a family day out at Villa Pian Di Cascina
a family day out on the lake – by boat
Take a trip to lake Trasimeno is an ideal family day out- you can catch a boat to the Isola Maggiore from Passiginano. There are several fish restaurants on the island and you can walk along the shoreline and watch the boats sailing on the lake – a relaxing day out for all ages and children usually love the boat trip. Castiglione del Lago on Lake Trasimeno also has a small beach with umbrellas and deck chairs, pedal boats, and canoes for rent, a bar, and a playground, along with a few sailing clubs. Windsurfers, pedalos and sail boats can be hired from the Tuoro beach, and the wild at heart can hire a windsurfer or try kitesurfing.
Oasi La Valle is a nature reserve and a birdwatching centre. From mid June to mid September you can participate in a guided tour on Thursday or Saturday mornings from 10.30 to 12. There is a presentation of the lake and the oasis, birdwatching with binoculars (1 for every 2 participants) guided by ornithologists. You can also visit to the waterlily pound and witness birds getting a ring. The guided tour costs around €5 per participant. The tours are in Italian and in English. Participants need to be present 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The boat leaves from San Feliciano, Lake Trasimeno – visit to Oasi La Valle
Activo Park Scheggino
Around 1 hour drive from the villa – an energetic and exciting family day out!
Get kids active during the holiday at this natural theme park. The park offers two kinds of tickets: one for ground-based activities, and one for areas of the park requiring ropes and harnesses. There’s something for children of all ages; even teenagers will enjoy the zip lines.
A huge nature park dedicated to outdoor activities – rafting, safaris, canopy tours (monkey style), children’s play areas, go carts, tots area, cafes, car free bike routes, tubing, mini marines, climbing, archery etc….
Basic entrance fee €12 – with selected activities €15 for under 150cm and €25 for over 150 cm. Rafting from around €30 pp. www.activopark.com
Family day out rafting in Umbria
A great family day out – In the Val di Nera and close to the Marmore waterfalls there is a rafting centre.
Rafting at the Marmore waterfalls: Centro Canoa e Rafting “Le Marmore”; Via Carlo Neri – 05037 – Papigno (Terni); tel +39330753420 or +39337729154; www.raftingmarmore.com Booking is essential – suitable for older children only.
If you have young children then the you can try: the Pangea outdoor centre in Scheggino they offer family rafting experiences that are suitable for all ages. www.pangea-italia.com/it
Visit Perugia on the Mini Metro
This fun transport system makes an exciting and leg-preserving way to reach the “centro storico” at the top of Umbria’s capital. Children love the ride up from the free car park at the stadium. There is nearly always something going on in Perugia – street artists, music and markets are very popular. A great family day out.
Città della Domenica Amusement Park
– Perugia –
The park was created in the 1960’s by Mario Spagnoli as a place where his employees (from the Perugina chocolate factory) and their families could relax on Sundays. Not much renovation has been carried out since, however, and the park is rather shabby in appearance and a bit unkempt. This is not a place for the super safety conscious Mum! This is Italian style fun – a bit rough and ready. You will also have to pay extra for a lot of the rides your children will want to go on. Despite all the negatives – the park remains a great favorite of local children and if you don’t expect too much – it can be a good day out for younger children. Ride around the 45-hectare grounds (helm-oak woods populated with deer) in a little train to visit a fairytale village, a small zoo, playgrounds, a botanical garden, a pony-riding center, and a Reptile House. Via Col di Tenda 140, Perugia. www.cittadelladomenica.it
Castles and Hill Forts
– be a king for a day –
Umbria is full of hilltop castles, and there’s no better way to get your children interested in history than a game of damsels and dragons at a real-life castle. Clambering around in ruins is not only great fun, but also an easy way to engage younger children in culture without resorting to museums or cathedral tours. Carsulae (Loc. Carsoli, 05029 San Gemini, Terni), the remains of a Roman settlement, is a must-see and entrance is only €5.
