If you’re looking at family holidays in Italy with us, you’re well on the way to having a wonderful, unforgettable time because the Italians embrace family life. We’ve tried and tested a wide range of Italian destinations and activities to produce perfect holidays that you – and your family – will love and treasure. Some places have baby facilities and kids’ clubs, others have activities for older children and all look after the adults too.
Italy offers rural retreats where children will love learning about how to care for farm animals, or helping to cook a traditional rustic feast. And there are acres of olive groves, fragrant citrus orchards and vineyards to discover while experiencing the traditional way of life in peaceful villages off the beaten track.
Eating and drinking is a major focus wherever your family are in Italy and they will be welcomed warmly. For example, it’s natural to see families settling down with their children to eat, even late into the evening. This is because cooking and eating together remain an irreplaceable pillar of Italian life.
Family Beach Holidays
Our family beach holidays in Sicily have everything from shallow, warm seas and every flavour of ice- cream, to exciting activities to keep children entertained all day. The friendly coastal resort of Giardini Naxos on the east coast is wonderful for family beach holidays.
Children and adults alike will love the mild climate of Lake Garda, perfect for all kinds of outdoor fun. Catch the sun on the beaches or swim in the clear waters. You could try your hand at wind-surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding and sailing. Pedal around the lake on the flat path or hike up the verdant hills to view the fabulous lakes and mountain vista.
city Family Holidays
The magic of Italy’s cities is that they educate and entertain effortlessly whether you’re young or old. Many of the cities are like museums in that they are packed with so much history and culture - consider Venice, Florence, Rome, Verona and Milan.
Each one of these cities has the ‘wow’ factor – you have the gondolas on the Venetian canals, the domes and artistic treasures of Florence; the Vatican, Pantheon and all the antiquities of Rome.
Children studying Shakespeare will find the beautiful pink-marbled city of Verona interesting and its Roman Arena amphitheatre also has classic opera summer performances to enjoy. The northern city of Milan, the fashion capital of Italy, is wonderful to explore as a family.
Car lovers, however, will love Turin; it’s the home of the Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo plants and you can tour the National Car Museum – and then there’s the fact that it’s also home to world-famous football club Juventus!
RUral Family Holidays
Life is so ‘full on’ these days, especially for children since the advent of the internet and social media. It’s good for the whole family to step out of the race for a while and there’s no better way to do that than to enjoy a slice of authentic Italy, off the beaten track.
Stay in traditional, family-run agriturismi in the heart of Tuscany or amongst the olive groves in Puglia - or at a Masseria for a slower pace of life amid gorgeous countryside. You’ll feel the country lifestyle and fresh air revive you – and it’s so different.
Masseria and Agriturismo properties are wonderful places to stay, being full of character and historic features. Children will love the adventure and exploring every nook and cranny.
As well as having spas, wonderful restaurants, shopping and nightlife for the adults, Forte Village has a children’s Wonderland club with everything to keep them occupied and happy all day. It includes a theatre, Barbie activity centre, Mario’s Village, Aquapark, arts and crafts, go-karts, bowling.
Chia Laguna Resort is a perfect choice for both couples and families. With four hotels set within an expansive resort, you can be sure of a wonderful holiday with something for everyone. The resort sits at the foot of the mountains in South Sardinia, close to some of the most picturesque beaches on the island, where a seemingly-endless stretch of white sand leads to crystal-clear waters.
Adults and children will love this resort of four hotels, overlooking the golden sands of the Mediterranean. The central square, called Piazza degli Ulivi, has boutiques and bars and there’s a wellness spa to soothe cares away. There is a kids’ club, as well as a teens’ adventure club.