My father-in-law was the youngest of 12 kids. My husband has an unusually big Italian family (considering most Italians are only children, and sometimes don't even have a cousin). I think he has about 30 cousins. They met for dinner in the hills around Bologna. It was nice to see everyone before our move.
Our neighbors have some friends that bought an old villa in the countryside with some land and on the weekends they are fixing it up. We went up with our neighbors to go for a nature walk. It was so relaxing (and therefore a lot of fun for me). Nothing so wonderful as dirt and sticks and mud and rocks to keep my kids busy!