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We are planning to spend 3 weeks in either Tuscany or
Lido/Venice, Italy in July. I have three children ages 10,
7, and 3 and wonder if the heat and humidity will make
everyone pissy. If you've been there during this time of
year please share your thoughts! Specifically,
- is Lido (beachy island across from Venice) too hot and
- will kids enjoy Venice in the early morning or late
afternoon when it's cooler? Is it cooler???
- is there a nice town in Tuscany that is cooler than the
cities of Florence and Siena recommended for families?
- anything else to recommend?
We were in Venice in June a couple of years ago. I thought
it was impossibly hot from about 11 am until 7 pm. Our
daughter didn't complain as much as we did (of course, there
is gelato on every corner). Our hostess took her kids to
the Lido all day long. Riding the vaporettos in the evening
was very pleasant. heidi
I would like to plan a trip to Italy in September/October for my 40th
bday. I will probably only have 7-9 days. I'd appreciate any input on
the cost, booking online v. travel agent, airlines (direct flights
from SFO?), general tourism (places to stay, eat, visit, etc...). I
won't have an extravagant budget, but am not interested in camping or
Thank you so much for your help!
My favorites were Sicily (we spent a week there, based at two
hotels, one in Taormina, with a balcony view of Mt. Etna smoking,
and a B & B in W. Sicily with a fabulous owner/cook. We found
that one through Karen Brown's guidebook, I think. We also loved
Capri as a day trip (very expensive to stay there)and hiked out
to a old villa of Caligula's a couple miles outside of town. We
also loved the area of Positano on the Amalfi Coast. We stayed
outside of Positano at a smaller hotel, hugging the cliffs. As
boaters, we rented a motor boat one day to putter around and
visit more remote bays and beaches.
We have two kids, ages 1 and 4, and will be attending a wedding in September
in the Veneto region. We would love recommendations of places families
stayed anywhere in Northern Italy - ideally a home base from which we could
explore various sights on day trips over 7-10 days. Please include any
travel tips you might like to share concerning successful European travel
with small children as it will be our first trip overseas with kids. Thanks
Hi - just in case you were considering it, let me say that Venice
itself is to be avoided - with children, it is logistically very
challenging. In the Veneto, there are a lot of lovely towns - Treviso,
Asolo, Vicenza - from which you could visit the Palladian villas while
you kids run through the gardens, go walking in the mountains, etc.
Further from the Veneto, the town of Bolzano is a little jewel, and
very kid friendly - filled with parks, places to picnic, and good
hiking, as well as interesting cultural options. The food isn't as good
as other parts of Italy, but it is very scenic. As for a bigger city,
Bologna is very interesting, and has a gigantic park with fabulous kid
areas (and the food is awesome). You really have a lot of options in
terms of where area to stay in, but I would suggest that you either 1)
rent an apartment or a house so that you have kitchen resources, or 2)
stay at an agriturismo (this is usually a renovated country house with
lots of amenities, where they also grow their own food, etc.) There are many excellent
agriturismi in Italy, and some are well-adapted for kids. You are sure
to love it - wherever we have traveled in Italy with our son, everyone
at hotels and restaurants has been extremely kind and accomodating.
While there are no kid menus and very few high chairs, most restaurants
and pizzerias will happily make your child a smaller portion of
anything on the menu (including a mini pizza), or modify a dish to fit
We are traveling to Rome in June for 16 days and then venturing into Southern
Italy with our 7 yr old daughter. Our tentative itinerary includes Rome,
Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Would love recommendations
on places to visit (especially ideas on wonderful places other than the
above), places to stay in the medium expense range (hotels, b&bs, pensions,
farms, etc), and things to do in the places listed or somewhere else you
highly recommend. Thanks for your help! Other tips on traveling in Italy
I visited the Cilento Park area (1/2 hour south of Paestum) last May
with my sister and our two children (9 mo and 14 mo old at the time).
We rented an apartment for a week, and I highly recommend the German
rental agency we used: http://www.cilento-ferien.de/en.html
They also have properties along the Amalfi coast
(http://www.amalfi-ferien.de/en.html), and list hotels, B&Bs, and
apartments. Their English was very good, and they were very easy to
I publish a newsletter about culinary travel with kids, and the current
issue is about visiting a water buffalo farm (Tenuta Vannulo). We had a
great time-- And of course the cheese and other products (buffalo milk
gelato!) were amazing.
