10 of the best family summer holidays in Europe

Now Easter’s out of the way, it’s time to start planning your next family holiday. Here are 10 places where there’s fun stuff for the kids plus great crowd-free places to stay

South of Florence and west of Siena (both of which make easy day trips), the Val d’Elsa promises everything a Tuscan holiday should. Explore olive groves and riverside paths on short hikes, hire a Trail-A-Bike and take younger children for a pedal around the hills (and gelaterias). Book older kids in for a riding lesson and venture to pretty towns such as San Gimignano and Sovicille to explore churches, eat pizza and play on the swings.
Where to stay
Seven apartments at Al Gelso Bianco sleep between two and eight. Everything from cots to sterilisers can be provided and there’s plenty of space to run around in, plus a gated pool. It’s part of a working farm and winery and agricultural estate (you can buy their chianti, vin santo and olive oil), and there are regular children’s pasta- and pizza-making classes.
• Apartment for two adults and two children from €746 a week, +39 05 58 07 56 58, algelsobianco.it

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