|Dear Newsletter Reader,|
the summer holidays looming, and because you have asked for this again,
this months newsletter is all about 'Travelling with Children'.
the spectacular Cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena are high on the list
of parents choice of things to do, but dont always rate highly with the
children. Why not start involving your children in the planning of your
holiday now by showing them all the things they can do or even by
getting them some fantastic books aimed at children about Tuscany that
will whet their appetite and encourage them to actually want to go
round that Museum or Art Gallery with you!
its exhausting them with a quick run up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a
visit to make some ice-cream or seeing just how advanced Leonardo da
Vinci was with his experiments, there is definitely plenty to keep your
may have to provide lots of pizza and ice-creams afterwards, but it
will be worth it to have everyone enjoying their day out.
Below is a round-up of the favourites from our guests and staff to help you get planning!
As always, please feel free to let me know any suggestions for items you would like us to cover in our newsletters.
note that all books mentioned below were available on Amazon at the
time of this newsletter being published. Prices for Apps may be subject
to change or may not be available in all countries or available for all
is a magical place full of Castles, History and Culture. Whilst this
often gains the attention of adults, children around the world can be
heard saying "I dont want to go to a stuffy museum". However, with a
bit of planning, downloading and pre-reading they just might surprise
you are planning to visit any of the museums in Florence during your
stay, make sure you book your museum tickets in advance through one of
the recognised agencies - no advanced ticket for the Uffizi Gallery can mean 2-3 hours wait in a queue in July and August!
A good way to explore the city with children is to use the 'hop on, hop off'
tour buses that operate in a number of languages (English, French,
German, Dutch and others) with an audio guide and headset. The ticket
for the tour bus lasts for 24 hours which is plenty of time to see as
much of Florence as possible. Stops include the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio,
Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace. There is also another route covering
the lesser known areas of Florence and on out to the Etruscan city of
Florence is where you want to explore, then make sure you pack the
'Kids Go Europe - Treasure Hunt Florence' book. This is aimed at
children from aged 8 upwards but adults will find that you will
discover parts of Florence you would normally miss using just the
'adult' guidebooks. The book is designed to give some historical
information in small chunks for the children with spaces for them to
add their own notes or even sketch their version of the statue of
David. It also makes a great journal/scrap book for them to record
their trip to Florence.
A 'hidden gem' for families in Florence is the Palazzio Vecchio Family Museum
which is located in the heart of the City Centre and offers family fun
for children as young as 3 with an upper age limit of 88 although they
welcome anyone older! Two theatres, characters throughout the museum to
bring it all to life, frescoe painting and a tour of the secret
passageways will certainly while away the hours for you.
Pisa, children love everything about the Leaning Tower, whether its
having their photos taken in just the right spot so that it looks like
they are holding up the Tower or whether it is getting dizzy racing up
the stairs to the top! As in Florence, booking your ticket in
advance saves lots of time and also disappointment as during the height
of the tourist season, some days all visiting times for the tower tour
are sold out.
A fun App for the children to download is the "Tower of Pisa Inclinometer".
The inclinometer can be used with any structure to see if it leans but
as the name suggests, its particularly interesting for the children to
use the Leaning Tower of Pisa to measure just how far that 'lean' is!
This App is great if you have a budding mathematician or scientist in
Another App which can be used offline so that you dont incur any roaming charges whilst using it, is the Pisa Walking Tour. There are 8 walks that you can follow and each walk ensures that you take in 6-7 places per walk.
outside Pisa City (not far from the airport) is a small childrens theme
park (more suited for children up to around 8 years of age). The Piccolo Mondo Park
has free parking and free entrance; you pay only for what you use -
ideal if you have children that might not like to go on everything.
is famous for its Palio - held in July and August. Some of the older
children travelling may have seen parts of the race in the the
spectacular opening scenes for the James Bond Quantum of Solace film
starring Daniel Craig.
Walking tours of the City will take you
to the different "Contrades" of the City that race for honours in the
Palio. These can be self-guided or with a knowledgeable local tour guide.
