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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Tuscany for 500 Euros Per Night

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Tuscany for 500 Euros Per Night

Henley Vazquez


Waited too long to book a summer trip? Yeah, us too. But that’s no reason to give up, or to assume that you’ll need a second mortgage to afford something nice. Just head to Tuscany, where it’s not only possible to book somewhere gorgeous that fits a family for 500 euros per night, but you’ll actually have choices. Here’s what we turned up.

La Bandita

La Bandita’s eight-room country house and twelve-room townhouse in Pienza are two of the most chic hotels we’ve ever seen, yet they’re also a fraction of the price of the other famous Tuscan retreats. Come for the cool vibe and design-mag decor, stay for the friendly staff and famously good food. Owner John Voightmann is a dad, so yes, kids are very welcome.

Villa Sassolini

Exteriors are classic Chianti at this ten-room Tuscan hideaway, but the interiors prove that contemporary design pairs quite nicely with Italy’s more rustic architectural features. Suites have four-poster beds, beamed ceilings and valley views, plus there’s a lavender-fringed pool, small restaurant and cooking school. Nearby distractions include vineyards, medieval towns and a Prada outlet, for the fashion-inclined.


This historic farmhouse dates to 1600, but the seven suites are a modern dream, with canopied beds, shelves stocked with books for reading by the pool, and plenty of space, including some with sofa beds or connecting rooms to make families feel right at home.

Villa Palazzotto

A home rental for 500 euros per night? Actually, it’ll be even less if you share with friends. This 18th-century manor home on the edge of the quaint town of La Befa has six bedrooms and books for 1,000 euros per night, so three families can live like Italian aristocrats but spend less than they’d drop on an average hotel.  

Villa San Michele

Nope, this isn’t a mistake. We were as shocked as anyone when we discovered the famous Villa San Michele’s summer family promotion, which offered a discount on the parents’ room plus a free room for kids. Although this didn’t quite hit our 500 euro mark, we managed to score connecting rooms for clients for 800 euros. Total. And that’s news!