Be sure to get an audio guide at Pompeii. Paestum is a good visit too--
cooler than Pompeii (I think it's closer to the water)- more grass and
trees and shade - good for picnics.
Happy to answer any specific questions that you have-- we had a
wonderful time and I can't wait to go back.
Hi - it's been 10+ years since I spent a fantastic year living in
Napoli, but I would recommend the island of Ischia as a low-key, family
friendly place to go. It's a lovely island; the beaches are nice (from
what I remember) and the water is oh-so-swimmable. It's not as glitzy
or expensive as Capri, and is a short hydrofoil trip from Naples.
Check a current guidebook for detailed info.
Don't forget to gorge yourselves silly on pizza in Naples...it's
fantastic. Have fun!
Hi, I didn't see the original post here, but I thought I'd
chime in as I lived in S. Italy for 2 years. I lived in an
area on the northernmost tip of the bay of Naples called Campi
Flegrei. It's a beautiful area as its less touristy than the
southern part of the bay (Sorrento, Capri, etc.), but it's
still gorgeous and there's lots to see and do with kids. There
are beaches and castles and many ruins to explore, including
underwater ruins in the submerged ancient city of Baia. During
the summer, there are ferries that leave from Bacoli & Monte di
Procida for the island Procida and Ischia (very short ferry
rides as they're right across from these towns). I would also
recommend Procida and Ischia. Procida is the smallest, most
traditional and least untouched of the 3 islands (it's where Il
Postino was filmed), but they still have a fair amount of
tourism to have good resources, great B&Bs, great beaches.
Ischia is a large, beautiful island that is wonderful for
It has many spas as there are natural hot springs all over
the island. It gets very full during the summer with tourism,
but its not as bad as Capri and the prices aren't as inflated
as Capri's either. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have
any questions. Have fun!
My sweetheart and our combined children (five: 5, 10, 10, 12, and 13) are looking at
vacation options for next summer. We had a very enjoyable jaunt to Mexico last summer,
and are thinking of going a bit farther this year, to Venice, for about two weeks.
Any thoughts or experiences about traveling to Venice with five children? Housing
recommendations? In Mexico we rented a villa (found through BPN) that was a smashing
success. A house / villa is more appealing for us with all the kids, but we are open
to all ideas. Is there enough in this beautiful city to entertain and keep the
interest of all the kids? Would it be better to base ourselves elsewhere and treat
Venice as a side excursion? We would love any thoughts and recommendations for an
Italian family holiday. Thank you.
Personally, I'd treat Venice as a side trip. Italy will be HOT in the
summer, and your family would probably be happier with a villa in the
countryside in Tuscany or Umbria. If you can find one with a swimming
pool, they'll be even happier!
Find a central location, and you can visit Venice, Assisi, Florence,
Siena, etc., and have your country villa to come home to at the end of
We'll be visiting Rome, Venice and the Pompeii/Amalfi area
briefly at the end of June. Any suggestions for activities
that would appeal to a 13-year-old who doesn't have a high
tolerance for museums/galleries?
Lodging suggestions also welcome...
First, set the mood. Rent movies about Italy before you go
that would interest yr teen--there are lists on the web.
Buy a good guide book, Rick Steve’s Italy 2007 has
itineraries that can be useful concise info at yr
fingertips—his hotel and restaurant suggestions have
proved to be good.
(Get The Smiles of Rome by Susan Cahill for yrself).
Second, be sure they have their own camera, particularly
if it’s one they like and is small and easily placed in a
Third, look around for a really good map that is
easy to read, especially ones that are more 3-D or that
call out the sites for the cities you will visit (having
street names on the back is important) Finding your day’s
route or the gelato places on the map not only sparks
interest but is a useful skill to hone.
(Before you go, watch Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn
and Gregory Peck)
Do the Forum with a good guide book: Interesting to walk
among the ruins and figure out what was there before. They
do sell guide books there that show the ruin and then a
plastic overlay of what it looked like in ancient times.
The Colosseum: rent an audio guide (available on site)
for your teen if they're interested.
Climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica dome (not for the
Villa d’Este at Tivoli -- pack a picnic lunch (catch the
bus at P. Mammolo subway stop)
Must see: Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and hang out at the
Campo di Fiori.
Walk in the evening from Piazza del Popolo or Campo de
Fiori to Spanish Steps, don’t forget to check out
Bernini’s Four Rivers fountain.
Get a list of great gelato (ice cream) places and mark
them on the map next to the main tourist sites and do lots
of gelato tastings. (For example the one on the slow
travel italy site, which also lists restaurants:
a.htm). Hotel Duca d’Alba (www/hotelducadalba.com)is
around 180 euros a night for a triple room and is well
(read some background material on this before you go as it
will be more interesting once you get there, some fiction
and nonfiction books geared for teens are available) This
is a great place for kids/teens. They hand you a fairly
decent guide (that is available in English) when you pay
your entrance fee though you might have to remind them to
do so. Still, I’d get another guidebook that includes
descriptions of some of the sites/buildings. It was great
fun to try to find the sites and read a little bit of
history on each one. Don’t forget to see the “Beware the
This city was built for kids/teens—no traffic and lots of
souvenir and mask shops.
Take a boat tour down the Grand Canal—cheap on vaporetto
#1 and takes under an hour.
Go to the Lido, rent a small cabana w/ an umbrella (not
cheap but worth it) and swim.
Feed pigeons at St. Marks Square, go up to the museum in
the Basilica and from there outside on the balcony with
the 4 horses.
Do the Jewish Ghetto tour.
Visit Burano (lacemaking), visit Murano (glass factory and
watch the glass making—might need a reservation).
Give yr teen money to shop for a mask ($25-30) or
masquerade ($100 incl cape and traditional 3-cornered
hat). There are mask workshops though I’ve never tried one
(Mask workshops Ca' Macana - Dorsoduro 3172 - 30123 Tel
(+39) 041 2776142 - Fax (+39) 041 5203229
Go to one of the traghetto crossings (gondola takes you
across the Grand Canal instead of crossing a bridge) for a
cheap gondola ride.
Mostly walk and walk and walk--can't go wrong.
I took my 13 year old (girl) to Italy last summer and I think the
suggestions you've received so far are great. I second the advice that you check
out slowtrav.org - I planned my trip with this website. My daughter
expressed an interest in learning some Italian ahead of time so I found her a great tutor
for a few months. Although she turned out to have more interest in the sights than I'd
predicted, her attention span was short and her tolerance for seeing a lot in one day was
low. She really got into keeping a journal and I
think recording the trip heightened her interest. We rented apartments that
we found on slowtrav (rather than going to hotels) and let her stay home
alone for some of each day. This was a welcome respite for everyone involved.
There was a lot of bickering and complaining but within days of our
return she had completely idealized the experience and cant wait to go back.
It is my mother's 60th birthday this summer and we are hoping to rent a home somewhere
in the countryside (near either Rome or
Florence) for a week this June to gather and celebrate. My mom has expressed interest
in being in Tuscany but says this is not mandatory. We would need at least 4 bedrooms
and a place that was reasonably toddler friendly (a pool would be nice as long as the
property also has an open grassy space to play). If anyone has a recommendation for
such a place, or can refer me to a good rental agency to work with, it would be greatly
appreciated! Cheers, Vanessa.
Two years ago we rented a beautiful house through a service called Vacanza
Bella (vbella.com), a company located in San Francisco that has listings
throughout Italy. I recommend that you talk to the owner, Daniel, because
he did a great job of steering us to a region that suited us very well, and
to a house that was just perfect for our needs. Our house was one hour by
train north of Rome, with a pool and plenty of space. We took day trips
into Rome, but then there was a lot of explore in the area right around our
house, including a town 10 minutes away with a lake for recreational
swimming (the perfect antidote for kids who had seen enough cultural
sights). Daniel did not recommend Tuscany for us because, while it is a
wonderful area, it is very crowded with tourists in the summer. The traffic
jams can be unbelievable. I have had this confirmed by friends who have
gone to Tuscany in the summers Rome Lover
RUN to make your reservation at Sant Antonio Country Resort in
Montepulciano, Tuscany (www.santantonio.it)!
We stayed there for a week last April with our toddler daughter.
