Travelling to Tuscany with Baby?
Travelling to Tuscany with Baby
Dear Siena House, We are taking our first vacation with baby this Summer. We are planning to visit Tuscany. We stumbled upon your place online and it looks super. Is Tuscany a good place to visit with a baby? Do you accept bookings with infants – and if so could you please let us know what equipment you might have available for us to use?
Dear Tuscany traveller…
Tuscany is certainly a good place to visit with a baby-as we have experienced; babies and small children are genuinely welcome almost everywhere. Be prepared that your little one will be cooed over ubiquitously; the Italians adore children and don’t hide it. The only serious imperfection I can think of around these parts is the rarity of baby changing facilities in the small hill towns, even in the larger cities: Something that you’ll need to be prepared for.
We would be delighted to welcome your family to the house. We have children ourselves, now aged 18 and 7 years, and we too came to Tuscany with a little one—way back when we arrived with our three-month-old daughter in 2004. At the house, we welcome several couples with babies each year—often returning guests who’ve stayed during their honeymoon and who opt to travel to a known location for their first trip abroad with baby. Knowing where you are going to, and what is available for you in terms of welcome, ambience, service, and equipment—makes the experience more relaxing.
As you have never been here before, a tiny bit of background might give you the picture. Siena House is not a typical hotel or villa. We’re somewhere between the two: More service than a plain villa rental and more homely amenities than a typical hotel. We are in a great location for exploring and easy to reach from airports, by car. We have comfortable rooms and some homely amenities, appreciated most of all by young families: A fully equipped, modern kitchen just for guests in the garden and on the first floor a dishwasher kettle and small work surface, convenient for washing baby’s bottles, and more. In bedrooms, full black out shutters as well as A/C and mosquito screens on all windows aid restful sleep for the whole family.
Our pool is salt water, not chlorine. At poolside and on the South West lawn/terrace we use Australian ‘Shade Sails’ which eliminate 95% of UV light. The pool is set within soft lawns and is fully enclosed by a fence in a sheltered, scenic spot.
Amenities for baby travellers
For days out, we have quite a bit of stuff: A few soft, washable baby carriers ideal for newborns: Two Wilkinet soft baby carriers and one Ergobaby baby carrier. For babies and toddlers, we have a classic [and I mean classic….] Bugaboo Frog that you can borrow. It’s old, but it looks fine, and it works! For bathing, two of our rooms have soaking tubs, and we have one small, newborn baby bath that works fine, when placed in the walk in shower with a cushion beside it for mum or dad.
Which room should we book?
All of our double rooms can accept two adults plus one infant. If baby sleeps in his or her own room, The ‘The Montepulciano Suite with two bedrooms and a large bathroom with soaking tub and walk in shower will work for you. Montepulciano can accept up to 4 people. For more luxury, but only one, beautiful room, consider the Cortona Junior Suite the room with the big soaking tub: Cortona can actually accept two parents with two babies. If you are travelling with extended family, consider The Chianti Suite, a two-bedroom two-bathroom suite that can sleep 4-5 adults and 2-3 children. For a big family get together The Tuscany Suite, our multiroom suite [an entire floor of the house] is an excellent alternative to a villa rental-having; 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and being bookable for just a couple of nights.
Come Home To Tuscany
Words by Amanda of Siena House, Tuscany: Six-Bedroom Villa and Boutique Hotel with British owners.
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