Also -One of the best castle in Umbria for kids to conquer is the Rocca Maggiore in Assisi. Only partly restored, this stone fortress has tunnels, towers, and turrets galore – Assisi is an ideal family day out – as there is plenty more to do beside visiting the castle. Less rustic, but still fun to visit, are the Castello del Leone in Castiglione del Lago and the Rocca Albornoziana in Spoleto.
– Serravalle di Norcia –
Around 1 h 40 mins from the villa.
A great family day out. Rafting, hydro speeding, kayaking and canyoning tours– a 2 hour ride down the rapids – booking advised – prices range from €30-€40 per trip per person including equipment – sure to be an adventurous family day out!
Open from March to early November. www.raftingumbria.com
Visit the Marmore Falls
Around 1hour 45 mins from the Villa. The Marmore falls are rather spectacular powerful waterfalls that you can walk up and around on a special boarded walkway. You can also book a rafting trip on them and at certain times of year there are donkey trekking tours up the falls for children. The unique feature of the falls is that they are turned on and off – which is quite odd, but they certainly impress when they suddenly appear from nowhere! A good day out for all the family – the mist of the falls is cooling in summer. www.marmorefalls.it, www.raftingmarmore.com/english/
Restaurant Prima Secca & Day at the Beach
There is a fantastic little restaurant at Toretta di Fanno – it’s location is amazing – right on the beach. You can have a lovely seafood lunch (they also do meat) and then walk 10 paces to relax on a sandy beach – take your towel and enjoy the free beach in front of the restaurant or sun loungers and umbrellas are for hire – there is a cafe with showers and a loo, a little playground, peddle boats & canoes for hire, and shallow seas – it is perfect for little ones to try out the sea for the first time and older children will love the (typically) calm, shallow water perfect for water games and messing about – a very idyllic place to spend the day and one of our favourite family days out. www.primasecca.it
Fun Day Out in Gubbio
Great place for kids who are able to walk – (accessible by pushchair as well – but you have to be up for a work out as the hills are steep!) There is a tourist train (in season) that takes you around the town centre – you can hop on and hop off and it is a fun way for younger children to avoid the walking. Our children love going up the Funivia (cable car) – fold your pushchair and ask them to put it in the car behind you. Take the Funivia to the top – explore the Basilica and views – have a drink in the cafe then walk down into Gubbio – great views along the way. The walk takes about 30-40 minutes to Gubbio centre with small children – ours really like running downhill and watching all the houses and cars get bigger as they walk down the hill! If you plan it to arrive into Gubbio at lunch time – there are plenty of places you can have a family lunch –the playground in front of the amphitheatre for a picnic, pizza at Antico Frantoio (outdoor eating)– opposite the Amphitheatre, Ai Cappuccini just off the Piazza Grande for good pasta and steak, or the Illy cafe just of the Piazza 40 Marteri does filled rolls, drinks and ice creams if you just want a snack.
Market Day – Gubbio
Tuesday is market day 8-12pm – which our children also love –there is fruit, veg , fish and more. Why not try a filled roll with porchetta for lunch and after a visit to the park.
Medieval shop in Gubbio
This is a really interesting place to visit for children and adults. The shop has an infinite number of harnesses, old weapons armour and other medieval objects. They have made amour for the Lord of the Rings films among others and are world renowned specialists in their field — Medio Evo riproduzioni armi antiche, Zona Industriale Ponte D’assi, 075 927 2596, Open until 1:00 PM
Bomarzo Monster Park
Found just over the border of Lazio (South of Umbria) is the Bomarzo monster park. This is lovely for children with a bit of imagination. It is a very large garden with weird statues… Open every day from 8 am to sunset. More info can be found on the website: www.parcodeimostri.com
The dying town, Cività di Bagnoregio
Also very interesting for both for young and old and in the same area of the Bomarzo park is the ‘Citta che Muore’ (the dying city). Erosion is slowly taking over. You can still visit the little town by crossing a bridge on foot. Well worth a visit.
Flex Village – water park at Foligno
A great family day out! Just 40 minutes drive from the villa – a fab fun place to spend the day with children of all ages.
