Sarah Murphy has worked in Dublin for the last two years as a blogger, web content manager and marketing coordinator. A journalist by training and travel junkie by nature, she regularly travels to Italy for both business and to experience some of the Rome tours, where she mostly spends her time in search of the perfect gelato.
Italy is home to romantic landscapes and unforgettable art and food. Most may think it is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway, which is certainly true, but it is also a great place for the whole family. Italy has the perfect mix of history, charm, and relaxation to please everyone in your family.
For the History Buffs:
Explore Milan, where the kiddos can learn all about Leonardo da Vinci. Here you will get a good mix of art, science, and history, perfect when your family has different interests. Visit the National Museum of Science and Technology to see models of Leonardo’s designs, or view The Last Supper in the Santa Maria della Grazie church, just be sure to get tickets in advance, as it is a very popular sight!
Explore the ancient city of Pompeii with the family. Wander around the ancient Roman streets for a few hours and tour the ruins of the city with a guide to learn about its history. Don’t forget the sunscreen, as there is very little shade!
For the Active Family:
If you happen to be in the central region of Italy, bike through the walled city of Lucca. Walled cities have very little traffic, so it is much safer for young ones. There are a number of places to rent bikes and you can either take a guided tour or wander around the neighborhoods and piazzas at your own pace, which is perfect when you are biking with children.
Check out the oval Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which was built on the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater and bike down the charming narrow streets of old town. And of course, be sure to take a break with pizza and gelato!
For the Laid Back Family:
Stay on a farm, or agriturismo, to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With young kids this is the perfect way to recharge and slow down for a bit after several days of sightseeing. Agriturismo are scattered throughout the countryside and vary from rustic to luxurious, so you are sure to find a perfect relaxing getaway for your family’s needs and budget.
You and your children can get a real glimpse into the life of an Italian farmer, which is a great educational experience for the young ones without dragging them through countless museums. Often you’ll be able to pick the food you will eat for dinner, help out on the farm, and meet the animals that live there. Many also have a pool and playground for the kiddos.
For the Adventurous Family:
The young ones may greatly appreciate a day off from churches and museums. Rimini is home to a ‘Italia in Minitura’ which allows your young ones to explore and learn about Italy at their eye level. Among lush greenery and miniature real trees, there are over 270 scaled down architectural and landscape wonders from throughout Italy and Europe.
From learning to farm in the countryside to biking through a charming walled-city to walking through the stone paths of Pompeii, Italy is an enriching experience for the whole family. Depending on your family’s interests and lifestyle, you are sure to find the perfect vacation.