Italy is a fantastic choice for a family holiday- whether you are looking for sunny beaches, spectacular mountains and lakes, history, art or of course unbeatable food and fresh wine. Plus, there are loads of things for kids to see and do, as well as destinations that offer a great way to teach them about history as they can see it with their own eyes.
Taormina is a great place for a family holiday and has all sorts of things to see and do. It is a hillside town in Sicily with a view of Mount Etna that will appeal to those who like being in a city and those who love to have the seaside and activities nearby. There is also the Greek theatre to visit, as well as Castelmola. A lot of visitors opt to stay in one of the wonderful local villas in Taormina in order to have a home away from home and give everyone a little more space. Sometimes, family holidays can be testing due to the constant close proximately to each other so having space and freedom to relax can be beneficial for everyone.
The history and energy in Rome makes it a destination to be loved by all. Any history book or lesson your kid learns (or you learned) at school cannot compare to what it feels like to be walking the same streets where it all happened. You can take a tour of the Colosseum, visit the Pantheon and other sites, enjoy walking through Villa Borghese as a family and take part in one of the many activities available in the city. It is a city that will ‘wow’ every member of the family. Plus with some famous Roman dishes such as Carbonara and incredible gelato, you can take in the culture not only with your eyes, but through your stomach!
The region of Tuscany is a wonderful place to explore and get in touch with nature. It is famous for its rolling hills, but whether you prefer countryside or seaside you are sure to find what you are looking for. In Viareggio, for example, you will find a classic Italian seaside scene with rows of beach umbrellas leading up to the turquoise sea. In the countryside, it is becoming more common to visit an ‘agriturismo’, an independently owned farm offering (fresh food and drink) to truly experience and get to know Italy. Kids will have space to run around in the fresh air and many ‘agriturismi’ have cooking classes that you can enjoy together. There are also thermal baths, such as Saturnia, where your kids can have fun playing and you can treat yourself to a relaxing spa day.
The Dolomites are a beautiful destination, no matter the season. They are a mountain range in northeastern Italy with beautiful views and plenty of activity. For example, you can go skiing in the winter and hiking and cycling whenever there is sun. The views are truly out of this world, and as is true in every Italian region, the North has many culinary delights that you can enjoy during your trip. It might not be where the sun seekers go, but if you want adventure and stunning natural beauty then look no further than the North of Italy.
Puglia is the region that covers the heel of Italy’s boot. It has crystal blue water and generally has fewer tourists than other regions. It has amazing seafood, seaside towns and even a fairytale-like UNESCO town called Alberobello. Puglia is often overlooked by visiting tourists, but there is a huge amount to see and do, historical sights, incredible local dishes and very warm locals who might not always speak English but will greet you with a smile and help you any way they can! Bonus: it is also often less expensive than other regions in Italy and you can really experience a true Italy away from the queues and tourists.
Whichever spot you choose, no one can regret the choice to visit Italy, and you will be dreaming of the turquoise sea and fresh handmade pizzas for a long time to come.
Published in collaboration with Mary J