Italy is a great destination for children because there is so much for them to see and do. From beautiful beaches to wild countryside, and from vast lakes to bustling cities, there are many options to get you thinking.
Here is a quick guide to visiting Italy with your children on your next holiday and making sure everyone has a great time.
Pick the historic attractions your kids will enjoy
Not all museums are going to be fun for children, and nor are churches, bridges and other buildings. You may find all of these fascinating and you might not want to miss them during your holiday, but try to space them out with other fun things as well to keep the kids happy.
Although children may find some of the museums a bit boring, they are sure to enjoy many of the historical attractions in Italy, so try to include these on your list of things to see. For example, they are almost certain to enjoy:
Visit ancient castles
Many children enjoy dramatic castles, and there are many to see in Italy. You could plan a visit to the Doge’s Palace in Venice, or Castle Sant’Angelo in Rome, and there are many other interesting buildings, towers and ancient ruins to visit.
Make it a beach holiday
A beach holiday is a great idea when you travel with children because they will make their own fun. Where to go though?
Capri has some excellent beaches, as does Ischia. Many places along the Adriatic coast, like Rimini, also provide plenty of sand and good facilities for families.
And you don’t have to stick to one beach: you could visit a few on your holiday by booking a multi-centre vacation like those offered by specialist travel company Bellarome.
If not a beach, then you may want to stay near a lake. Lake Garda in the north is a great option for a family holiday, providing beaches, clean water and an interesting region that is ripe for exploring.
Fit in an amusement park or zoo
Kids will be more forgiving of being dragged around the museums if you can promise them a trip to an amusement park.
You may want to visit Gardaland in the north, which is the largest amusement park in Italy and boasts a good number of roller coasters and water rides.
As for zoos, the Bioparco di Roma in Rome is a great zoo with a large selection of animals. Alternatively, Zoo Safari in Puglia will provide you all with a fun day out.
There are also aquariums in most cities, but the best is the Genoa Aquarium. This is not only the biggest in Italy but also in the whole of Europe.
Italy is the perfect family holiday destination
There is no end to the things to do in Italy when you travel with children. There are so many places to go and attractions to enjoy, so the trick is to get the right mix. Don’t bore them with endless museum trips, but try instead to do a bit of everything and also try to see more than one destination in the country to keep everyone happy on your holiday.