We have gathered a list of things we believe could be interesting for children. Most small Umbrian town are also nice to visit with children, because there are many places that can feed their imagination, like old city walls, old churches and in general very antique buildings. More over ... every little town has a place where to buy some nice home made ice cream!
Parco del sole
Natural oasis (park) where the wild animals who used to live in Umbria are roaming around. There are areas for children to play and nice walking trails. Parco del Sole - Loc. Pianelli - Collazzone (PG) - Tel./Fax 075 870 7308. www.parcodelsole.com. Take the E45 from Perugia to Todi and exit at Ripabianca, follow signs from here (direction Foligno). Open daily from 9.30 to 18.30 hrs, from April to end of October. Prices are 10 euro per adult and 8 euro per child.
Spectacular man made waterfalls, that can be closed and opened (therefore, do check the opening times because a visit is especially interesting when the falls have water in them). Made by the Romans, making it even more impressive. A drop of 165 meters divided in three waterfalls. One can walk along the falls down a safe trail. Info, pictures and opening times and costs can be found on: www.marmorefalls.it (also in english).
Family rafting in Umbria
In the Val di Nera and close to the Marmore waterfalls, one can participate in an afternoon of rafting.
When with small children this is a good option: the Pangea outdoor centre in Scheggino. Read our blog post about our day of soft rafting at Pangea.
Horse riding tour or acrobatics on horse back
Close to Perugia (Colle Umberto) a very animal friendly horse riding school provides wonderful tours through the hills.
Citta' della domenica
A zoo on a few kms from Perugia, of 40 hectares with all kinds of animals one can see (not in cages). Città della Domenica, Via Col di Tenda, 140 - 06100 Perugia, Tel.: 075 5054941; website (take the exit from the road around Perugia called 'ferro di cavallo' and follow the signs. Open from the beginning of April, daily from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs; from mid September only open on Saturday and Sunday. Adults pay 12 euro, children 8 euro.
Acqua Parc Tavernelle
Don't expect anything very special, but for Umbria this swimming pool has a lot to offer kids. There are several big glides and several pools. There is a pizzeria and bar plus big lawn where you can sunbath. The website Piscine Tavernelle has some pictures and further more information about costs and opening hours. The pool is in Tavernelle, a small village along the road between Perugia and Citta della Pieve, just south of the Lake Trasimeno.
The famous story of Pinocchio will entertain children between 3 and 8 years of age while they eat nicely decorated plate of food and after dinner all kinds of games are played. Parents have a big area where they can eat good pizza or other. They also have a nice terrace. Parents (and not) who like to can participate in a rather difficult quiz. Pizzeria Pinocchio is close to the stadio and the end-station of the Minimetro. Via Tazio Nuvolari n.19 (Pian di Massiano) - 06125 Perugia (PG), Italy - Phone: +39 0755052591
This is a park that calls itself the biggest outdoor adventure park in Europe. It is in Scheggino (very close to Spoleto) and has a long list of attractions. Cross bow shooting, mountain bike rides (also only downhill), Nordic Walking, Climbing (there is a big climbing wall), Skating. You can see the park from a real safari car and they have many more itineraries, walking high in the trees. See more on the website (in Italian, but with many pictures and a video)
Il Barone Rampicante
In Ponte Felcino near the swimming pool 'Giardino Thebris' along the Tiber River, the climbing club has made a lovely path high up in the trees. This path is open from 16 hrs onwards every day apart from Wednesday. Some pictures and info (in Italian) on the website www.parcoilbaronerampante.it
Nahar Adventure Park
Situated in the Terni area, close to the Marmore falls, this park offers all kinds of outdoor activities, like a climbing wall, tree houses, walks on hanging bridges and more. They have itineraries for most age groups. This is the website (in Italian).
A small park with several things to do. There is a 4x4 'train' called the Sagrantino train. This stops at a few wineproducers (only in the weekends). There is a 250 meter long zip-line on 4 meter height. There is a lake where one can play with radio commanded planes and cars and for very young children a special playground is made. There is a special 4x4 road and you can drive a quad through a nice and difficult trail. More information and pictures on the website
Medieval shop in Gubbio
Really interesting for children as well as adults, is a visit to the medieval shop in Gubbio. This shop has an infinite number of harnasses, old weapons and other medieval objects. Immagining life in the middle ages. MedioEvo - Acacia Giuseppe s.r.l.; zona industriale Ponte d'Assi; 06024 Gubbio (PG).
