We love outdoor activities while traveling, so when we were planning a month in Italy, we knew hiking in Cinque Terre was a must. Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most beautiful locations and the hiking between the legendary five villages is truly epic. The hiking trails often lead you to elevated viewpoints which give views you simply don’t get if you never leave the towns. And best of all, we were able to share this experience with our two kids, aged 1 & 3.
Traveling by train is one of the best ways to get around Italy. It’s so much more relaxing than renting a car and the scenery is spectacular. Don’t be shy taking the train with kids – Italians LOVE kids and they will be made to feel welcome on every journey.
Florence with small kids, is it doable? It certainly is. It may not be the leisurely strolls through art museums or enjoying a late afternoon glass of wine, but there are plenty of activities in Florence for everyone. Even if the art, culture and architecture aren’t high up on your list of things to see, you can still find fun things to do with kids in Florence that will keep the whole family happy.
Lucca is known for its city walls that surround the historical city center which is filled with cobblestone streets. It’s typically done as a day trip from Florence, but if you can afford a little more time here it’s worth it. It is also a good base to explore the Tuscan countryside.
We tried to give Pisa a chance, we really did. We searched for enough things to do to make it worthwhile to stay a day or two, but in the end we just couldn’t.
When we think of Cinque Terre, we think of mountains and beautiful villages on rocky cliffs overlooking the sea. We definitely don’t think about renting bikes with two kids, yet, that is exactly what we did. After 5 days of Cinque Terre hikes, we were ready to do something different.
Rome is a great place to bring toddlers or babies as they won’t complain about being bored like older kids will. Although your younger kids will be more willing to go along for cultural visits, you will still need to give them time to play and be kids. The problem is that Rome is so jam packed with history and culture that there isn’t much space left over for parks or playgrounds.
Rome is one of the world’s most iconic cities and is literally bursting at the seams with world class cultural attractions. Sounds like it will bore a couple of toddlers to death, right? Wrong! Rome isn’t all just museums and churches… there are many active outdoor activities which will help create a fun and balanced itinerary the whole family will enjoy!