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.
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.
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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. Be sure and Google if you can rent instead of carry items to lighten your travel load.
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 are also a service Virtuoso travel agency. All we book are families. Our Family Vacation Advisors are really good at ensuring hotels provide the best configurations and pricing, and we have an incredible resource list from our own travels, as well as the constant feedback we get from our clients who have kids of all ages.
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