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Family Holidays to Italy

There are few other places in the world where family values ring so true as in Italy. Whether it's the classic style of the mainland or the sunshine of islands like Sicily and Sardinia, Italy is a country where every generation can relax, laugh and live life to the full.

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Italy gives you and your loved ones a taste of la bella vita

It's amazing to imagine that the beauty and sunshine of Italy is just an average of two hours and a half hours direct from UK airports.

Family memories are waiting to be made in one of the world's most distinctive and characterful countries, but you'll find that Italy is extremely diverse. In fact, it's those breaks in the sunshine that bring Italy's family values to the fore as nowhere else, and that's definitely true in the Venetian Riviera, the coastal collection of towns clustered around Venice. Among the shopping and Lido di Jesolo beach, you can also take the kids to the Aqualandia waterpark, where pirates play and fountains flourish.

Similarly, the colourful seaside towns trickling down the cliffs of the Neapolitan Riviera will fascinate the kids with their whimsy, while legends of Pompeii abound in the region for intrepid explorers. You could also go beyond the mainland, seeing how Italian culture takes new twists on islands like Sardinia. With horse riding and caves to explore across the island, no young minds are left wanting here.

Best family friendly beaches

Famous Italian beach resorts include Tuscany's Viareggio and the shoreline of Puglia, yet you'll find the country's coast to be welcoming and warm everywhere. Sardinia's own beaches come particularly recommended, especially Badesi Mare and La Pelosa. The latter is wide open, sunny and family friendly, but is also home to the Torre della Pelosa, a 16th-century watchtower by the sea. It can be seen from anywhere on the beach, and a visit will give you a glimpse into the past, and tales to tell the kids of the tower's role in fending off brigands and buccaneers.

Sorrento on the Neapolitan Riviera is also a beachfront well worthy of mention, particularly for the sunsets you can enjoy while the kids caper across the sand.

Best family activities in Italy

As a country as peppered with Roman ruins as it is modern shops and places to play, Italy is rich in things to do. Museums and myths surround the ancient tragedies of Pompeii, while Rome's Colosseum and related relics absolutely warrant some selfie action with the kids.

Other landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa are a given, although the countryside hikes of Sardinia are often a forgotten joy well worth partaking in. If your kids lean more towards tech fun than the great outdoors though, check out the annual comics and videogames festival every October in the medieval streets of Lucca in Tuscany.

Other family holiday destinations

The family values so innate to Italy are just as adored across the Mediterranean. You'll experience that for yourself in sunny Spain, gorgeous Greece and pristine Portugal.

That said, there's something about the history, influence and brilliance of Italy that draws families from across the world to its maze-like narrow streets and beautiful shores. Find out more in our travel guide, and consider your options among a handful of hotel recommendations below.

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