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,…

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A Superb Family-Friendly Villa in the Greek Islands

Imagine cloudless blue skies, quaint century-old villages, hillsides dotted with blue-trimmed, whitewashed houses and gnarled olive trees. Imagine friendly people, gentle breezes and safe swimming beaches each with it’s own family-run taverna. This is the Cyclades. This is Paros. The Cyclades islands lie in the Aegean southeast of mainland Greece. Including such well-known locations as…

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Enjoy Sweet Tuscan Village Life at La Bandita Townhouse

La Bandita Townhouse is a very special boutique hotel for families who want to experience village life in Tuscany. This former convent from the Renaissance era has been lovingly restored with a wonderful combination of classic Tuscan architecture and modernity. John and Ondine, the owners, have kids and love to travel — it’s clear that they understand what…

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Explore England and Wales from Postcard-Perfect Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

Just two hours from London, hugging the bottom of an English hill but near enough to Wales to pop over for lunch, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the English countryside and a bit of Wales. Just give yourself time to spend in the hotel too! Tudor Farmhouse Family-Friendly Hotel Review Accommodation…

Modern Luxury in a Fairytale Medieval Hamlet at Monteverdi Tuscany

Monteverdi Tuscany is so unique that its appeal is hard to sum up in a tidy package. Nestled into the tiny, ancient village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, deep in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia, this luxurious escape plays old-world allure against contemporary chic, artfully blending both into the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape. The property is as natural a fit for families as…

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Tips for Planning a Family Road Trip Through Southern Spain

Driving through Southern Spain provides an experience that you just can’t replicate by visiting the big cities of Madrid or Barcelona. Exploring Andalusia, you will pass through fields of waving sunflowers and hill after hill of olive groves as you wind through dusty mountains to end up at the beautiful beaches in Costa del Sol. From…

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Grand Hyatt Istanbul Highlights for Families

Grand Hyatt Istanbul is located in Taksim, the heart of modern Istanbul. Families visiting this exotic city — the largest in Turkey, with a population of over 14 million people — will appreciate the the spacious, well-appointed rooms and kid-friendly amenities, as they provide a welcome respite from the bustle of this historic city. Here are highlights from our stay…