Throughout Italy, there is an expression called “Casa Mia”, which means “my home.” For your family, it can also mean “our home.” To accomplish full immersion, you have to be able to feel like a local even on vacation. That doesn’t mean being forced to ride around in a double-decker bus. Casa tua (‘yur-a’) is a sort of guide book for your secret family travel plans.
It has always been a dream of ours to spend one month in Italy. After researching the country a lot and getting recommendations from friends and family, we decided that we really want to focus on the northern mountains since they are close to France and Switzerland, so we decided to pick a smaller town that is still very authentic in nature but also allows us to be closer to other areas of Italy. Cinque Terre is the perfect choice! Some of the most memorable family vacations are those that also teach the children something along the way. The lessons parents impart to their kids can be valuable no matter how old the children are, but when children are still in their tween years, these lessons come in handy during the teen years as well. Learning about other cultures develops a global awareness in them and exposes them to different ways of life. Italy’s rich culture is worth exposing kids to so that they know more about it and can include it as part of their identity.
Family Vacation In Italy
A family vacation is the one time of your year you have a chance to spend time together as a family; it is important to make the most of this valuable time. In many cases parents don’t always have their children for a whole week or even a full month so you should try and make the most out of the time you do get.
Best Family Vacations to Italy
BY K.C. DERMODY
Sardinia offers gorgeous beaches framed by turquoise waters that everyone in the family will love, but you won’t have to spend all your time on the sand under the Mediterranean sun. There’s a wide range of activities and attractions for all. You can even check out a cave. The Grotta di Nettuno can be reached by boat from the Port of Alghero and hosts an underwater sea lake, a sandy beach and vegetation-covered “rooms” as well as stalactites and stalagmites. In Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital, you can explore a hilltop medieval castle or catch an open-air dance, music or theater in the Roman amphitheater. The list of possibilities is practically endless.
The modern pizza was birthed in Naples, so there may be no better place to bring your children for a slice of authentic pie than this city. For the best of the best, head to Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba in Centro Antico, which is widely regarded as the world’s first ever pizzeria. In business since 1738, its ovens are even lined with lava rocks from Mount Vesuvius. Don’t miss the underground city, it’s sure to fascinate. Napoli Sotterranea sits below the historic center of Naples, and features Roman roads and ancient markets, early Christian burial sites and air-raid shelters from World War II.
There are countless things to do with the kids in Rome. Take a guided tour of ancient Rome to skip the long lines, sign up to learn to make pizza at a local trattoria, sample various flavors of gelato and throw coins into Trevi Fountain – legend says there are a variety of benefits from tossing three coins inside, ranging from the opportunity to return to Rome to find true love. If they still have the energy to burn, take them to climb the Spanish Steps, one of the longest and widest staircases in Europe.
Sicily is incredibly family-friendly. Kids are welcomed at restaurants, cafes and hotels, with staff typically very accommodating. Plus there are plenty of things for them to enjoy, from beaches and ice cream shops to puppet theater. Older kids might want to climb the volcano and everyone can enjoy fun on the sand, right alongside hilltop castles and ancient ruins.
Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most stunning regions, made up of five picturesque villages that cling to the cliffs, built around the 11th century and for centuries were only accessible via footpath or boat. There are walks for all ages and fitness levels, including kid-friendly options. You can also get from village to village by ferry. Riomaggiore has a rocky beach that’s ideal for a picnic.