It is beautiful, all-inclusive apartments in an unparalelled setting of a
restored country estate. Central to all sightseeing highlights of Tuscany.
Bathrooms quite comfortable and modern.
Kitchens somewhat rustic, but with all essentials including VERY tasteful
dishware, silverware, etc.
Owned by the same family that owns Avignonesi Winery, a big player in the
local economy. Everyone knows and loves Nico, the multilingual, worldly and
incredibly warm owner who will give advice and help on any topic. They have
their own young kids and love to talk about them. The grounds and views are
magical. The swimming pool should be great, too (we were there too early in
the season for that.)
Finally, the price is emminently reasonable--between 700 and 900 euro for
the week for an apt. that will fit between 4-6 people.
Email me with any further questions
We rented an apartment in Positano last spring via Summer in Italy (I think
it's at www.summerinitaly.com) and were very happy with them. They even
provided a travel crib
There are some recommendations posted for places to stay in Tuscany. They are
several years old and as we are preparing for a trip to Italy this summer I would
really like to have any recommendations that are on the smaller B&B side of things.
We would like more of a countryside setting and will also consider going to a small
town. There is also a part of us that would like to enjoy Florence/Rome etc. so we
are in a quandry as we start the planning process. There will be two adults a 1 year
old. We would like any and all recommendations Thanks! Tom/Suzy
We went on a trip to Italy with our 9 month old daughter two years ago. We had a
conference in Pistoia, which turned out to be a very nice little Tuscan town about 30km
west of Florence. If you have a car, I would recommend staying at Tenuta di Pieve a Celle
(www.tenutadipieveacelle.it), outside of Pistoia. It's a converted farmhouse and has only
five bedrooms. It's a beautiful building on beautiful grounds, the hosts are amazingly
nice and treat you like family. They love kids- we found no problems staying there with
our baby, even with jet-
lag! They can arrange to make delicious dinners for you there, so you can put your child
to bed and have a nice, drawn-out dinner downstairs. There's a pool, they make their own
olive oil and pasta, the neighbors make fresh ricotta, they have drinks in the evening...
how much better can it get?! Plus, you're close enough to Florence without being in the
tourist chaos there and you're also near Pisa, Lucca, etc. Pistoia has a train station so
you can always opt not to drive into Florence. The B&B is a little difficult to find, so
ask for specific directions. Have a fantastic time! I'm jealous! Sarah
I just posted a great resource for travel to Italy in a response to the person asking
about travel to Venice. She worked with us on our stay in Florence and Rome. Her name
is Amie O'Shaughnessy and her website is http://www.ciaobambino.com/. She worked with a
company called Windows on Tuscany for our stay in Florence and they provided us with a
great apartment. Amie also helped us with our accomodations in Rome. Both were great,
but we especially liked the apartment in Florence.
Try this service: Under the Sun Concierge - their website is
www.underthesunconcierge.com. They specialize in family travel in Italy, and they have
fabulous recommendations for all your travel!
In September 2001 my husband and I went to Umbria (right next to Tuscany) and spent a
wonderful week at the Villa di Piazzano, a beautiful renovated hunting lodge in the
countryside right outside Cortona (the town in ''Under the Tuscan Sun''). We took car
trips to many interesting hill towns (like Orvieto) but also just hung out by the pool
and hiked around the beautiful countryside. We didn't have children then, but several
other guests at the Villa did, as did the owners.
If you're looking for less urban experiences than Rome or Florence, I recommend Assisi
(St. Francis's cathedral is amazing) and the bustling college town of Perugia.
I found www.initaly.com helpful; also see www.villadipiazzano.com.
Check out fodors.com talk section. Lots and lots of advice in
searchable/postable format. Incredible Italy experts. I went to
Italy with 15mo old and loved it. It was mostly Florence and I
don't think I can answere your specific question but you'll find
lots of ideas on Fodors.
Hi, We travelled to Italy a few years ago and stayed in an
agrititurismo called Borgo Guisto for about a week. It's outside
of Lucca (about 20 miles). There is a tiny town (can't remember
the name) a few miles away with a few grocery stores, cafes, etc.
