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Family Holidays in Italy

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.

Where to go for family holidays in Italy

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.

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Baby-Friendly Beaches

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.

Beaches Best for Toddlers
Lake Garda comes out on top for all ages. The pushchair-suitable promenades, fun ferry trips and small beaches are particularly good for toddlers, plus there are rides and shows on the south shore at Gardaland Resort.
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Beaches Best for School-Age Kids

Ischia's sandy beaches, day-trip options and buzzy towns make it a fantastic choice if you’ve got school-age children. Alternatively, Sicily has lots to do, from climbing volcanoes to sampling fruity granita (sorbet).

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Beaches Best For Teens

South Sardinia is ideal for teens, with an abundance of water sports and activities there is plenty to keep them entertained whilst you relax on the white sandy beach. The Tuscany Coast also ranks highly for its beaches, markets and proximity to Florence and Pisa.

Multi-Generational Holidays

Tuscany is great choice for grandparents – 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 recommended family hotels in Italy

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.

Forte Village Resort Sardinia

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.

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Hotel Saline Cilento

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.

Hilton Sorrento Palace Sorrento

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.

Chia Laguna Resort Sardinia

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.

Hotel Flamingo Sardinia

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.

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Valle Dell' Erica Thalasso and Spa

 Located opposite the renowned National Park of La Maddalena and the island of Corsica, Valle Dell' Erica is a secluded gem on the northern coast of Sardinia. It boasts a large children's club with sporting activities, entertainment, and 4 swimming pools and children's pool.

Naxos Beach Resort Sicily

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).

Acacia Resort Sicily

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.

Flying to Italy with children

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.

Family offers

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.

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