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9 days in Tuscany

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9 days in Tuscany

Hi, We will be traveling with 2 small kids 3 and 1 year old. We want to see Tuscany and spend some time in Florence. We will be flying to Rome or Florence and would rent a car. Would love to have 1 base for entire trip. Which city would serve as an ideal base for our trip. Want to do day trips and roam close by for dinner with kids, spend some relaxing time, visit kiddie parks. Not sure if we should include Venice or not in this itineary. We will be there from end of August to first week of September.

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1. Re: 9 days in Tuscany

You'll want a location with access to trains, and not be far from at least one autostrada entrance, and not in the center of a large city. Forget Venice, save it for when the kids are older, and stick to attractions within an hour or so from your base. If you were in the near suburbs of Bologna or just outside Lucca, for example, you'd have tons of things to do.

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2. Re: 9 days in Tuscany

This is a tough one really. You cannot have a rental car in any of the cities as they all operate ZTLs which means only residents can drive in them (you need to read up on this before you attempt to drive in Italy) and to be honest I don't think the main cities would be ideal for your kids either as it is likely to still be very hot and crowded at that time of year. Somewhere like Lucca would be perfect for the kids, lots of kiddies play parks, the lovely shady walls where you can picnic, cycle (loads of bike hire places with kids seats), train and bus station for day trips, beach 15 mins away, loads of restaurants. But Lucca is not brilliantly placed for seeing central and southern Tuscany, so it really depends on where you want to visit.

Take a look at this article which covers many of the factors you need to consider when choosing a base:


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3. Re: 9 days in Tuscany

Agree to cancel Venice, the kids would be bored to distraction - you don't want that.

If you stay in Florence and try to travel out, then each trip consumes a lot of time getting in and out of town. I suggest this:

stay in Florence for 3-4 days, with no day trips, except perhaps Fiesole, which is a short bus ride and very beautiful;

then take the train to Lucca and reserve a car there for the day or two that you decide to cruise about. You can very easily take a bus to Pisa for a half-day trip.That will be cheaper and easier for transportation. Lucca is a very family-friendly town.

It is time to be busy for the reservations at accommodations.

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4. Re: 9 days in Tuscany

Firstly if you are not spending time in Rome then land in Florence. Secondly if you are spending a few days in Florence, do it at the beginning or end of your trip and dont use a car while in Florence, just not practical and Florence in not that big. Thirdly rent an appartment or small villa, somewhere there are many nice towns in Tuscany and do day trips. Good luck and have a good trip.

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