Living in Italy, Traveling with Kids

A Day Trip to San Gimignano

About three months ago at the Zurich Airport’s Family Lounge Play Area, I met an English-speaking Italian couple with a cute little toddler. The woman’s eyes lit up when I told her that we will be staying in Siena, which also happened to be her hometown. “Be sure to visit San Gimignano and Volterra,” she advised.

Five days after Christmas, my family and I went on a day trip to San Gimignano, an Italian hilltown in Tuscany, Southwest of Florence. It took us about an hour and a half to get there from Siena, via direct bus. On the return trip, we took the afternoon bus from San Gimignano to Poggibonsi, then transferred to a Siena-bound bus from there. The reason why we did this was the direct bus (San Gimignano-Siena) will leave at 7:00 P.M., which was far too late for us considering that we were traveling with small kids.

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Traveling with kids requires patience and preparation, and my husband and I like to keep things as simple as possible. We made sure to bring our Brevi stroller and our Ergobaby carrier. We mostly spent the day walking on the cobblestone streets while checking out the local shops.

The highlights of our trip were the Piazza della Cisterna (a medieval square), the Torre del Diavolo (“the devil’s tower”), and the Sant’Agostino Church. My two-year-old was fascinated with the human skeleton outside the Museo della Tortura (Museum of Torture) because he was still on Halloween-mode in spite of the Christmas festivities at that time.

It really is worth-while to make a stop to San Gimignano if you are on vacation in Florence or Siena! Take the kids with you, they will surely enjoy it!

Also, check out the Lucid Gypsy’s  photos of the 14th-century frescoes at the Santa Maria Assunta!

Buona giornata!


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