Things to do in Siena with your kids during the summer holidays
A quiet city where you can play outdoors
Siena is famous for its invaluable artistic heritage and for its famous Palio, but did you know that it is also a child-friendly city? If you arrive with your family in the summer, know that you will have many attractions that your children can visit, to spend a fun holiday between nature and new discoveries. To get started there is nothing better than a nice walk in the medieval center of the city. The quiet atmosphere of the streets and the wide extension of the pedestrian area represent the perfect place to let children play safely, like in Piazza del Campo, an immense “shell” that every day welcomes hundreds of visitors eager to enjoy some relaxation in the open air. The famous Piazza is the perfect place to have fun with the little ones and have a nice snack in the shade of the Torre del Mangia.
Many initiatives for little tourists
Among the true can’t-be-missed initiavies, for those who want their children to enjoy a recreational and informative holiday in Siena, there is the Bambimus, the nice Art Museum for the little ones inside the Museum Complex of Santa Maria della Scala. Through a series of educational activities and workshops, the kids can stay in a suspended path, with activities between games and education, which will bring them closer to the world of art and its fascinating language. The museum is for children from 3 to 11 years and exhibits works dedicated to children, of various historical periods and genres: not only paintings but also sculptures, photographs and movies. For those who want to admire the fascinating meteorites that came down from space or the gigantic skeletons of marine animals, the MUSNAF, the Museum of Natural History of the Fisiocritici Academy, is where to go for a guided tour. Enter the zoological section to discover the fantastic realm of animals, or follow the fascinating astronomical path, complete with practical demonstrations thanks to a model of the solar system. If you prefer to spend your time outdoors, you should stop at the Orto de’ Pecci, an unusual slice of nature just minutes from the city center. The Medieval Garden has a peculiar feature: it contains only plants and vegetables that were known to the people of Siena at that time. So, do not look for potatoes and tomatoes… at that time Colombo had not returned from America yet! The agricultural complex, run by a social cooperative, also includes a play area and a didactic farm where you can admire many cute animals, as well as some shops where to stop for lunch and enjoy the produce of the garden, directly!
A fun a fascinating trip in the Lands of Siena
If you want to live with your kids an unforgettable experience, you must absolutely try the wonderful journey on the Nature Train, guided by an old, yet still functioning, steam locomotive! The train will accompany young and older children in a fantastic panoramic and enogastronomic route between the Lands of Siena, in Val d’Orcia and the Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, with many “tasty” stages to discover the unrivaled flavors of these lands. In addition, throughout the summer, the little ones will appreciate the fun ride on the Etruscan Train.