A country where families can find beautiful villages, epic mountains, relaxing beaches, history, art and yummy food. There are endless spots to visit in Italy during summer. So many reasons to come and so many activities to do that you can’t get bored. So prepare your flipflops, hiking boots and sun cream. It’s time to travel towards the best summer destinations in Italy for families.
To help you out, I’ve asked fellow travel bloggers to guide us to the best places to visit in Italy with kids. Are you curious to discover their recommendations?
Best summer destinations in Italy for families
Top Italian Island to visit this summer with kids
Author of My Adventures Across The World
Favignana – Sicily
Author of MarocMama
Are you an island lover? So consider these little Italian gems as well:
- Tremiti Islands: five little rocky atolls in Puglia region, in the South-East part of the country. They stand in front of the Gargano Peninsula and can be reached on a day trip by ferry
- Elba Island: the biggest of the Tuscan archipelagus
- Burano: one of the most colourful destinations in Italy. If your trip goes to Venice, do not miss this tiny paradise just around the corner
Tips for a great Italian holiday with kids at the beach – Cinque Terre
Author of Wicked Walkabout
We loved our time in Italy, heading up and over the Dolomites towing our little caravan. In winter!
Even though the Cinque Terre is super popular and gets incredibly crowded during the peak holiday times, it is still a must-see destination. We went there very early spring and enjoyed the experience immensely. My daughters loved walking the coastal path and visiting all the villages.
My Tip – Do not drive, take the train!
A friend did warn me not to drive the Cinque Terre… but… when we approached from La Spezia we were so excited to see signs pointing to the region. As our mobile data was gone and the navigator phone app was out of action, we just followed the signs. The road was great and we stopped by the information centre to get a map but it was closed.
On we went all the way, towing the little caravan, until reaching Vernazza where a distressed looking parking attendant told us to go back as we could not drive further!
It was a hair-raising drive to that point but we had been unable to turn around once the road narrowed… so we unhitched the little van and turned around. As we headed out a huge motorhome was heading down the hill!
Despite everything, we found a campsite at Monterosso and then caught the train along the coast and walked miles having some of the best family experiences of the whole trip.
Take the kids to Italy this summer – Jesolo the Venetian Riviera
Author of German Backpacker
When I was younger, my family spent every summer holiday for almost 10 years in the Cavallino, Jesolo area, just outside of Venice. There are several campgrounds with bungalows and apartments to rent around the area and the region is in particular popular for German families (all Italians in the tourism industry seem to speak fluent German in this area!). For several years, we drove down there by car from Germany and spent two weeks there at the end of August. The area is great to relax, with beautiful beaches but also the possibility for various day trips to nearby places such as Venice.
Holidays on the campground in the Cavallino area are perfect for families – there’s a lot of entertainment happening for children such as evening programs, and the whole campground atmosphere makes the holiday very social. Over the years, my brother and I got to know hundreds of other children in our age and we became close friends with some of them, meeting up again in the following years since families seemed to return to the same spots every year around the same time. Our holidays in Cavallino quickly became the highlight of the year and I’m happy for the good memories!
Enjoy summer mountain holidays in Italy – Bolzano, South Tyrol
Author of Our Escape Clause
Imagine a place where you can see vineyards in every direction, with snow-capped mountains shimmering in the distance and adorable villages nestled into valleys: that is the reality of travelling in and around Bolzano, Italy. As the capital of the South Tyrol region, Bolzano is set in the heart of the Italian Dolomites and makes the perfect base for travelling the region.
Bolzano itself is home to bustling markets, beautiful castles, and fascinating museums (if you’ve ever wanted to see a frozen 5300-year-old corpse, this is the place: Otzi the Iceman is housed in Bolzano), but it’s also extremely well-connected to surrounding villages and hikes. Whether you want to take the funicular into the mountains to hike or ski, or you simply want to take the train to a nearby village for a day trip, Bolzano has you covered. While you’re in Bolzano, be sure to stop by at least a couple of the local vineyards for a tasting, to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside, and to sample some of the small museums that the town is home to.”
