Tuscany is rich with hidden hilltop towns, open piazzas, tourist-free trattorias and gelaterias galore — the trick is finding them. We tapped John Voigtmann, the hotelier behind F+F favorite La Bandita, for his favorite local spots for every occasion.
Best for Casual Bites
“The great thing about the Val d'Orcia, and Tuscany in general, is that very few restaurants are too fancy or formal. Kids are welcome just about anywhere, but especially at Latte di Luna (Via San Carlo, 2, +39 0578 748 606), a tiny trattoria in the heart of the village of Pienza. Even the pickiest eaters like the "pici" pasta here, and don't be surprised if your kids end up eating wild boar for the first time.”
Best for Date Night
“Consider leaving the kids and booking a table on the terrace at La Porta (Via del Piano, +39 0578 755163) in the tiny borgo of Monticchiello, a short drive outside Pienza.”
“You can't miss Siena, with its perfect scallop shell–shaped medieval main square. It’s far more beautiful and preserved a city than Florence, and while there are no must-sees, you can while away an afternoon at a shaded table in the square watching your kids run around in the vast piazza.”
Best Attraction for Kids
“We send a lot of families to Il Casale, an organic farm about three miles outside Pienza. Kids love the farm tours and seeing all the animals, and everyone can sample the excellent homemade cheese at a tasting or stop for a light lunch prepared with farm-grown ingredients. They also offer kids cooking lessons.”
Best Attraction for Everyone
"Wine tasting might not seem like a kid friendly activity, but the family-run estates in Montalcino offer a relaxed experience in a beautiful place. Both Sesti or Piombaia produce great Brunellos and offer tastings and light lunches by reservation."
Favorite Local Shop
“Not one for kids, but don't miss the handmade leather bags, wallets and cuffs with bright modern designs from Officine 904, founded by a brother-sister team from Pienza.”
Good to Know
"Generally speaking, Tuscany is very kid friendly. Look for towns like Pienza that have a pedestrian only center so kids can run around freely in the open piazzas. And remember you’re never far from a gelato shop — a scoop a day will give you a pass to see all the churches and Renaissance wonders you want."