The park has a toddler pool, main swimming pool with spring diving board, 3 larger slides with inflatable rides, 1 fast body slide and several fun smaller body slides, volley ball, football, gym snack bar & bar. The park is set out like a beach area with sun loungers and umbrellas – it is a fantastic, fun family day out. You can take your own picnic if you want – the bar sells cold beer, coffees, ice creams and lollies. www.flexvillage.com
Rimini -2 hours from the villa. Amusement park with rides, nature tours, 4d cinema- the full works www.fabilandia.net €20-€23 a head entrance fee open end of April until September and on some fine weather weekends.
Huge water park with slides, pools, and water based fun. Riccione – Rimini around 2 hours drive from the villa.
Open 1st June -12th September –entrance fee €19-€26 a person for the day. www.aquafan.it
Indoor Soft Play Location : Ramba Zamba
Santa Maria Degli Angeli (near Assisi) about 40 mins from the villa.
A pirate ship, go carts, ball room, slides, trampolines and lots more – one off all day fee open every day except Tuesday. €10 for children, €5 for adults. Play areas for younger and older children. Pizza/snack bar.
Monday to Friday Saturday and Holidays Sunday
16:00 – 22:00 15:00 – 21:00 10:00-21:00
Exit ss75 S. M. degli Angeli (nord) Assisi – (Pg)- dir. Costano.
Indoor 10 Pin Bowling
at Gualdo Tadino –Le Grande Mela
20 mins from the Villa. To Gualdo, turn right at the roundabout, follow the via Flaminia towards Rome.
Open most afternoons from 4pm. Pizzeria on site.
A Visit to the Caves at Frassasi & dinosaur park
Ideal for a bad weather day – the temperature remains constant all year round at about 18 degrees.
Arguably the best cave complex in Europe – the main chamber is large enough to dwarf a full size cathedral. Tour can be booked in English – baby carrier recommended for tots – not ideal for push chairs, as there are steps. Nearby family restaurants, museum and Abbey. (See main book for full details)
Around 9 km from the caves, there is a dinosaur park called ‘le pietre del drago’. Entrance is around €5 per person and children under 3 years are free. There is a large park, museum, picnic area with BBQ’s (bring your own coals) and a bar /restaurant. Le Pietre del Drago, Localita Niegola 1, 60047 Sassoferrato (AN) – www.lepietredeldrago.it
Visit the Perugina Chocolate Factory
A fun family day out for chocolate lovers of all ages. This factory is where the famous ‘Baci’ chocolates are produced – the chocolate kisses with love messages inside. There is a museum and gift shop and a chocolate school. Free guided visits last about one hour, tel. 075 5276796 for bookings. There are usually 2 guided visits in English per day. At the end, you will actually be walking on a glass passage way and observing under you the production line of the Baci. To be sure to see the factory you must visit between Monday and Friday (on Sat the factory may be closed). For the chocolate school telephone 800 800907: 3-hour workshops on chocolate making cost €40, for adults and children over 6 accompanied by an adult. Via San Sisto 42, San Sisto (Perugia). www.perugina.it
(at the Collestrada shopping centre)
Collestrada is one of the only 2 shopping malls in the local area. It is an ideal place to do the family shop or somewhere to look around on a rainy day. The restaurant Rosso Pomodoro offers decent fresh cooked pizzas and various traditional dishes – at lunchtimes and evenings (from 7.30pm) they also have a bouncy castle free for kids to use and face painting on weekends. It is a good place for a simple family meal & fun for the kids.
UCI Cinema Complex Perugia
(exit Madonna Alta)
There are weekly evening showings of films in English – a large brand new cinema complex – see on line for details: ucicinemas.it (search under ‘I Film’ and then ‘Film in Inglese’) There is also an American style burger bar next to the cinema.
For more great ideas for a family day out why not take a look at the family activities available near Villa Pian Di Cascina
For more great ideas for sightseeing in Umbria out why not take a look at the What to do & see guide to Umbria at Villa Pian Di Cascina