Plan a visit to Madonna di Campiglio, Trentino, the paradise for active families
Natasha and Cameron
Authors of The World Pursuit
Madonna Di Campiglio is one of the most gorgeous mountain villages in Europe. At 4,921 it’s considered the Pearl of the Dolomites offering wonderful access to the unique mountain range. Madonna Di Campiglio is a well-known resort that is famous for hosting many Italians looking for solid skiing, dining, and relaxation in a very posh environment. We visited during the winter and had a fabulous time snowboarding the mountains, but it’s also a great summertime destination for kids in Italy. The area is stunning and great for families to cycle around the Rendena valley, walk with their dogs, take the kids fishing, or go horseback riding.
All in all, I find Italy in general to be a very safe and reliably fun place to take families!
Italian Lakes that worth a visit in summer
Author of Travel Loving Family
We’ve travelled extensively around Italy but never to the Italian Lakes. Last summer we spent a week in Lake Maggiore and fell in love with the region. We spent our week hopping on and off Ferries, enjoying the stunning views, exploring pretty lakeside towns and playing at lakeside beaches. We found lots of family-friendly attractions too.
Owner of Arzo Travels “Eat well, dress up, and travel!”
The central regions of Italy are a must in summer: Tuscany and Umbria
If your heart beats on the rhythm of the countryside, plan a visit to Tuscany and Umbria.
Author of Kids and Compass
Tuscany makes an ideal holiday destination for families with kids of any age. Tuscany has Italian scenery at its finest and is also peppered with tiny hill towns and villages to discover. You’ve also got some of Italy’s most beautiful cities in the region too – Florence and Siena shouldn’t be missed.
One of the best ways to experience Tuscany is by staying in a villa in the countryside and hiring a car to get to the more out of the way villages. The weather in Tuscany is hot and dry in the summer so renting a villa with a pool is a must – the kids will be kept occupied for hours.
In the Tuscan towns and villages, kids will love exploring the medieval towers of San Gimignano and the narrow, car-free streets of Montepulciano. The stunning city walls of Lucca are also a great place to visit. Probably the biggest attraction in Tuscany for children is the Leaning Tower of Pisa – they won’t forget climbing it.
Tuscany’s countryside is varied – you can take the kids along the coastline or up into the mountains where you can go into caves and see marble being mined. There are countryside homesteads where you’re able to learn about agriculture (olives as well as wine). The only problem you’ll have is deciding what you can bear to leave out of your itinerary!
Author of Dish Our Town
We stood there at the top of the hill that leads to the foot of the Town of Assisi, and gazed upon a verdant valley below, with olive groves beyond it and slanted vines of grapes on the opposing hill. I looked at my daughter and I can tell from the way she grasped onto my hand and continued to cautiously bring herself closer to the edge as to get a finer view, that she thought it beautiful. It wasn’t the most difficult hike, but a hike nonetheless, and she was going to take advantage of the scenery she had worked for.
A visit to the Region of Umbria brings family moments such as the above, by the plenty. For example, there are wonderful bike trails that can challenge any athlete, but renting electric bikes from a rental and touring company named, EcoBike is the choice to be had, as you and the family can ride on endless bike trails from town to town or vineyard to vineyard, and break just enough sweat that a stop at a local cafe for a snack can be rationalized.
There are medieval towns, churches by the boatload, some museums, and yes, the light physical activities; but it’s the table that really brings the family together. In this region, especially in towns such as Todi, there seems to always be a seat for everyone to enjoy the lovely bounty the awesome landscape produces. You sip Sagrantino wine, while your child dips her bread into rich olive oil, and your wife claps as the waiter shaves mounds of truffle onto a simple pasta; while others around you are doing the same thing – there are few experiences more enriching, and even fewer places that do it as well.
Summer in Italy: what to bring with you for the perfect vacation with kids
The weather is generally amazing in Italy during summer months (from June to mid-September), although in the last few years it has changed a bit. Showers and thunderstorms can hit from North to South, so especially if your final destination is on the top of the mountains, do not forget to bring a sweater and a soft shell jacket.
Be sure to store in your luggage:
- A travel guide: Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide)
- “Take me back to Italy”: the ultimate kids travel guide for curious children! It’s so important to involve the kids in the journey we are organising with them!
- Michelin Italy Road Atlas if you plan to drive along the country
- Kids Flip Flop for your holidays at the beach
- To collect your best memories: GoPro camera
Ice cream or a “granita” will be enough for you to come back and discover many other summer destinations that worth a family trip to Italy.