Il Cavallino Matto
Distance from Dolce Vita: 21.3 km – 20 minutes
Special offer for Dolce Vita guests:
€24 (instead of €27) for full admission (adults and children over 130 cm)
Follonica Acqua Village
Distance from Dolce Vita: 23.8 km – 23 minutes
In Follonica, amidst the greenery of Maremma, a tropical-themed water park that spans over an area of 75,000 sq. meters.
For the little ones, there’s the “Tropical Island” with a tropical-themed playground featuring slides and water games. For all the kids, a real grass soccer field and a beach volleyball court with seaside sand.
Since 2015, there’s also a Show Area with contortionists and acrobats, and a circus school for children with activities and games in collaboration with the renowned “Mantica” circus school.
Plenty of fun for the older kids too: a 18-meter-high multi-lane slide that stimulates the 5 senses, the relaxation lagoon’s hydromassage, and a pool with over 1,500 m3 of water and dizzying waves, in addition to the Aloha dance with Zumba instructors and Caribbean dances.
For the more adventurous, don’t miss the dizzying heights of the Kamikaze, the parabolas of the Anaconda, and the “hills” of the Surfing Hills!
Il Giardino dei Tarocchi
Distance from Dolce Vita: 127 km – 1 ora e 20 minutes
Don’t be discouraged by the distance to reach this hidden gem.
The park was conceived and entirely created by the Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle starting in 1979, inspired by her visit to Antoni Gaudì’s Parque Guell in Barcelona.
Identifying the Garden as the magical and spiritual dream of her life, Niki de Saint Phalle dedicated herself to the construction of twenty-two impressive figures in steel and cement covered with colorful glass, mirrors, and ceramics for over seventeen years. She was assisted not only by various skilled workers but also by a team of famous names in contemporary art such as Rico Weber, Sepp Imhof, Paul Wiedmer, Dok van Winsen, Pierre Marie, Isabelle Le Jeune, Alan Davie, Marina Karella, and, most importantly, her husband Jean Tinguely, who passed away in 1991. Tinguely created the metal structures for the enormous sculptures and integrated some of them with his mechanics, self-moving assemblies of mechanical elements in iron.
The statues, inspired by the figures of the major arcana of tarot cards, offer a surprising experience at the intersection of art and nature.
Il Giardino Sospeso
Distance from Dolce Vita: 38.7 km – 30 minutes
The adventure park Il Giardino Sospeso is located near Cecina in a protected area within 600 hectares of tall oak and cedar woods. It offers tree-based adventure courses of varying difficulty levels suitable for children starting from 110 cm in height.
The tree-based adventure courses consist of a series of fixed and suspended platforms connected by passages of different difficulty and length, designed for a variety of exercises to be performed in complete safety.
The ticket payment entitles you to access the courses and use the equipment for 2 hours and 30 minutes consecutively, starting from the delivery of the harness.
Distance from Dolce Vita: 18.9 km – 23 minutes
The Association of Astronomy Enthusiasts of Piombino manages the Punta Falcone Observatory (located within the homonymous park) following the restoration of the old military structures, refurbished for a scientific outreach initiative.
Distance from Dolce Vita: 8 km – 10 minutes
The company, founded in 1981 in Populonia Bassa, is recently transitioning its production following the principles of permaculture: soil care, care for people, and resource sharing. They practice organic and regenerative agriculture on cultivated soils, maintain ecological corridors, and promote environmental education initiatives.
They produce excellent organic honey using the cold extraction method.
The company organizes projects with schools, educational activities for children, and guided tours to discover the wonderful world of bees.
You can book a guided tour of the beehives and the laboratory. Both young and old can observe bees gathering nectar from flowers and get to know these precious allies of humans up close. Chickens, goats, and many other farm animals are also waiting for you!
Horseback Riding Holidays
Distance from Dolce Vita: 2.5 km – 5 minutes
Visiting the dedicated page, you can discover equestrian centers reachable in just 5 minutes, where you can take riding lessons, go for rides in the countryside, woods, or on the beach, and introduce your children to horses or ponies.