Visiting Italy with Children
By: Liz Flynn
Many people mistakenly believe that Italy is a country that is best-suited to adults who are interested in history, culture, and architecture. While it is true that Italy does offer a fantastic experience for people with these interests, there is so much more to see and do with activities suited to all ages and interests. In fact, it is an amazing country to choose if you are taking your children on vacation.
Best Places to Visit
Rome is one of the most interesting places to visit, especially for older children. There are fantastic museums and ancient ruins to explore. Naples and Campania are the best areas to visit if your children enjoy exploring outdoors. There are gladiator battlefields, subterranean ruins, thermal pools, volcanoes and coastal caves. The Dolomites are a great choice if your family enjoy winter sports and there are activities suitable for all ages. Anywhere along the coast of Italy will give you the option of spending time on the beach with the kids or trying some fun watersports. Don’t forget the islands too as these usually have a variety of activities for children in stunning surroundings. Of all the islands, Sardinia and Sicily are the best choices for families.
Eating out is an important element of a vacation for most people. When you are abroad with your family, you need to find restaurants that are family-friendly. Fortunately, most restaurants, cafes, and bistros in Italy are extremely family-friendly. Family is important to the Italians and this is reflected in the atmosphere of many restaurants. Most restaurants offer a children’s menu and those that don’t will usually accommodate requests for smaller portions from the main menu.
The activities available to you will depend on the area of Italy you are visiting and whether you have opted for a rural, urban or coastal vacation. In all the major cities, you will find museums, interesting architecture, ruins, and cathedrals. If you are visiting a rural area, your options may include activities such as hiking, horse riding, and other outdoor activities. If you have chosen to spend time along the coast, the beaches, promenades, and harbors are where you will find most of the action.
Water and Theme Parks
Most children love spending time at water parks or theme parks. In fact, a day at one of these attractions is often the highlight of their vacation. There are many of these attractions throughout the country. Some of these include Gardaland, Zoomarine, Aqualandia, Movieland Studios, and Cavallino Matto.