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Families will love:

  • History at every turn
  • Medieval and Renaissance villages
  • Gelato!

Movies and friends often attempt to depict the brilliance of the afternoon sun hitting the countryside of Tuscany and Florence, often without words or pictures that can actually do it justice. After finally visiting Tuscany and seeing the way the sun dances off of the red-roofed homes scattered about the rolling hills, as well as how it illuminates the Duomo in the heart ... more
Movies and friends often attempt to depict the brilliance of the afternoon sun hitting the countryside of Tuscany and Florence, often without words or pictures that can actually do it justice. After finally visiting Tuscany and seeing the way the sun dances off of the red-roofed homes scattered about the rolling hills, as well as how it illuminates the Duomo in the heart of Florence, we'll also fail miserably in trying to explain the beauty of one of Italy's gems.

It is easy to see why the Italian Renaissance flourished here, under the house of Medici, with churches themselves works of art and museums filled with the masters. Tuscany is filled with so much to see, beginning with the former capital city of Florence and its imposing Duomo and ending in countryside villages like San Gimignano, Lucca and Pisa. Medieval structures remain, and visitors to the towns with get lost within city walls while also getting an idea of what these charming villages were like hundreds of years ago.

We had the chance to visit many popular towns in Italy: Rome, Naples, Amalfi, Venice, Portofino, Positano and Parma, but Tuscany and its towns were our favorite and the one place we wish we had more time to see. We could have spent days exploring the countryside, castles and medieval villages, let alone a full week in Florence to see each of her grand sites.

Florence and Tuscany are not just for the adults though. There are many attractions and sights that will amuse and educate the kids. Dining will come relatively easy, because there is pasta and pizza aplenty for your picky eaters, not to mention gelato at every turn. And more and more hotels are offering family room options to fit four or five people in one space.

When people talk about Tuscany, take the beauty in their descriptions and double it in your mind. Then take the family on a trip and discover everything is even better than you imagined.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

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