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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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