What kind of holiday can you take a teen on and know they will be interested, enjoy it and remember it for years to come? Gretta Schiffano took her teen to Naples and was pleasantly surprised at how much they interacted and had a good time too.
Travelling with one child
My children are 14 and 10 and have quite different approaches to holidays. When we’re away the youngest wakes up at 6am and mostly wants food, a swim and a new football shirt while the eldest likes to sleep until noon and wants WiFi, a tan and everything to be gorgeous. This tour was perfect for her as she’s mature enough to appreciate the beauty of a view and enjoys exploring new places and meeting people from different cultures. It was relaxing for me to have only one other person’s needs to think about and lovely just hanging out with my girl.
Being on an organised tour
Although I speak Italian and usually travel in Italy independently, it was great to be on the Adventure Company family tour because it meant we saw so much more than we would have done on our own in a week. Our local guide, Davide Russo, was fantastic and organised things for us which I would have struggled to arrange or afford independently. As I wasn’t in charge I could relax and enjoy my time.
The fantastic itinerary
We toured the Roman sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, climbed to the volcanic crater of Mount Vesuvius, were whisked by private motor boat to the exclusive island of Capri, learnt how to make pizza and ice-cream in with Italian chefs in Sorrento and spent time in the ancient city of Naples as part of the tour. We had free days too, so there was time to relax or go on other trips.
Our gorgeous group
Everyone in our multinational tour group was lovely and we’ve vowed to keep in touch. The kids ranged in age from 7 to 16 and all got along well together. We were also lucky enough to have a geography teacher and an archaeologist in the group and it was great to have their input as we toured the sites.
I’ve been a regular visitor to Italy for over 20 years, but discovered things in Naples that I’d never even heard of. For instance, the Lotto shops offer a service where they interpret your dreams to help you choose lottery numbers. Really. And there are some churches where skulls and bones are displayed and decorated with flowers and silver. It’s true, I saw them. Anyway, we had two nights there and I’d love to go back to explore it further.
After the endless British winter it was lovely to find the sun at last.
Disclosure: We travelled as a guest of The Adventure Company on their 8-day ‘Around the Bay of Naples’ family trip. All opinions are my own
Gretta Schifano is a freelance family travel journalist and blogger who posts at www.mumsdotravel.com. Gretta’s lived and worked in Italy and Spain, and is now based in rural south-east England with her husband, adoptive and birth children, dog and cat. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer and can be found tweeting at @grettaschifano