Italy is the quintessential paradise for ancient ruins and historical museums – an ancient history nut’s dream! The whole family will be enamoured with the wealth of interesting and engaging sites dedicated to the country’s rich history and art. Many offer discounted admission for children, as well as seek to engage young people of all ages with educational tours and interactive experiences.
Food, and the sharing of meals with friends and family, is an integral part of Italian life. Children are loved and cherished throughout Italy and families will be welcomed in most eateries and restaurants – many are family-owned businesses themselves. Experience the best pizza of Italy in Naples, challenge your kids to taste the diversity of authentic Italian pasta dishes, engage in kid-friendly food tours and learn to make pizza or gelato.
Ancient Rome is a source of wonder for children (and adults!) – brought to life by enthusiastic tour guides and interactive experiences, Rome’s world-class museums provide hours of fun and knowledge for kids of all ages. Museums often offer discounts for family tickets with two children or more.
Explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum – take a guided tour of the sites or wander through the ruins on your own time – marvel at the beautiful mosaics and incredibly well-preserved ancient cities. Climb Mount Vesuvius to view the city of Pompeii from above, visit thermal pools and coastal caves.
Relax at beachside towns – beautifully set among ancient ruins and castles. Take boat trips around the vibrant islands, experience the street markets at Palermo, explore the Norman castle ruins and watch a traditional puppet show in the piazzas.
Experience all facets of snow sports throughout the winter season and stay in the cosy family-friendly ski resorts. During summer, the region is host to a diverse array of summer adventure sports including hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding. Trento is a great destination for adventure-loving older kids and teenagers.
November to February is the low season for travel throughout Italy – cheap accommodation, bargain tourist rates and uncrowded access to even the most popular tourist destinations create a markedly unique experience for travelling in the wintertime. Northern Italy boasts picturesque experiences for skiing and winter sports, while the South coast and islands are destinations that retain somewhat warmer temperatures, allowing for access to popular tourist destinations unencumbered by crowds.
High season, May through August and peaking in July, is the busiest and hottest season in Italy, with crowds very slowly dying down up until late October. Large crowds and sweltering temperatures are the down sides for touring the country’s major destinations and tourist sites during this period. Countryside and coastal destinations are recommended during this season – the perfect time of year for water-sports and adventure activities.
March to April, is a sweet spot for travel throughout all regions of Italy. Great weather, as well as relatively quiet, this shoulder period is a fantastic time to visit the major tourist destinations that children will enjoy– Rome, Naples, Sicily – as well as engage in the beginning of summer activities in northern Italy.
Train: The most efficient way to get around – high-speed trains connect the major cities, as well as an extensive network that covers most rural destinations. Trains are reasonably priced and have frequent timetables. Regional train passes can be a good option for travellers who will be taking several trips, or Eurail passes for extensive travel throughout Europe.
Car: A great option for travelling through the countryside, independently and at your own pace. Cars are reasonably affordable and often the best deals are made via walk-in rentals.
Bus: A cheaper alternative to trains, though slower. Some bus routes provide access to remote towns not accessible by train.
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