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. It was at 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)!
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.
Where to stay in Tuscany – Tuscany trip itinerary from one central location
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.
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.
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