We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
8 posts
2 reviews
Save Topic
Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

My wife and I are heading to Italy (yet again) for our Summer break. We go there every year and have seen most of the cities and lots of the countryside. We can't get enough of it but we'd like some fresh ideas.

We plan to stay for two weeks - one by (or near) the seaside and the other in the countryside. The criteria for both places is that they must have a swimming pool and air-conditioning and must be within an hour or two of any one of the main airports (MIlan, Rome or Bologna).

Ideally, we'd like to be within walking distance of a good section of restaurants and the odd bar. We plan to just chill out and unwind so some on-site facilities (playground, tennis/football court) for the little guy would be great.

Our budget would be in the region of €100 to €150 per night.

Would be grateful for any suggestions.

Perth, Western...
Level Contributor
2,458 posts
369 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

Hi, I would go on the beaches near Ravenna and inside the Reggio Emilia provence towards the apennines or to Brisighella (one of the most beautiful town in Italy.) Some adresses? www.ravennaturismo.it , www.agriturismolacasina.com, www.parcomatildico.com, www.lacavallina.com.

You cannot have seen all these places, by the way you will never get bored, especially this year which is the 150th Italy's anniversary.

Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
8 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

Hi Aussies11

Thanks for your reply. Will take those places into consideration.

Really looking for somehwere with air-con and outdoor swimming pool, preferably within a walk of some decent restaurants.

Any more ideas?

Thanks

Munich, Germany
Level Contributor
9,413 posts
60 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

Not a fan of the Main Italian coastal resorts (e.g. Ravenna down to Cattolica or Forte dei Marmi/Viareggio) especially in the Summer. It is so over-commercialised, packed and a place to chill it is not.

In peak times 100-150 euros per night for a hotel would be very limited - not by the sea. 700-1050 euros a week. That would just about get a Maxi-caravan on a campsite

Something different I would suggest somewhere like Lake Garda (e.g. Lasize or Bardolino). I am biased as have been taking my kids there since they were born (18 years now). Mixture of hotels and Maxi-caravans on campsites. Both towns mostly pedestrianised, reasonably priced to eat out. Not far from Peschiera del Garda which is on the main Milan-Venice intercity line.

Maybe you could consider apartment type accommodation

Better value by the sea, less commercialised although nevertheless busy in the summer is the area of Puglia - flights would be the problem

Look at something like www.holiday-rentals.co.uk for private holiday rentals around italy

Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
8 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

Hi Giftzwerg

Thanks for your post.

We normally travel around mid/end June so it's not as expensive as say end July/August. We normally find some nice hotels within that price range.

In recent years, our trips have included Riccione on the east coast and Lido di Camaiore. We enjoyed them very much, with plenty for our son to do without having to travel long distances. Relaxing walks on the prom, stopping for a coffee/beer, reading a book by the pool - that's the sort of thing we're looking for.

We liked the fact that there hardly any other english-speaking people around!. It really felt like a getaway.

I had been thinking about Lake Garda but always had the impression the towns were very small and very busy, perhaps aimed more at older people. Am I wrong?

Munich, Germany
Level Contributor
9,413 posts
60 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

Maybe not something for you ;-)

"We liked the fact that there hardly any other english-speaking people around!. It really felt like a getaway" - well you may not hear that many english voices .............

........... that is because Lake Garda is extremely popular with northern europeans the Germans/Austrians forming the vast majority of visitors. Along with Dutch and Danish. Lots of families because of the number of campsites with various facilities aimed at kids. Brits very much in the minority and as you thought was in the past mostly "older" travellers. In more recent years see more Brit/irish families at campsites such as Bella Italia at Peschiera del Garda as most of the mainstream "camping" type companies offer accommodation. More Brit families booking independantly at other campsites in Maxi-caravans or private accommodation. More independant travellers from the UK but still in the minority.

So more likely to hear German than english (and sadly Italian sometimes) as it's the Lake Garda's second language (sometimes feels like the first)

Despite being able to speak German and my wife being German neither of us speak it on the lake - only Italian

In addition things for kids (big and small) like Gardaland Theme park and Caneva Waterpark situated between Peschiera and Lazise

Gardaland has a new website not currently available in English

http://www.gardaland.it/park/Mappa-del-Parco/

.

Munich, Germany
Level Contributor
9,413 posts
60 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

We liked Riccione also off season (May).

Ok Lazise and Bardolino small in comparison but offer plenty choices of restaurants and shops (I'd say Lazise has more choices of restaurants around the small harbour lake front area but Bardolino has more shopping)

Salo also a nice lake front town. Nightlife is all about restaurants, people watching, having a glass of wine/beer.

I must say that this year some of the states in Germany have their half term 12-26 June. Short Austrian Half term. Also there are some German/Austrian public holidays around then (13 & 23 June) so people (like myself) will also make a long weekend of it - so all in all could be very busy.

Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
450 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

We have booked two weeks in September at www.anticavetreria.net/ which is in a small village near the Tuscan/Umbrian border. Guests share a converted 750 year old glass blowing factory that is part of the walled town. Outdoor pool, large water theme park within a half hour drive, and parks and play grounds are a part of the village, but there are other English speaking people staying there usually, but you have the run of the village and lots of nearby small villages to walk to. Very un-touristy, as this place and one small hotel are the only places renting to tourists. Colleen, the proprietor, has a wealth of info on her website and you may wish to take a look. I don't know if she has any of the apartments left for your time frame, but you can tell by looking on the website. Another idea. and I hope it helps.

Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
8 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

Hi Giftzwerg and MikeRyherd

Thanks for your replies.

Plenty of good food for thought there. Much apprciated.

9. Re: Ideas for Italy with six-year old son

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 23 October 2012, 03:16