We'd like to vacation in Italy in April or May. It is not our first time, but it is our first time with a small child (a 5 year-old), and we'd like for there to be lots of things for him to do.
This means that instead of the usual attractions such as museums and cultural/historical sites (great for adults or even older children, not so much younger children), we'd like to go where there may be other children (either local children or children of other families that are traveling), child-friendly attractions or activities, and family-oriented accommodations (a villa that has daily programs or activities for children, let's say).
Quite frankly, we'd be perfectly happy to hole up in a small town or village and immerse ourselves there if it had any of these things -- seeing the sights (which we are fortunate enough to have done in previous trips) isn't the main objective of this trip. Off the beaten path is welcome and in some ways even desired.
I would be grateful for any tips or leads, links to websites and so forth. Molto apprezzato!