Many people refer to Italy as “the boot” because of the shape of its landmass. But locals call it “Bel Paese” (the “beautiful country”). When you visit, you’ll quickly understand why. From crystal-clear Alpine lakes to the wooded hills of the Apennines and the coastal cliffs of the Italian Riviera, Italy comes packed with marvelous sights.
What’s more, it boasts thousands of years of significant history. This history lingers in impressive souvenirs left by the Etruscans, the Greeks, the Romans, and more. Later, came the cultural blossoming of the High Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and beyond.
Food remains integral to Italy’s identity. There’s no better way to exchange cultures and customs than over a meal with a local Italian family. Share your language, stories, and travel insights while savoring delectable regional cuisine. Whether your trip takes you to Florence, Rome, or Venice, you and your kids will cherish this immersive travel experience. A multi-course homemade dinner served family style in a historic villa represents a defining aspect of daily life for many Italians and one you must experience firsthand.
Italian agriculture boasts the reputation of being the “greenest in Europe.” The country remains committed to rejecting genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 40,000 Italian farms preserve seeds and plants at risk of extinction. Visiting one of these organic farms is an engaging way to learn more about Italy’s renowned, sustainable farming practices. In the picturesque Chianti country, explore local agriculture firsthand. Take a tour of expansive gardens where biodiversity reigns and enjoy the antics of happy, free-range chickens.
Florence is known as the cradle of the Renaissance. Here, wealthy patrons like the Medici family supported Western Europe’s up-and-coming painters, sculptors, and writers. These Florentine favorites included Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. In 1966, flooding in Florence threatened many of the city’s famed masterpieces. As a result, the “Florence TeenAngels” organization was born. The organization is involved in a wide variety of restoration activities, including graffiti removal, building repairs, and garden restoration. It’s a fantastic activity when traveling Florence with kids and one that won’t lead to museum exhaustion.
Traveling Tuscany, Italy with kids is a veritable feast for the eyes. An endless expanse of rolling hills crowned with verdant vineyards and punctuated by sleepy villages of brick and travertine. One of the best ways to see it? A pleasant afternoon spent bicycling. Situated in the foothills of the Appennines, the terrain is hilly enough to keep your kids interested and engaged. Still, you won’t need mountain biking chops to enjoy the full benefits of a peddling excursion. From Pienza and Montepulciano to Montalcino and Petroio, get caught up in the sweeping vistas of Tuscany’s quaint hillside towns.
In the Val d’Orcia area of Tuscany, you’ll discover the modest home of the world’s best pecorino cheese, Pienza. A tiny Renaissance-era village, Pienza’s most famous commodity remains the cheese that bears its name. For thousands of years, the cheesemakers of Pienza have painstakingly crafted this sacred Italian cheese from the milk of local sheep. Gain insight into this time-honored process by touring one of the town’s local cheese factories. Then, enjoy the delicious fruits of their labor, pecorino de Pienza.
Nestled along the rugged Italian Riviera’s coastline sits a cluster of five vibrantly colored communities. Known as the Cinque Terre, these communities represent one of the top places to visit in Italy. And they do not disappoint. The Cinque Terre includes the picturesque Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre is also famed for its fresh seafood and authentic Ligurian cuisine. The paths of Cinque Terre National Park stretch 75 miles (120 kilometers). They connect these quaint towns, providing plenty of stunning seaside vistas along the way.
One of the most dreamed-about experiences for travelers to Venice is a gondola ride, plying the busy Grand Canal and smaller waterways of Venice. An undeniably romantic and one-of-a-kind experience, it evokes Venice’s bygone days. Before vaporetti and other forms of water transportation, 10,000 gondolas floated along the city’s canals and lagoon. Flat-bottomed, wooden boats that measure 36 feet (11 meters) long and weigh 1,322 pounds (600 kilograms), gondolas are hand-built in special workshops known as squeri. Gondoliers own and maintain their vessels, passing their crafts and careers down through the generations.
From delectable regional cuisine to the rugged seascapes of the Italian Riviera, you’ll make marvelous memories worth treasuring a lifetime in Italy. When you travel with us, you’ll also have the opportunity to tour an organic farm in the Chianti region, go to the source for some of the tastiest pecorino cheese in the world in Pienza, and lend a hand through mural and building restoration in Florence. Learn more about our Italy Classic and Italy: Tuscany and Beyond.
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