We had a fully furnished apt with everything we needed and we
really enjoyed ourselves. There's a restaraunt, pool, hiking
trails, and beautiful views. It seemed to be a great place to
vacation with a family; there were lots of families there. We had
a car and were able to make lots of day trips to Lucca, Florence,
Pisa, and this town called Barga (which we loved!) to go to
museums, eat gelato, buy groceries, wine, and chocolate. Anyway,
just my two cents. http://www.tuscany.net/borgogiusto/index.html brj
We are thinking about a 2 week trip to Italy next year with our
son who will be just under 2 then. We would like to bike for part
of it. I've looked up some tours, but they are ridicously
expensive or don't take kids. Has anyone done this with a baby?
Would you recommend a tour or doing it on your own? Any books or
places to to recommend?
Mama wants La Dolce Vita
Well, I've bike toured in Tuscany before I had my son, who is now
2, and I ride around Oakland and Piedmont with him now in a
Burley. I don't think it would be easy to do a bike tour with a
2 year old. I certainly wouldn't spend the money to do an
organized trip. You will have to have much more flexibility. I'd recommend staying in one place for a couple days and doing
day trips in the area, rather than going from place to place each
day. Time your rides for naps, and plan on riding for a couple
of hours at most. Ride a lot with him in a trailer now (if you
plan on using a trailer). My son likes to have lots of snacks in
the pockets, and a few toys here and there. He will do up to two
hours on a good day, especially if he naps for most of it.
Italy is super-bike friendly, particularly in the countryside. It does not compare to riding in the US, however the cities can
be quite challenging.
I only am familiar with Tuscany, which has super-steep hills all
over. There are flatter roads, but they are busier and not as
scenic. No matter what, I'd stick to the countryside and try to
avoid cities. Use the train system as much as you can to
facilitate riding in the country and getting to/from different
We did not use tour companies because of the cost. I think we
spent $3K for 3 weeks of touring on our own. That would have
paid for 1 week of a tour company. The major problem was
securing hotel reservations in advance, but that was also a
little fun. We had no major problems on the trip and it was one
of the best I've ever taken. It would be challenging with a
toddler, but I've seen other Euro couples and kids doing bike
tours a lot, so it is possible.
I would not go biking in Italy during the summer, not with a baby
anyway. Near the coast you would find a weather much like San
Diego and inland it is usually ''Central Valley hot''. Weather gets
more biker-friendly in September in northern/central Italy, but
if you want to bike around Sicily late October/November may be
your best bet.
We're considering a trip to the Amalfi Coast (Italy) this summer with our 2 year old.
I would very much like recommendations for specific places to stay (and any sound
advice on logistics of getting there). We would like to stay in a house/villa/hotel in
town and also within walking distance of a beach. My husband would like to cook
while we're there -- so a house or small villa sounds ideal. Also, we need to find a
place where our kid can run around or play outside (no places with only a narrow
balcony, for example). We'd like to go either in July or August (yes, last minute
planning). Any and all suggestions about favorite places, great travel agents are
most welcome. Thank you.
We went to Amalfi for a week last October with our then 1.5
year old and stayed in an apartment with a kitchen, which was
handy. I found Amalfi itself to be a little too touristy for my
tastes and suggest you look around at some of the smaller towns
if you want to be able to find non-tourist restaurants, for
example. I preferred the small town right next to it, for
example, but I can't recall the name (and it's restaurants were
all for tourists as well). We got our apartment through Amalfi
Life (www.amalfilife.com) and they were fine to work with
though not cheap. There is a beach in Amalfi, but don't go
there if you're looking for a particularly beachy vacation;
it's mostly rocky cliffs. Feel free to contact me for further
We spent a week driving down the Amalfi Coast last year. It was
very romantic for a couple. It was also frightfully expensive!!
You can rent a car as we did and drive but I found the driving
scary and my boyfriend did all of the driving (I just pressed
the pretend brake pedal on my side!). Many of the towns are very
steep and so you would need a good stroller for the toddler.
Even that wouldn't work everywhere as sometimes you get from
level to level on long flights of stone steps. Personally, I
would recommend Sicily. It is very pretty and seemed more child
friendly to me. Especially the western part was quite a bit like
Napa and we staying in a lovely pensione in a tiny village,
Scopello, on the edge of a nature reserve. Just lovely.
