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Italy Family Travel Must: A Cooking Class with Kids

Last year during our family vacation in Tuscany, Italy, we took a kid-friendly cooking class at our beloved agriturismo recommendation, Al Gelso Bianco. Amazingly, the class included kids from ages 2 to 13, as well as a set of adults seeking new skills. Everyone had fun! The secret? Hands-on engagement, good conversation, and a talented teacher. We had all three …

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Finding Quality Kids’ Clubs and Programs for Teens

More and more hotels and resorts are catering to families. If you need proof, just look at kids’ programming. Where quality kids’ clubs used to be an exception, these days they’re the norm at properties serious about attracting and engaging families. It’s not enough for a top resort or hotel to just have a pool,…

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CB Contest Insights into Family Travel Trends

Our Italy vacation contest provided such a wonderful glimpse of current family travel trends and preferences when we asked our readers to submit a comment about their favorite family-friendly hotel to enter our fall giveaway for a week-long stay at Al Gelso Bianco in Tuscany.

543 comments were submitted! Although a handful were for favorite overall hotels vs. with kids, the vast majority of feedback was all about families. I’ve combed through the comments …

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And the Winner is …

Thank you to everyone who entered our Italy fall giveaway! We’re blown away by all the great hotel recommendations and we appreciate how everyone spread the word about the contest. Don’t be surprised if you see some of your favorite hotels become part of the Ciao Bambino portfolio in the near future!

And the winner of a week-long stay at beautiful Al Gelso Bianco in Tuscany, Italy is …

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Dreaming of a 2011 Vacation in Italy? Read This!

If you’ve been dreaming about a vacation in Italy in 2011, we have some exciting news. Ciao Bambino has recommended Al Gelso Bianco to families for years now and this glorious property is the prize for our 2010 fall giveaway!

This wine and olive producing estate in the heart of Chianti is a personal favorite of mine. Set in a superb, much-sought after location for regional sightseeing with easy access to Florence, Siena, and San Gimignano to name a few …