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Realistic 10 Day Itineraries for Italy with Kids

Ciao! Are you planning a family trip to Italy but feeling overwhelmed by all of the places you could see and things you could do with your kids here?

First off – it’s not just you.  There is a ton to see and do here as a family – and that’s a great thing.

Below I’ve outlined some sample itineraries to help get your itinerary planning juices flowing, and I’ve also sprinkled in some helpful tips.

Why listen to me?  I’m a mamma of three boys and we live here and spend our free time exploring the nooks and crannies (and popular destinations) of bella Italia.  I also plan trips for travelers coming to Italy for the first (or 15th) time, and I’ve guided visitors around the country on foot, by bicycle, and in a hefty 9-passenger van. 

I live, breathe, and love travel in Italy with kids and I’m here to help you create the perfect 10 day Italy itinerary for your family!

One thing you’ll notice, is that these itineraries don’t have you zooming around the country.  While Italy looks small – especially if you’re coming from somewhere like the United States or Australia – it takes awhile to get around and traveling too much with kids is exhausting for you and them.  These itineraries are realistic.  They include itineraries I’ve recommended to clients and mimic some of our family’s travel in Italy.

I hope you find these Italy itinerary ideas useful – happy planning!

Things to Keep in Mind When Using These 10 Day Italy Family Itineraries

Boy stands and looks out gondola window at Dolomite mountains and grassy, forested hills.
My son on a gondola near Corvara in Badia in the Dolomites
  • These are just ideas.   Mix and match and tailor it to fit your family.  For example, if you’re looking at the ‘Classic Italy’ itinerary and your child adores Roman history, spend an extra day or two in Rome!
  • Don’t hesitate to add more rest days.   You know your family best.  For example, you may need to take one rest day (sleep in, get a leisurely lunch, visit a playground) for every 3 days of travel and sightseeing.  Adjust these itineraries as needed.
  • Travel takes time.   Plan for it.  Soak it up.  Make it fun!
  • Packing and unpacking isn’t fun.
  • Sometimes just ‘being’ in Italy is just as much fun as ‘seeing’ things in Italy.  For example, visiting a local market and buying picnic supplies may be more memorable for you kids than seeing more Renaissance art in another museum.
  • Different ages have different needs.   Coming with a 2-year old to Italy is quite different than coming with a 10-year old.  Keep that in mind when creating your itinerary.
  • When you’re visiting is important.   For example, bringing your kids to Rome in April is quite different from bringing your kids to Rome in August.  In April, when it’s cooler, you’ll have much more enjoyable visits to outdoor ruins and it will be less crowded (except around Easter).  In August, you’ll need to plan around the heat and focus outdoor activities to early morning and later in the evening, take things a little slower, and eat extra gelato!  The Tuscan countryside in winter is pretty dead – skip in favor of a more lively winter destination like the Dolomites, Sicily, or cities like Rome and Florence.
  • Choose the best transport options for your family.  If you’re traveling with a lot of luggage and baby gear, rent a car vs trying to load your stuff and family on and off trains.
  • You will likely need to ‘lay low’ for the first day or two.  Jet-lag can hit hard, so don’t pack your first couple of days.  If you go too hard at the beginning of your trip when your kids are still tired, you’ll spend the rest of your vacation recovering. 
  • Mix it up.  You may want to spend some time in cities and some time in the countryside.  Pair a well-known destination with somewhere off-the-beaten path.  Or, match a foodie destination with a stop for nature-lovers.
  • Try to include something for everyone in your family.   Yes, I know it can be challenging if you’ve got different desires and interests to cater to in your family.  But, it will be a much more successful trip if everyone has something ‘for them.’  It could be as simple as finding the best gelato spots for each of your destinations, going on a special hike in the Dolomites, or finding a prime shopping street in Milan.
  • I’ve planned most of these itineraries to be Point A to Point B.  If you’re flying in and out of the same location, you’ll need to account for the extra travel time to get back to the arrival/departure city.
  • I often mention ‘kid-friendly’ tours. Yes, I know tours add to the cost of your trip.  However, having a kid-friendly guide can make the difference between “is this over yet?” and a lifetime memory. 
  • Don’t pack your days.  I find that one main activity per day is plenty, and the rest of the day can be spent wandering towns, eating(!), spending time at playgrounds, etc.

