Tuscany is hugely family-oriented. Restaurants, cafes and villages here teem with children, and locals all take part in chatting with them, joking with them, or just giving them warm smiles. The region makes a terrific family vacation destination, too, with its wealth of castles and easily walkable medieval towns, myriad outdoor activities—including biking and hot air ballooning—and more. Many museums now specialize in attractions for kids: lost labyrinths, knights and their shining armor, ancient tombs, and huge towers. And the best family hotels in Tuscany also do their utmost to cater to your little darlings. Rooms at these properties range from affordable to luxurious but you will enjoy the bustling Florence and Pisa in style and the calm (and spectacular views) of Lucca and Siena.
San Ranieri Hotel
This modern hotel, set close to the Arno River in the Cisanello area of Pisa, has accommodations that work especially well for families. Suites have large family rooms with two attached bedrooms (each with its own bathroom and private entrance). Kids under 12 who share their parents’ standard guestrooms stay for free.
Situated right inside the medieval walled city of Lucca, this boutique hotel—set in a building that once housed stables for the 16th-century Villa Bottini—has immaculate, modern rooms where families can spread out (there’s even a triple option). Free bikes can be borrowed to explore the city, and there’s a free snack and coffee bar open around the clock.
This expansive hotel is set about 20 minutes’ walk from the center of Siena, surrounded by beautiful grounds that include a tennis court and a swimming pool. The “annex guesthouse” part of the property is best for families; rooms are large, and have adjoining entrances. Breakfast is offered on an outdoor terrace during warm-weather months.
Torre Di Bellosguardo
If you want to treat your family to a truly elegant Tuscan experience, this spectacular, historic villa set just outside Florence in Bellosguardo (once the hometown of Galileo) may spoil them forever. The rooms here are beautifully appointed with antiques and frescoes; the property includes an outdoor swimming pool and historic gardens. Families wanting their own kitchen can book the single apartment—which also has a fireplace and a private terrace.
Set in the heart of Florence, within easy strolling distance of the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio, this hotel has several different configurations of suites and connecting rooms to accommodate families. WiFi and laptops are free; upon request, so are Playstation consoles and games (though you may want to keep that a secret from the kids).