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…
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.