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Pisa & Elba- Italy

A few years ago we did a fantastic trip to Italy, our children were 3&1 at the time.

We flew into Pisa and stayed in a cabin on a campsite just outside the town centre for a couple of nights called camping village torre pendente.

This is a small, clean campsite with a playground, small shop and a pool. The best thing is, it's only 15min walk into Pisa.

We had a lovely couple of days here of course we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

If you have children still in high chairs, I would recommend taking a small packable type as (it may have changed in the last few years) but there were no high chairs around in the town. I think this is quite common for Italy though.

We then hired a car and drove an easy straightforward drive to Piombino port and caught a ferry to the beautiful island of Elba. Famous for being the Island that Napoleon was banished to. Lucky Napoleon I say!

The ferry takes 40mins and has a cafe and a soft play on board!

On Elba we stayed at Casa Campanella Resort situated at the foot of the the hill of Capoliveri, a typical medieval village. Campanella is such a lovely welcoming spacious place run by Dario who couldn’t be more helpful. Childrens areas and a pool, BBQ’s... It’s a very untouristy feel and we found it the perfect place with a baby and toddler. Very relaxed and clean and so friendly!

It’s a 20min flat walk to the nearest gorgeous sandy beach, however we had the car so we tended to drive to different beaches every day… each beach better than the last! Honestly, some of the best beaches and seas I have ever swam in.

Elba is magical! We totally fell for it. We did however have pre school children then and went in September and I’ve heard the island does get busy in school holidays… but where doesn’t I guess 🤷‍♀️

We visited Portoferrio and Rio Marina, both gorgeous places, breath taking.

After a week on Elba we took the ferry back and drove the scenic way to Pisa, through the Tuscan Hills. A perfect end to a fabulous Italian family adventure.

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