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Classic Italy with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

Boy looking at window display of Carnival masks in Venice, Italy.
My son checking out Carnival masks in Venice

Get an overview of Italy with your family by visiting the marvelous cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome.  You can also take a day trip from Florence into the Tuscan countryside.

This is a nice ‘intro’ to Italy and good for first visits and if you don’t feel like driving in Italy.

You’ll get a peek at Italy that will likely have you coming back for more!

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Venice; explore a bit (on foot or take a traghetto or gondola)
  • Day 2: Take a kid-friendly tour of Venice; visit the playground in Castello
  • Day 3: Take the early morning ferry to Burano for cookies, colorful buildings, and the playground; attend a mask-making workshop or keep exploring on foot
  • Day 4: Train to Florence (Santa Maria Novella station); explore on foot (for example, walk across the Ponte Vecchio); find your favorite gelateria in Florence
  • Day 5: Climb a tower to see Florence from above; take a kid-friendly tour of the city or visit the Accademia on your own
  • Day 6: Take a day trip from Florence.  Some of our favorites are to Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, and the beach. 
  • Day 7: Train to Rome (Roma Termini station); pm golf cart tour; get gelato
  • Day 8: Visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum (preferably on a kid-friendly tour)
  • Day 9: Find another fun kid-activity in Rome, like visiting Villa Borghese or attending Gladiator School.
  • Day 10: Depart from Rome

Transportation:  Fast trains between the cities

Where to Stay:  Apartments or hotels in the town centers.  Avoid staying far in neighborhoods far from the center, as the extra transport time adds up on a 10-day trip.

Helpful Tips:  Be sure to book tours and activities (like the Accademia Gallery and Colosseum) in advance.

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Dolomites with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

Boys walking the trail toward mountains in the Dolomites.
Hiking Seceda with my boys

Head to the Dolomites in Northern Italy – one of my favorite places on the planet!  Soak up three cultures (Italian, Austrian, and Ladin), gaze at some of the most spectacular scenery, enjoy the outdoor activities, and visit Italy’s best playgrounds!

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Milan or Venice and travel to Bolzano and then up to Fiè allo Sciliar.
  • Day 2: Fiè allo Sciliar.  Visit the small village and its playgrounds.  Walk up to the church on the hill, or if you have more energy, walk or drive up to Laghetto di Fiè.
  • Day 3: Alpe di Siusi
  • Day 4: Ortisei – Seceda or Resciesa
  • Day 5: Bolzano – see the Ice Man, have dinner in town
  • Day 6: Drive to San Cassiano; gondola up to the Möviment Park on Pralongià.
  • Day 7: Cinque Torri hike and WW1 Open-Air Museum
  • Day 8: Cortina d’Ampezzo or Corvara in Badia
  • Day 9: Drive to Venice; explore Venice
  • Day 10: Depart from Venice

Substitutions:  Many people email me about Lake Braies and the Cime di Lavaredo hike.  You can visit these from the second part of the trip, just be sure to get an early morning start for both.

Transportation: Pick up a rental car in Venice and return it there at the end of your trip.  You can also use public transportation (excellent in the Dolomites), but with kids, it’s much easier to have your own car.  It’s easy to take the bus from Fiè to Alpe di Siusi, Ortisei, and Bolzano on days 2, 3 & 4. 

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Emilia Romagna with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

People walking into Dozza, Italy. Colorful murals decorate the archway and buildings.
Exploring Dozza with my boys

Emilia-Romagna sometimes ‘slides under the radar,’ but it’s got all of the elements of a perfect place to vacation with kids – especially if they love race cars and Italian food!

This itinerary is pretty packed – with only one rest day in Bologna on Day 7.  You know your family best, and you can add more rest days as needed. 

