Summer in Italy: the best destinations for families

Where to go for an exciting family holiday in Italy.

19 Feb 2019

You don't need to limit yourself to just a slow beach holiday. In Italy, family holidays in 2019 can mean beaches, culture and activities all rolled into one.

Italy offers a wide range of outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained. From hiking to water sports, the varied landscapes allow for different options depending on where you are in the country. From elegant cities to the thousands of miles of coastline, you'll find plenty to do and see on a memorable family holiday in Italy.

The best Italian destination with children.

The best holiday destination for you depends on your personal preferences. If you would like to be near a beach, there are plenty of coastal locations to choose from including those in Sicily. If you would prefer a city break, Rome or Florence may be the best choice for your family holiday.

Active Italian holidays with children in the city.

Rome isn’t just for romantic couples’ getaways. Kids are sure to love the colourful gladiator history of the Colosseum as much as they’ll love exploring the ancient labyrinth of tunnels left behind in this world-famous ruin. When visiting with children, it’s advisable to book tickets in advance to avoid waiting in queues in the heat. Afterwards, you can take a stroll south to the shaded play area at the Piazza Celimontana (don’t forget to pick up a cup or two of gelato on the way!).

In Florence, you can also enjoy activities at famous sights, such as Climbing up the Cupola of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or walking around Europe’s largest private gardens, The Torrigiani Gardens, which often have entertainment happening in the summer. Also, look into pizza making classes for a hands-on experience children will love.

Adventurous family holidays in Italy.

In complete contrast, Sicily offers activities based around the stunning volcanic landscape. Take a jeep tour of Mount Etna which includes a walk through lava caves and an off-road ramble up the volcano. Visit the Alcantara Gorges for a dip in the crystal-clear waters surrounded by the fascinating volcanic structures.

There are various paths to walk along to see incredible views, waterfalls and canyons. The island also offers canoeing, zip wires and canyoning for your little daredevils. After a busy day, relax on a beautiful sandy beach and prepare yourself for another day of adventure.

Family beach resorts and holidays.

Of course, Italy family holidays in 2019 may well include a beach or two. From hidden little coves to long stretches of sand, there are hundreds of beaches throughout Italy and it's various islands. From the picturesque islands of Sicily, Sardinia and Ischia to the mountain-backed Viareggio and Calabria, Italy's Mediterranean beaches are unforgettable.

Travel in Italy with kids.

Travelling to Italy with children does not mean you have to miss out on the top sights and cultural experiences. Many tourist spots cater to children, offering activities and tours suitable for the whole family. Many museums now incorporate interactive displays that will keep kids occupied while adults browse around. Explora - Il Museo Dei Bambini is an exciting children's museum that allows hands-on fun with a variety of exhibits. Kids will love a boat trip around Venice or a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.       

Eating in Italy for kids.

The cuisine in Italy is perfect for kids of all ages. There will be no concerns about picky children not wanting to try the local dishes. With pizza, pasta and gelato on the menu, you can't go wrong. A family holiday in Italy also means you'll experience the warm hospitality of Italians wherever you go. It is a very child-friendly destination where people will go out of their way to make kids feel welcome and entertained.

Find your family hotel in Italy.

With such a wide variety of destinations and activities suitable for children in Italy, you will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to go and what to do. Fortunately, Gruppo UNA hotels and apartments are located in 19 destinations around Italy, making booking luxury accommodation a breeze.

Versilia Lido | UNA Esperienze is an elegant sea-front apartment complex. Kids will love the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, while adults will appreciate the wellness centre and the sheer beauty of the grounds. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the modern apartments are picture perfect as well as being comfortable and welcoming to families - you can expect warm Italian hospitality as standard.