Family Things to Do in Italy - Florence, Rome and Venice

January 14, 2012

On a trip to Italy with children or grandchildren, it may be a challenge to keep everyone interested in tours of museums and churches. But there are ways to keep children entertained while cultivating their knowledge of Italian culture. The following experiences will allow your family to spend time together, create beautiful memories, all while having fun.

Florence/Tuscany

Take a bike tour through the city of Florence with a guide. It's perfect for children as you'll get to use a tandem bike or kid trailer. Your ride progresses at a leisurely pace through sites in Florence such as the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Piazza della Repubblica.

Alternatively, a bike tour through the Chianti countryside takes you along narrow roads, past vineyards, and villas that are hundreds of years old. Rides often include a visit to a winery for wine tasting and lunch.

If your kids need space to run around, take a hiking excursion to Fiesole, near Florence. You can stroll along paths through rolling hills and grassy plains. Your efforts will be rewarded with outstanding views of Florence.

For a fun and delectable indoor experience, the birthplace of pizza and gelato is the perfect place to learn how to cook them. You can learn how to make super-thin, Italian-style dough and savory sauces. Later you'll move on to making gelato, everyone's favorite Italian dessert. You'll conclude with dinner of the food you have made.

Venice

In Venice, let a private guide take your family on a tour to discover how Venetian families lived in the past. The experience will take you beyond the well-trodden tourist sites to areas of Venice to learn about real Venetians. From private palace interiors to public campi (squares), your guide can show you how Venetians worked and played using stories and games to enage the children participating in the tour.

Rome

With a private guide, learn about Rome of ancient times. In the Colosseum, your guide will help you envision the Roman crowds and gladiators with colorful stories. You'll continue on to the Roman Forum to walk the actual streets where ancient Romans walked and view the altar were Julius Caesar was mourned. You'll feel as if you're really there.


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