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Spring in Tuscany with Kids: Our Ideas

We are constantly on the hunt to include fun ideas for families with kids vacationing in Tuscany for all seasons. At Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort we offer a variety of activities such as the art of beekeeping, nature walks, cooking classes aimed at entertaining the entire family.

Our latest blog post delves on activities for those looking for ideas on ‘What to do this 2015’ with kids. Since Renaissance museums and long waits can make any child (or adult) cranky, many people might not know that there are resources aimed at children too.

For example, the ‘musei dei ragazzi’ or ‘museums for kids’ have programs for little ones. Three in Florence that we recommend are the Palazzo Vecchio, Museo di Storia della Scienza and the Museo Stibbert. These mueums are aimed at people of all ages and have a special section for kids aged 3 to 7.  The Playroom of Bia and Garcia laboratory-atelier.

Also the park in front of the Museo Stibbert is a wonderful place to picnic before or after visiting the interesting weaponry and tapestries, also from all over the world.

For those looking for interesting day camps for kids in Tuscany, one program that we have heard good things about is the one organized by Arte al Sole. From their website “Arte al Sole is a day camp for international children offering week-long sessions based on the art, culture, and natural science of Italy with locations in Panicale, Umbria; Lucca, Montepulciano, and Florence in Tuscany; Rome; and Amalfi Coast.

Children ages 5-12 will explore the artistic and natural wonders of these inspiring environments through exciting and engaging activities in art history, fine arts principles, nature walks, sketching and painting, collage, architecture, sculpture, craftsmanship, and science.”  They have sessions both in spring in summer in Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Umbria.

Also one interesting place to bring kids is located in Maremma. You probably have never heard of the The Tarot Garden in Capalbio park was built by French artist Niki de Saint de Phalle in the second half of the 20th century and displays 22 sculptures depicting the Major Arcana of the Tarot cards. It is a fascinating and colorful place is open all year around. Take a look at the official website.

 

 

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Potatoes Tortello: from poor dish to symbol of Mugello

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Black Cabbage mini-pie with cream of beans: Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort Recipes

The Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort Blog opens a new space dedicated to the recipes of chef Roberto Zanieri. Every last Thursday of the month we will present one of his delicious recipes, easy to prepare and inspired by the good tradition of Tuscany. Today we begin with “Cabbage mini-pie with cream of beans”.