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Selfies in Positano
Map of 7 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries
7 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Bring your whole brood abroad to experience Italy's delicious food, ancient history, and glittering coastlines with these week-long itineraries. The country has something for everyone, even your smallest party members. With a week to explore, you can set forth on scavenger hunts through Rome and Venice, take a road trip through the lakes of Northern Italy, adventure along the Amalfi Coast, or stroll with a stroller through Sorrento with these seven-day itineraries.

Say hello to the Duomo in Florence
Map of 10 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries
10 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

With thousands of years of cultural and culinary history, Italy offers plenty to take in. In 10 days, you can choose to go deep on a particular region or hop between the high points. If you prefer the latter, check out our spin through Venice, Florence, and Rome ideal for school-age children, or take babies and toddlers to Rome and Sorrento with the help of private tours. If you'd rather specialize, try a road trip through Tuscany and Lakes Como and Garda or an adventure trip that will see you sailing over Tuscany and Veneto via bike, hot air balloon, and more.

Ice cream on Lake Como
Map of 14 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries
14 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Whether you're hiding behind a Carnival mask, crafting your own gelato flavor, or cruising around Lake Como, Italy has a new experience for your family waiting around every corner. With two weeks to explore, you've got plenty of time to design your ideal itinerary. Hit all the highlights, take it easy on a road trip, go for a more active path down the coast, or slow down with a sling-bound baby with these options that will have you gesturing wildly with excitement in no time.

A girl on vacation in Tuscany
Family Travel in Tuscany: Travel Tips & Itinerary Ideas

Whether it’s to be a family-friendly pedal through vineyards and poppy fields, a race to the top of a medieval tower, or the perfect scoop of gelato⁠—Tuscany is a surefire kid-pleaser. With a little forward planning, this low-key corner of Italy can be utter heaven for bambini (children). Read on for the top activities, places to go, and trip ideas.

View of the Florence Duomo from Giotto’s Bell Tower
Best Things To Do in Florence with Kids

Art and architecture dominate most visits to the historical city of Florence, but there is also plenty to keep little adventurers entertained. From a rewarding climb up Giotto's Bell Tower, to hanging out with local kids in cute parks, to a fun gelato-making class, here’s our guide to the best things to do in Florence with kids.

Explore Italy's Beautiful Countryside, Cities, and Food
Top Family Experiences in Italy

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!

Italy family-friendly itineraries

Magical evening in Rome
Family Adventure in Italy & Greece: Rome, Athens, & More - 10 Days

If your family loves to travel and explore together, look no further than this kid-friendly 10-day trip to the Mediterranean. With a five-day stay in Italy's capital, you'll have plenty of time to explore the city's highlights: the Pantheon, Vatican, Colosseum, and more, with experiences specially designed to keep the kids entertained. Spend the second half of the trip in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis, go back in history to experience the first Olympic Games, and luxuriate in a slower pace of life.

Exploring Cinque Terre
Map of Family Road Trip: Northern Lakes, Tuscany & Italian Riviera - 14 Days
Family Road Trip: Northern Lakes, Tuscany & Italian Riviera - 14 Days

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.

Amalfi Coast at sunset
Map of Southern Italy for Active Families: Naples, Sorrento & Amalfi Coast - 7 Days
Southern Italy for Active Families: Naples, Sorrento & Amalfi Coast - 7 Days

If your family's been itching for a chance to tie on your hiking shoes, this seven-day itinerary is the choice for you, especially if you have teenagers who want to keep moving when they aren't posing in front of impressive photographic backdrops. You'll walk the cobblestones of bustling Naples and ancient Pompeii and hike the hills of Mount Vesuvius before you head to sunny Sorrento for sea kayaking along the cliffs and bays of a protected marine reserve. Finish off on the Amalfi Coast with a hike through a lush valley and winding route through town.

Enjoy views of Lake Como
Map of Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Milan, Lake Como & Lake Garda  - 7 Days
Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Milan, Lake Como & Lake Garda - 7 Days

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.

Explore the Vatican City with your little one
Map of Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Naples - 14 Days
Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Naples - 14 Days

Take two weeks to explore Rome and some of Italy's most popular coastal cities with this itinerary designed to make traveling with babies and toddlers simple. Private tours to Roman highlights like the Vatican, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill will make sure you can move at your own pace before you head to the coast. In Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, plentiful free time allows for maximum flexibility and time to lounge on the famous beaches. Finish your trip in Naples, where everyone can enjoy making pizza and exploring the ruins of Pompeii.

Balloon over Chianti
Map of Veneto and Tuscany for Active Families: Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Siena  & Florence - 14 Days
Veneto and Tuscany for Active Families: Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Siena & Florence - 14 Days

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.

Creating memories on the beach
Family Adventure in Italy & Greece: Rome, Athens, Naxos, & More - 14 Days

Bring the whole family to explore history, art, and nature on this kid-friendly 14-day trip to Italy and Greece. You'll kick things off in Rome, where activities like a city-wide scavenger hunt and an art class keep the little ones entertained. Next, catch a flight to Athens where you'll travel back in history to the time of the first Olympic Games. End the trip on the island of Naxos for family beach time, a catamaran cruise, and all-around relaxation.

Florence from San Miniato al Monte Church
Map of Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Florence, Chianti, Italian Riviera, Lake Como & Lake Garda - 10 Days
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.

Take a peek at Rome
Map of Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento & Naples - 10 Days
Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento & Naples - 10 Days

Parents who want to travel with small children without disrupting their fellow explorers can turn to this 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Rome's archaeological and religious sites on private tours, with plenty of time to relax in the parks, then head to Sorrento for some time on the beach and boat cruises. Wrap up the trip in Naples with a pizza-making class and visit the islands of Ischia and Procida before you head home.

Explore the Vatican City with your little one
Map of Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome - 10 Days
Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome - 10 Days

Take your young ones on the experience of a lifetime as you travel through Italy. You'll start in Venice, where you'll explore on a slew of scavenger hunts. Follow it with Florence, where you'll learn to craft your own gelato, before you make your way through the markets and museums of Rome while engaging in interactive activities. The activities throughout this trip are specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, allowing you to experience many of Italy's highlights while keeping the little ones entertained.

Pose in front of the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence
Map of Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome & Naples - 14 Days
Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome & Naples - 14 Days

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.

Paint your own Venetian Masks in Venice
Map of Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice & Rome - 7 Days
Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice & Rome - 7 Days

This week-long Italian excursion is ideal for families, with plenty of interactive activities. Start by cruising the canals in Venice, where you'll learn how to craft your own Carnival mask and explore the halls of the Doge's Palace and islands within the lagoon. Then head to Rome, where you'll visit top sites by golf cart, taste your way through the markets, and learn the hidden secrets of the Vatican's museums. With activities specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, you'll hit the highlights of Italy while keeping the little ones entertained.

The Colosseum
Map of Italy with Small Children: Rome & Sorrento - 7 Days
Italy with Small Children: Rome & Sorrento - 7 Days

This week-long trip will take you to some of Rome's most popular spots, then let you unwind on the beaches of Sorrento, while leaving plenty of wiggle room to accommodate the less-predictable petite family members. You'll start by cruising around Romes's highlights on a golf cart tour, then follow guided tours of the main sites that can be customized to your interests while being speedy enough to keep the smaller, fussier members of your party engaged.

A canal in Venice
Map of Veneto and Tuscany for Active Families: Venice, Lake Garda & Siena - 10 Days
Veneto and Tuscany for Active Families: Venice, Lake Garda & Siena - 10 Days

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.