Family Holidays: 5 Cities to visit with children in Italy!

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When they organize travel to Italy with children we must take into account the needs of the little ones themselves, their passions, to be combined with our passions, looking for beautiful and interesting places for young and old.
Organization, good civic and civil education and a lot of flexibility can make it become family-friendly any place, from art cities to tourist villages. Of course there are certain destinations that are particularly suitable for a holiday with children in tow.
Here are some tourist destinations suitable for a family trip: the best Italian cities to visit with children


  1. A "Historic" stay in Turin
  2. Verona: romantic and absolutely fun!
  3. Ravenna: cultural and fun destination
  4. The wonderful Tuscany: from Florence to the "City of Toys"
  5. An "ingenious" holiday in the Neapolis of Syracuse
  6. User questions and comments

A "Historic" stay in Turin

La old capital of the Kingdom of Italy it is rich in history, art and architecture and is one of the most popular destinations for families.
Thanks to its square plan, in Turin it is easy to find your way around, having monuments and squares as points of reference; moreover, its avenues and arcades allow for beautiful, relaxing and safe walks for those with children in strollers.
To meet the needs of adults and children, you can choose an itinerary that makes you visit the savoy residences such as Royal Palace e Senate, Unesco World Heritage Site, get on Mole, to admire the splendid panorama over the city and the Alps, pay a visit to the Civic Museum of Ancient Art and above all al Egyptian museum, second in importance only to that of Cairo: it consists of 30 thousand pieces of art and culture of ancient Egypt that will be highly appreciated by children.

Curiosity: Starting from the terminus in Piazza Castello, at the corner of via Po, you can board the City Sightseeing Turin, the red tourist bus with which to get to know and discover Turin. The buses are equipped with a multilingual digital audio system, with a channel dedicated to children to let them discover the secrets of the cities.

For the little ones: the Parco del Valentino

The most famous and ancient public park of the city, not far from the center (one kilometer from the Porta Nuova railway station) is located on the left bank of the Po. A true oasis of peace, the park can be considered the green lung of the city. This beautiful place is an ideal destination for families with small children, Thanks to the 'playground used for them.

Verona: romantic and absolutely fun!

Another perfect city to visit with children is the beautiful city Verona, if only that it is among the least polluted cities in Italy.
Verona presents itself to tourists with a splendid "entrance hall", Piazza Brà, one of the largest squares in Europe. Located in the center of Verona, the square is surrounded by numerous historic buildings and palaces, built in 2.000 years of history: Gran Guardia Palace and archaeological Museum "Maffeiano Lapidary Museum" and the Barbieri Palace .
North of the square is large and imposing the Arena di Verona, the Roman amphitheater among the largest and most important in Italy. The tour through the streets of Verona can continue by taking a leap in Piazza delle Erbe, heart of the city, where, in what was an ancient Roman forum, you can find stalls, ancient buildings and elegant cafes; then a visit to the Torre dei Lamberti and to the Giulietta's home, whose love for the young Romeo, was told and made immortal by William Shakespeare in the work that made Verona famous all over the world.
Just half an hour by car from the city is a place that will make your children even more happy: Gardaland!, in ninth place among the most beautiful amusement parks in the world!

The park offers endless attractions, suitable for all age groups. Come on guys, who can have fun in attractions like the Magic mountain and Blue tornado, up to the youngest children, who will be welcomed by the Prezzemolo mascot and entertained at the Fantasy Kingdom, the area dedicated to them. Inside the resort there are bars, kiosks, restaurants and fast food outlets. You can also stay at the Gardaland Hotel, a fabulous high quality hotel structure that will satisfy everyone's needs.

Ravenna: cultural and fun destination

Ravenna, the city of mosaics, has a unique charm, due to its ancient origins and its glorious past, which saw it three times as the capital of the Western Roman Empire.
Here you can enjoy a nice walk through the historic center and Piazza del Popolo, with a visit to the main places of interest and the mosaic basilicas.
The city boasts well 8 monuments early Christian and Byzantine declared Unesco World Heritage Site:

  1. Mausoleum of Galla Placidia;
  2. The Neonian Baptistery;
  3. The Arian Baptistery;
  4. Chapel of Sant'Andrea;
  5. Mausoleum of Theodoric;
  6. Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe;
  7. Sant'Apollinare Nuovo;
  8. Basilica of San Vitale.