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bologna and go for a stroll in the city center and get an intro to Bologna’s culinary treats (pasta al ragù, anyone?).
  • Day 2: Spend the day in Bologna – climbing towers, visiting the playgrounds, taking the trenino, and exploring the markets.
  • Day 3: Ravenna and its mosaics.
  • Day 4: Parma – tour a parmigiano factory (with older kids) and explore the city.  If you have a car, visit Mason’s Labyrinth.
  • Day 5: Modena
  • Day 6: Car museums – choose one or two (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati Motorcycles).  You can also see the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena on Day 5.
  • Day 7: Rest Day in Bologna – live like a local (get breakfast at a bar, buy picnic supplies from the market, visit a bookshop, go to the playground after school when local kids will be there, have aperitivo in a piazza)
  • Day 8: Day Trip to the countryside – visit Dozza (colorful murals and a castle with a dragon) and Brisighella
  • Day 9: Mirabilandia theme park or spend the day at the beach (Milano Marittima)
  • Day 10: Depart from Bologna

Substitutions:  Older kids may want to visit the unique castle, Rochetta Mattei (car needed). 

Transportation: If you want to visit the car museums, the countryside, the labyrinth, or Mirabilandia, you’ll need to drive your own car, take a day tour, or hire a private driver.  The cities on the itinerary (Bologna, Ravenna, Modena, Parma) are all well-connected by trains.

Where to Stay: You can base yourself in Bologna for the entire trip if you want to have a ‘home.’  You can also choose to base yourself in Bologna and visit cities first and then book countryside accommodation (like an agriturismo) and use a rental car to visit the other destinations. 

Helpful Tip:  Unless you’re visiting during the winter, be sure to reserve your visits to the car museums and to see the mosaics in Ravenna.

Good To Know:  If you’re planning on visiting in July or August, know that Emilia-Romagna’s city centers get hot.  Try to avoid visiting cities like Bologna during the hot part of the day. 

Good To Know:  If you’re visiting during the holidays, don’t miss Bologna’s Christmas markets and festivities.

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Puglia with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

Boy walking on street in Monopoli, Puglia. White buildings on either side and laundry hanging from balconies above.
Walking around Monopoli with my son

Puglia is a dreamy, family-friendly destination – think small whitewashed villages, beaches with turquoise water, and fresh mozzarella cheese.  Need I say more? 

This itinerary focuses on my favorite part of the region for a family trip – the Valle d’Itria (Itria Valley).  It’s a perfect blend of exploration and relaxation on the heel of the boot.

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bari, pick up your rental car and drive to Monopoli
  • Day 2: Monopoli
  • Day 3: Polignano a Mare
  • Day 4: Beach Day – Capitolo beaches
  • Day 5: Castellana Caves
  • Day 6: Drive to Alberobello.  Visit town and sleep in a trullo.
  • Day 7: Drive to countryside masseria.  Visit Locorotondo.
  • Day 8: Ostuni
  • Day 9: Beach Day – Parco Naturale Regionale Dune Costiere da Torre Canne a Torre San Leonardo (coastal beaches near Ostuni)
  • Day 10: Depart from Bari

Substitutions:  The Itria Valley is small, so you can mix and match the cities and days in this itinerary.  We also like Martina Franca and Conversano.  If you’re a ceramic-loving mamma, bring your brood to Grottaglie (you can shop, they can take a ceramics class!).

Transportation: You’ll need a car for this itinerary.   

Where to Stay: Stay in Monopoli for days 1-5.  Stay in a trullo in Alberobello on Day 6, and in the countryside for days 7-10.  You could also stay in another of the towns for days 7-10 – the towns and villages are lively at night and they’re fun for kids (yes, kids stay up late here!).

Helpful Tip:  Don’t visit the public beaches if you’re visiting in the summer – they’re packed like sardines.  Instead, pay for a private beach (and all of its amenities like bathrooms, changing rooms, restaurants, umbrellas and lounge chairs, etc).

