Destination Europe

Tuscan Dreams with Simpson Travel

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January 31, 2018

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.
Wedding Cake Rome
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.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
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.

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    January 31, 2018

    A family trip to Italy would be lovely! It’s definitely on our radar since it seems like such a perfect place to visit with children; lovely weather, lots to do, and very welcoming locals. I can’t wait to read more about your planning!

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    Sonia Cave

    January 31, 2018

    I haven’t been and would love to go. Thought about it for this summer and it was a serious contender but ended up heading to just outside Barcelona

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    January 31, 2018

    I love Italy, especially Florence. I really need to take my children there one day.

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    Natasha Mairs

    January 31, 2018

    This looks so nice, I would love to visit one day. Really love the photo of the leaning tower of Pisa

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    January 31, 2018

    Aww I love Italy so much, though I haven’t been in years! The child provisions on Simpson Travel holidays sound perfect for families like us 🙂

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    January 31, 2018

    Some gorgeous pictures here – particularly love the one with the Leaning Power of Pisa. Sounds like you had a brilliant time in Italy – I love it there too Florence is just to die for 🙂

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    January 31, 2018

    I’m going to Italy this year. Next week im going to Venice and then Rome in April

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    Sarah Bailey

    January 31, 2018

    Oh my goodness what an amazing looking place to spend a family holiday. It really does look like a dream and I bet so many wonderful memories were made for you all.

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    Mellissa Williams

    February 1, 2018

    We love Italy and explored Milan, Lake Maggiore, Bellagio, Rome and Lake Garda but never been to Florence or Tuscany. It’s definitely somewhere where we would like to explore more. I mean the Tuscan food and architecture is amazing! I love the sound of a luxury villa with Simpson travel

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    Rhian Westbury

    February 1, 2018

    Your cruise sounds like it was amazing, I love the idea of discovering loads of new places within one trip. Tuscany is such a beautiful place x

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    The London Mum

    February 1, 2018

    I love Tuscany, I don’t think you can ever spend too much time there. I return frequently because it’s just such an amazing location. There are some amazing natural hot springs there that I’d love to visit. x

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    February 1, 2018

    What a very dreamy holiday. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy as it’s steeped in history. Tuscan is the valley of dreams and sunshine for sure. I really love how Simpsons have put the resorts away just enough to have some privacy but without being far away from tourist hotspots.

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    Newcastle Family Life

    February 1, 2018

    I would love to visit Tuscany someday, I have heard such great things from friends who have visited. I will have to check Simpson travel out as we are looking for somewhere family friendly, yet a bit special for our family honeymoon next year x

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    Melanie williams

    February 1, 2018

    What a lovely little Italian getaway – I would love to go one day x

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    February 1, 2018

    Love the photos you got here. Looks like an amazing place to visit.

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    February 1, 2018

    I am glad you got the classic Pisa picture. It looks like you had a great time and it’s somewhere I have always wanted to go.

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    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    February 2, 2018

    Oh a summer family trip to Italy would just be amazing! Great that this company can really tailor to your needs too 🙂

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    Evan Kristine

    February 3, 2018

    Wow! I love Tuscany! So much to do in Tuscany! I really love all of the photos thanks for sharing! This should be added on our bucket list.

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    melissa major

    February 3, 2018

    Fabulous photos! I have always wanted to go to Tuscany, its on my travel wish list

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    February 3, 2018

    I’ve never been to Tuscany but my friends have and when they showed me photos, I instantly wanted to go. One day!

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    February 3, 2018

    This sounds like a great place to visit, like you we love villas or holiday homes for the kids to have some freedom

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