Tuscany is a beautiful part of Italy, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.However, if you are travelling with children, your itinerary may be slightly different in order to accommodate them. Below are a few suggestions of places you could travel whilst on a family villa holiday in Tuscany.
The zoo of Pistoia was founded in 1970 by Raphael Galardini and is more than seven hectares in size. Pistoia Zoo is located in the hills of the city of Pistoia, and is home to more than 400 animals from 100 different species. The zoo features animals such as lions, tigers, Indian elephants and giraffes.
Pistoia zoo has worked with some Italian Universities who have carried out research projects in an attempt to preserve the existence of several species in the wild. Pistoia zoo is also a founding member of the Italian Union of Zoos and Aquariums and the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Further information can be found on the Pistoia Zoo Website.
It is often believed that Pinocchio was created by Disney, when in fact, it is the creation of a Tuscan writer called Carlo Collodi. Collodi released the Adventures of Pinocchio in 1883, and the tale has since been adapted into many different languages. The village where Carlo Collodi lived and grew up is now named Collodi in his honour, and it is home to the Parco di Pinocchio. This is more of an educational park, with literary activities and exhibitions of art and illustrations on show. As you would expect, there are puppet making workshops to take part in, with the park being home to gardens and a butterfly house. All of this is set in beautiful greenery, and makes a great day out for an educational trip. More information can be found on the Pinocchio Park Website.
Cavallino Matto is often regarded as being the most popular theme park in Tuscany. This is thanks to the vast amount of attractions they have on offer. These range from rollercoasters, to climbing towers and even pirate ships. The park is also home to a 4D cinema, laser shows and has a restaurant, meaning it is very possible for a whole day to be spent at the park.
The park is also known for having a bit of an odd calendar, so it is recommended that you check opening days and times before you pay it a visit. All of this information can be found on the Cavallino Matto Website.
Acqua Village Waterpark
Situated on the Tuscan coast, the Acqua Village waterparks are a great place to spend a day. The two biggest waterparks in Tuscany are both named Acqua village, and are located in either Cecina or Follonica.
At both parks, there are a vast selection of waterslides and pools, but there are also other activities on offer. These include a theatre, trampolines and even beach volleyball. The parks also offer food services, so again, it is possible to spend a whole day there. The water parks are open during the warmer weather, and all information and opening times and dates can be found on theAquapark Website.