Tips for traveling with your kids in Italy

I have been asked twice about bring kids to Italy in the last month.  Once by a coworker; once by an old friend – who is looking to join me on a trip next year. My first response, off the top of my head, is almost always no.  There are always exceptions, and every kid is different. But generally, I don’t recommend it – I’ll get off my soap box now.  For those brave few who tackle this daunting task I can lend some insight.

Here are the top 3 things to help your kids have a great time in Italy.

    • Snacks.  Let’s face it when we are tired, hungry, overheated, and missing the comforts of home, it always helps to have a comfort item to help deal with life.  A heart snack for those kids, or adults, who either can wait to the next meal, or are having trouble adapting to a new diet, is a life saver.
    • Water. More tourist die in Italy of heat stroke than anything else.  The Mediterranean sun is deceiving and hits you hard – especially when you least expect it.  Bring, or buy a bottle of water, and have it available when you’re out and about.
    • Kid Zone.  In all honesty, unless your kids love history and trying a new food, Italy doesn’t have much to offer in the way of kid friendly activates. Italy’s greatest strength is its ability to build memories.  I find that parents who are great a building memories thrive in Italy regardless of who is along for the ride. I encourage parents to turn a park into a playground. Have a picnic. Throw a Frisbee. Pass a soccer ball. There is nothing like a relaxing day in a park in the middle of
    • Food.  Italy has an amazing kid centric dish that is a combination of American and Italian food.  French fries and hotdog pizza is a staple among Italian kids.  You can get them at just about any pizzeria.
    • Cruise.  The best way to see parts of Italy while having a great place for kids to play is on a cruise.  There are many cruise lines that stop at major ports in Italy.   You don’t get to see much of the country side, but if you want to hit a few major spots, and be able to keep an eye on the kids then a cruise is a great way to go.

I’m always curious about what other parents recommend when traveling with their kids internationally.  Please don’t hesitate to leave your suggestions on traveling with kids.

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2 thoughts on “Tips for traveling with your kids in Italy

  1. anna says:

    What nonsens. Italians love children. Kids can play outside the whole day and have a healthy fresh made meal. No indoor play centre or shop where you do arts and crafts. No kids are outside playing in nature… What else do your kids need.And yes you can take them to a museum for a few hours. Give them a real ice cream instead of some chemical ones and let them play again.

  2. I agree with you 100%. Italians love kids. Most kids today need more time playing outside, than playing video games, need to eat more higher quality food – enough McDonalds already! But, I do think that for young families who take their younger children with them, sight seeing and the majority of typical tourist activities are not enjoyed by kids. There are always those who do enjoy sight seeing, but the majority of kids don’t. Thank you for your comment. Where have you spent the majority of your time in Italy?

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