Good To Know:  If you’re interested in visiting Matera, you could take out Day 5 (Castellana Caves) and Day 9 (Beach Day) and tack Matera onto the end of your trip (2 nights in Matera before heading back to Bari).

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Sicily with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

Kids walking on the edge of a crater of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy.
Hiking on Mt. Etna with my boys and our local guide

Sicily has something for everyone – from ancient ruins to delicious cuisine, turquoise beaches to unique villages. It’s common to want to ‘see it all,’ but Sicily is big – so pick an area to focus on, or be ready to move a lot!

This itinerary has quite a bit of travel, but it’s doable with kids – I did it with two elementary-age kids and we also stopped in Siracusa. It is a whirlwind (you stay in three places – Taormina, Scicli, and Palermo), but it’s one of our favorite trips we’ve been on.

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Catania, pick up your rental car and drive to Taormina
  • Day 2: Taormina
  • Day 3: Hike Mt. Etna
  • Day 4: Drive to Val di Noto (we like basing in Scicli)
  • Day 5: Scicli family-friendly tour (can pair with Sampieri Beach)
  • Day 6: Modica and Ragusa – chocolate and Sicilian carts
  • Day 7: Drive to Palermo
  • Day 8: Palermo – family-friendly tour
  • Day 9: Cefalù day trip – beach, hiking to castle
  • Day 10: Depart from Palermo

Substitutions:  Siracusa / Ortigia is also an excellent stop.  You could replace Days 1-3 with a relaxed stay there and then head to the Val di Noto on Day 4. You could also see Villa Romana del Casale (Piazza Armerina) on your drive from Val di Noto to Palermo, but only if your kids are interested and you have someone who can stay with your luggage.

Transportation: You need a rental car for this itinerary, but you can return it when you get to Palermo on Day 7.  You can train to/from Cefalù and to the airport. 

Where to Stay:  I recommend staying in the towns (in Taormina, Scicli, and Palermo).  If you’re visiting in a hotter period of the year, I recommend accommodations with a pool and avoiding touring midday.

Helpful Tip:  Sicily is huge!  You may want to see it all, but know that it takes time to cover ground in Sicily and there’s so much to see.  If you love it, you’ll have to come back!

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Northern Tuscany with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

boys cycling on the wide path on the walls of Lucca, Italy
Cycling Lucca’s walls with my boys

Northern Tuscany works well if you want your ten days in Italy to be a mix of relaxing at a pool in the countryside and exploring some of Italy’s most famous cities and villages. 

This itinerary works well with kids of all ages and it’s also a great pick for a multi-generational trip. 

Tuscany isn’t ‘undiscovered,’ so expect crowds, but also know that tourism is well-established – which makes for an easy-to-plan destination with plenty to do.

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Florence, have a low-key day in the historic center
  • Day 2: Florence – climb a tower or up to Piazzale Michelangelo, get gelato, see David at the Accademia, check out armor at the Stibbert Museum
  • Day 3: Florence cooking class or family-friendly walking tour
  • Day 4: Lucca – cycle or walk the city walls
  • Day 5: Pisa (can combine with a visit to the beach if you just want to see the Leaning Tower)
  • Day 6: Drive to your agriturismo in the Tuscan countryside.  Relaxing day at the pool.  Dinner in a nearby village (or visit a market and cook your own meal).
  • Day 7: Day trip to San Gimignano
  • Day 8: Day Trip Chianti (Choose 1-2 of the villages – Greve in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, San Casciano Val di Pesa).
  • Day 9: Visit a small village near your agriturismo or day trip to another village or city like Peccioli, Volterra, Monteriggioni, or San Gimignano.
  • Day 10: Depart from Florence

Substitutions:  If you want to keep your base in Florence, you can also day trip to many of the countryside locations using a private driver or by taking a tour.  Teens who enjoy cycling can take a cycling day trip into the Tuscan countryside.  Remember to add in ‘relax’ days to make the itinerary work for your family!  Spend a day at the beach.  Visit the theme park, Cavallino Matto.

