Italy is a wonderful place to go as a family, but how do you choose where to stay with all the options? We tapped into our network of leading family travel bloggers, influencers and experts for their opinion. Here, our list of the best family resorts, hotels and holidays parks to visit in Italy with kids, from babies and toddlers up to teens.
Susanna from A Modern Mother recommends:
Hotel Cala Di Volpe, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sardinia
Sardinia, the large Italian island in the Mediterranean, is on the list of several family travel influencers of best places to visit in Italy with kids. Ting from My Travel Monkey says it like this: “If you’re looking for an idyllic island getaway with stunning views across shimmering turquoise waters, family-friendly resorts and gorgeous Italian food, then Sardinia should be on your radar. Located on the Italian West Peninsula and close to Corsica, the Italian island has a wealth of gorgeous beaches, framed by a rugged interior and plenty of pretty little towns to explore. With its Mediterranean climate, you can pretty much be guaranteed good weather even in early May when the tourist season begins. Sardinia isn’t huge. In fact, you can travel across the island in around three hours. However, there is much to explore from the capital Cagliari to the glistening Costa Smeralda and Archipelago of La Maddalena.
This is the hotel that Princess Diana famously docked at and walked through before travelling to Paris on that fateful day. It’s a special hotel that ticks all the boxes – great food, European atmosphere, saltwater swimming pool and luxury to the max. We love the swooping Visit the Cala Di Volpe official hotel site.
Ting from My Travel Monkey recommends:
Resort Valle dell’Erica, Sardinia
Valle dell’Erica has been called Europe’s Leading Green Resort and has a Roman-style pool and much more.
“We stayed in the family-friendly resort of Valle dell’Erica. With several pools and private beaches, mini-golf, kids’ club and football pitches, the kids were in heaven, while us adults had over five different restaurants as well as spa to enjoy. And let me tell you the food was out of this world. From fresh pasta, pizza and seafood, the choice was endless. The whole family were sad to leave! Read My Travel Monkey’s full review of Valle dell’Erica.
Claire from Tinbox Traveller recommends:
Norcenni Girasole Club, Tuscany
This holiday park in Tuscany is ideal for families who love self-catering holidays with all the benefits of a resort. You really could rock up to your mobile home, chalet or glamping pitch and not leave the park again. There’s two swimming pool complexes and a water park, restaurants, a high ropes course, kids club and evening entertainment for all ages.
However, if you didn’t find a few days to drag yourself away from Norcenni Girasole Club, it would be a travesty. It’s within striking distance of several of Tuscany’s greatest hits: Florence, Siena and Pisa. They’re all within an hour and a half’s drive.
“My kids have been to Italy several times and are always talking about going back. When asked which part they would like to revisit, it’s always Tuscany and this resort,” she says.
Read her full review of Norcenni Girasole Club.
Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles recommends:
TUI Magic Life Calabria
“My teenage son and I loved our stay at TUI Magic Life Calabria at the southern tip of Italy. It’s great for active kids that want to spend their days swimming, kayaking and windsurfing but it’s also worth the visit for the delicious Italian food, the chill out zone in the woods and the beach. The location is drop-dead gorgeous too – a stunning coastline dotted with charming towns and pretty fishing villages.” Read Clare’s full review of TUI Magic Life Calabria.
Tuscany Now & More Villas
Jennifer from Jenography.net recommends:
For multigenerational travel or holidays with other families, we love booking a villa and some of the best you can find are at Tuscany Now & More, which gets Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards and high ratings from guests. Some of them could qualify as family resorts in Italy that you have all to yourself. Touches like private pools and Jacuzzis are classics for keeping kids happy, but you can also book villas with football pitches, tennis courts, saunas, and more. Family meals on long tables in sun dappled courtyards. From a secluded bolthole with private beach access to a Medieval castle near Siena to a farmhouse with pool within walking distance to central Florence. Take your pick.
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