72 Hours in Prague with Kids

Some European cities reveal their charms in a gradual way — but Prague wears its medieval-style loveliness right on the surface. It’s hard for even the youngest visitors not to fall under the spell of its cobblestone streets, red tile rooftops and majestic architecture. Better still, its beauty is more than skin-deep: Well preserved and culturally unique, Prague…

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New: Ciao Bambino Italy Vacation Packages Bundle Favorite Hotels and Activities!

Nothing replaces vetted travel recommendations from trusted sources … this is why the family travel advice we provide on Ciao Bambino is so coveted. Families who don’t have the time, information or desire to tackle planning a vacation love our CB! Family Vacation Consulting service, where our experienced planning team designs custom itineraries for families with kids of…

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Hotel Bella Riva: Vintage Charm with Modern Flair for Families on Italy’s Lake Garda

Although Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, it doesn’t quite get the attention that nearby Lake Como does. For American tourists, this could be because George Clooney owns a villa on Lake Como, or because the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas was inspired by the charming town of the same name. But Lake Garda is…

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Hotel Palazzo Murat: A Former Palace in a Prime Positano Location for Families

Italy’s breathtaking Amalfi Coast beckons travelers of all sorts from around the world. There’s something magical and calming about the combination of the mountains and the sea, and traveling families are not immune to the call. Positano, one of the Amalfi Coast’s most popular towns, promises drop-dead-gorgeous views, the opportunity to relax by the ocean, a…

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Adventures by Disney to Sail Europe with AmaWaterways

Cruising has a way of taking the complications out of family travel planning. Round-the-clock activities offer something for everyone, including parents. Traditionally, cruising families have set sail to warm ocean waters and sandy beaches, but cruising with kids is preparing to make big waves in Europe with Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways. Unpack Once and…

Crisp, Clean Comfort in an Unbeatable Prague Location at Hotel Golden Key

Prague’s Hotel Golden Key didn’t choose its name on a whim. This brand-new property, part of Asten Hotels, is housed in a 13th-century building that once was a locksmith’s shop (the gilt key that still hangs over the door is the medieval version of a street number). Talk about truth in advertising! Despite its historic roots, the…

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A New Style of Family-Friendly Hospitality at Portrait Firenze

Portrait Firenze is the newest hotel in the Lungarno Collection, luxury properties throughout Italy owned by the Ferragamo Group. True to the fashion-house ownership, impeccable style is one of Portrait Firenze’s defining features. But don’t let the chic atmosphere mislead you — the property welcomes kids, and the all-suite layout plus the convenient location make it a wonderful…

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Getting Off the Beaten Path in Europe: Northern Spain with Kids

Tucked away in the far west corner of Europe, the Atlantic provinces of Spain – Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia – boast unique cultures and languages, exceptional regional food, breathtaking natural beauty and blessedly mild summer temperatures. Collectively, these Northern provinces feel a world apart from the rest of Spain. The same steep coastal range and few degrees…

In Piazza Della Signoria: Simple Charm with a Sense of History in Florence

Checking in at In Piazza della Signoria, a bed and breakfast in the very heart of Florence, feels like being welcomed into a family home, right down to the doorbell that guests ring upon arrival. In fact, that’s exactly what this 14th-century building once was — Sonia and Alessandro Pini, the Italian couple who now own the property,…

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Cozy Canal-Side Charm in Amsterdam at Hotel Estherea

Sometimes a hotel strikes just the right mood at just the right moment. When I lugged my suitcase into Amsterdam’s Hotel Estherea on a chilly spring morning, I was tired and bedraggled from an overnight flight, in need of a big cup of coffee and a cushy spot to nestle down. How delightful, then, to walk into the bright, cheerful lobby and be welcomed with genuine warmth,…