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Family Travel Question:

Q | We are finally taking our kids to Europe. What shouldn’t we miss?

When you plan to take the kids to Europe, remember to consider how much time you have, the ages of your children, and what their interests are.

A | Traveling to Europe with kids: Italy!

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Congratulations, traveling to Europe with kids is an amazing experience.  The list of fun things to do in Europe is endless.

That said, I like simple itineraries with minimal accommodation changes for families; this reduces the stress and work involved in packing and check-in and out logistics.  Moreover, this approach provides a more authentic experience as you will be able to settle into a destination and get to know the nooks and crannies.

Italy vacation with children (ciaobambino.com)Yes, I’m a bit biased, but Italy is my favorite country for family travel in Europe.  Italians love children and the experience being there with kids of all ages is amazing—people everywhere go out of their way to welcome children.  The result is that day-to-day travel in Italy is fun, comfortable and relaxing. The other great part about Italy is that the food is naturally kid-friendly—pizza, pasta, bread, and yes, gelato—what’s not to love?

Another reason I love Italy for families is the sheer number and range of accommodations providing a wonderful home-base for exploring all the sights and attractions.  Check out our Italy Family Travel Guide for links to the best family-friendly accommodations.

In a typical 10-14 day itinerary, I recommend a combination of urban and rural destinations with a maximum of 3 accommodation changes. Pairing Rome, Tuscany, and Venice is the most popular route for families.  Read my Italy with kids itinerary suggestions article for insight on how to create the best plan.  Buon viaggio!

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