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Norway in Winter: An Incredible, Action-Packed Adventure at the Arctic Circle

When I told people that I was taking our ski week vacation in northern Norway, I got more than a few questionable stares … but those who followed our trip on social media could not believe all the amazing things we experienced in one action-packed visit to the Arctic Circle. We paired a few days in Oslo with…

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Why The Thief Hotel is a Fantastic Luxe Base for Families Visiting Oslo

Feeling like you’ve found a home away from home in Oslo in the middle of winter is not easy or even expected … but this is exactly what we found during our recent stay at The Thief Hotel on the first stop of our winter in Norway family vacation adventure. Located in the lively Tjuvholmen area (formerly…

Ireland with Kids

Favorite Places to Visit in Ireland with Kids

Because Ireland is a relatively small country, visitors tend to try and see “everything” in the course of one week. (Lots of friends and family fly into Dublin, drive through Wicklow, kiss the Blarney Stone in Waterford, head to Cork City, eat lunch in Kinsale, drive the Ring of Kerry, ascend the Cliffs of Moher, cruise through the amazing Burren, throw back a Guinness at a trad session in Galway, marvel at awe-inspiring Connemara, and pose in front of Kylemore Abbey before heading back to Dublin to fly home.

They are literally in tatters upon their return.

Tips for Europe with Toddlers

Essential Tips for Traveling in Europe with a Toddler

I started Ciao Bambino in 2004 to help take the fear out of traveling to Europe with young children. It’s not easy, but thoughtful planning will help ensure that the gain outweighs any pain. Despite the hardships of flights, time changes and inevitable travel snafus, the vast majority of brave families who embark on a…

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Why the Canal Du Midi Makes a Great Venue for a Family Barge Vacation in France

Our barge vacation in southern France with family and friends was one of our favorite holidays to date in Europe. Our vessel, the lovely Athos du Midi, is a moving home base that enables seeing a variety of destinations without unpacking and repacking — it’s like a floating villa with a personal staff (including a…

Italy Family Vacation Tips

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.

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Time to Giggle! An Off-Road Buggy Tour in Iceland with Kids

One of the best things about a vacation in Iceland with kids is that everything about it feels one-of-a-kind and unique, with endless opportunities to embark on thrilling activities as a family. We had an epic 7-day tour of Iceland that included an off-road buggy tour with Buggy Adventures, located just outside Reykjavik, where we drove open-air vehicles through the rugged landscape…

The Secret to a Toddler-Friendly Tuscan Holiday? Ciao Bambino!

When Emma Crosby and Jeremy Peters decided on a trip to Tuscany with their toddler daughter, Mary, they reached out to our Ciao Bambino planning team for help. Needless to say, we were up for the challenge! Our Italy expertise runs deep — we’ve been working with families of all ages to plan unforgettable vacations…