May half term breaks in Italy

A perfect holiday spot for families with older children


Laura Ginn

Laura Ginn
HomeAway travel expert


ColosseumItaly is perhaps one of the most frequently visited countries in the world. Every year, people flock to its diverse cities for romantic holidays, special occasions and half term breaks away with the kids. Italy may not be the most suitable place when carrying young infants or travelling with very small children, but for families with children aged 10 or older, it's a marvellously fun and educational place. This doesn't mean you can't visit Italy with small children, of course: just that the visit may be more fun for older kids! Not only will they benefit from the historical side to Italy, but hopefully enjoy the sheer magnificence of its many ancient landmarks.

Of course, if you do plan to travel to Italy with small children, be sure to bring a stroller: there will be a lot of walking involved, and some of the best sites to see in the country involve walking up steep hills and staircases! But if you can muster the energy to keep them entertained all day, you and your children will enjoy Italy in all its majesty.


 

Best destinations for short half-term breaks in Italy


   

Rome May half term in holidays in Rome

You’ve heard Rome wasn’t built in a day, so you must realise you can't experience all its splendour in a day either! Having said that, you can make the most of Rome on a May half term break: as the capital city of Italy, it holds some of the most ancient history in the world, there's no shortage of things to see or do. You may need to live there for a decade to fully grasp the culture, but a guided tour whilst visiting Rome comes highly recommended if you're limited for time! Make sure you see the Vatican and the Colosseum, and don't forget to make a wish and throw some coins into the Trevi Fountain.

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Florence May half term in holidays in Florence

Florence is only second to Rome as far as cities in Italy go. Full of incredible art and delicious food, it's a feast for the sense! Some of the best authentic Italian cuisine can be found in Florence, and as the place from which the Renaissance was born, it's home to several great museums and tours. The two greatest tours in Florence to take are through The Uffizi, which is full of glorious pieces of art, and the Arte Firenze, which is more geared towards families with children: these tours will not only allow you to see some of the world's most amazing artworks, but to learn the history behind them too.

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Venice May half term in holidays in Venice

Venice has always been known as a city made for lovers, but it's also a great destination for families to visit. Whether you just want to spend the day people watching in St. Mark’s square, strolling through the city's tiny alleyways, or taking a lovely gondola ride down the canals, Venice is a magical place for a May half-term break. Be sure to grab a gelatto to enjoy while sitting in the square, but do watch out for the pigeons! You can also take a waterbus, or Vaporetto ride, on the Grand Canal for a nominal fee, and smaller children don't have to pay anything. 

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Cinque Terre May half term in holidays in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is actually made up of five cliff-top towns overlooking the ocean. You can spend the day walking the trail, at around 12km long, which connects all of the towns, visit the ancient ruins in the small village of Vernazza, or simply spend the day lazing on the beach. This is one of the most relaxing and tranquil of our Italian destinations, but it also offers fun for the children. Kids can snorkel, swim, build sand castles or just play in the waves in Monterosso al Mare, while you bask in the sun and enjoy a well-deserved rest! And if the kids play up, you might even calm your nerves with a shot of Limoncello! 

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Palermo, Sicily May half term in holidays in Palermo, Sicily

Whilst Palermo is probably best known for being the birthplace of the Mafia, it's also a fascinating and beautiful place to visit on a May half-term break. Of course, for those interested in gangster-themed attractions, there's a site specifically designed for fans of The Godfather! There are re-enactments of famous scenes, and a number of other things to see at the Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele: older teenagers are sure to love it. Even if you're not a fan of the film, however, the theatre itself is worth seeing: it is one of the largest in all of Italy and 3rd in all of Europe!

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Holiday Rentals in Italy

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LA CASA DI ELSA 6, Tuscan countryside villa with private park and pool

PRIVATE STRUCTURE. La Casa di Elsa dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when it was nothing more than a humble rural house, with animal stalls on the ground floor and the peasants' rooms immediately above; not far away is the now uninha...

MONTEDUCCIA 18+3 / 16 Sleeps, Splendid Villa With Pool Near The Sea Of Marche

RECEPTIVE STRUCTURE. Monteduccia is an old farm complex overlooking the rolling hills of the Marche, a place that has always been admired for its views and surrounding landscape. The magnificently restored structure, furnished with taste and elega...

Exquisite Apartment Medea in Florence - Enjoy Turkish Bath, Sophisticated Decor

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