The Piazza del Campo, Siena's heart

Italy Family Travel: Things To Do in Siena with Kids

Siena is — in its “a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll” way — the perfect Tuscany town to visit with kids. Its historic center (much of it pedestrian) is big enough to offer a mix of bustling shop-lined thoroughfares and picturesque medieval side streets to explore, yet small enough to be easily visited…

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A Kid-Friendly Boutique Hotel in Umbria, Italy: Locanda Palazzone

We just came back from a flawless stay at Locanda Palazzone, an elegant yet friendly historic residence just a few minutes drive from Orvieto’s old town. The building itself dates to the 1200s; the structure was probably built as a hospitalis, or hostel for travelers and pilgrims on their way south to Rome. The rough…

Assisi, Umbria with kids

Umbria: Italy’s Green Heart Beats for Kids

There are certain things we tell ourselves, we promise ourselves, we solemnly vow to ourselves, when we become parents. Our children will never get parked in front of the TV. Our children will never play with war toys. Our children will never eat sugary breakfast cereal, especially not directly out of the box. Our children will never change the way we travel.

All of these are ridiculous, we discover disconcertingly early into the parenting adventure. Sooner or later you need to shower in peace, which is why God created the Disney movie.