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ross from Chicago asked

Planning a one week trip to Italy with 10 yr olds.


We wanted to do Rome or Venice and a few days in Tuscany or Almalfi Coast. Any thoughts on which locations would be good with kids?


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Krista from Florence

Hi Ross! In my opinion Rome would be more fun than Venice for kids because of all the archaelogical ruins. Depending on how brave your 10-year-olds are, they might enjoy a tour of the The Catacombs of St.Callixtus If you do go to Venice, the kids might like to see a glass blowing demonstration at Burano or Murano Island

If your kids are active, consider visiting Cinque Terre for lots of hiking and beautiful beaches!

Have fun!

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answered by
Kirsten from Chicago

We visited all of these with our kids when they were 6, 8, and 10. We visited Rome, then headed south to Sorrento, took a day trip to Capri and another day trip to Pompeii. We spent an entire day exploring the ruins of Pompeii and could have seen more if the adults could have lasted longer! The kids enjoyed every minute of exploring Rome and the south. Afterwards, we headed to Venice where they loved watching the gondolas, touring the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), visiting the markets, and San Marco square. I think Tuscany was their favorite by far. We stayed on a farm outside Florence and took day trips to Volterra San Gimignano Greve In Chianti and the city of Florence as well. Your kids will love wherever you decide to visit. I am happy to answer any questions you might have. We went for two weeks over spring break. Weather was beautiful in the south, much cooler in the north. Hope this helps!

Let me know if you want any recommendations for places to stay!

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Thanks I think we decided on Venice and Tuscany region

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answered by
Alex from London

Hi Ross,

When are you travelling (as in which month)?  That can make a huge difference in choosing a location in Italy.

Starting with Rome, the summer gets very hot so you might want to consider pairing  a trip to a nearby beach, for example, in Santa Marinella.  The usual suspects aside (Coloseum, Spanish Steps, Capitoline and Forum, Piazza della Rotonda and Piazza Navona) you may want to also visit the Villa Borghese Gardens (and stunning scupture gallery), the Castel Sant'Angelo(amazing sunset views), the Teatro di Marcello, the Forum Boariumand the nearby Bocca della Verità at Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedinand the Giardino Degli Alberion the Aventine Hill(where you can also find St Peter's keyhole). All these locations will give the adults their culture fix while allowing the kids to get up close and personal with less formal sites... they're quite fun!

If visiting in summer, then I would fully suggest taking a short trip to the Amalfi Coast.  The beaches, hidden coves and small coastal hamlets are great for kids and there are many nearby archeological sites that are fun to visit for children (I recommend Paestum) as well as local gems (see Minoriand Bagni Della Regina Giovanna).

If travelling in the Fall, then I would recommend Tuscany.  Not only will the hilltowns be super exciting for the children, you might want to choose your destination around a local fair or harvest festival. There are loads of options (just google) but to give you an idea, here is a blog post on Tuscany I wrote recently: My personal favourite towns in Tuscany include San Gimignano,  Arezzo,  Siena and Montepulciano.

In regards to Venice, I personally think it can be quite mesmerising for kids, albeit requiring a lot of walking.  If the adults are keen on seeing the city, then one way of making it more fun for the kids is adding a stop at the Lido beach, a visit to Burano (and or Murano), and even one of the smaller adjacent islands  such as Sant'Erasmo.  Moreover, a day trip to Verona and its famous Roman Arena di Verona is also one of my strong recomendations.

Ross, you have a week so I would recommend you choose, from the adult's preference, to go north to Venice or south to Rome.  If Venice wins, you can easily spend seven day in the Venezia province (in Venice, Verona and perhaps Vicenza), or perhaps divide your time between Venice and Rome, half/half.

If you chooose Rome than the season of travel should be considered: in summer, add on the Amalfi Coast, in Autumn head to Tuscany.

Last but not least, if our planning on taking trains, the national rail service Trenitalia has an excellent website that allows you to plan and book (in advance) in English. Note only that destination names must be entered always in Italian so Rome is Roma (Termini) and Venice is Venezia (Santa Lucia).

Good luck planning and safe travels!

