Traveling with your family can be a wonderful bonding experience, but it can also be a challenge, especially if you have younger children. Even the most wonderful family resorts in Italy can seem like a hassle if you're not prepared! Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly ways to experience summer getaways or holidays in Tuscany with children. Here's what you need to know before you hop on the plane and stay at a toddler friendly resort in Italy.
Restaurants in Italy are a child's best friend. Most of the menus are organized by pasta dishes, meat dishes, and side dishes. In addition, most places will happily provide a half-portion for your child rather than a children's menu. But be careful! Most dinner restaurants in Italy aren't open until later in the evening, so you should stock up on snacks accordingly.
If you're looking for a place for your kids to run around that's not the family resort you're staying at, you can go to almost any main square in any Italian city. These spaces are wide open and free of cars, which makes them excellent places to let your kids have free reign for a little while.
Want to keep your kids interested and help them learn at the same time? Try setting up a word hunt during your trip. Simply provide a list of Italian words and have your children check off any word they find. When they find all of the words on the list, you can offer a special treat.
Everybody loves a good museum, but the key is not to linger. Most children are easily distracted and don't want to stare at a painting for 20 minutes. Instead of playing it by ear, pick a few paintings to visit, do some research, and give your kids a short lesson on each of them. Not only will it provide a learning experience, it will help your kids really engage with the art.
Approximately 37% of families say that vacations make them happy, but it's important to be prepared, especially when traveling with children. You might miss a few Tuscany wine tours, but the family time is well worth it if you prepare beforehand.