
      Have a great trip!

  3. Jurga, we had a similar vacation a few years ago and it was one of our favorites. We stayed outside Florence at Corzano e Paterno, which produces wine, cheese, and olive oil. It was centrally located and our three boys had the run of the place. No tv, no electronics, just living in the countryside and exploring all the local villages. They still ask to return. I’m glad I’ve found your site. I look forward to following your adventures!

    1. Author

      Thanks for sharing, Kirsten, and thanks for your encouragement. I’m just starting (to blog, not to travel) and it’s always great to hear from fellow travellers. Italy is still one of my favourite places in the whole world and I hope we will find the chance to return there soon. It’s a great country for family travel.

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