PS - when you decide which places to visit get back on this forum, I sure everyone has loads of recommendations about specific places to eat in and things to see/do! ;)

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  6. Bocca della Verità (attraction)
  7. Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin (attraction)
  8. Giardino Degli Alberi (attraction)
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  20. Lido (attraction)
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  22. Murano (island)
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  25. Arena di Verona (attraction)
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answered by
Antonio from Buenos Aires

dear Ross. i'm not going to bother you with a lot of info you can find anywhere on the internet AFTER you choose a destination. i just suggest a good route, peaceful and quite nice, considering that Italy is an eterogeneous country, in which every region differs substancially from the others regarding environment, food and people's spirit.

so. thinking about your possible needs, desires and expectations about Italy, you could concentrate on Tuscany and Liguria. let's say from Florence and Pisa to Cinque Terre and Genoa. you should find good flight connection with London. look for images on the web by digiting Riviera di Levante, Golfo Del Tigullio, Golfo dei Poeti, Lunigiana, Maremma, Mugello. and major cities as well, of course, like Genoa, Pisa, Florence. you can start your trip from one place or the other, traveling by train and stopping in little towns.

it's just a suggestion. you could choose other two regions, anyway. but that's the best tipology of trip to really enjoy Italy. to me, it makes no sense to come to Italy and to visit Venice or/and Florence or/and Rome in the same trip, for many reasons.

Italy is what you don't now yet about it.

love, Anto.

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I do agree. Although the major art cities are unmissable at least once in life, the best part of Italy is what lies beyond. Also, visiting smaller places you have a good chance to make Italian friends!

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answered by
Tiffany from Corvallis

I agree with Jin entirely.

Venice is gorgeous, but small, crowded, and not nearly as kid-friendly. It will be much more enjoyable when they're much older.

Rome and Tuscany, on the other hand, are gorgeous, full of things to do and see, and big enough that there's room to move away from the crowds and places to explore. I've done both with my four kids ages 6, 8, 9, and 15 at the time.

In Rome, we saw all the big tourist attractions, but my girls loved their visit to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill the most. The area is beautiful, interesting, has an immense amount of history, but my girls were more free to walk around, run a bit, and use their imaginations. At the top of the Spanish Steps is another beautiful area with gardens and walking paths that is nice if you want to get away from city streets. We rewarded our girls with gelato after the busiest days. Loved the places Il Gelato di San Crispino, Gelateria Della Palma, and Giolitti.

We stayed near the Piazza Navona which is near Baffetto 2 ( - the best pizza in Rome (and most crowded, unfortunately, so go early if you want to try it). It's a central location and easy with kids to walk or catch the metro.

Tuscany is also nice because it's so varied. My girls still talk about the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. We didn't go inside, but they enjoyed the area and the photo-ops. They also enjoyed Lucca, an old walled city. It's fun to explore the inside, but it's also nice to walk the trails and along the tops of the walls along the outside as well. In Siena the town is divided into districts (contrade) which are represented by animal symbols, so it's like a treasure hunt as you walk. We parked by the snail district, so found snails in sculpture, lamps, and art all around the area as we walked towards the Duomo in the center of town.

While in Tuscany, you'll have to see Florence because it's just beautiful. It's full of art and history, but my girls loved going to the top of the tower at the Duomo and patting the wild boar at the Il Porcellino which proports to bring you back to Florence if you rub it.

Seasonally, you can take the train and/or hike the trails that connect the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre which is fun. My girls also liked playing on the beach near the Marina Di Pisa (there's a great focaccia place here and it's a pretty place to see the sunset).

Have fun! The food is great anywhere and if the kids are tired, you'll always find gelato which makes everyone happy. :)

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answered first by
JJ from New York City

I think out of the choices you mentioned, Rome and Tuscany would be my recommendation since you are traveling with children. Venice and Almalfi coast are both beautiful (especially the latter!) but IMHO it's not entirely child-friendly because there are less interesting activities for them to do. Rome on the other hand, has tons of wonderful sites you can enjoy with your children. The last time I was there I rented bikes to get around the Villa Borghese Gardens and saw a lot of families with children doing the same, so maybe look into that? 

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answered by
chuck from Portland

Venice would be boring for a 10 year old. Rome is a better choice. Most sights are outdoors and lots of places to explore like Palatine Hill with smaller museums which your child can go to till bored. There are enough gelato places to keep your child happy. Also the aquaduct system is still functional and the fountains at the base of the Spanish Steps were fun to play around. 

Venice while wonderful would be boring for any child, not enough places to run around. I am assuming you mean venice proper not lido, etc.

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answered by
Peter from Bloomington (Indiana)

Kids love castles. There are lots and lots of them in the Old World. One place that has medieval towers just made to fascinate 10 year olds is San Gimignano, in Tuscany. Fair warning, though: San Gimignano, unfortunately, been overrun by hordes of tourists in recent years. A lot of travel bloggers advise against it. Don't plan to stay overnight.

Kids probably also will love Castel Sant'Angelo, the ancient fortress of the Popes.

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