Doorways Villa Vacations

Eat gelato. Try a new flavor every day of your vacation.


There are so many wonderful sights and activities in Chianti for children. Take your pick!

Siena's Palio: The famous bareback horse race is held twice a year (July 2 & August 16). The time leading up to the race is a wonderful time to visit, with parades, tents and costumes, and you can watch some of the elimination heats for the race.

Monteriggioni: This tiny, child-sized walled hilltown is nice anytime, but especially in mid-July for the Medieval Festival, one of the most renowned of its type in Italy, featuring characters in medieval costume, ancient musical instruments, and flag throwing shows.

Stay on a farm with pigs, roosters, chickens, cats and dogs.

Stay on a vineyard and watch the workers tying up and pruning the vines.

Bring a set of watercolors and paint the legendary landscape that has inspired famous artists.

Walk in the beautiful Chianti hills.

Look for the coats of arms of famous families like the Medici family on flags and palaces.

Visit the open-air markets listed in our Welcome to Tuscany booklet to find unique souvenirs.

Have a pizza class in your villa, especially if it has an outdoor wood oven.

Take a daytrip to Vinci to see and play with the working models of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions.

For a great view, climb to the top of one of San Gimignano's towers or on the Campo in Siena; or climb to the top of Giotto's Campanile (bell tower) in Florence.

Dance in the main square of Castellina in Chianti on Saturday nights; it's good for the whole family!

Visit the abandons cathedral of San Galgano, south of Siena, with a grass floor and sky for a roof. It's a great place for a picnic.