The starting point is the Piccolo museo dei bambini in Borgo San Lorenzo. The museum is located inside the Manifattura Chini Museum, dedicated to the famous Liberty style ceramics and glass made by the Chini family in the late 19th and early 20th century — the most well-known artworks by Chini’s ceramics factory can be found in Viareggio.
This Little Children’s Museum is quite unique: first of all take off your shoes and then play! There are 7 different activity rooms, all equipped with (learning) toys, books, colors and educational games like the Reading Room with a great selection of art-related books and comfortable holes where children can hide and read alone, or the Light Room where you play with different types of lights (and shadows), or the Infinite City Room where you build your own metropoly using wooden blocks and lights.
The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and most holidays (closed in August), from 10 am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6.30pm. The ticket costs as little as €1.50 per child and €2 per adult and it is valid all day.
After a couple of hours in the museum take your bikes and ride along the bike trail to Ponte a Vicchio. This easy cycling route is about 9 km of flat road that follows the river Sieve from Borgo San Lorenzo to Ponte a Vicchio.
Children can bike safe and by themselves because it’s traffic-free, far from the main road and almost flat. According to the age of your children you may decide to stop for lunch in Sagginale (about 4 km in about 30 minutes riding) or in Ponte a Vicchio at La Casa del Prosciutto (about 9 Km in about 70 minutes riding); in both cases I suggest to book your restaurant in advance because locals love to go out for lunch in the area.
After a good lunch it’s time to go back to your car and drive to Casa d’Erci in Grezzano, just outside the town of Borgo San Lorenzo (about 5 km driving). This old farmhouse is now a museum preserving a large collection of objects and papers belonged to peasants and landowners of Luco and Grezzano. There are all kind of agricultural and farming tools to understand how it was to be a farmer and/or a peasant in Mugello in the past century.
Casa d’Erci is an authentic farmhouse with the original fireplace and oven for the bread, that is still used to prepare bread and schiacciata during local festivities. The museum is opened in the afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays, and organizes children labs to learn how to make bread and pizza, but need to be booked in advance. In addition, the museum is surrounded by a large garden where children can play.
If you have time you may also visit the ancient Mill Faini, located about 200 meters before Casa d’Erci. It was founded in the 15th century and is property of the Faini family since 1780, that stopped using the mill in 1988.