Going on a family holiday is something that takes a lot of planning and financial budgeting throughout the year – but ultimately, it’s well worth it for the memories that will stay with you and your children forever.
When it comes to destinations, Italy is always top of my wish list – and there are three regions that have made our family travel wish-list.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has a beautiful climate, and offers a unique landscape with numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites scattered throughout. It has an active volcano called Mount Etna and plenty of beaches for the kids to enjoy. There are also three main airports on the island so getting there is completely manageable, which is a major plus for travelling with kids. It is highly recommended to check out the Sicily villa rentals available through tools like Wishsicily for example. This kind of accommodation is perfect for a family holiday: you can really shift into relax mode in a peaceful and private villa, while avoiding separate rooms and noisy neighbours. For a trip to Sicily, trying local foods including fresh seafood is a must, as well as thinking up activities everyone wants to do beforehand so you can make the most out of the time there.
Umbria is in central Italy and is often referred to as Italy’s green heart. It is bordered neither from a coastline or a border of a neighbouring country, making it the only the region to be so. Umbria has pristine countryside, delicious food and far fewer tourists than other parts of Italy. If you and your family are looking for a relaxing holiday surrounded by beauty, this region should definitely be on your list. You can spend your time visiting hilltop and Medieval towns and enjoying the beauty of nature.
I have always dreamt of a holiday on the Italian Riviera – and Liguria is the place on our wish-list. A region in northwest Italy, it has a Mediterranean coastline. Liguria is well known, especially for Cinque Terre, the five colourful fishing villages that look like they are straight from a postcard. As a family, you can hop between the five villages by boat, go snorkelling and swimming in the open sea. If you want more energy of urban life, you can head to the city of Genoa, where you can visit the maritime museum ‘Galata Museo del Mare’ and explore the colourful port city.
Italy is the perfect place to travel with family and kids for so many reasons. Family is traditionally an important value in the Italian culture and it truly shows, even for and to visitors. The people are friendly, the food will make even the pickiest of eaters excited to eat, and there is plenty to do for people of all ages. Whether you want the sea, mountains, or countryside, big cities or small, relaxation or adventure, you can have whatever type of holiday you are looking for in Italy. And, you will all remember it forever.
post written in collaboration with Emily Jones