Florence with Kids

The magnificent city of Florence has so many marvels to explore that planning a family trip to the city can seem a bit overwhelming. Yet the beauty of this Renaissance city, perched proudly on the Arno and nestled amid iconic villa-adorned hills, is not lost on the little ones. Nor are the wonders of the local art and architecture.

With thoughtful planning that involves the children in crafting a family-friendly itinerary, Florence will inspire lifetime memories for the entire family in a lively, exciting environment …

Visiting Venice with Kids

Visiting Venice with Kids: Expert Tips for Getting Off the Beaten Path

On our first visit to Venice many years ago, my 8- and 10-year-old daughters delighted in the charm of our holiday apartment in the Cannaregio neighborhood, peering into the inner canals with wonder, enjoying pastries in Campo Santa Margherita while watching Italian children come and go. We took a day and a half for peaceful…


Art, Italian Language, and Sports Activities for Kids in Italy

For many years, the Arte al Sole art and cultural programs in Italy have been providing families with an opportunity to up the fun quotient by allowing children to experience Italy’s culture while interacting with their peers and making new friends. Meanwhile, parents get some cherished free time to explore Tuscan vineyards or Florence museums, and…


Savvy Kids Paint Their Way Through Italy While Parents Enjoy Some Free Time

If you are looking for a different way to experience Italy with kids Arte al Sole does the trick. We participated in their art and cultural camp a few summers ago in Umbria and loved it. Shannon Kenny, the Director of the program, asked if she could give Ciao Bambino readers a few updates regarding her program.…

Rome Week: Family-Friendly Dining in Rome

While traveling as a family in Rome for the first time, it can be tempting to stop on the go and feed your hungry, jet-lagged brood from the nearest touristy establishment as a pit stop between taking in so many sites.

Unfortunately, many of the snack bars and tourist-oriented restaurants seem in my opinion to be churning out increasingly more expensive and lesser quality food.

Three Days in Santa Barbara with Kids

The animals at the zoo inhabit prime beachfront property on the site of the former Child Estate. In addition to the many engaging and interactive exhibits, the Santa Barbara Zoo has just completed full renovations and additions to its play areas. Check the event calendar to see if your trip coincides with one of the many educational events offered on the weekend.

After lunch or a picnic at the zoo, continue along the waterfront Cabrillo Boulevard …