"My husband and I would like to travel to Italy this summer with our children ages 6,5,2. I would appreciate any recommendations on family friendly areas and things to do. Thanks!"Here's how I responded:
Italy's a great place to take kids, and there are a number of great regions for families with young children. The ideal family vacation in Italy would balance time in some of the major cities with time in countryside and smaller towns.
Cities offer a number of fun activities for kids, including museums, parks, rides, playgrounds, as well as piazzas and fountains (and pigeons!). The countryside offers a break from cities, wide open green space, the option of a pool, and a relaxed atmosphere, even the chance to stay in a castle!
Places to consider when planning a family trip to Italy
Check out my recent article on Slow Travel Italy which gives a lot of information on what to do in Rome with children.
The agriturismi in Tuscany (farm houses) are some of the most organized and offer a range of kids activities on site including cooking classes, local hikes, etc. and the Tuscan coast offers some pretty beaches.
- The Dolomites
- The Italian Lakes
For even more inspiration, check out a past post about three special places to take the kids.