You can download the Siena Walking Tours App
which covers 6 tours including a night tour of the City. Each tour
ensures you take in between 6 and 10 sights within the City.
fantasy-adventure novel by Mary Hoffman - City of Stars - sees Siena
become the fictional city of "Remora" in the book. City of Stars is
part of the Stravaganza series and is aimed at ages 12-14.
THE BEST OF THE REST!
is learning to make pasta or pizzas, finding the secret to making great
ice-cream or understanding how cheese is made; there is something all
children will enjoy discovering. We call it "Foodylicious Fun", just
click here for more information!
staying with us in Umbria or Southern Tuscany (and any other children
that can persuade their parents to drive a little further) can enjoy
white water rafting at the Marmore Falls - Europes highest. The only
restrictions to taking part in the rafting are, that you must be in
good health, be able to swim well and be over the age of 16. For more
information, click here.
a creative note: in Radda in Chianti, children can enjoy ceramic
painting lessons with a Dutch/Italian woman. Originally from the
Netherlands, Lies, speaks Dutch, English, German and Italian and has
some beautiful creative designs and irresistible ceramics on display.
The studio is the setting for the art and ceramic classes. Lies also
teaches drawing, painting and clay modelling classes to all levels and
ages. She doesn't have a website, but you can get in touch via email or
Studio: (+39)577 739006 or Mobile: (+39)335 1741573
is a lesser known area of Tuscany but is famous as the birthplace of
Pinocchio. The original story of Pinocchio was a weekly cartoon in a
local newspaper that became a series of books and of course, most
famously, a Disney movie. In Collodi the Pinocchio Park is
more true to the original version rather than the Disney character but
children will love to explore the park and the story of the naughty boy
is little changed, whichever version you prefer. Various factsheets on
Pinocchio state that the story is reputed to be the second most widely
published book in the world after the Bible.
children, you may want to watch the DVD before travelling or buy The
Authentic Story of Pinocchio of Tuscany by Carlo Collodi and Roberto
Leonardo da Vinci is possibly the most famous Italian throughout history and in his home town of Vinci you will find a fabulous museum depicting his early life, his inventions and copies of his art work.
older children the "Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21
Activities" is a fascinating book for them to read and try the
activities before travelling - after all his designs include diving
suits, helicopters and hang-gliders which were not formally invented
until years after his death. For adults who need to brush up on their
knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci, the Dummies Guide Series of books have
one called "Da Vinci for Dummies".
The Magic Tree series of
"Merlin Mission" books, has one called "Monday with a Mad Genius" which
transports the characters, Jack and Annie, back to Renaissance times
where they need to spend the day with non other than Leonardo da Vinci.
has not stopped Leonardo da Vinci keeping up with technological
advances and the local Leonardian museum in Vinci is in the process of
making the Madrid Codices and the Codex Atlanticus - two collections of scientific and technical drawings - available as a free digital archive called e-Leo. Dan Brown fans will be disappointed though, the App is aimed more at scientists than code-breakers!
PAPA AL POMODORO RECIPE
This months recipe is a summer favourite for the Italians and would be a welcome addition to any meal or BBQ for our guests.
1.5 kilo tomatoes, a mix of varieties roughly chopped
4 cloves of crushed garlic
Large bunch of fresh basil, torn with hands. (Save a few leaves for serving)
500g day old bread cut into (Tuscan bread would be best of course)
Very good olive oil
Heat some olive in a pan and add the crushed garlic and chilli.
Add the tomatoes and cover the pan with a lid for approx 45mins until there is a generous amount of liquid from the tomatoes.
Turn off the heat, add the bread and basil to the tomatoes and gently mix together.
If there is not enough liquid, you can add a little water.
Pour in some more olive oil, serve and add extra olive oil and basil leaves to garnish.
These amounts should serve 4 people.
This months recipe was provided by Emily from "A Tuscan Table". All our chefs details can be found by clicking here
|View from Borgo Bonorli - Richard Pethybridge 1755PP|
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This months photo was sent to us by Richard Pethybridge from the United Kingdom who stayed at Borgo Bonorli in August 2010.
We hope that you find the information in this months newsletter useful.
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