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Tips for traveling with 3 young kids in Italy

Aug 12th, 2008, 07:35 PM
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Tips for traveling with 3 young kids in Italy

My husband and I traveled quite extensively throughout Europe (pre-kids). We are visiting Italy in September with our 3 children (5,2,2 months). We will be renting a car and would like to spend at least a week in Tuscany. Any thoughts on what else we should see? Any tips on traveling with such a brood?
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Aug 13th, 2008, 02:34 AM
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You need to be aware that a great many of the most famous small town destinations in Tuscany are steep hilltowns, and that cars are seldom allowed inside the towns. You are required to park in lots at the bottom of the hill and walk up. I would find the steepest hill towns daunting with small children. So you might want to do research to avoid them and pick ones that allow for easy access.

You might also need to consider that most Italian roads to scenic destinations in Tuscany are very tortuous -- lots and lots of curves -- in case anybody in your party is subject to motion sickness.

The flat Tuscan towns of Lucca and Pistoia are not only car free, making it great for small children, but there is a zoo near Pistoia.
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Aug 13th, 2008, 11:22 AM
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Good things to consider - thank you!
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Aug 13th, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Slather the little ones with plenty of sunscreen!!!!!

Renting a villa/flat is better than a hotel room/rooms. More diversions, space, and ability to prepare snacks for the flock.
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Aug 13th, 2008, 11:39 AM
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Parco Collidi near Pistoia is devoted to Pinnochio. www.pinocchio.it

Museum for Kids near Siena
www.comune.siena.it

Cavallino Matto, near Livorno is theme park inside pine forest along Tyrrhenian coast.

Citta' della Domenica, Perugia, Umbria
nature park and zoo, play area, little train, which we took our 7 yr old niece on last year and she loved it!
www.cittadelladomenica.it







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Aug 13th, 2008, 11:42 AM
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I've never been to this place, but I've always wanted to go. If you get as far south as Chianti, you might want to check it out, provided you'd feel comfortable taking a very young infant onto a farm:

http://www.chianticashmere.com/

http://www.slowtrav.com/tuscantravel...i_cashmere.htm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbLDVZfgdXM
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web,

I hear mixed reviews on the Pinocchio park. Never been myself (nor the zoo).
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