With two full weeks, your family can embrace what Italy has to offer on this tour, focused on kids aged 5-12. You'll craft Carnival masks and follow engaging clues through the canals of Venice, then experience the Renaissance arts of Florence. Tour ancient sites, extensive art collections, and fruit-filled markets in Rome before you end your trip in Naples, home of both ancient Pompeii and some of the best pizza you can find.

Highlights

  • Follow the clues on scavenger hunts across Venice
  • Cruise past Rome's hottest sites on a golf cart tour
  • Create Carnival masks and tiled mosaics with artists
  • Learn to make pizza, pasta, and gelato like an Italian

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Venice, Private Gondola Ride, Walking Tour in Marco Polo's Footsteps Venice
Day 2 Venetian Mask Painting & Family Scavenger Hunt in the Doge’s Palace Venice
Day 3 Boat Tour To Venice Islands & Murano Scavenger Hunt For Families Venice
Day 4 Family Foodie Scavenger Hunt & Transfer to Florence Florence
Day 5 Free Morning in Florence & Gelato-Making Class Florence
Day 6 Day Trip to Pisa & Lucca Florence
Day 7 Florence to Rome & Family-Friendly Rome by Golf Cart Rome
Day 8 Treasure Hunt in the Colosseum & Roman Forum Rome
Day 9 Mosaic & Fresco Workshop, Vatican Highlights Treasure Hunt Rome
Day 10 Family Food Tour & Pasta-Making Class, Parks & Hills of Rome Rome
Day 11 Rome to Naples, Afternoon Tour & Local Dinner Naples
Day 12 Pizza Cooking Class & Naples Walking Tour Naples
Day 13 Pompeii for Kids Naples
Day 14 Depart Naples  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive in Venice, Private Gondola Ride, & Family Walking Tour

Venetian views
Welcome to Italy! Your travels start in Venice, where you'll be transferred on a private water taxi from the airport to your hotel.
Enjoy a scenic canal ride in a traditional Venetian gondola, one of the most quintessential activities in Venice. You’ll experience the quieter, more evocative side canals of the city, which offer a relaxed and romantic ambiance. 

Next up, get your bearings and enjoy a fun, family-friendly orientation walking tour of beautiful Venice. Along the way, your kids will complete an exciting scavenger hunt, which engages the whole family and provides an excellent introduction to the city’s main sites. You’ll also visit residential neighborhoods to discover the authentic side of Venice.

You’ll start in the famous and buzzy St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll meet your guide. Enjoy walking away from the crowds and through the backstreets of the lovely Cannaregio and Castello districts. By exploring off-the-beaten-path streets, you’ll discover hidden Venice and listen to stories about some of its famous residents, including Marco Polo. This famous globe trotter traveled for 25 years to the furthest corners of Asia, from where he brought several interesting items back to Venice. One souvenir is truly amazing—can you find which one?

As you follow your guide throughout Venice, you’ll solve riddles, puzzles, and games to discover this mysterious object. Wander the city, complete activities, and learn about the glorious past of Venice, known as the Serenissima Repubblica. 

Day 2: Venetian Mask Painting & Family Scavenger Hunt in the Doge’s Palace

Doge's Palace

Carnival masks are one of the most recognizable symbols of Venice in all their shapes, colors, and styles. Venetian artisans still use ancient techniques to craft these papier-mache artworks for theater companies and masquerade balls. Learn some of their arts with a mask-making workshop in a specialty atelier, where you can either start from scratch or decorate a pre-made mask to add your own touch.

Take your newly made artwork on a scavenger hunt through the Doge's Palace, the seat of the Venetian government for more than 1,000 years. Follow a trail of riddles to figure out why the famous Giacomo Casanova was once imprisoned here. You'll make your way through some of the most famous rooms of the Palace and the Renaissance artworks on their walls, as well as down to the prisons and the Bridge of Sighs as children solve puzzles and adults learn about the political organization and justice system of Venice of old.

Day 3: Venetian Islands Boat Tour & Murano Scavenger Hunt

Colorful hand-blown Murano glass
Colorful hand-blown Murano glass

A full-day boat tour is the best way to explore the Venetian Lagoon and its best-known islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.