Transportation: Use trains to visit the cities from Days 1-5.  Then, rent a car for exploring the Tuscan countryside.

Where to Stay: Stay in or very close to the historic center of Florence – you want to be within walking distance of the main sites if you’re visiting with kids.  When looking for an agriturismo for this Northern Tuscany itinerary, focus on the area south of Florence (leaning toward southwest). 

Helpful Tip:  If you’re planning on visiting the Accademia, book your tickets in advance.

Good To Know:  Pools in Italy are often not fenced (it’s not required by law).

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Rome, Naples, & Pompeii with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

Boy looking over railing down at the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy on a spring day.
My son looking down at the Roman Forum on a springtime trip to Rome

This itinerary is a hit with older kids and teens who love history and active kids who enjoy exploring ruins.  It’s unfolds in Southern Italy in the large cities of Rome and Naples, with a side trip to Pompeii.

What you do in Rome and Naples will depend on the ages and interests of your kids.  This itinerary works well with my elementary-age boys.

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Rome
  • Day 2: Golf cart tour and relaxing intro to Rome
  • Day 3: Rome – Gladiator school
  • Day 4: Rome – Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Day 5: Rome – Villa Borghese & Capuchin Crypt
  • Day 6: Train to Naples, evening tour w/family-friendly guide
  • Day 7: Naples – pizza! (eat it or take a pizza-making class) and Underground Naples tour
  • Day 8: Pompeii
  • Day 9: Herculaneum or Sorrento
  • Day 10: Depart from Naples

Substitutions:  There are so many things to do in Rome with kids!  From cooking classes to children’s museums to climbing the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica to cycling in the Villa Borghese gardens to throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain – your kids won’t be bored.

If you are itching to add the Amalfi Coast to your trip, you could add it to the Naples portion of the trip. 

Transportation: You can use public transport for the entire trip.  Take the high-speed train between Rome and Naples and use the local train to travel from Naples to Pompeii.  You could also hire a private driver or go on a guided tour. 

Where to Stay: We have stayed in many places in Rome with our kids.  The key is to stay somewhere that’s walkable to some things you’d like to see.  For example, we like staying near Campo de’ Fiori because it’s close to many sites, there are great restaurants in the area, and we like getting pastries, bread at supplí at the forno on the piazza.  If you’re planning on spending a lot of time in the Vatican City, try to stay nearby.  If you’re not set on where you’ll be spending most of your time, look into the Monti neighborhood.  We’ve stayed there and appreciate the central location and great restaurants and unique boutiques.  In Naples, stay in the historic center, on the side (east) closest to the train station, since you’ll be using the train for two day trips and to get to the airport.  There are plenty of small hotels, apartments, and B&Bs in the historic center (for example, B&B I Borbone).

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Lake Garda with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

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With my boys at the beach near Peschiera del Garda

Lake Garda is a favorite of our family’s because there are a ton of kid-friendly activities and destinations (castles! rollercoasters!), and it’s a very easy place to travel with kids (think stroller-friendly paths along the lake, family-focused accommodations, etc).

This itinerary combines Lake Garda with a larger city – you can choose either Verona or Venice. While you could head straight to Lake Garda, the Venice or Verona time balances well with the small towns and villages you’ll find on Lake Garda.

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Venice or Verona
  • Day 2: Venice or Verona – if Venice, boat down the Grand Canal, see a glass-blowing demonstration, climb a tower, admire the glittering mosaics of the Basilica di San Marco
  • Day 3: Drive rental car to southeast Lake Garda (Peschiera del Garda).  Lake day.
  • Day 4: Sirmione (town & lake)
  • Day 5: Lake day (beaches or boat trip) with evening in Peschiera del Garda
  • Day 6: Lazise (town & lake)
  • Day 7: Gardaland
  • Day 8: Malcesine and cable car to Monte Baldo
  • Day 9: Beach day or cycling on bike paths
  • Day 10: Depart from Verona or Venice

Substitutions:  A couple of other Lake Garda villages we like to explore are Torri del Benaco (has our favorite playground in the area) and Bardolino (ferris wheel!).  You could also skip the first couple of days in Verona and head straight to Lake Garda – I’ve just added them as a soft intro to Italy and time to explore a city and get over jet-lag.  If your kids like water parks, you could also visit Canevaworld.  We also like the northern part of the lake and Riva del Garda (day trip).

