Families with teens who want to get out and explore (and find the perfect backdrop for their photos) should give this two-week itinerary through the Veneto and Tuscany a try. You'll start in Venice, where you can explore secret passages, craft your own masks, and paddle a gondola. Then head to Verona and Lake Garda, biking through both urban and natural attractions. Wrap up in the Tuscan cities of Siena and Florence with a hot air balloon ride, gelato-making, and more.
- The Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest and most important scientific museums in Tuscany. The building, previously a monastery, houses two centuries of natural and historical collections. The Museum is organized into four main sections and occupies the two floors of the building. The skeleton of a 50-foot (15-m) whale is on show in the courtyard.
- Children’s Art Museum: This small exhibition directed to children is a part of the large and very astonishing museum Santa Maria Della Scala, located opposite the Duomo
- Located at Piazza Amendola is the largest playground and has picnic benches, olive trees, plenty of open grass, a great view of Siena, and a climbing frame. The entrance is from Via Sant’Agata, and it's also close to the Natural History Museum and the Botanical Garden.
- Orto de Pecci: Kids will love this park, as there's a café serving pizza, drinks, and snacks during the day. You can enjoy pizza or pasta sitting outdoors under the vines at lunch or dinner or bring your own picnic. If you follow the path through the park, you'll reach a medieval garden, taking you back in time.
- East of Siena is the Saltalbero Adventure Park, or you can check out the Go Kart - Castelnuovo Berardenga. This fun-filled park is near the Siena-Bettolle highway and suitable for kids and adults 6 years and older.
- Swimming Pool Acquacalda: If you're in Siena in the summer (July and August), the swimming pool in Acquacalda is a very good place to go for the day. There are two outdoor pools, a large one with space for swimming and relaxing, and a smaller one for children.
Itineraries with Explore Siena with Kids
Spend two weeks exploring northern Italy at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary that allows you to choose the stops. You'll start off in the northern lakes, with Lake Como and Lake Garda offering boat tours past villas and amusement parks alike. Then make your way into Tuscany, where you'll ride a horse-drawn wagon through the countryside and explore the medieval walled city of Siena and famous art of Florence. Finish your trip in the Italian Riviera and colorful five villages of Cinque Terre.
Your whole family can fully engage with Italy on this adventurous itinerary, ideally suited for teens with energy to spare. You'll begin in Venice, where you'll craft Carnival masks and explore the secret passages of the city's famous landmarks. After a stop to wander the streets of Verona, you'll head to the park-lined shores of Lake Garda, filled with attractions for all ages. Finish the tour in the Tuscan city of Siena, your base for hot air balloon rides, hikes, and more.