You'll start in Murano, home of famed glassblowing. Pint-sized travelers aged 5-12 can explore this art style via scavenger hunt to solve the mystery of a secret glass formula. Meanwhile, the whole family can enjoy watching a master glassblower at work and visits to the Glass Museum, a collection ranging from the 14th to 19th century, and the ancient Church of Santa Maria and San Donato.

Hop over to Burano, best known for its multicolored houses and elegant lace. Sample one of the bussolai specialty cookies before continuing on to Torcello. Now the island is nearly deserted, but it was once a cradle of Venetian civilization. You'll find some excellent restaurants as well as some of the lagoon's most ancient monuments, now surrounded by vegetation, including Santa Maria Assunta, the first cathedral in Venice, and the church of Santa Fosca.

Day 4: Family Foodie Scavenger Hunt & Transfer to Florence

Cicchetti, little snacks served in bars in Venice
Cicchetti, little snacks served in bars in Venice

Discover the Venetian culinary scene on this fun, interactive, and family-friendly food tour with a scavenger hunt. Kids especially love learning about typical cuisine from Venice as they explore different areas of the city. Your guide will take you through Venetian gastronomy, from the past to the present, leading you through bustling markets and helping you taste traditional dishes.

Hey, kids—a very important royal guest is coming to Venice to visit the Doge’s Palace, and they chose you to help the team of chefs! You’ll scavenge the city’s food scene to find the missing ingredients, discover traditional recipes, and solve a strange mystery.

Along the way, you’ll pass through the Rialto area in the San Polo district. Follow your guide through narrow alleys and off-the-beaten-path streets as you solve puzzles, riddles, and games. Make your way to the famous Rialto Market to explore the colorful fruit, plump vegetables, and various fish. In the end, you’ll become a “star chef” and enjoy the tastiest side of Venice.

Once you've completed your tour, you'll hop aboard the high-speed train to Florence, just over two hours away.

Day 5: Free Morning in Florence & Gelato-Making Class

Dome of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
Dome of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

You’ll find some of the world’s most recognizable art and architecture in Florence, from Michelangelo’s "David" and Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus" to the 1,000-year-old Ponte Vecchio medieval bridge. If you're looking for something more hands-on, visit the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, which is as interactive as the man himself would want, or consider the celestial spheres at the Museo Galileo, where you can peer through ancient telescopes.

The charms of Florence aren’t just found in its museums. Check out the many parks and gardens, including the Iris Garden that holds 250 endangered species; rambling markets; and celebrate the city’s status as the capital of gelato with as many scoops as you can handle.

In the afternoon, you'll discover the delicious craft of gelato-making with a workshop in the heart of historic Florence. In the ambiance of an authentic family-run gelateria and gelato-making school, you’ll learn the ins and outs of producing that perfect scoop of creamy goodness with the help of a true professional. Identify the differences between gelato and ice cream, learn about the ingredients used, and practice the special process that makes gelato so creamy and delicious. 

Once you know the basics, you’ll create your own gelato, choosing various flavors and high-quality ingredients. Your teachers will provide everything you need, including gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives. This hands-on, family-friendly experience is great fun and an excellent way to dive deeper into the culture of Florence, one of Italy’s favorite gelato destinations.

Day 6: Day Trip to Pisa & Lucca

The famous Leaning Tower

Explore two of Tuscany’s must-see cities: Lucca and Pisa. Stroll around the typical Italian streets of Lucca, take a picture with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and for parents, deepen your knowledge of fine wines while sipping a glass of red Chianti. 

Your first stop is Lucca. This city isn’t just famous among foreigners; Italians also love to visit! Step back in time and enter the city through its thick Renaissance-era city walls. We recommend renting a bike to ride atop the city walls. Do you want to avoid the crowds of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro? Have a snack at Piazza Antelminelli instead, a favorite local spot in Lucca.

The second stop of the day is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the most famous sites in Italy. Here you'll have plenty of time to take iconic photos and admire one of Pisa's top universities, the Scuola Normale. You can also visit the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Cathedral of Pisa.

