Italy has a dizzying array of high-end accommodation options, as Italians do luxury well. Fortunately for families, more than a few of these extraordinary experiences are kid-friendly, and all ages can appreciate pampering La Dolce Vita-style.
Hotel de Russie’s Secret Garden, a sweet urban oasis from the busy streets of Rome, is wonderful for children. Meanwhile, the gorgeous interior is stylish but approachable, in line with the persistent happy, social buzz in the lounge areas — it’s not quiet and intimidating, even with young children in tow. And best of all, Rocco Forte Hotels, the coveted brand behind Hotel de Russie, backs up its kid-friendly marketing with meaningful kids’ programs and family-oriented packages offered throughout the year. Read our complete family-friendly hotel review.
Given how often we review luxury hotels, it takes something really special to leave me speechless, but this is exactly what happened at Borgo Santo Pietro. The decadent ambiance is a visual treat, with stunning fixtures, fabrics, and textures — the work of the owner, a brilliant interior designer. Fortunately for families, she has children of her own and incorporated them into the master plan, with a playground and loads of outdoor spaces for them to frolic. The experience is tailored for each guest; it’s more like a private villa than a hotel, a big part of what makes it work well with kids. Read our complete family-friendly hotel review.
Those who think a North American hotelier can’t create an extraordinary local experience in Europe have yet to stay at a Four Seasons. Their hotel in Florence is a prime example of this in action, as it is housed in a 500-year-old palazzo renovated with such detail that there are moments when it feels more like a museum than a hotel. The highlight for families is the massive walled, private garden — the largest of its kind in the city — which includes play areas for different age groups, not to mention a glorious outdoor swimming pool. Kids for All Seasons is in full swing here, with year-round activities for every age. Read our complete family-friendly hotel review.
We recommend this Relais & Chateaux gem to our clients every chance we get. The location of Hotel Londra Palace on the lagoon of the Grand Canal is superb for easy Venice sightseeing with kids of all ages, as you are walk-out to St. Mark’s Square as well as vaporetto stops and gondolas for hire. Water views from many of the numerous connecting configurations are outstanding, and so are the friendly service and exceptional concierge staff. Read our complete family-friendly hotel review.
As our Family Vacation Consultant Sandy Pappas experienced last summer, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a treat for all ages. In a part of Italy that has few open spaces, this hotel offers them in spades, with a fantastic garden where kids can run around, breathtaking lake views from rooms and public areas, and a floating swimming pool right on Lake Como. Read our complete family-friendly hotel review.
If you don’t see something that suits on this list, we’re heading on a luxury family travel scouting trip to Italy this spring. Our Family Vacation Consulting Service manages an extensive resource list of options both on and off the website.
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