Tuscany: perfect for a break with active teenagers
When you’ve got teenage children, it can be tricky to choose a holiday they’re happy with and that suits your needs too, which is why family adventure travel packages can be a great option if you all love being active on a getaway.
Travel to Tuscany in Italy and you’ll find a host of exciting pursuits for you and the kids to try on your doorstep. Below are just a few of the things you can get up to on a family holiday in this part of the country.
Tuscany is blessed with some gorgeous countryside, which makes it a haven for walkers. There are plenty of trails you and your children can follow, with coastal paths as well as inland routes on offer. The Cinque Terre region, which is just outside Tuscany in Liguria, is worth exploring on foot, as it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to quaint villages perched on sheer cliffs.
You can start your day in Rio Maggiore and gradually make your way north to Vernazza, walking some of the route and using public transport for the rest. Once you reach your destination, you’ll have time to soak up some sun on the beach or go for a swim before you head back to your accommodation.
Another top spot for walking is the Orecciella Park in Tuscany. This protected area is dominated by the Pania di Corfino peak and there are some lovely walking trails through woods, grasslands and past gorges in the area.
Kayaking is a fun family activity that everyone will enjoy and, if you visit Lake Vagli, you can have a go at the sport in safety. This particular location is an artificial lake that was created in 1946 as part of a project to build a hydroelectric dam. It is surrounded by rolling wooded hills, making it a picturesque place for a kayaking trip.
One fact about Lake Vagli that is bound to capture the imagination of your teenagers is that there is a ghost town submerged beneath its surface. Fabbriche di Carreggine, which still has a church, bridge and several houses, can even be seen once every decade when the lake is emptied for maintenance.
There will be a few opportunities to try climbing during a trip to Tuscany. If your family is keen for an introduction to rock climbing, the best place to visit is the Turrite Valley, where there are rock faces that are well-suited to beginners at the sport.
Alternatively, you can spend a day at Buffardello Park in San Romano, where you and the kids can tackle an adventure course suspended between the trees. Obstacles you can expect to encounter include nets, suspension bridges and swinging beams, among other things.
For an exhilarating experience on two wheels, you’ll need to travel to San Pellegrino in the Apennine Mountains, from where you can jump on a bike and make your descent back into the Garaganana Valley. You’ll have amazing views of the mountains from your starting point and can look forward to various stops on the way down to give you time to admire the scenery and catch your breath.
The trail follows tarmac roads, so you won’t need to worry about encountering bumpy tracks, with the vast majority of the cycling either downhill or on the flat.
These are just a few of the most popular activities to try in Tuscany – if you’ve visited the region and had a go at other sports you’d recommend, let us know.