Italy may be the most family-friendly destination, with so much diversity in history, environment, and activity. Plus, kids love Italian food like pizza, pasta, and gelato! From kid-friendly hikes and boat trips to interactive city tours with scavenger hunts to hands-on workshops, you can easily keep your little ones entertained and engaged. Follow the steps of Marco Polo, become archeologists in Pompeii, zip through Rome on a golf cart, and learn how to sculpt like Michaelangelo. The sky's the limit for kids in Italy!

Getting Oriented

Italy is one of the most family-friendly countries.

Italy is one of those destinations with something for everyone, including families with kids of all ages. Whether you want to explore entire regions (like family-friendly Tuscany) or visit specific cities (like kid-friendly Florence), you'll find activities, experiences, and food that everyone will love. Regardless of where you focus your time in Italy, your kids will be happy, entertained, and filled with pizza!

Explore ancient history in Pompeii or Rome, go castle hunting in Tuscany, discover artwork and architecture, attend workshops and classes to make your own lunch, treat, or souvenir, and enjoy the outdoors throughout the country. You'll find a mountainous region dotted with lakes in the north, while the south is reserved for beach vacations. Along any coastline, you can enjoy kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, boat excursions, island hopping, and more. 

Explore Ancient History

Italy is teeming with history at every corner. Discover incredible sites like Pompeii and explore entire cities filled with history from ancient times to the 20th century.

Pompeii for Kids

Your kids will feel like archeologists while exploring the ruins of Pompeii!

Enjoy the impeccably preserved ruins of Pompeii with a kid-friendly tour specifically designed for young minds. With this interactive, workshop-like experience, your little ones will stay engaged and excited with each step of the journey. Your family will receive a special map to help you navigate the archeological site through games, riddles, clues, and mimes. Kids love leading the way, learning about ancient history, and getting rewards for each completed task. Read More

Family Walking Tour in Marco Polo's Footsteps

Follow Marco Polo's steps through the backstreets of beautiful and historic Venice.

Let your kids explore historical Venice with a fun, family-friendly orientation walking tour. Along the way, you'll complete an exciting scavenger hunt, which engages the whole family and provides an excellent introduction to the city’s main sites. Start in the famous St. Mark’s Square and make your way through the backstreets of Cannaregio and Castello districts. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at Venice while following the footsteps of none other than Marco Polo, a famous explorer. As you follow your guide throughout the city, you’ll solve riddles, puzzles, and games to discover a mysterious object! Read More

Family Friendly Rome By Golf Cart

Discover the history of Rome with a golf-cart tour that kids love.

Zip through the streets of Rome and discover its main sites and hidden gems on a fun golf cart! Kids love the open-air drive, and it also saves time and energy. With the help of a local guide, you'll visit some of the city's main sites, such as Piazza della Repubblica, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Circus Maximus, and more. Get off the beaten path and visit the flower market at Campo de' Fiori and Largo Argentina, the spot where Julius Caesar famously took his last breath. Your guide will share the history of Rome as you watch the city unfold. Read More

Hands-On Activities

Kids love participating in activities, which is why art-and-food-filled Italy is the perfect destination. Learn how to make your own delicious gelato or channel your inner artist and be inspired by some of the greats.

Afternoon Gelato Making Class

Learn the secrets behind the perfect scoop of creamy gelato with a delicious workshop.

Florence is known for its exceptional gelato, so there's no better place in Italy to get a hands-on experience than at the family-run gelateria and gelato-making school, Perché No Gelato Academy. Roll up your sleeves and learn the ins and outs of producing that perfect scoop of creamy goodness with the help of a professional. Discover the differences between gelato and traditional ice cream, and practice the special techniques (and local secrets) unique to gelato-making. Choose your flavors and craft your own special scoop (or two or three!). Read More

Carrara Sculpting Class

Learn about the importance of marble in Italy and how to sculpt it.

Channel your inner Michelangelo while attending a family-friendly marble sculpting workshop. A professional craftsperson will take you through an art studio, sharing details about the techniques used to sculpt the stone. As you learn about the history of the craft and its importance throughout Italy, enjoy local snacks like focaccia and pesto. Then it's time to get to work! With tools, safety goggles, and a slab of marble in hand, your instructor will help you carve your own unique masterpiece. Read More 

Get Outside

Any trip to Italy should include some form of outdoor activity. From north to south, the country's diverse environment has something for everyone. In particular, kids of all ages love the Lakes District to the north.

Lake Garda with Kids & Teens

Explore the turquoise water, small towns, and castles of Lake Garda.

Lake Garda is one of the most family-friendly locations in Italy. Enjoyable for any age, there are many activities to enjoy in nature and a significant number of theme and water parks. Visit different villages, explore the famous castle in Sirmione, hike through the hills, take a boat tour, and discover interesting museums to learn about science and local crafts. You can also visit Gardaland if you're interested in a theme park excursion or take the cable car up to Monte Baldo for incredible views and kid-friendly hiking trails. Read More

How to Craft the Perfect Family Italian Itinerary

You'll find family-friendly activities in all corners of the country.

Italy truly is the ideal location for a family trip with so much diversity in environment, history, and activity. You can easily adjust almost anything to fit your family's interests and tastes, from which cities to visit, what to do, and what to eat. Ideally, you want to set aside at least one week to truly enjoy the country. If you're strapped for time, there are ways to get great experiences with just 24 hours in cities such as Venice and Florence. But if you want to see multiple cities and regions, allow 2-3 weeks for a true exploration into the country's culture.

Discover the best time of year to visit Italy and how many days to spend in the country.

Past kimkim travelers have enjoyed the following family-friendly trips in Italy: