When you travel as a family, especially with small children, your needs change. It becomes essential, in fact, to find destinations that also think about the happiness of the youngest travelers , with activities designed specifically for them, amusement parks and many things to do and discover!
In our beautiful country there are many family-friendly destinations! Here are all our tips on destinations for holidays in Italy with children !
1 – Verona with Lake Garda and Gardaland
Verona is certainly a family-friendly city: with a largely pedestrianized historic center, ideal for quiet walks among the most beautiful squares, you can visit attractions such as the wonderful Verona Arena and Juliet’s House, or immerse yourself in the greenery in the Garden of Palazzo Giusti.
Do not miss the Children’s Museum Verona, designed for children up to 12 years. But that’s not all: in the city the Azienda di Soggiorno Veronese organizes various days, events and themed visits just for the little ones! And to enjoy a nice panoramic tour all together, you can also opt for an open bus tour.
But Verona is a family-friendly city also for its surroundings! Just 30 minutes by car you will find the famous Lake Garda, with many villages, trekking routes suitable even for the little ones and beaches scattered all over the shores. Let’s not forget that on Lake Garda there is also the most famous amusement park in Italy , the Gardaland amusement park, which has also recently opened a new section, namely the Legoland Water Park Gardaland, a lego-themed water park! Here you can spend a day or two of total fun with the whole family!
2 – Ravenna and parks of the Romagna Riviera
Let’s now discover the Romagna coast, one of the main destinations of the Italian summer ! One of the best known cities is certainly Ravenna. Ravenna is a city on a human scale, which can be easily explored on foot. With the little ones, if they are not inclined to visit the different churches, you can visit the Small Museum of Dolls and other Toys or the Planetarium, the latter located in the Public Gardens.
But Ravenna is, above all, an excellent base for reaching the parks of the Romagna Riviera! In fact, just 15 km away is the Mirabilandia Amusement Park, with many rides suitable for both adults and children, shows and the Mirabeach water park, open in summer and with water slides, swimming pools and many activities to do! Inside the park you will also find Fantasyland, designed for the little ones! In addition, along the Riviera Romagnola there are also other parks not to be missed, such as Italia in Miniatura, with scale models of the most famous Italian buildings!
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3 – Turin and the Langhe
Among the great Italian cities of art we certainly cannot fail to mention Turin, the ancient historical capital of the Kingdom of Italy . Also in this case the attractions for the little ones are really many! Just think of the National Cinema Museum, located inside the Mole Antonelliana, or the very famous Egyptian Museum, with ad hoc itineraries for children and teenagers. For a little relaxation you can let your children run at the Valentino Park, with inside play areas, the medieval village, the Castle, and lots of squirrels!
Or you can reach the Superga mountain with the “Dentiera”, or rather a small cogwheel train!
If you want to enjoy some nature and admire postcard landscapes, then from Turin you can also set out to discover the wonderful hills of the Langhe. Known above all for the excellent wine, in reality even here there are many activities to do with the little ones! You can go in search of the colorful Brunate Chapel (La Morra locality) or take a picture sitting on the Red Giant Bench (Borgata Roggeri locality). In Cherasco, however, there is the Museum of Magic!
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4 – Florence and Pinocchio Park
Florence is a city that has a lot to heart even the little ones . In addition to the great classics, such as the Duomo of Florence, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Galleries, with the little ones you can visit the wonderful Boboli Gardens, admire the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, with the nearby Rose Garden, have fun at the particular Orti del Parnasio (where the Dragon that protects Florence is located) and enjoy an ice cream from La Carraia, one of the best ice cream parlors in Florence! Let’s not forget the schiacciata dell’Antico Vinaio, a must!
But visiting Florence also means discovering its beautiful surroundings, made up of postcard landscapes and spectacular villages. Here the activities to do are so many, with the little ones we advise you tovisit the Pinocchio Park , about 65 km from the city. Between Pistoia and Lucca, this is an amusement park dedicated to the most famous puppet in the world! Inside you will find several small attractions, the famous ivy labyrinth, shows and lots of games!
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5 – Rome and surroundings
In addition to an unmissable visit to the Colosseum, or to other great classics such as the Trevi Fountain or the Altare della Patria, with the little ones you cannot absolutely miss Villa Borghese, where the Bioparco of Rome is also located , or the nearby Explora The Children’s Museum of Rome! But one of the experiences not to be missed is that of the Gladiator School, where even the little ones can be gladiators for a day!
But the beauty of Rome is also in its surroundings, full of things to do for the little ones! Starting from the Roman coast, with numerous beaches where you can spend a day at the beach in the summer . Immediately outside the city, always towards the coast, there is also the Hydromania Water Park! There are also numerous amusement parks: among these we mention Cinecitta World or MagicLand. On the coast you can find the Zoomarine, a water park with swimming pools and water slides but also with seal and dolphin shows!
If, on the other hand, you want to visit splendid gardens , then we recommend that you dedicate a day to discovering the Villas of Tivoli, with a visit to the Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana from Rome, while in Cisterna di Latina there is the splendid botanical park Giardino di Ninfa, created in the ruins of a medieval city, a spectacular location. Finally, if you have your own car, you can decide to go even a little further, arriving at the particular and fascinating Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo, in Tuscia, about 90 km from Rome.
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6 – Genoa and the Cinque Terre
If you want to combine sea, fun, activities for the little ones but also some cultural visits , then we recommend Genoa! You absolutely cannot miss a visit to the famous Aquarium of Genoa! This is the main attraction of the city and the children will love it. Inside you can easily spend a whole day (we recommend purchasing a priority ticket). In addition to the aquarium, you can enjoy a panoramic ride on board the tourist bus, take the Bigo panoramic lift or enjoy the beauty of the Nervi Park.
