We aren’t the only ones dreaming about a family vacation in Tuscany, right? This week we are chatting with Linda from Ciao Bambino, who not only lives in Tuscany with her family, she also plans trips for other families visiting Italy.
ON THE PODCAST
00:33 – Talking with Kim about her recent trip to Florida
11:03 – Talking with Linda about Italy
15:12 – How long to spend in Tuscany
18:50 – Different types of accommodations
24:27 – Where is Tuscany
28:04 – Linda’s must see locations
31:31 – What there is to do
37:14 – Linda’s favorite accommodations
37:55 – Best time to go to Tuscany
40:32 – Best place to take a family photo
43:38 – Linda’s favorite travel gear
46:17 – Tip of the week
ABOUT LINDA CONSIDINE
After growing up in South Africa and living in London, Linda Considine now lives in Tuscany with her husband and two children. She is a Travel Advisor for Ciao Bambino and helps families fulfill their dreams under the Tuscan sun.
Planning Your Tuscany Vacation
- When vacationing in Italy, it is a good idea to spend 4 to 7 days in Tuscany depending on how long you will be in Italy. There is so much to see and do that you will want at least this long to explore.
- There are a lot of different options when it comes to where to stay. The options depend on your price range and whether you are a family or traveling alone. Keep in mind that hotels are set up differently than what you may be used to, meaning you may need to get an extra room due to the room sizes.
- Most agriturismos require a seven-day, Saturday-to-Saturday stay.
- Driving around Tuscany will take longer than you might think. This is a good note to keep in mind when you are deciding where you want to stay and what you want to do.
- Must see locations: Florence, Cinque Terre, Volterra, Lucca. And keep an eye out for local village events when you are there.
- Mid June or End of August is an optimal time to go to Tuscany. The heat is not at its highest and there are not as many tourists.
BEST PLACE TO TAKE FAMILY PHOTO
Near the Ponte Vecchio in Florence is a great place to get a family photo without an abundance of other people in the background. There are plenty of different angles you can use to get a great photo. Another great place for a family photo would be in front of the Tower of Pisa if you are in the area, but it isn’t worth a special trip.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Do not rely on Google Maps when it comes to driving around, and make sure to pick a paper map to help you navigate the backroads of Tuscany.
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