Keeping children occupied in the summer can sometimes be a challenge, so here are some activity ideas:
Zip through the treetops at Parco Avventura Fosdinovo
The Parco Avventura Fosdinovo claims to be one of the best equipped parks of its kind in Italy. It has six arial obstacle courses with different levels of difficulty, including courses suitable for children. There is also a mountain bike course and a bungee trampoline. Bring your own bikes or rent one on site.
Improve your horse riding skills
Many of the agriturismi in Lunigiana offer horse riding facilities, so ask at your nearest on. If they can’t help you, they will certainly know one nearby that can. EquiLuna Equestrian Centre at Moncigoli offers riding lessons for children and adults, and has a British riding instructor. Also look out for their open days when there are demonstrations of riding skills and horse agility.
There are a number of fun activities for children in Pontremoli ranging from exploring the castle and the small museum and discovering Pontremoli’s painted benches to looking for spitfire planes and sampling the local delicacies. You can read more about Pontremoli for children here.
Take a step back in time at historical reenactments
Look out for the festivals that do historical reenactments. They usually provide entertainment for children in the form of fire eaters, flag throwers, sword fights, processions and fireworks. Good examples are Medievalis in Pontremoli (August), the Medieval Market in Filetto (August), and the Disfida in Fivizzano (July). The Mestieri nel Borgo event in Ponticello near Filattiera (August) provides an interesting insight into how people lived in the past, with numerous demonstrations by artisans.
Cool off in the rivers of Lunigiana
The rivers in Lunigiana offer some great locations for a swim. It doesn’t have to be a big river – most have pools where you can take a dip. Park the car, take a picnic and start exploring. Here is a good example of a spot on the Magra near Villafranca. If you prefer a swimming pool, there is always Villasport at Villafranca.
Go ice skating
Another way to beat the heat is to go ice skating at the rink at Cerreto Laghi. Information on opening hours in the summer and skate hire can be found on their website.
Tell stories around a campfire
A favourite activity of local Italians is to gather their children around a campfire and to pass on to them the legends of Lunigiana. Pick a clear evening under a starry sky, light a campfire in a safe area, and toast marshmallows while telling your kids your favourite tales. Here is a Lunigiana legend with which to surprise your children.
Photos courtesy of Parco Avventura Fosdinovo and Angel Light Photography.
Summer activities in Lunigiana for children appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 16 August 2012. All rights reserved.