Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and a must-visit for any well-travelled families. Boasting stunning architecture, gorgeous blue seas and a unique culture full of warmth, Italy is a one-of-a-kind experience that you and your children will surely love.
Italy is full of magnificent cities to discover, so much so that it can be hard to decide where is best to visit! From beautiful coastal locations full of heritage to modern and vibrant cities away from the tourist radar, we have compiled a list of our top picks from across this exciting corner of the world.
One of the most popular cities to visit across Italy is Florence, the jewel of Tuscany in Northern Italy. However, during the peak season, Florence can become very stuffy and crowded – not great for a break with the kids! However, the aptly-named ‘Florence of the South’, Lecce, presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy everything Italy is famous for.
Located on the heel of the Italian ‘boot’ in the stunning Puglia region, Lecce is a modest city packed with surprises. Lecce is full of white baroque architecture that is perfect for snapping some family photos, while its openness allows you to enjoy the beautiful weather. There are also plenty of classic Italian cafes and restaurants dotted around, perfect for grabbing some refreshing gelato to enjoy on your adventure!
If you are looking for a youthful city for your family break, then Perugia should be high on your list! The capital of the central Umbria region of Italy, Perugia is two hours south of Florence, situated deep in rural Italy. However, despite its countryside surroundings and medieval appearance, Perugia is one of Italy’s more modern locations.
Perugia is home to one of Italy’s oldest and most famous universities, giving the city a vibrant feel. However, the real reason why this is such a great place for a family break is its famous export: chocolate! Home to the Perugina Chocolate Factory, the city has a unique love for confectionary. There are countless shops and experiences across Perugia, perfect for those with a sweet tooth!
Many people on their visit to Italy want to experience both the country’s dazzling history, but also its beautiful blue seas. If you’re looking for a family city break that combines the two, then Cagliari could be the perfect choice! Located on the Italian island of Sardinia west of the mainland, Cagliari is a historic port city that offers everything you could want in an Italian escape.
A beautiful old city, Cagliari has heaps of winding streets and historic markets, giving your kids the chance to discover some unique souvenirs to take home with them. However, the city also has many beaches across its coastlines, making days by the seaside a breeze!
Italy is famous for its historical architecture, but there are cities across the country that offer a more modern experience. Pescara is an excellent example of a clean, sleek city, combining classical Italian culture with easy travel and plenty of tourist activities.
A coastal city in Eastern Italy, Pescara’s highlight is its stunning beaches. Sharing the same waters as Croatia opposite, the Adriatic Sea is something that has to be seen to be believed! Inland, Pescara is full of museums, with many of them, such as the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo, designed to appeal to young families.
Florence is a hugely popular location, and its allure is hard to resist. However, another great alternative is the nearby city of Pisa. Often less crowded than Florence, Pisa is home to one of the world’s most famous sights that will surely be a highlight of any child’s trip!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a historic, awe-inspiring sight that you and especially your children will love to visit. However, Pisa itself is full of discoveries to be made. With plenty of open park space and charming cafes to match, Tuscany family villas here could make for the perfect break!
If you are genuinely looking for a quiet city break in Italy, then Urbino should be high on your list. Located in the Le Marche region of Eastern Italy, the city receives a fraction of the tourists seen in other cities. It is also one of the friendliest cities you can hope to discover, and has enough Italian history to match any rival!
Set in the Italian countryside, this old city feels incredibly warm and homely. This warmth is thanks in large part to the friendly locals, who will be more than happy to ensure you and your kids are having a great time in their city! One must-see sight in Urbino is the Ducal Palace, a fairytale-like building home to the local art museum that is sure to impress adults and children alike.
If, on the other hand, you prefer your family breaks to be loud and full of colour, then Palermo is the city for you. Located on the island of Sicily in Southern Italy, Palermo has been touched by many cultures throughout the years. What’s left is a city bursting with colour and originality, with something new to discover around every corner!
- Read our review of a stay in Palermo here!
Palermo is instantly recognisable for its Arabian heritage, with markets and bazaars set up across the city selling all kinds of treats. Palermo also has its fair share of stunning buildings and history to discover, but it’s the vibrancy of its street corners that will leave adventurous kids entertained throughout their trip!
Ultimately, this is just some of the cities for your family to discover on your holiday to Italy. Whether you’re searching for a quiet escape, a seaside break or a cultural adventure, Italy is the perfect location for you to discover something new!
Need some more Italian inspiration? Read some of our family trip reviews here: