A family holiday in Italy is always going to be one of the best you can take. With great food, friendly people, beautiful towns and cities and wonderful historic sites, there is something for everyone. When you’re planning a family holiday to Italy there are a number of key elements to take in to account from the location and area of Italy to stay in through to the right accommodation to suit all. Family holidays in Italy should be something and somewhere to make lasting memories from and our team have visited the country on numerous occasions to bring you the top trips. We have rounded up the best family holidays to Italy with links for you to check availability and book your own stay.
Browse through our list of the best family holidays in Italy and click through to the full review if you would like more detail. All on this list of family hotels in Italy have either been personally stayed in by one of our Family Hotels Expert team or heavily researched so you don’t need to. Click through the index below or browse our top family holidays in Italy or skip down to the hotels if you are booking your own flights.
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The best family holiday in Italy
Sisan Family Resort, Lake Garda
This is a very new, lovely family resort in Italy which is in the beautiful Lake Garda area. With three swimming pools, a splash park and kids club up to 12 years old this is great for families. You can stay on a bed and breakfast or half board basis and their two bedroom family suites are ideal for those with kids.
Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre
A trip to Venice is always going to be special, it’s the perfect location for family fun. Lose yourself in the backstreets, take a gondola ride through the canals and find out all about the intrigue at the Doge’s Palace. Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre which is on the mainland and in easy reach of the centre of Venice. The hotel has a great outdoor pool which is perfect in the summer. The hotel offers bed and breakfast or a half board basis. A great base for exploring this beautiful part of Italy.
Read more: The best family hotels in Venice
Hotel Brioni Mare, Venetian Riviera
This is a lovely location for a traditional beach holiday in Italy. Set right on the beach there’s so much to enjoy here and it’s perfect for family holidays in Italy. The rooms here sleep four and there’s a lovely swimming pool to call off in. Venice is a short hop away, ideal for day trips and you can stay on a bed and breakfast or half board basis.
Baia Dei Pini Village, Sardinia
This hotel is in a great location, close to the beautiful white sandy beach at Budoni. Perfect for all inclusive family holidays to Italy there are three lovely pools with a spacious village feel to the site. There are a whole selection of children’s clubs from three year olds right up to 18 year olds making it great for teenagers too. There are lots of additional activities available from tennis to cycling. Sardinia is a lovely island for a family holiday to Italy, it’s picturesque and friendly with gorgeous beaches.
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The best family hotels in Italy – when you’re booking your own flights
Parco san Marco Beach Resort, Lake Lugano, Northern Italy
The location of Parco San Marco is wonderful, set overlooking the picturesque Lake Lugano, it is close to the border with Switzerland and has that combined Alpine and Mediterranean feel to it. The resort is set up with lots of apartments (just over 100 in total) that climb up the hillside for lovely lakeside views. Apartments come in one bedroom (with sofa bed in the lounge) and two bedrooms (also with the sofa bed) and both with a small kitchenette. The resort has so much going on for families including indoor and outdoor pools, playgrounds dotted throughout the grounds and even its own private beach on the lake side. There’s a great kids club and the restaurant here is wonderful with a fabulous breakfast spread and great evening meals too. With Lake Como just 12 km away and Milan 90 km away there are plenty of opportunities to get out and see more of Italy while you’re here. Certainly one of the best family resorts in Italy.
Masseria Torre Coccaro, Puglia
Puglia is an absolutely wonderful location for a trip to the country and if you’re looking for luxury family holidays to Italy then Masseria Torre Coccaro should be top of your list. Situated in a former olive oil mill these quirky rooms are all different and packed full of character. There are a number of suites that work for families and a fantastic onsite restaurant for amazing food all day long. There’s an indoor and outdoor pool, mini water park, playground, kids club and lovely grounds to explore. In summer the masseria also has its own beach 45 minutes away with restaurant and activities. Nearby the main town of Bari is 60 km away and there are the World UNESCO Heritage towns of Alberobello and Matera that are wonderful day trips. Masseria Torre Coccaro is a chance to experience southern Italy at its best.
Hotel Saturnia & International, Venice
A former palace where you can fling open the shutters to hear the singing gondoliers working their way through the canals below. Hotel Saturnia & International is a beautiful hotel in the heart of Venice and while it oozes luxury it is also very family friendly. They have some wonderful family rooms which are big enough for a family of five to comfortably relax in at the end of a day out sightseeing. There is a wonderful restaurant for a fantastic morning breakfast spread including fruit cakes, waffles and fruit and a concierge that will great you like family (and tell you all the best, secret spots to visit). The hotel is in a fantastic location, making it easy to wander out to the main sights and with St Mark’s Square just a 5 minute stroll away. If you’re looking for a family hotel Italy has a number of special places and this is definitely on the list.
Terme di Sorano, Tuscany
This is a delightful spa hotel for families. Set in the heart of Tuscany with the medieval towns of Montemerano, Sorano, Sovana and Pitigliano all close by. About 180 km south of Florence, this hotel is a real retreat. Set around natural springs there are pools galore in this resort. There are a number of different styles of accommodation to suit families from two bedroom suites to villas. As this is a wellness resort there are lots of pools here to enjoy and this is one of the best family hotels Italy has in this area.
Hotel Borgo Pantano, Sicily
This 4 star hotel is a wonderful hotel for families and a holiday in its own right, there’s no need to go anywhere else if you don’t want to tear yourself away. The Hotel Borgo Pantano is 7 miles from Syracuse which is both an interesting city and packed with beautiful beaches. The hotel offers family rooms (across two floors) to those travelling with kids and these provide a great space to relax in. The resort is set on a farmhouse dating back to 1861 and packed full of fruit trees so is a beautiful setting. There’s a fantastic freeform outdoor pool, games room and kids club. The food at this resort also comes very highly rated. This is a fantastic base from which to explore Sicily but also somewhere you can come and spend time and not want or need to leave. One of the best family resorts Italy has.
Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast
This is a very special hotel. Set in a former 11th century Palace the Belmond Hotel Caruso has stunning views across the Amalfi Coast. With connecting rooms or suites there is really good sized accommodation for those travelling with kids. They have so much going on for families from tennis lessons to pizza making. You can also have a go at directing your own holiday video. The swimming pool is beautiful and one that will be the backdrop for so many amazing family memories. One of the great family hotels Italy excels at.
Hotel Relais dei Papi, Rome
Rome is a fantastic hotel, perfect for Italian family holidays. PAcked full of history and culture there is so much to do here. Stay at the Hotel Relais dei Papi which is really close to the Vatican museums and a close metro ride to the Colosseum. The hotel has apartments which are great for those travelling with kids and there’s also a really nice breakfast on offer.
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Frequently asked questions about travelling to Italy with kids
Where in Italy is good for families?
Italy is an amazing country for families and really there is no bad part of the country, there is something there for everyone. Hopefully our list of the best family holiday in Italy provides good inspiration. Our favourite areas are Tuscany for culture and gorgeous countryside, northern Italy for lots of activities and Puglia for beautiful, real, less touristy Italy.
Is Italy child friendly?
Italy is about as child friendly as a country can get. The food is perfect for children, pizza and pasta everywhere but most of all the people are so friendly and welcoming of families. It’s a perfect country for a family holiday especially in one of the hotels we’ve listed here.
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