I'm sooooo jealous! The Amalfi coast was my all-time favorite
vacation. I still think about MOVING there I loved it soo soo
I went there BEFORE kids, but the little town is very family-
My advice is to stay in Atrani, one bend in the road over from
Amalfi. You can walk from Atrani to Amalfi. Everything you
need to know about Atrani is in this website:
Follow the links in this website for lodging ..... it's all
owned by the same guy! Get a Family Hostel room, you can have
a kitchenette in your room. I found Italy, specifically the
coast, to be very affordable. I can go on and on and on and on
about it.....email me if you want to hear more about how much I
We will be traveling to Spain and Italy next june with our son
who will be 20 months. We are planning on visiting Marbella and
Seville in Spain and are then looking at heading to Italy. I've
done past traveling in Rome, Venice, Florence but have never
done southern Italy. The Amalfi coast looks beautiful on the
websites I've visited. I'm looking for any suggestions on
places to go in that area, places to stay (ideally a villa or
apt) so we can make our own food etc. We figure we'll need to
rent a car but would love to hear from others who've traveled to
that area and have found fun things to do etc. Any and all
suggestions would be appreciated. I have checked the website
and didn't see anything related. Thanks!
We drove a car along the Amalfi Coast, and LOVED it! To avoid
tourists in highly publicized costal towns such as Positano, and
for the most amazing views in the world, stay in Ravello, high
above the coast, but a gorgeous half hour walk (with baby on
backpack, might take you an hour). (You can also drive.) A
few hotels, possibly some residences to rent, restaurants,
lovely strolls, and a serene attitude await you in Ravello.
an Italy lover
A few years ago (Spring 2001) there were some recommendations
posted for places to stay in Tuscany. They were billed as ''agri
tourismo'' - or rural/farms that had been converted to B&B type
places. I cannot find them in the archives, but as we are
preparing for a trip to Italy this summer, I would really like
to have any recommendations for such places (we will be three
adults a 3 year old and a baby). We would like to be fairly
close to Sienna.
I can't recommend a specific agritourismo near Sienna, but when
we went to Tuscany, we used a book called ''Walking and Eating
in Tuscany and Umbria'' and it was the best guidebook we've ever
used. Lots of agritourismos recommended, with great walks and
In 1999 we had a wonderful vacation at an agriturismo site called
Il Poggio. This was pre-baby, but I would love to return to this
region with our daughter someday. This is a rural site;
condo-type building around a courtyard. We stayed in a spacious
one-bedroom unit with a kitchen. There is a fabulous restaurant
on-site. It's right outside a very small village, San Casciano
dei Bagni. It's in the Siena area. Contact info: Il Poggio Celle
sul Rigo 53040, S.Casciano dei Bagni (SI). Tel. 0578/53748,
0578/53741. Fax. 0578/53587. Also check out
http://www.sienagriturismo.net. Have a wonderful trip!
Two years ago we stayed in an old farm which has been renovated in
a hotel. They serve breakfast and a light lunch near the pool.
The name is Hotel Pescille and it is located in San Gimignano
at approx. 20 km from Siena. The views from the hotel are
beautiful and you can see the towers of San Gimignano in the
distance. The hotel has a rustic atmosphere but it has all the
Have a look at the web site http://www.pescille.it and click on
I would recommend Castello di Tornano
(http://www.castelloditornano.it) outside of the village of
Gaioli in Chianti. The rooms in the tower are expensive but the
weekly rates for the apartments were reasonable. Four years ago
our family of four rented a two bedroom apartment with a kitchen
for a week. We shopped every day in the village of Gaioli and
prepared simple meals. Very friendly owners, nice dog, family
friendly grounds and a refreshing pool which was built in part
of the original moat. This was a good base for exploring
Tuscany. It is located at the end of a dirt road way up on a
hill away from traffic. A very good place to slow down and
enjoy your family.
We will be travelling to Cinque Terra in September with our daughter who will be 18 months and grandparents.
We are looking for an apartment or other suitable accomodation for four adults and one child - one week for us
all, one additional week for grandparents. We have heard that being in Monterroso would be most convenient
(beach access) with a child. Any thoughts or recommendations on specific places to stay in Cinque Terre or
Monterroso, so we can cook and have convenient and comfortable accomodations? Other more general thoughts on
Cinque Terra travel with
children are welcome!
