Kids will be excited to head uphill to the Rotonda di Montesiepi, a hermitage that conserves something rather spectacular: Tuscany’s very own Excalibur! Legend says that Saint Galgano plunged the sword into a rock when he decided to abandon his life as a wealthy gentleman. Scientific analyses have proven that the sword dates to the period in which Galgano lived… so you never know!
As the day winds down, you’ll probably want to make plans for dinner. But instead of sitting down at another restaurant, why not make your dinner at a Tuscan cooking school? This fun activity is a typical experience to be had when holidaying in the famed Italian region, and the area around Chiusdino is the perfect place to have it. On the way to our afternoon stop, take a break in Palazzetto, home to the Borgo Cooking School, where you can learn to make traditional Italian dishes from a real nonna, that beloved Italian grandmother. For an exclusively kid-friendly experience, the Tenuta di Spannocchia offers cooking classes for kids aged 6 to 10, allowing them to pick their own vegetables in the garden before discovering how these ingredients are transformed into tasty dishes. Alternatively, you can head off in the opposite direction for food-filled fun at the agriturismo Podere i Monti, a farm stay that offers not only a cooking class, but other exciting activities like a mushroom, chestnut and even wild asparagus gathering! Delicious, no?