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Tuscany is the perfect to explore the medieval towns and Renaissance cities, rent a house and enjoy the glorious countryside. Traveling in Tuscany with kids, will it be the torres of San Gimignano, Roman ruins in Volterra, the glories of Florence, climbing up the Tower of Pisa, checking out Leonardo da Vinci's home town, or just walking through a rustic village looking for the next gelato?
    San Gimignano and Volterra
    Collodi – Pinocchio
    The Garfagnana
    Pisa – Leaning Tower
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Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Tuscany, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of accommodations in Tuscany (house rentals are ideal for families), in areas near to places you'll want to explore:

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Leonardo da Vinci tuscany biography kids  
Leonardo da Vinci
Diane Stanley

Engaging story of Leonardo da Vinci – his fascination with nature as a child, busy years painting, his inventions, scientific studies, sculptures, pageants and costume designs. Rich, detailed illustrations bring Leonardo to life. (Picture book)



Read about the long life of Leonardo and the world in which he lived, Renaissance Italy. Not a peaceful time for a vegetarian artist, but he flourished on his art and science. Historical illustrations, drawings, maps, paintings, bring the Renaissance to life. (Chapter book)


Leonardo da Vinci (Magic Tree House)
Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce

Find out about Leonardo da Vinci and his world, the Renaissance and life in Florence for this incredible artist, inventor and scientist. Packed with Leonardo's drawings and paintings, perfect to bring on your trip. (Easy reader)


Diane Stanley

Learn how the genius Michelangelo spent his childhood in Florence, quit school at 13 to paint, broke his nose, lived and worked at the Medici palace, and sculpted exquisite marble pieces. (Picture book)


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michelangelo for kids  

Pictorial biography of Michelangelo, with details of his work in Florence – learning to paint in Ghirlandaio's studio, carving the monumental sculpture of David and the Medici tombs, designing city walls, plus 21 activities to do: make an antique statue or sugar sculpture, write Renaissance poems, make homemade paint, and more. Excellent historical illustrations. (Activity book)


Who Was Galileo?
Patricia Brennan Demuth, John O'Brien

Illustrated biography of Galileo, astronomer, mathematician, artist, musician, rebel teacher at the University of Pisa, inventor of the telescope, punishment and house arrest by the Inquisition for his theory that the earth revolves around the sun. (Chapter book)


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I, Galileo
Bonnie Christensen

Galileo grew up in Pisa and taught at the university, but his ideas were controversial. He disproved Aristotle's theory by dropping two cannonballs from the leaning tower of Pisa. Galileo went on to invent his own microscope and telescope, study the sun, moon, planets, and his ideas changed the world. (Picture book)


On Etruscan Time
Tracy Barrett

Twelve year old Hector wasn't keen on spending his summer on an Etruscan dig in Tuscany, but when he finds a mysterious stone eye, the dusty ruins around him become a thriving Etruscan village, more than 2,000 years ago. Can Hector protect an Etruscan boy from an evil plot, and keep the archaeological dig going? (Chapter book)


On Etruscan Time adventure kids tuscany
Pinocchio kids books tuscany  
Carlo Collodi, Emma Rosa, Sara Fanelli

A unique translation of Pinocchio, from the Italian original, filled with unexpected adventures of the puppet who wants to be a real boy. Young readers will enjoy Pinocchio as a hero very different from the cartoon character, illustrated with fabulous paintings and drawings by a contemporary Italian artist. (Chapter book)


For more books about Leonardo da VInci, read our blog post: "Leonardo da Vinci's Inventions"
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