We went to the Cinque Terra with our 18 month year old last summer. I
can't speak directly to places to stay in the Cinqe Terra, but can speak
to other aspects of traveling in the area with a small child. We stayed
outside of the Cinque Terra (in Santa Margherita Ligure), which was nice
because we took the train to the Santa Margherita Ligure, which our son
loved. You can also take a boat, which I hear is wonderful. If I could
do it again, I'd stay in Montecatini, which is also nearby and accessible
by train but has a wonderful children's park (it's also less touristy and
has more of an ''old Italy'' feeling). My one piece of advise is to NOT
hike the Cinque Terra with your child. We took our son on the train, and
the first, short paved hike with a stroller, and then he left with his
grandparents while we completed the hike. But even having him on the
first, shorter leg of the hike was a bit much (it's not really
stroller-friendly since there are stairs). Such a beautiful place,
though--enjoy your trip!
My husband and I are considering a trip to Italy with our baby,
currently 5 mos. old. We have just started researching areas, and
would appreciate any advice from someone who has been there
recently, especially if you've been with kids. Ideally, we would
like to rent a charming standalone place, where we can relax,
cook for ourselves and that we can use as a base to explore. We
have been to Tuscany before and would consider that region, but
are also intrigued by the Ligurian Coast and the Italian Alps. We
would appreciate opinions about any of those places,
recommendations for accomodation, time of year that is best to
travel there, and/or advice about travelling there with a baby.
If you are in Tuscany/Umbria, there's a wonderful, kid-friendly
town near the western coast of the Mediterranean that'd be worth
a visit. It's called Masa Maritima ( or was it Massa?). Anyway,
it's an old city with a gorgeous city square full of 2-3 bistros
with outdoor seating. The evenings are cool and long and everyone
brings their kids in for dinner. The kids run around and the
folks just sit and enjoy the food/local. Daytime trips can
include drives to the beach, to a turtle rescue place called
Carapax which is nearby, to Elba, to Roselle (ruins) and to
Volterra ( Walled Etruscan City with a great museum, ruins, city
center great for walking).
We traveled to Italy when my daughter was 11 months and my son
was 4. We rented a villa in Greve and it was perfect. I did not
bring a stroller and kept my 11 month old in a Baby Bjorn. We
were able to drive all over the region with our rented car and
rented car seats. We then took a train to Austria and
everything was just so easy. Also, people there are VERY child
friendly and extra nice to children. I have also traveled to the
Dolomites and surrounding area (Belluno, Stresa, Agordo, Como,
etc.). Everything is so easy to reach by train and you should
have no problems with your baby. However, if you plan to take
the train, purchase your 1st class seat in advance rather than
go coach. Don't over pack and bring too much stuff. There are
plenty of stores near by to buy diapers and other baby
necessities. Have a great trip!
We are looking to rent an apartment, house or villa in or around
Montalcino, Italy in Southern Tuscany for 1 month next summer.
Approximately mid-June to mid-July. We will need 2-3 bedrooms, a
kitchen, air conditioning and a place safe for a 1-year old.
Other amenities would be nice, but those are our basic
requirements. Has anyone stayed at or heard of such a place? We
are just beginning our search. Please contact:
I rented a villa last fall through the following website:
http://www.knowital.com/ You deal directly with the owners/managers of
the property rather than going through an agency. I was really
happy with our rental -- and the prices were great. We paid about
$1100 for a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom villa in Tuscany with a swimming
pool for 1 week in October (tail end of high season).
There are a number of rental agencies with good websites. But
you'll see that their prices are about double what I paid. Here a
few that I bookmarked:
Have a great time.
We're heading to Verona in July with our then 6 month old.
Hubby will be at conference during the day a few days, we'll
have additional days to play together.
Thoughts on where to stay (maybe B&B type lodging)?
Must see/do thing in Verona/region?
How good is public transport?
How easily will non-italian speakers get along?
Expect it to be HOT and HUMID. If you are an opera fan there are
world class operas there held in their Roman forum in the summer
evenings that are a must. When you go it's cheap and most people
bring a picnic dinner ( especially in the cheapest seats) so I
think babies would be welcome- though I remember a poster saying
that dogs weren't welcome! Anyway, in Italy opera isn't so
hoity-toity as it is here.
If it gets hot, a day or weekend trip to Lake Como would be well
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