Planning A Trip To Italy With Children…

Planning A Trip To Italy With Children…

My love for Italy comes from my parents, they had their honeymoon in Italy and it has stayed one of their favourite holiday destinations, having been back several times since.

I first went to Rome with my family for my mum’s 60th birthday and we had a lovely long weekend. A few years later when I was then married to Andy we booked a trip to Rome and it was then that my love for Italy really was cemented. I loved the culture, the food and the people. It was a holiday I will also look back on with a lot of fondness.

Last year Andy won a trip to Florence through his work and whilst I was incredibly nervous about leaving the girls for the weekend. I was also really excited to go and explore another part of Italy. With the girls safely at my parents house we jetted off and Florence did not disappoint. Even though it rained a lot, we still fell in love with it. Of course the food, and in particular the ice cream was amazing. We had a brilliant time and it reconfirmed our love for Italy.

The next time we go to Italy we want to take the girls with us. There is so much of the country that we still want to explore and I think it’s a great place to take children. The culture that they have, so many beautiful places to visit. Plus the gelato is going to be a big hit with the girls.

When planing a holiday with children you have a lot to think about and for us at the moment the best option is to rent a villa for the week. This works so well for us, as it gives us more options and flexibility. We are able to give the girls breakfast as soon as they wake up and it’s food we know they will eat.

They have space. We are not all squashed into a hotel room, there is space for them to play, while we get everything ready for the day. You have the luxury of having a swimming pool and both my girls are big water babies. But, I think one of the main reasons why we love a Villa holiday is because we are able to put the girls to bed and then enjoy the evening ourselves. We can sit outside and enjoy the warm weather. We are not all in one room together with Andy and I unable to talk to each other for fear of waking up the girls.

When searching for the perfect Villa, I go to companies that I trust and ClickStay offer a wide range of Villas in Italy. I think next time I would love to visit Sardinia, I heard such wonderful things about it and it sounds like it has a lot of offer.

For me our holiday starts with the planning and I get ridiculously excited when browsing through looking at all the wonderful villas available in Sardinia, we are spoilt for choice.

Once I’ve got the holiday booked, I then start making my lists. Anyone else a list maker? I have a list for every different part of the holiday and it makes me happy and organised.

We’ve got a year to save and plan, but it will be worth it…

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  1. 29/05/2017 / 07:45

    Oh this looks totally perfect. We love Italy too, it’s high on our list of places to take the girls when we travel. I’ve actually only ever camped over there – we camped in a tent on the outskirts of Rome when I went with my husband and in a camper van when I travelled with friends. A villa would be the ultimate luxury and I agree that you need the extra space to really enjoy a holiday with young children.
    Nat.x

  2. 29/05/2017 / 07:58

    We’ve always loved Italy and probably go every other year! We’ve taken Max twice now, once to Sardinia, and once to Tuscany, and had a villa both times, which suits us really well as a family. I like having the option to eat out, or have a quiet evening at home if it’s been a long day. Not having to worry about your children disturbing other people around the pool is such a relief! And I love how welcoming the Italians are to small children – it’s such a refreshing change from the UK. My top tip – get a villa big enough to take the grandparents too – then you can have a couple of child free evenings out!

  3. 29/05/2017 / 11:26

    I would love to go to Florence! I hope one day we will be able to take Baba there! Renting a villa would be perfect for us as it gives you so much freedom and having your own space is important!

  4. 29/05/2017 / 23:19

    Ahh we are doing exactly the same! I haven’t quite decided which area of Italy to visit as I have a list a mile long!! Sardinia is supposed to be gorgeous, and I think villa holidays are definitely the way forward, I’m hoping my parents will come along so they can help out with the kids a little – not that that’s the only reason, honest!!

  5. 30/05/2017 / 08:46

    Oh I love Italy it is so beautiful,me and my husband travelled there a few times before our children came along. We have been to Sorrento and Florence but I would really like to visit Venice

    We always say we need to go back as a family but for some reason we always ending up renting a villa in France or Spain rather than Italy. Maybe next year…

  6. 02/06/2017 / 05:42

    I am totally with you on Italy. We had our honeymoon there starting in Venice and then working our way down through Umbria and Tuscany and finishing in Rome three weeks later. It took a lot of planning but Hubby did that while I did the wedding! I am making note of this company as it would have been so useful for us in that process. And when we went to Como when Monkey was 15 months. Ive realised that self catering is probably the only way now with the two of them. We are hoping to get away for a week in the Summer holidays and Monkey has requested Italy, Sardinia is on our list as is Sorento. My absolute dream is to buy a little holiday home over there to escape too…

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