I have always loved to travel. When I was younger, there was nothing I looked forward to more than my next trip away. I could go where I wanted when I wanted. I didn’t need to plan, I could hop on a plane and head off to any corner of the globe I fancied, without a second thought.
Nowadays, however, that’s no longer the case. With a family to think about, including two young children, travelling takes a lot of planning. There is still excitement, of course, but there’s also that massive fear that my partner and I won’t survive the trip, due to the stress.
That being said, we still love to travel as a family. It might be a lot more stressful than travelling child-free, but we want to make fantastic memories with our kids. So we always make sure to plan at least one family trip a year. This coming year, Italy is on the cards. So I thought that I would put together a guide to making a family trip to Italy fun and memorable, for yourself, as well as the kids.
The good news is that in Italy, kids are welcome in every region. Being a bright and vibrant place, children will love the look and feel of this fabulous country. They’ll also enjoy the attention they’ll get from locals; Italians are very child-friendly.
The surprising thing about Italy is that in every place, there is something that will excite your little ones. From Gondola rides in Venice and beautiful sandy beaches on the Amalfi Coast to yummy pizzas in Tuscany, Italy is a child’s dream. Not forgetting the fact that Gelato – aka, Italian ice cream, is everywhere.
While Italy is a family-friendly place, you’ll still need to be choosy about your destination. Think about the type of trip that you want, and your kids will enjoy. Look at the different destinations, and choose one that suits your hopes for your trip.
Are you a beach family – a trip to the Amalfi Coast could be perfect for you. Do you love exploring cities – Venice is the ideal location for your trip. Are you history mad – Rome could be the best place for you. Each of Italy’s regions is different, so choosing your destination carefully, is a must.
|The Colosseum in Rome|
Once you have chosen a destination, the next step is to select your accommodation. While there are plenty of family hotels, with kids in tow, self-catered accommodation is often, best.
Firstly, because staying in a villa or rental house will give your kids more room to play and run around. Secondly, you won’t need to worry about the noise your children are making. And thirdly, because kids can be fussy eaters, especially when away from home. So having access to a kitchen to cook them something you know they’ll eat is a good idea.
To find the perfect place to stay, have a look at the selection of houses online. Often, you can find some fantastic deals on holiday villas if you shop around. So don’t go with the first option you come across, take some time to look around.
Once you know where you’re going and have your accommodation booked, start planning the details of your trip. Ideally, by the time you arrive, you should have every detail of your trip planned out. From how you will get around while you are there, to what you will be doing each day.
When there are kids involved, doing lots of planning in advance is crucial. You’ll find that your trip is much less stressful if you plan out as much as possible in advance.
To ensure that your family holiday to Italy is as enjoyable as possible, take note of the tips, above.
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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