Family holidays in ItalyFind the best family-friendly, Italian destinations
There are so many reasons to holiday with your family in Italy: from the beautiful beaches of the Amalfi Coast to the delectable and diverse cuisine of each region, Italy’s a haven for family holidays. The bustle of Rome may not be best suited to breaks with little ones, but secluded and serene islands like Sardinia and Sicily can provide everything you could ever want from a relaxing holiday during which to regroup. That said, Italy’s famed as a child-friendly country: wherever you go, you can guarantee locals will be cooing over the kids, offering ice creams and great conversation in sun-soaked, winding streets.
Of course, there are a few things to bear in mind when considering family holidays in Italy: how do you get the most out of your much-needed break away? The type of accommodation you’d like is always worth planning in advance, as well as how much time you’re prepared to spend travelling, and any attractions you simply have to see. Luckily, when you book through HomeAway you know your holiday will run smoothly: our spacious and private properties in Italy are a fantastic choice for families, with many offering private pools. So why wait? Read on for a rundown of our favourite family destinations, and plan your fun-filled break.
Top five destinations for family holidays in Italy
Family Holidays in Umbria
Umbria is a charming and picturesque region, located at the heart of Italy. Its rolling hills and pretty medieval villages are a great choice for those looking to get away from it all. Parents will enjoy admiring the region’s art-filled churches and historical sites, while kids will love the local cuisine and lush, green outdoors. When planning an exciting day out, why not consider a trip to the Roman amphitheatre at Gubbio? It often holds plays and performances in the evening. Alternatively, opt for a stay in Perugia, the region’s capital: home to a range of sites, including Italy’s largest fortress Rocca Paolina, it’s still within easy reach of rural landscapes.
Family Holidays in Puglia
For families seeking a beach break in Italy, Puglia can’t be beaten. The heel in Italy’s boot, it has over 500 miles of golden, sandy coastline, where you can easily spend your holiday simply sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Of course, there’s also the unspoiled countryside to consider inland, where you and your family can try out a whole host of outdoor activities. Ever fancied kayaking, hiking or rock-climbing? Puglia’s a fantastic destination in which to do so. In terms of attractions, parents will love the Baroque architecture in Lecce, while children will find much fun to be had when staying in a traditional, cone-shaped trulli!
Family Holidays in Sicily
When it comes to sun-soaked family holidays, Sicily’s a magical destination. It’s home to some of the country’s most magnificent natural wonders, including towering Mount Etna, but equally beautiful are the island’s blissful, soft-sand beaches. Families should certainly plan a trip to the Aeolian Islands whilst there, a group of volcanic land masses which date back thousands of years: not only can you take the opportunity to snorkel or scuba dive here, but explore the vast range of fascinating natural landmarks dotted around them. Of course, if Mum and Dad are seeking a spot of culture, look no further than the ancient ruins of Agrigento.
Family Holidays in Calabria
Families seeking somewhere off the beaten tourist track should opt for Calabria. Regarded as the country’s best-kept secret, it’s a rugged and unspoiled region dotted with an astonishing range of exciting attractions. The best thing about family holidays in Calabria is the authenticity you’re afforded whilst there: you can enjoy lazing along the coast at Tropea, like you would in any other beach destination, but you’ll find that the culture, customs and traditions of the area are very much alive. Local cuisine is also taken very seriously: Mum and Dad should sample the sweet wines produced here, while kids tuck-in to tartufo, local ice cream.
Family Holidays in Lake Garda
Lake Garda is not only Italy’s largest lake, but one of its most beautiful. Lying at the base of the Alps in the north of the country, it’s a wonderful place in which to enjoy water sports: on any given day, you’ll find hundreds of people enjoying sailing, fishing and swimming along its banks. Of course, inland you’ll also find plenty to do: the hills in the area provide the perfect setting for outdoor activities, whether you fancy extreme sports or a simple stroll in the countryside. If you want to take a day out, the area offers a number of amusement parks and animal sanctuaries to visit. And after all that action, simply head home for ice cream!