If there’s one thing that surprised me about Italy, it’s how the experiences cater perfectly to both kids and adults alike. I held off on visiting due to having young children, and wow, was I wrong! My only regret is that I didn’t go much sooner. Italy is where laid-back relaxation meets history, culture, and of course — some of the world’s best food.
Regardless of whether you choose traditional trattorias or family-friendly fine dining, you’ll be met with hospitality that’s warmer than the Mediterranean sun. Even the pickiest eaters will be accommodated. I know my kids fall into that category. Besides, who doesn’t love pizza and pasta, anyway? Consider it one less thing to worry about.
Cobblestone streets steeped in rich history coupled with awe-inspiring sightseeing are a classic part of every Italian vacation. What lies beyond the guidebook recommendations, however, is what really makes this country special.
Should you crave the sea instead of cities, you can soak your feet in the blue waters of storybook-like towns like Sardinia, Sicily, or Cinque Terre. Laze about a private cabana on the waters of Forte de Marmi as the kids enjoy the beach; you’ll get the best of both worlds. It’s easy to hop from city to countryside in no time, thanks to Italy’s comfortable rail system and relatively short distances. Italy is a dream-and-a-half just waiting to be explored.