The last stop of the day, a winery, is all about Tuscany's famous cuisine. Start with a family-friendly wine tour and learn about the region’s renowned wine history and production process. Next, taste a few delicacies while parents pair your Chianti red wines typical Tuscan side dishes like olives and affettati (an assortment of ham). You'll feel like a part of the family in this winery's intimate setting.

Once you return to Florence, spend some time in the city's beautiful parks surrounded by the Tuscan countryside. The parks are places to find tranquility and spend quality time admiring the architecture and landscape designs inspired by Renaissance Florence. Find some delicious local snacks from one of the markets in the center and then head for a leisurely walk through open parks and gardens. Most of the larger gardens are on the south side of the Arno River including the Boboli Gardens and the Giardino delle Rose (Rose Garden), known as a beautiful sunset spot.

Day 7: Florence to Rome & Family-Friendly Rome by Golf Cart

Golf cart cruising

Travel from Florence to Rome today via high-speed train, a journey of just under two hours.

Once you arrive, enjoy a family-friendly and private driving tour of Rome on a comfortable golf cart that lets you zip through the city. Kids love exploring Rome’s highlights in an easy and fun way! Allow yourself to soak in the city’s incredible landmarks and hidden gems as you relax and enjoy the ride. 

The tour starts at the centrally located Piazza della Repubblica. On your tour, you’ll visit Santa Maria Maggiore with its gorgeous portico and ride down charming cobblestone streets to the amazing daily flower market at Campo de Fiori. Your guide will share the history of Rome with you while visiting the big sites, like the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Circus Maximus, to name a few. 

You’ll also explore beyond the main highlights and zip off the beaten path. Zig-zag through the beautiful residential streets of Palatine Hill to reach the keyhole, one of the city’s secret spots. Stop at Largo Argentina, the spot where Julius Caesar was famously assassinated, before winding your way down to the Piramide Cestia. Pass through the Testaccio neighborhood and stop at the Mouth of Truth. Watch as visitors slip their hand into the statue’s mouth and learn the curious story behind this unique Roman legend.

Day 8: Treasure Hunt in the Colosseum & Roman Forum

Roman ruins
The main attraction today is a treasure hunt through the Colosseum and Roman Forum. With the help of a treasure map and guide, kids from 5-12 can explore these famous architectural sites and bring history to life. You can even add 3D virtual reconstruction goggles to see the ruins as they once were.
 
If you want to keep going, there's no shortage of archaeological sites in the Eternal City. Families in Rome can visit the Colosseum, the Vatican, and its museums, as well as various smaller archaeological sites from ancient Rome on your own. Take a peek at the Pantheon, one of Rome's best-preserved sites, originally built as a temple to all of the gods (hence its name) in 27 BCE, the smaller Theater of Marcellus that resembles a petite and less violent Colosseum, or the columns of the now-dry Baths of Caracalla.

Day 9: Mosaic & Fresco Workshop, Vatican Highlights Treasure Hunt

Adventure in action

Get hands-on today with a fresco or mosaic-making workshop. Both of these art forms can be spotted throughout the city, and you can choose which type of workshop you'd like to visit to learn about the craft and create your own.

Next, go see the original artists' work with a treasure hunt through the Vatican designed for 5- to 12-year-olds. Spot both highlights and hidden gems of the vast collection, with stops tailored to your family's interests. Everyone can enjoy the tricky Momo's Staircase, old gold horse carriages and vintage automobiles, and Pinecone and Octagonal Courtyards. Make your way through the Gallery of Maps and into the famed Sistine Chapel.

Once you've marveled at the ceiling, you'll continue into St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest church, and its masterpieces like Bernini’s "Baldacchino", an altar made entirely of bronze, and Michelangelo's "Pietà".

Day 10: Family Food Tour & Pasta-Making Class, Parks & Hills of Rome

Market stalls

In this family-friendly tour of Rome’s food culture, you’ll first enjoy the city’s markets and then learn how to make traditional pasta on your own. Kids and families love this tour, as the fun experience offers lifetime memories and skills. You’ll visit the most beautiful and ancient market of Rome, the Campo de Fiori, where you will learn about local cuisine and taste typical Italian products.

