Italy is a pretty cool destination for families. There are lots of things to see and do for kids both young and old – age-old monuments to learn about, beaches to play on and tasty cuisine to try. If you’re thinking of taking the kids to Italy in 2017, here are some ideas for a bambino-friendly holiday.
Theme park thrills in Lake Garda
Who knew one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations also had so much fun and excitement in store? In between Lake Garda’s charming waterside towns is Gardaland – Italy’s answer to Thorpe Park. Really little ones will enjoy everything from the Kung Fu Panda Academy (new for 2016) to the Ice Age 4D experience, while big kids (and adults) can ride the Jungle Rapids and Mammut rollercoaster. The brave will not want to miss the Oblivion: The Black Hole! A fall from a dizzying height is involved!
For the full experience, why not take it one step further and stay in the resort? Located just a short 800 metres from the park, the Gardaland Hotel takes on a New England vibe, with rooms themed for princess and pirate lovers. At the heart of the hotel (and of your children by the end of the trip) is the Blue Lagoon. This hulking swimming pool stretches across 3,000 square metres and has something for the whole family, including a children’s section and hydro-massage area.
Sports in Forte Village
Forte Village lies in the south of Sardinia and is more than just a family-friendly hotel – it’s a family destination all in itself. Its facilities are nothing short of world-class. The resort is 55 acres of swimming pools, sports facilities, and world-class cuisine. Children can while away the hours in the Wonderland, complete with Mario’s village and Barbie activity centre, while adults can spend time in the Accuaforte Spa. For the ultimate family quality time, try your hand at bowling, golf, tennis and even go-karting.
For those that love to learn, a visit to the Roman ruins at Nora are a must. View sites such as the Temple of Tanit, tombs, amphitheatre and Roman baths.
Exploring in Sorrento
Sorrento may not spring out at first as top destination for your family holiday, but there are plenty of reasons to consider it. The bustling town is chock-full of restaurants, shops and piazzas. Best bit? It’s the perfect base for explorations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, where the whole family can learn about the area’s history and the eruption of Vesuvius.
Sorrento also boasts some great child-friendly hotels – the Hilton Sorrento Palace for instance. The hotel has six swimming pools, and thanks to the collection of family-size and inter-connecting rooms, kids and parents can enjoy plenty of space to stay together. Not to mention, the kids’ club is pretty awesome!
Gladiators and Gelato in Rome
What’s not to love for children in Rome? It’s chock-full of Ancient Roman ruins, it’s the home of the gladiator, gelato shops are on pretty much every corner and there is so much fascinating history to learn.
Rome is something of an open-air museum that kids will love exploring. Why not send them off to Gladiator School – a way for them to channel their inner Russell Crowe. This kid-friendly activity will bring the Roman sites around them alive as they learn more about the history and have some fun meeting new friends.
Have you enjoyed a family holiday to Italy? Where did you?