Spend two weeks exploring northern Italy at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary that allows you to choose the stops. You'll start off in the northern lakes, with Lake Como and Lake Garda offering boat tours past villas and amusement parks alike. Then make your way into Tuscany, where you'll ride a horse-drawn wagon through the countryside and explore the medieval walled city of Siena and famous art of Florence. Finish your trip in the Italian Riviera and colorful five villages of Cinque Terre.
Although this is a self-guided tour, you can still take advantage of our team’s experience traveling with kids in Lake Garda. Enjoy visiting different family-friendly villages and hike the easiest and most entertaining trails. Spend time at the best museums for kids to learn about science and local crafts, safe and relaxing parks including Gardaland, and the most interesting outdoor activities such as the Monte Baldo cable car. Have fun with your family as you discover this remarkable area of natural beauty with our expert advice.
Some Fun Suggestions:
- Ride the cable car up to Monte Baldo.
- Walk or cycle the coastal promenade between the towns of Lazise and Bardolino.
- Enjoy the medieval village of Campo di Brenzone (a great spot during the Christmas holiday).
- Visit the Paper Museum in Toscolano-Maderno.
- Discover fishing, hunting, and birding traditions at the Sisan Museum in Cisano di Bardolino.
- Go to the beach! Kid-friendly beaches include Sabbioni or dei Pini in Riva del Garda, Lido Blu in Torbole, Cavalla in Garda, Cappuccini in Peschiera, and more!
- Have fun at the Gardaland water and theme park.
- Explore the gardens at the centuries-old Parco Giardino Sigurta.
- Hike with alpacas at Azienda Agricola Elalpaca farm.
We're happy to suggest even more activities based on your family's interests!
Itineraries with Lake Garda with Kids & Teens
Load the family into the car and hit the road for this trip through lovely Northern Italy, ideal for school-age children and families who want to manage their own budget and schedule. You'll start in fashionable Milan for a culture and history lesson before cruising around the glittering shores and garden villas of Lake Como. Then head to the park-filled shores of Lake Garda, Italy's most family-friendly lake, before heading back to Milan for your departure.
Families with teens who want to get out and explore (and find the perfect backdrop for their photos) should give this two-week itinerary through the Veneto and Tuscany a try. You'll start in Venice, where you can explore secret passages, craft your own masks, and paddle a gondola. Then head to Verona and Lake Garda, biking through both urban and natural attractions. Wrap up in the Tuscan cities of Siena and Florence with a hot air balloon ride, gelato-making, and more.
Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Florence, Chianti, Italian Riviera, Lake Como & Lake Garda - 10 Days
Wheel your way through northern Italy on this road trip with stops that school-aged children and parents can enjoy, with timing adjustable to your own preferences. You'll start amid the Renaissance influences of Florence, then set out into the Tuscan countryside and Chianti Valley on winding olive- and vineyard-lined roads. From there, head to the coast to wander the beaches of the Italian Riviera and then up to Lake Como to explore its luxurious shores. Wrap up your Italian sojourn on the playful shores of Lake Garda before you return to Florence.
Your whole family can fully engage with Italy on this adventurous itinerary, ideally suited for teens with energy to spare. You'll begin in Venice, where you'll craft Carnival masks and explore the secret passages of the city's famous landmarks. After a stop to wander the streets of Verona, you'll head to the park-lined shores of Lake Garda, filled with attractions for all ages. Finish the tour in the Tuscan city of Siena, your base for hot air balloon rides, hikes, and more.