I just had to postpone a post I was going to write as we just got back from the best adventure park I have been to in a long time. Melanie’s youngest son was turning 6 and they always like to do something fun with the family……and we were lucky enough to get an invite.
We were told we’d be swinging in the tree tops, climbing and jumping between trees etc. It sounded like a bit of fun and I am always on the lookout for things to tire the boys out, so of course I jumped at the chance. When Melanie came to pick us up I found out the adventure park was just behind us…….well up an enormous great big hill that would have taken about 40 minutes to walk up and LOTS of winging! (something I’ll save for when it’s a little cooler and the boys want to go again).
The guys running the park were very friendly, helpful and very serious about safety (as I find most Italians are). They helped us into our harnesses (that’s right I wasn’t going to miss out on all the fun; I was swinging, climbing and freaking out with the rest of them!). The operators gave a detailed safety demo in Italian. Tony, Melanie’s oldest son translated for us, however, if your Italian isn’t brilliant you can figure out what they are saying by the demo they give, and if you still think you might not be sure they make you do a test climb to doubly make sure you know what the rules are. There were a couple of guys that knew a little English, however, it really wasn’t needed (that would be a big high 5 for my improvement in Italian!!)
The boys on the ‘test’ wire. You have to do all the clipping and unclipping yourself because there is no turning back once you have climbed up into the tree tops!
You are only allowed to have three people on the tree stands at one time and one person on the wire which was a great rule, especially for the more height sensitive people who don’t need to be rushed or pushed. Melanie’s little guy did the toddler friendly tree climb a few times (it is only about a meter off the ground, an excellent meander through the trunks), and then took the plunge and did the big kids climb. He was an absolute star and made it around the entire course before finishing with the flying fox- very impressive for a 6-year-old! (the picture on the right is Melanie and mister 6 plucking up the courage to go on the flying fox).
Not much else to tell you really as I think the pictures speak for themselves. If you are in Florence and want to have a bit of outdoor fun then I highly recommend this adventure park. Check out the link above and don’t forget to pack your sneakers (I did it all in thongs but runners would have made it a lot easier). We will return if the walk up the hill doesn’t stop us first!