The good season is coming and many families are planning a trip to Tuscany. When traveling with kids we have to match things that we would like to do with things that they can appreciate: a bored child can compromise the entire trip!
We know that many children love climbing because it’s a mix of discovery and adventure. Tuscany boasts many towers, so this activity can be a solution for your travel.
Here is a list of famous towers you can climb in Tuscany:
Leaning tower of Pisa
The symbol of Pisa needs no presentation: it’s the most famous tower in the world and one of the most photographed thanks to its characteristic inclination. It is also one of the most visited monuments in Italy and for security reasons the entrance is limited. On Tuscany Arts you can find all the information on how to book a ticket.
Duomo in Florence
Scaling Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence is a breath-taking experience both for kids and adults. Its 463 steps lead to a superb view of the city: from the river to the hills, all the most famous monuments are visible from the top. While climbing you can also watch closely the impressive painting of The Last Judgement that adorns the interior of the dome. Read more about this unique experience.
The tower of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (Torre di Arnolfo)
The 95mt high tower of Palazzo Vecchio is one of symbols of Florence. Inside the tower, a stone staircase of 223 steps leads to the highest level, offering a spectacular view over the city. Access to the tower is suspended when it rains. The access is forbidden for children under 6 years of age. For further information.
Torre del Mangia in Siena
The Torre del Mangia in Siena was built between 1338 and 1348 and is located in the Piazza del Campo, Siena's main square. At the time when it was built, it was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy. Literally meaning “Tower of the Eater”, the name refers to its first bell ringer, Giovanni di Balduccio, nicknamed Mangiaguadagni (profit's eater). To reach the top you have to climb more than 500 steps through a narrow staircase. From the top you can admire Piazza del Campo, the rooftops of Siena. You can purchase the ticket directly there. More info (in Italian).
Torre Grossa in San Gimignano
The Torre Grossa (Big Tower) is the highest tower of San Gimignano and is located in Piazza del Duomo, next to the Palazzo del Podestà. It's a square base tower and the construction was finished in 1311. It's 54 meters high and it’s the only one, along with the twin towers known as Torri dei Salvucci, open to the public. On the top, which offers wonderful views of the town and surrounding countryside, there is a belfry. The tower can be visited with the same ticket of the Civic Museum. Read more.