But that’s not all: from Genoa you can set out to discover the Cinque Terre, the place that inspired the recent cartoon “Luca”, Disney and Pixar masterpiece. The cartoon is set in the fictional town of Portorosso, which is however inspired by the villages of the Cinque Terre, especially Vernazza. You can have fun together looking for all the angles that are also seen in the cartoon! The Cinque Terre are still a beautiful area to visit, where you can relax on the beaches or take a boat trip!
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7 – Bologna and the FICO Eataly World
Bologna is a young and full of life city , ideal to live with even the little ones. In addition to admiring the view from the terraces of the Basilica of San Petronio, you can take the train to San Luca, thus enjoying a panoramic tour of the city too! Not to mention the famous culinary tradition : lasagna, tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelle al ragu, your children will go crazy with joy! And don’t forget to stop for an ice cream at Cremeria Funivia, a real institution of Bolognese ice cream! Furthermore, if you have a car, instead of staying in the city, you can take advantage of the opportunity to sleep in a farmhouse in the Bolognese hills , surrounded by nature!
But, above all, Bologna is the perfect base for spending an entire day at FICO Eataly World , a real amusement park dedicated to Bolognese and Italian gastronomy! In addition to the many stands and clubs where you can taste specialties from all over the beautiful country, at the FICO there are numerous rides in the area of the Luna Farm, designed specifically for the little ones!
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8 – Venice, Islands of the Lagoon and Acquapark Caribe Bay in Jesolo
Venice is perhaps not the first destination that comes to mind when we think of a family trip, especially if the children are very young (especially given the difficulties in moving around of the many bridges), but there are many attractions and things to do, even with the little ones. Among the activities not to be missed are the panorama from the Fondaco Terrace, the famous Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge and one of the hidden jewels of Venice, the Scala Contarini del Bovolo! You can then enjoy a gondola ride or, an activity not to be missed, take part in a boat ride between Murano, Torcello and Burano, or the islands of the lagoon, known for their colors! In summer you can also spend an afternoon at the Lido of Venice!
But from Venice you can quickly reach one of the most famous water parks in Italy: we are talking about the Caribe Bay Acquapark in Jesolo. This huge park takes inspiration from the atmosphere of a Caribbean island and features numerous swimming pools, a large slide, an area where you can also do bungee jumping, and finally lots of shows and entertainment!
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9 – Syracuse and the beauties of Sicily
Syracuse, the land of Archimedes, among a thousand tales and legends , is one of the ideal destinations for holidays with children! Syracuse and Ortigia offer numerous attractions, such as the splendid Piazza del Duomo, or the Archimedes and Leonardo Museum, which will interest even the little ones! In this regard, don’t miss the Archimedes Tecnoparco, an outdoor park with reproductions of Archimedes’ ancient machines! Not far from the city, moreover, you will find the Aretusa Park water park and many wonderful beaches , such as Fontane Bianche, also ideal for families!
But Syracuse is also an excellent base for exploring the whole area! If your children love chocolate, you certainly cannot miss Modica, about an hour’s drive away, which houses the Chocolate Museum, while about an hour and a half away you will find the famous Etna volcano, with many trekking, some also suitable for children!
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10 – Alberobello with the Itria Valley
Let’s stay in Southern Italy, to discover one of the most fascinating areas of Puglia : we are talking about Alberobello, known mainly for its wonderful white trulli, some of which are now converted into accommodation. A unique experience that your children will never forget! Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site , in Alberobello you can stroll through its wonderful villages, perhaps taking part in a guided tour on foot, visit the Oil Museum or visit some educational farms in the surrounding area.
Alberobello is also located in a truly unique context: that of the Itria Valley, which includes other small and enchanting villages such as, for example, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Carovigno. The Valle d’Itria is characterized by infinite expanses of olive trees and presents interesting specialties both in terms of food and wine and culture! You can easily visit the small villages in half a day, if not less, so you can also include two or three in the itinerary. We recommend that you bring your own car, to fully enjoy the spectacle of this nature and this territory!
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11 – Zoosafari di Fasano
Photo by Massimop. Let’s stay in Puglia, not too far from Alberobello, where the locality of Fasano is located, known for its wonderful Zoosafari. It is the second largest wildlife park in Europe and, in addition to the safari area, it also includes the Fasanolandia amusement park.
The Zoosafari represents the wildest part of the park: here you will be moving inside your car , following a 6 km path that winds through olive trees, meadows and trees, where various animal species such as giraffes, tigers, elephants live. zebras and others! You will then find an entirely pedestrian area, like the typical zoo we are used to. This area is divided into several sections such as the Primates Area, the Reptile House and the Sea Lion Aquarium.
Finally, you can have fun in Fasanolandia, the amusement park completely surrounded by greenery . Here you will find numerous rides, designed for both adults and children, numerous dining options, shops, shows, exhibitions and much more. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!
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12 – Valsugana and the mountains of Trentino
Photo by Matteo Ianeselli. Finally, if you want to spend holidays with your children in the mountains , one of the best destinations is certainly Valsugana, in the wonderful Trentino, which has always been a mountain destination par excellence! Borgo Valsugana is located just 40 km from Trento and here there are so many activities to do with the little ones ! In fact, you can visit the Castello Tesino Caves, take the Valsugana cycle path, visit the WWF Valtrigona Oasis or take Baby SUP lessons at Lake Levico. In short, activities for all tastes and preferences. Obviously, there is no shortage of trekking and walks you can do in the mountains, reaching shelters and tasting local specialties.
Furthermore, less than 20 km from Borgo Valsugana, is the town of Levico Terme , located on the lake of the same name. At Christmas, the wonderful Hapsburg Christmas Market is also held here and throughout the year you can relax and have fun at the Terme di Levico and Vetriolo.
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