Like many families, we have been struggling with the January blues thanks to a sustained bout of the lurgy which has seen the whole family ill at some point this month and a distinct lack of sunshine.
This has sent us busily researching the perfect destination for our summer holiday as the thought of crystal blue waters, spectacular scenery and warm summer sun can make the dullest winter day seem better.
Back in 2016 we were lucky enough to go on our first cruise around the Mediterranean, which made four stops along the Italian coast; Messina, Naples, Civitavecchia and Livorno. Italy had never really been on our radar before, but our visits to the country with its friendly locals, impressive history and stunning architecture made us fall in love and we have been planning to return ever since.
We left the ship at each port, either choosing to explore the local area or taking a planned excursion like we did when we visited Pompeii, discovered the delights of Rome and Pisa.
Our favourite port of call had to be Livorno, on the western coast of Tuscany and although we only managed to fit in a visit to Miracle Square and Pisa on our visit, just the drive from the port to the town was stunning.
Our perfect type of holiday has to cover a lot of bases and we find that villa or cottage type holidays suit us best. It lets us explore the area at our own pace, gives the teen his own space to relax, the kids get a bit more room to run around and we don’t have to keep them up late, or retire to bed at the same time as them as we would if we were in a hotel.
The thing about a cruise is you only have a few hours to explore the locations you visit and one of the places we regret not visiting is Florence, the vast gothic structure of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and the many other stunning works of art scattered through its streets.
We have been investigating a holiday to Tuscany with Simpson Travel, destination experts with 40 years’ experience to call on and with Simpson Hotels, luxury family villas and apartments on offer, they make it easy to find the perfect fit for your family.
Unlike many companies, their holidays with childcare also include family-sized villas rather than hotels or apartments so children will have their best holiday ever thanks to the wonderful kids’ clubs on offer, although I think mine will be happy as long as they have a swimming pool to splash around in!
Simpsons Travel choose their holiday locations carefully to ensure that you are never too far away from everything you may need on your holiday, such as shops, restaurants and child-friendly beaches, plus you have the support of a dedicated overseas representative whenever you need them.
Their website is full of useful information about each area they cover and I am already reassured that if we decide to visit Tuscany there is plenty of fun things to do for us all, as well as investigating the culture, thanks to their family friendly guide, including Parco Avventura Il Gigante where they can take the high ropes adventure, Gokart Siena for Kian and Pinocchio Park for Sebby.
Have you visited Tuscany with children, what are your recommendations?
This is my entry to the Simpson Travel Blogger Ambassador Programme, all thoughts and opinions are my own.