Tel.: +390759221396 or +390759272596.
Mon - Fri from 8.30 to 13.00 and from 14.30 to 19.00 hrs.
Sat and Sun from 10 - 13 hrs and from 15 to 18.30 hrs.
Visit a medieval home in the centre of Gubbio, Eastern Umbria
The owners of the medieval shop of Gubbio (see above) also have a real home the way it used to be in the middle ages (1200), in the centre of Gubbio, accross from the fountain (walk three times around the fountain and you are considered mad). This is part of the museum of the 'balestra', the effective medieval weapon (one the picture right you can see one).
Entrance is free. The museum is open Thursdays to Sundays.
Fosil forest with impressive stone remains of what once were trees. Unique palentological site.
Foresta Fossile di Dunarrobba- Loc. Casacce - Dunarobba - 05020 AVIGLIANO UMBRO (TR)
Take the E45 direction Orte.
Carsulae - what remains of a Roman settlement in Umbria
It is called an Archeological Park. Carsulae is close to San Gemini in the province of Terni. Beautiful area to start with, but this archeological site is very interesting also for children. Some very old arches are still standing, one can see old roman roads, cisterns, a temple and a lot more. Open in April - September from 8.30 to 19.30 hrs. Closed 1st of May. Tickets are Euro 4,40 for adults and 3,30 for children (under 18) and the over 65. Website: http://www.carsulae.it/
Lake Trasimeno - visit the two islands
From the various shore towns, you can take a boat to the two islands. The isola maggiore is the easiest, it has a few bars and restaurants and one can walk around the island within one hour. Very nice for children, including a boat ride. Boats can be taken from Tuoro, Passignano and Castiglione del Lago. The isola Polvese is a natural park one can visit. The boat leaves from San Feliciano.
Lake Trasimeno - visit to Oasi La Valle
Oasi La Valle is a nature reserve and a birdwatching centre. Read more about it in our blog. From mid June to mid September one can participate in a guided tour each Thursday and Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12. There will be a presentation of the lake and the oasis, birdwatching with binoculars (1 for every 2 participants) guided by ornithologists, visit to the waterlily pound and one can witness birds getting a ring. The guided tour costs euro 5 per participant, euro 3 for children between 7 and 14 and younger children can enter for free. The tours are in Italian and in English. Reservation is not necessary, but participants need to be present 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
The 'grotte di Frasassi' and dinosaur park
Not to miss ... these caves are truelly impressive and open to the public (you can visit them accompanied by professional guides, along an easy tourist route that lasts about 75 minutes). The cost is 15 euro per person, children between 6 and 14 pay 10 euro and children under 6 are free. For more information (also on how to dress, as the caves are not warm!) and a virtual tour you can visit the website www.frasassi.com (also in English).
In the same area, 9 km from the caves, you can enjoy the dinosaur park, called 'le pietre del drago'. Entrance is 5 euro per person and children under 3 years are free. The dinosaur park is 13 hectare, there is a museum, a pic-nic area and a bar / restaurant. Le Pietre del Drago, Localita Felceto (Km 29,700 - SP 256 Muccese), 62024 Matelica (MC) - www.lepietredeldrago.it (italian only, but has some good pictures).
Just over the border of Lazio (South of Umbria) you can visit the Bomarzo park of monsters. This is lovely for children with a bit of imagination. It is a very large garden with weird statues to say the least. Open every day from 8 am to sunset. More info can be found on the website: http://www.parcodeimostri.com/
The dying town, Cività di Bagnoregio
Also very interesting both for young and old 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. Do visit this if you are in the area! More details on the Umbria blog.
Karting near Trevi
One of our guests suggested the karting track near Trevi. His children had a great time here. Have a look at the website of the Pista Arcobaleno near Trevi. The address is Via Casamuccia 11, Località San Lorenzo, Trevi (PG)