10 Tips for Travel to Italy with Kids

With a name like Ciao Bambino, it’s no secret we log many hours sharing not-to-be-missed insider information on how to best travel to Italy with kids. Families from around the world have been relying on our portfolio of thoroughly vetted Italy family hotels, resorts, and villas for close to 10 years now! There are a few Italy family travel tips we share continually with those who use our booking service that help families plan the best trip possible.

Lucca Bike Ride with Kids

Bike riding on the city walls of Lucca with kids, a Ciao Bambino favorite! 

Italy with Kids

Saturday-to-Saturday Stay Requirement: The best family-friendly accommodations for a week-long+ stay are either what we call “resorts” on Ciao Bambino (preferred for independent families with apartments/villas in a shared amenity setting) or independent villas (preferred for multi-generational travel). Over the summer months in particular, these accommodations are available only for Saturday-to-Saturday stays. Book flights accordingly! See Essential Tips for a Farm Stay in Tuscany with kids for more tips and insider information.

Best Family-Friendly Italy Itinerary: In the most popular 10 to 14 day Italy itinerary with kids, families start in Rome for four nights, spend a week in Tuscany, and then end the trip with two to three nights in Venice. You can reverse this itinerary as well. Book flights into Rome and out of Venice or vice versa.

Round Two Italy Holiday Favorites: Other hot spots for family holidays in Italy include Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera, Sardinia, and Lake Como. For a second holiday in Italy after you covered the must-see destinations, we love Bologna, Puglia, Umbria, and the Dolomites.

We Heart Walking Tours with Kids in Italy: We absolutely recommend a kid-friendly walking tour in Italy to enrich the experience for all ages. See our Italy Kid-Friendly Guide List for favorite recommendations. Guides, however, are not inexpensive. If you choose just one guide for your trip, choose one for Ancient Rome, as understanding the big picture in the most meaningful way requires additional explanation.

Gladiator School, Mask Making, and Cooking with Kids: In addition to walking tours, there are other extraordinary activities favorites including Gladiator School in Rome, Mask Making in Venice, a Cooking Class with Kids in Tuscany. See our release listing six things to do in Italy with kids for more ideas.

Staying in the Countryside? You Need a Car: Although the trains in Italy are a fantastic way to get between the big cities in Italy, the train system is not as efficient for the smaller towns and villages, particularly in the rural interior. When you stay in the countryside, renting a car is, more often than not, a must. See expert Europe car rental tips by Auto Europe for must-read tips.

Baby and Toddler Travel in Italy is Delightful: Italy is a fantastic place to travel with a baby or toddler as Italians love children and go out of their way to ensure families are comfortable. Most family hotels and resorts provide cribs (cots) and highchairs. Not all independent Italy villa rental agencies, however, provide them. Be sure and ask if this is the case for your specific unit ahead of time!

Growing List of Baby Equipment Rental Agencies in Europe: There’s a growing list of baby equipment rental companies providing everything from car seats to strollers across Europe, much more so than when I started Ciao Bambino in 2004. We keep a list of baby equipment rental companies around the world on our Valuable Links page. If you don’t see one in your target destination, reach out to someone else in on the list for referrals.

Kids’ Menu in Italy Not Needed: We don’t really publish articles about kid-friendly dining in Italy. For good reason, there are few restaurants that are NOT kid-friendly in Italy. Note, most do not offer children’s menus, but will custom make pastas on request, and of course, pizza is everywhere.

We Can Help! One thing that makes Ciao Bambino different than other family travel blogs is that we have a booking service to help our readers find and book accommodations. We don’t book flights or activities, but we are really good at ensuring hotels provide the best configuration for your family and best available pricing.

We can work with many properties outside of our portfolio too. Italy is a place we have particularly deep knowledge and relationships. We have a travel agency ID and accommodations pay us commission off of what you’d pay anyway to find and book the room without our help, i.e. it costs you nothing! Email Info{at}CiaoBambino.com for help or use the Check Availability button available on every hotel review page on Ciao Bambino.

Need help planning a trip to Italy or any other top family travel destination? Our Family Vacation Planning Team can  help! Request assistance on My Trip Planner.

 Relevant Links:

Ciao Bambino’s best Italy family hotels and Italy travel tips

52 things to know before traveling to Italy with kids

Kid-friendly tour guides in Italy 

5 Comments

  1. This is great! I’m so glad I found this website. My husband and I are thinking about taking our 3-month old to Italy sometime in February 2014.
    (Are we crazy to travel with an infant or is it doable?)

  2. Hi Karin,
    By saying “taking our 3-month old to Italy sometime in February 2014″ you mean, baby that is going to be born in October/November? or 3-month old now, which is going to be 1 year old?
    Well, if baby is going to be still born in few months, then I would wait with planning anything. You never know with babies, if this is your first one (I’ve two). They might come and be very easy, but they might have colic, reflux and scream for first few months for unknown reasons; we had both cases. All in all I think traveling with infants/babies before they start crawling/walking is very nice (and free for them), since you don’t have to chase them down and can plan the trip 100% for you and your husband. Make sure only to schedule your activities in small time increments so baby can go back to nap in peace – nothing worst than tired and overstimulated baby. Yes, don’t be fooled thinking, oh my baby is full of energy/doesn’t want to sleep – it will back fire every time!
    happy travels!

    ps. as I may add, look for a vacation rental home/condo instead of hotel (as you see from my email I work with HomeAway.com and there are plenty rentals around Italy to choose from on our site). Rentals might come with a crib or other baby friendly equipment. Good luck!

  3. I will be taking my two sons and husband to Venice this August for a week. Could I use your services for a hotel and transportation arrangements?
    I am crazy interested in the Biennale, but the others…not so much!
    What would you suggest for an eight and ten year old’s itinerary?

  4. My husband and I are planing a family holiday for the whole month of April 2014, with three children who will be 5, 3 and 11 months. My parents may join us for a fortnight. Thinking south, coastal. Suggestions?

    • Hi Nicole, the weather can be variable in April, even in the south on the coast. We love Puglia with kids as there is plenty to explore inland and on the coast. Did you want any city time too? I’ll have one of our Family Vacation Consultants reach out to you … -Amie

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