As you make your way to the market, your guide will explain the history of its neighborhood, so feel free to ask questions along the way. Upon arrival, you’ll make your way through the stalls and enjoy tasting different goods and learning about the authenticity of the raw materials.

After the market tour, you’ll start your pasta-making class at a restaurant in the heart of Rome. You’ll start by creating your dough from scratch, learning about sauces, and then choosing toppings from fresh ingredients. Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, then comes the best part: enjoying it for lunch (with a glass of wine for the parents).

Spend your afternoon amid the parks and gardens throughout the city, taking your pick between green spots at the Villa Borghese, Villa Pamphili, Villa Torlonia, or the Gianicolo Hill. Children can frolic on the grass while you relax and admire the architectural details of the villas. Stop at a market en route to turn it into a picnic, the linger into the evening to take in the sunset.

Day 11: Rome to Naples, Afternoon Tour & Local Dinner

Explore the streets of downtown Naples

Head south to Naples today via high-speed train, a ride of just over an hour.

Once you arrive, it's time to go explore the city with a local guide, and then taste the local specialties. The philosophy is to give you the chance to choose between many restaurants, with many dishes, and go out for dinner with locals. In Naples, you can find the best kitchens in the world as long as you know where they are. 

Dinner is served at a local restaurant selected by you and your host. Look for Neapolitan specialties like seafood, especially mussels, but there's always pizza for pickier party members. You'll be accompanied throughout the evening so if you have questions about the best dishes on the menu or the magical city of Naples then you'll have assistance immediately. Drinks are also offered to compliment your food including local wines for the parents.

Soak in the experience and fall in love with authentic Italian cuisine in the Napoli style.

Day 12: Pizza Cooking Class & Naples Walking Tour

Enjoy your creation

Learn what makes authentic Neapolitan pizza the best pizza in the world with a family-friendly cooking class. Uncover all the secrets of this great Italian wonder in the exclusive company of a private chef. At the restaurant of one of the oldest families of Neapolitan pizza makers, your pizzaiolo and his staff will greet you and introduce you to the art of pizza making, guiding you through every step of the process.

In a cozy and friendly atmosphere, you'll enjoy eating your delicious handmade lunch. This pizza class will enhance your experience of Naples and give you the chance to take the recipes back home. You can make these dishes whenever you want, impressing your family and friends with your newfound cooking skills. 

Afterward, set out on your own to wander through the city.

Explore from Piazza Cavour and walk into the city center towards the magnificent Duomo di Napoli. The cathedral is dedicated to the Santa Maria Assunta, the assumption of the Virgin Mary. The San Lorenzo neighborhood has many churches to explore, but one of the most interesting is the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore which hides the remains of an underground Greco-Roman market. Further into the city, the main street Via Toledo leads to the waterfront. In this area are many grand buildings, including the Royal Palace, San Carlo Theatre, and the Castle Nuovo. Take your time to visit these three sites, including the two museums inside the castle. Along the Lungomare is a spectacular fountain, Fontana dell Immacolatella. Here is a great place to end your day before taking the metro back to the top of the city.

Day 13: Pompeii for Kids

Streets of Pompeii, courtesy of Leisure Italy

Discover Pompeii with your family in an entertaining and unique way. This kid-friendly exploration of Pompeii’s ancient ruins is an interactive, workshop-like experience. Your little ones will stay engaged and excited about Ancient Rome and enjoy some take-home activities.

Not only is this tour made for children, but it’s also led by children, meaning your kids will take on the role of the guide and lead the way. After receiving a special map, you’ll navigate the archeological site, finding your way through games, riddles, clues, and mimes. The map reconstructs the ancient city and how its inhabitants lived. Completing the games will help your entire family better understand Pompeii and award kids with character stickers to add to their map, which they can take home.

Enjoy seeing all the highlights of Ancient Pompeii, including the Forum, theater, bathhouse, and tavern, plus private homes, temples, and more. At the end of the tour, each child will receive an activity book to continue the adventure on their own.

Day 14: Depart Naples

Naples from above

Transfer to Naples Airport to catch your flight home or onward to your next adventure.

Map

Map of Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome & Naples - 14 Days
Map of Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome & Naples - 14 Days