Five Extra Ordinary Advantages of Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation is a wonderful means of pleasure for men, women, and children of all ages. It provides a way to get outside and enjoy the ordinary environments and to inhale the fresh air.

Aside from discerning nature’s many wonders, the outdoors offer limitless activities that never fails to keep us wanting to go back outside for more. The benefits of outdoor recreation are endless and will help keep you and your family physically and mentally healthy.

OUTDOOR Recreation Benefits for FamilyGetting outside to appreciate a beautiful day isn’t a personal indulgence. After spending months in your home with little to no activity, it is ideal that you get out your house and do your favorite outdoor activity keeping in mind that by doing these exercises one can obtain numerous of benefits and through a little planning the benefits outdoor activities offer you can last a lifetime.

The Five advantages of outdoor activities.

  1. It reduces stress and depression

Physical actions helps diminish stress and averts some cases of depression. Exercise reduces nervousness, and steady activity offers more relief for anxiety and depression.

Better self-esteem often results from consistent regeneration, partly due to reduction in stress and to the overall sensation of well-being that transpires from regular aerobic exercise. Breathing fresh air in a natural, serene environment also helps many people to relax and reduce stress and anxiety.

  1. It creates a better body

Outdoor refreshment offers a multitude of beneficial physical activities that may be achieved in solitude, with several friends and family members, or with your local recreational sports team. Sports such as hiking, canoeing, swimming, racket and ball games and numerous other physical activities give you more choices for fun exercise, which is likely to keep you inspired.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that adults perform at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of robust action every week to help live a healthy life.


  1. Social benefits

Along with a rise in physical activity, outdoor regeneration offers the chance to socialize, an important benefit in itself. For instance, bird watching incorporates several activities, including the physical movement of walking, interpreting visual and auditory input, and speaking to other birdwatchers.

Adults and children alike can benefit socially from outdoor physical activity by participating in sports and recreation, hence providing kids to parents with an opportunity to meet and enhance their relationships with others. Participating on a team will help you to form lasting friendships with people who share your desire for outdoor recreation.


  1. Intellectual benefits

Outdoor activities result in an increased confidence, enhance creativity and better self-esteem. Natural settings rejuvenate and calm the mind, improve the outlook and amplify the positive effect.


  1. It enhances the Economy

Outdoor recreation pays off with economic benefits too. People who occasionally participate in outdoor recreation tend to be more productive at work. Outdoor recreation creates job opportunities for others, which lead to economic growth. Preservation of the natural areas needed for outdoor recreation also increases the value of the property.

Reservation & Booking Information

For the 2013 season, we are open from May 1st until October 31st


Contact us with your full reservation details: number of people, arrival date & time, departure date, & type of accommodation desired. As soon as our staff is able, you’ll receive details from us on how to send a deposit to secure your booking.

Check In & Check Out

  • You may check in at any time you wish; your rooms will be available at 2.00pm
  • Departing guest must check out no later than 10.30 am

Cancellation policy

To cancel, please notify us 48 hours prior to the calendar date arrival. Please note that failure to notify us of your cancellation within the specified time period will result in the charging of the first nights booking for a no show.

Exploring Tuscany has never been so easy

Whether you’re wanting to explore the lush hills & picturesque villages of Tuscany or just take a relaxing break away from the city rush.

Heart of Tuscany Hostel can provide your heart’s desires with minimal fuss. Take a tour or three, sample the local produce, or simply relax poolside with a drink from the bar.

For the 2013 season, we are open from May 1st until October 31st.

Accommodations & Location

Lawn AreaThe Heart of Tuscany Hostel is a self-contained olive and wine producing villa, with cottages of varying sizes surrounding the main villa.

Each of our uniquely designed rustic houses have kitchens, bathrooms and classic Tuscan furniture, providing a variety of accommodation types ranging from dorms to doubles, triples, quads, or even the entire cottage.

Located in the hills of Montalbano, Heart of Tuscany Hostel boasts breathtaking views of the valley below, within short distance from the great cities of Florence, Livorno, Pisa, Montecatini, Pistoia and Vinci, home town of the great Leonardo da Vinci 7km down the road. A mere 5 kmaway, the town of Montecatini offers a wealth of options such as trekking, bicycle hire, walking or horse-back riding.

We provide a free shuttle bus to the Hostel from Empoli train station for guests who stay 3 days or more. Van excursions of the surrounding areas are also available. For those who are traveling by car, secure on site parking is available as well.