*THIS POST WAS WRITTEN IN COLLABORATION WITH EMILY JONES.
Offering mild climate all year round, beautiful beach and mountain destinations Italy is truly a wonderful country to visit with children. Italy’s rich history, state of the art cuisine and unparalleled landscapes offer something for any kind of family looking to enjoy a well-rounded holiday. A few great regions recommended for family trips are: Sicily, Umbria, Liguria and Puglia.
Sicily is a favorite family travel destination as it is Italy’s biggest island and has everything anyone could need for a perfect vacation with kids. Sicily not only offers some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe but also a chance to visit a smoldering volcano before heading to the beach for a fresh swim. The island features many picturesque villages such as Marzamemi and Cefalù along the coastline, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and Sicilian gelato. The island also offers many locally owned Sicilian villas available for rent, which are perfect for hosting families.
Once known as Tuscany’s alluring sister, Umbria offers intimate and easily visited hill towns such as Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Gubbio, Todi, Spoleto and Norcia where you can visit traditional shops and restaurants and walk through historic streets. Surrounded by greenery, each hill town can keep the family busy for a while day and even more. Umbria is in fact very manageable and straightforward to explore. Umbria is also home to olive groves, vineyards and cypress-topped hills, as well as mountain landscapes such as Monti Sibillini and Monte Amiata.
The famous Italian Riviera is the coastal region of the province of Liguria featuring medieval towns and villages, as well as wild landscapes overlooking the sparkling Ligurian Sea. A great place to visit with the family is Portofino, a small but charming fishing village which now houses many of the world’s luxury brands and yachts. Portofino also offers pristine cobbled streets perfect for families that like to wander around as well the perfect atmosphere to relax and browse the boutiques and galleries around the shoreline. The town of Sestri Levante is certainly a very family oriented town offering many restaurants, cafes and gelato shops which children always love. A long sandy beach lines the other side of the peninsula from the Bay of Silence and is perfect for lounging under the sun and playing with the sand.
A region in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast and the Gulf of Taranto to the south, Puglia offers beautiful coastlines and towns, as well as incredible food and wine. A few great sights to visit while in Puglia are: Alberobello, a town famous for its rustic white limestone structures with cone-shaped roofs (called “Trulli”) which are now a landmarked UNESCO site; the cliffside Polignano a Mare, home to a famous cove beach on the Adriatic; Ostuni, a hillside town sometimes known as Puglia’s White City due to its ivory stone buildings; the baroque town of Lecce and Otranto, home to a medieval castle a cathedral with 12th century mosaics and a sweeping seaside promenade.
While these are just a few suggested regions to visit for any upcoming family holiday, all of Italy’s regions have something beautiful to offer for the entire family. Italy is an extremely family-friendly country so you can never wrong when picking a region to visit!