About 37% of families say that vacations make them happy, making it the activity that makes families most happy. And while remaining in the continental United States for a family vacation may be easier, the real adventure lies in traveling abroad. From wine tours to family resorts, Italy is a great place with something for the entire family. Here are some tricks for making the most of your family vacation to Italy.
Communication is crucial with any family vacation. Start early and get the children excited. Share the details of the trip with them as they're planned, or better yet, reveal one attraction or detail of the trip each week prior to the departure date.
While Tuscany is home to some of the most romantic hotels in Italy, they may not be suitable for a family vacation, so look for a family resort instead. Many offer a perfect balance of kid-friendly and adult-friendly activities and amenities, so make sure to do plenty of research before making reservations. You should also know that many hotels are reserved months in advance, so plan accordingly. Don't be afraid to schedule some activities for just the adults as well -- Tuscany produced nearly 3 million hectoliters of wine in 2015 and offer some incredible wine tours.
Looking at various museum exhibits and ancient architecture may be fun for adults, but it's most likely to be dull for younger children who seek other forms of stimulation. Turn sightseeing into a game by making up creative rules. Walksofitaly.com says, "Of course, there are some sites you will want to see, even if they aren’t, strictly speaking, kid friendly.. Our expert guides have a little trick for dealing with antsy children in famous museums: they invent scavenger hunts...This works best if you give them a little notebook to take notes in and make sure to catch up at the end of the day discuss what they found.
Ultimately, planning a trip to Italy with the whole family will surely make for some unforgettable memories, and being creative is the best way to make sure everybody gets what they want. For more information about family resorts, contact Villa Armena.