Destination: Family-Friendly Italy


This article, written by Nicola Williams, appears on Independent.

Travel guide to… Family holidays in Italy

In the final instalment of our three-part Italy series, produced in association with Lonely Planet, Nicola Williams highlights the country’s child-friendly attractions, both man-made and natural

It is not just the gelato bursting with sweet flavour. Or the al dente pasta smothered in Nonna’s tomato sauce. Or the chariot-grooved Roman streets, gladiator battlefields and other “Horrible Histories” relics. It is the graceful warmth and gentle humour showered on young visitors that makes Italy so appealing for families with bambini in tow.

Italy’s 20 regions could practically be different countries, so varied are they in landscape, culture, temperament and, of course, cuisine. Enjoy historical parades and daredevil Palio jockeys racing bareback around downtown Siena one day (2 July and 16 August), learn how to craft a Venetian mask in Venice the next: sheer variety alone makes Italy a tremendous family destination. Read about the options at Independent…

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