Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Petrol in Greece
  2. 2 Cote d'Azur--Having Second Thoughts...
  3. 3 Last minute (next week) London GTG?
  4. 4 Trip Report FOCUS ON FRANCE: Paris and South of France
  5. 5 Input desired concerning my Sicily itinerary
  6. 6 Liverpool & Beatles port tour
  7. 7 Train help for Prague
  8. 8 Meteora for older folk
  9. 9 12 Day Central Europe Itinerary
  10. 10 Budapest & Prague
  11. 11 Please critique my itinerary in Italy
  12. 12 Scotland-Looking for itinerary advice for 9 day trip
  13. 13 Traveling Greece without reservations
  14. 14 Paris day trips August
  15. 15 Bridging the gap between US and Europe
  16. 16 Milan to Switzerland for skiing
  17. 17 Paris to Orly Airport Public Transport
  18. 18 Acorn TV
  19. 19 Spain in July
  20. 20 Germany train help!
  21. 21 Urgent- Pleaseee HELP - Spain, Italy or France for Xmass and New years
  22. 22 Athens
  23. 23 Transportation from Brno train station
  24. 24 Swiss Travel Pass
  25. 25 Need Info - Vienna, Prague, Venice, Geneva, Paris,
View next 25 » Back to the top

Family-friendly rest stops south of Florence on the A1?

Jump to last reply

I will be picking up my family from the Florence airport at 5:30 pm on a Saturday this summer for a month's sabbatical in Val d'Orcia (I will have already been in the area 10 days). My husband will have traveled with the kids (4.5 years and 15 months) for 15 hours by the time they arrive. We've contemplated staying in Florence for a night or two so we can just hop in a cab and be there in 20 minutes (versus putting the kids in carseats and driving 90 minutes south to our destination near Pienza). But…we will be staying in Florence a couple nights at the end of our month and we really prefer to just get to our main house in the Val d'Orcia rather than hassling with the packing/unpacking, city and cab rides back to car rental pick-up the next day.

So, I would really love to identify some easy stops along the autostrada that are just 20-50 minutes south of the airport. That way, if the kids are eager to run around outside or snuggle with their mom (me) who will be driving, we can pull over and do that, maybe have a picnic and let them blow off some steam before finishing the drive.

Does anyone know of a nice rest area with outdoor play ground or grass in that area? Or perhaps a cool scenic park with grass and a bit of open space? Not far off the autostrada. Just a place or two we can have in our back pocket in case we need to divide our drive in half.

I do have a driving map of Tuscany but it's hard to tell. I'll also be consulting the Via Michelin map online, but wanted to start here with you expert friends!

Thanks for any suggestions!

3 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement