It’s one of those places you have to visit at least once in a lifetime – but should you leave Italy until the kids are older and more likely to appreciate its cultural and historical treasures? Of course not! Kids love Italy, and Italians love kids. Not only are the locals balmy about bambinos, but they also know a trick or two when it comes to feeding them. With a staple diet of pizza, pasta and pastries (supplemented, of course, with copious gelato), your children should have more than enough energy for at least a taster of Rome, Florence or Venice (Italy’s triumphant trio of World Heritage cities). Don’t be bamboozled into thinking you’ve got to see all the museums and ancient sites, and pay homage to every Michelangelo masterpiece – experiencing Italy has just as much to do with spending an afternoon in a piazza, lingering over lunch, playing around the fountain and, you guessed it, pillaging the local gelato parlour. Beyond the cities, Italy’s beautiful countryside encompasses rolling hills, mountains and lakes – perfect for a relaxed break in a villa with a pool. There’s no shortage of beaches for more traditional family holidays, while locations like Naples and Sicily add a bit of spark to sightseeing days, courtesy of Vesuvius and Mt Etna.
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