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Italy with Children: Where to Stay?
Researching and booking a hotel or vacation rental can be a daunting task for every traveller, but the stakes are especially high when travelling abroad with children. We hope these carefully selected suggestions for lodging help you to find the perfect situation for your family holiday in Italy. Meanwhile, I'm dreaming of spending a week with the family in Florence at the Palazzo Belfiore, a 14th-century palazzo recently refurbished into spacious holiday apartments in the characteristic Oltrarno neighborhood, our favorite area to stay in the city.  Family run, Palazzo Belfiore offers the benefits of self-catering lodging plus helpful owner proprietors who can offer assistance with dining, local events, or activities, and is host to the Arte al Sole children's art and cultural program during the Easter holiday.

Family-friendly hotels & holiday rentals in other regions:

Rome and Lazio
   Florence and Tuscany   Milan and Lombardy  Turin and Piedmont
Genoa and Liguria   Perugia and Umbria   Naples and Campania  Venice and Veneto         


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Arte al Sole: An Italian Cultural Adventure for International Children
is an English-language day camp with programs offered in Rome; Panicale, Umbria; and Lucca, Tuscany,  offering children an opportunity to explore the art, science, history and culture of these regions through a fun, engaging curriculum in English. Dates for summer 2015 are now available, with new locations on the Amalfi Coast and in Florence.


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Elaia Travel's Tips for Family Dining on Ischia

It is quite a travel feat to be able to say that every single dining experience we have had in Ischia has been a memorable one. The sapori Ischitani, enchanting flavors of the island, enliven every dish, as does the pride and craft of the cooks serving perfectly composed meals. Day to day we enjoyed simple dinners at our hotel, the Albergo da Maria, overlooking the cove and Aragonese castle from Cartaromana beach. The freshness of the vegetables and simplicity of the seafood were a hit with kids and parents. Read more...

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 How to Pack for Your Family Holiday in Italy: A Photo Essay


We feel that photos illustrate more powerfully than words the need to pack light for your family holiday in Italy. Ground transportation is never simple, and chances are, kids however young will need to be able to manage being responsible for at least one bag, if not all of their bags. We suggest that families pack no more than one carry-on or similar size suitcase, with very sturdy handles and wheels due to cobblestone streets and such, and one backpack per person, or if possible less. Definitely not one thing more... The payoff of minimizing your stress carting excess luggage around is well worth the sacrifice of not bringing certain items.

In a boat:

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Best Places to Visit When Traveling in Naples with Kids
By Priscila Siano

Going on a holiday in Naples with kids in tow? Are you worried that the city might be a bit "formal" and "old" for children? Incidentally, Naples' Latin name, Neapolis, means "new city," and many who come here to visit actually find the experience to be truly exciting. It really wouldn't take long for bored or grumpy kids to realize that Naples is indeed a wonderful destination for a family vacation.

The city itself is almost 2,700 years old, but the surrounding environment is even much older, and geological features like Mount Vesuvius are very much part of the city’s unique character. The place is really a complete package, offering a chance for the kids to see and experience many things that are very different from what they are used to back home. Certainly, there are many world-class museums, elegant palazzi, and ancient churches in the city. But on top of these, children might be more eager to explore its other offerings, some of which we’ll look at on this list. Read more...

Family Hotels and Holiday Rentals in Naples and the Amalfi Coast

Fun Family Activities in Naples and the Amalfi Coast

Beyond Pompeii: Off-the-Beaten-Path Family-Friendly Attractions in Naples and the Amalfi Coast

A Day in Naples with the Kids
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We Can Plan Your Stay in Italy for You!

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