Other places to visit are the Ravenna Cathedral and Dante's tomb, which is located at the Basilica of San Francesco, in the city center.
To the south of the city, near the town of Savio, is the large playground mirabilandia, with attractions suitable for the whole family: come on Brontocars, fantastic "Flinstones" style cars, to Casa Matta, not forgetting attractions like Niagara, Raratonga and of course Fantasyland.

Curiosity: In the summer months it opens Mirabilandia Beach, the water park with exclusive attractions, slides and boat rides: it is the reproduction of a tropical atoll, where you can also relax in the sun or dive into the pool.

The wonderful Tuscany: from Florence to the "City of Toys"

A journey to discover the wonders of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it can be ideal and interesting for a "family size" holiday.
Firenze it is a city to visit on foot, with eyes oriented in every corner, even with the nose up. There are many places to see in the city, starting with the wonderful Piazza Duomo, always packed with people and street artists.
A must visit there Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a large museum with all the monuments of its complex: Giotto's Bell Tower, Brunelleschi's Dome, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
10 minutes from the Santa Maria Novella train station you arrive in Piazza della Signoria, annexed to both Uffizi, one of the most famous museums in the world (inside you can admire works by Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Caravaggio, to name a few), and in Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio.

Curiosity: At Palazzo Vecchio Museum you can rent the Florence Family Kit, made in Italian, English and French: the kit, contained in a backpack, contains an illustrated map with an itinerary of ten stages, ten bags containing images, stories, objects and work ideas related to individual places, an in-depth booklet for parents. This kit is suitable for families with children aged 5 to 11 and suggests an itinerary with "child-friendly" stops to discover the historic center.
Not too far from Florence, precisely halfway between Montecatini Terme e Lucca, you find the Pinocchio Park, dedicated to the most famous puppet in the world. It was inaugurated in 1956, and since then, inside you can admire mosaics, buildings and sculptures made by famous artists from all over the world. The monument dedicated to the great shark and the ivy maze, where adults and children can compete to see who will come out first. Don't miss the "Corsair Ship", Frank Roper's "Sound Wheels" and the "Pirates' Cave".
Many le proposed activities, from theatrical performances to animated readings and art exhibitions and illustrations all inspired by the famous Collodi fable.
There are many scattered around the garden games especially dedicated to children, such as the rides with horses; besides there are gods laboratories by the park staff, the castle of ropes, the giant chessboard and the small puppet theater, in short, there is no shortage of entertainment and your little ones will have the impression of having arrived in the real "City of Toys".

An "ingenious" holiday in the Neapolis of Syracuse

The land of Archimedes, land of a thousand tales and legends, is the ideal destination for holidays with children: Syracuse offers unique attractions that stimulate the senses and the mind as well! A must see in the Sicilian city is the stupendous Ortigia island, the oldest part of the city, a place where legend and reality mix. There Piazza del Duomo then, it is truly an enchantment of light, baroque and Sicilian character. Suffice it to say that the Duomo itself is a church with a Baroque facade but ... built on a Greek temple, of which it still has Doric columns inside!

Here you can visit the Arethusa source, an ancient freshwater spring that gushes a few meters from the sea, forming a pond in which one of the last wild papyrus in Europe survives.
In the city you will find the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. Completely excavated in the rock on the slopes of the Temenite hill, is the Greek Theatre of Syracuse, among the largest in the ancient Greek world.
Not far from the Greek Theater is the Latomia of Paradise, an ancient limestone quarry, and the famous Ear of Dionysius, a cave dug into the limestone 23 meters high.

Curiosity: Legend has it that the tyrant Dionysius had the cave dug to have the prisoners locked up and then, leaning inside an upper cavity, listened to their speeches. The Ear of Dionysus, in fact, due to its shape and acoustic characteristics is able to amplify sounds up to 16 times, so be careful what you say inside ... who knows who might be listening!
Inside the Neapolis district, not far from the Archaeological Park, there is a sensational place dedicated to the figure of Archimedes, the greatest Syracusan inhabitant of all time. About 200 meters from the Greek Theater you can go to the discovery of technology starting from ... the past: al Tecnoparco Archimede you can admire the inventions and the extraordinary contributions that the studies of the great scientist have given to history. The park is divided into areas that are crossed following a guided path. Along the way you will discover how the war machinery through very faithful reproductions.

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