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Family holidays in Italy are synonymous with fascinating history, glorious beaches and delicious food. Everyone from grandparents to children will find something to love, with an amazing range of locations that cover cities, lakes, countryside and beaches. We’ll help you get the most from your time away, whether you want to explore the coastline by kayaking or spend lazy days on the beach, watching your littles ones take their first paddle.
Visit Sardinia and spend your time relaxing on the soft golden beaches, while the kids are kept entertained with specially designed programmes. Forte Village Resort has Kids’ Clubs for toddlers, teens and everyone in between, as well as sports academies and special restaurants just for children. Alternatively, the Hilton Sorrento Palace is home to a choice of six swimming pools, including one just for kids, as well as offering a programme of activities including treasure hunts and pool games.
If you prefer a city break, why not take the children to Rome, often described as an open air museum, and see where tigers and gladiators fought at the Colosseum.
Looking for some inspiration? Here are a few of our favourite places for a family holiday – for more ideas or recommendations, have a chat with one of our Italy Experts.
South Sardinia is a popular pick, thanks to its baby-friendly beaches (think soft sands, calm waters and plenty of space for all your gear). Lots of the hotels here are well set up for those travelling with little ones, too.
Lake Garda comes out top for all ages, but the pushchair-suitable promenades, fun ferry trips and small beaches are particularly good for toddlers (plus, you’ve got Gardaland’s rides and shows on the south shore).
The Venetian and Adriatic Rivieras are ideal for teens, with their walkable promenades lined with shops, restaurants and bars, and huge sandy beaches (which come complete with watersports and volleyball courts). The Tuscany Coast also ranks highly for its beaches, markets and proximity to Florence and Pisa.
Tuscany is a great choice if grandparents are coming too – a villa provides plenty of space for everyone, plus the flexibility of eating when (and what) you like. Tuscany is where the majority of our villas are located, and the region offers up day-trip options to suit all ages, from the medieval streets of Siena, to the walkable walls around Lucca.
Our family-friendly hotels have rooms and facilities designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible, offering everything from kids’ clubs and pools, to early meal sittings and children’s menus at the restaurants. Many also offer a selection of sports – ideal for keeping older children entertained – as well as essentials for those travelling with tots, like highchairs and cots. Inter-connecting rooms and suites are often available to give families a bit more space, too. You’ll find full details of what’s on offer on the individual hotel pages.
Sardinia’s Forte Village Resort is perfect for families, with white-sand beaches, kids’ activities that range from pizza making to dance workshops, and a number of highly rated sports academies. There are also special menus for little ones in most of the restaurants, and a wide variety of accommodation options.
This beachfront hotel offers kids’ clubs that cater for all ages, with activities like cooking classes, canoe excursions and five-a-side football. There’s also a crèche, plus a 24-hour nursery with facilities including bottle warmers, baby food, nappies and changing tables.
Stay at Saline and little ones can splash in the sea-water pool, play on the private stretch of beach, or have fun in the daily kids’ club. Babysitting is also on offer, and the restaurant provides highchairs and special children’s menus.
As well as six swimming pools, the Hilton Sorrento Palace boasts a sea-view restaurant with highchairs and a kids’ menu, and a selection of family-size and inter-connecting rooms. The kids’ club organises fun activities such as treasure hunts and football tournaments, too.
Kids have plenty to keep them busy here, with activities at the four children’s clubs ranging from tennis matches to beach games. For parents with very young children, there’s a nursery, plus free welcome kits with bottle warmers, a changing mat and a baby bath.
As well as a beautiful location beside a sandy beach, the Hotel Flamingo offers a trio of restaurants, plus a kids’ club, dedicated activities for teens, and a separate pool for children to play in.
The Naxos Beach Resort offers families the option of early meal sittings and special children’s menus, as well as activity-filled kids’ clubs and shallow areas within both swimming pools (ideal for younger swimmers).
Inter-connecting rooms give families the option of having a little more space to spread out in. There’s also a kids’ club and babysitting service, and the hotel can arrange cots and highchairs for babies and toddlers.
Arts and crafts, games and mini-discos are organised for little ones here, plus there’s a playground and a dedicated children’s pool. If you fancy a relaxed dinner for two, babysitting can be arranged as well.
When travelling with little ones, the journey can sometimes be the trickiest part. Our Italy Experts can book flights with a range of airlines, so we can help you find flights at the right time of day to suit you. We’ll also advise you on things like luggage allowance for infants, pre-booked seating and what to do with your buggy. Once you arrive, if you’re not hiring a car, the quickest and easiest way to get to your hotel is by private transfer – again, our Italy Experts can let you know all the details about these.
At many of our hotels for families, up to two children can stay free when sharing a room with two adults. These exceptional offers are available for departure dates throughout the year, including school holidays, and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. Where free child places are not available, we are pleased to offer discounts for children and offers for children travelling with one parent. To find out more about these offers, please speak to one of our Italy Experts.