Transportation: This itinerary is best with your own rental car.

Where to Stay: We like the casual Camping Bella Italia, but there are plenty of family-friendly resorts on Lake Garda.  I recommend staying somewhere with easy lake access (walkable, without crossing a main road) and that’s within walking distance of restaurants and/or a village.  This itinerary focuses on the southeastern part of the lake, so find accommodation in that area.

Helpful Tip:  Avoid Gardaland in summer months unless you don’t have access to a theme park in your home country.  It gets really crowded!

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Family-Friendly Lakes with Kids – 10 Day Itinerary

Sunny day with clouds and a view of playground and grassy area on shore of Lake Molveno in the Dolomites, Italy.
Evening time at one of Lake Molveno’s lakeside playgrounds

Lake Garda and Lake Molveno are some of Italy’s most family-friendly destinations.  You can easily combine them both into a 10-day trip sure to satisfy every kid (and adult) in your family. 

My kids are always happy to visit Lake Garda or Lake Molveno, and because they’re so easy to visit as a parent, it’s not difficult to say ‘si!’

Day-By-Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Venice or Verona
  • Day 2: Drive rental car to southeast Lake Garda (Peschiera del Garda).  Lake day.
  • Day 3: Sirmione
  • Day 4: Gardaland
  • Day 5: Lake day (beaches or boat trip) with evening in Peschiera del Garda
  • Day 6: Drive to Lake Molveno – lake & playgrounds
  • Day 7: Lake Molveno – cycling or boating & lake
  • Day 8: Lake Molveno – cable car to Pradel hike and play area
  • Day 9: Lake Molveno
  • Day 10: Drive from Molveno to Verona or Venice

Substitutions:  You could stop in Riva del Garda on your way, but someone should stay with your luggage (I know, not ideal).   My boys love walking the small lanes of the medieval village of Canale di Tenno (between Riva del Garda and Molveno – adds about 45 min to the drive between Peschiera and Molveno)

Transportation: This itinerary is best with your own rental car.

Where to Stay: See the above itinerary for where to stay on Lake Garda.  For Lake Molveno, know that the town of Molveno is on a steep hillside, so try to stay close to the lake so you can avoid long uphills and downhills with kids.  We’ve stayed at Casa Vacanze Dorigoni and the walk was doable with a 2-year old.

Helpful Tip:  You know your family best.  For example, my kids would be happy to spend 10 days at the lake with one day at Gardaland and 1-2 village visits.

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Stay in One Place for 10 Days with Your Kids

Three boys playing with a stomp rocket in an olive grove in Tuscany. One is jumping while the others are nearby.
My boys playing in a Tuscan olive grove – a common activity on a 10-day family trip to Tuscany

This type of itinerary is a tough sell because it’s programmed within us to want to see it all and check places off our list.  However, I encourage you to think about having a ‘home base’ in Italy for ten days.  While you can’t cover as much ground, you will:

For example, you could:

  • Stay at an agriturismo in Tuscany for 10 days.  Spend some of your days lounging at the pool and letting the kids explore the olive groves.  Have a local chef come in for a cooking class.  Visit nearby villages to shop at the markets, play at playgrounds, and have dinners in the piazzas at night.
  • Stay at a beachside apartment in Sardina for 10 days.  Park your family and walk to the beach (use your stroller to cart kids and beach gear and food) for the morning.  Come home in the afternoon to shower and take a break from the sun.  Then head out on foot or in the car to explore a local village and have dinner in the evening.  This is what we’ve done in Sardinia and I wouldn’t do it any other way (at least with the ages of kids I have right now – 3, 6, 9).
  • Stay in Fiè allo Sciliar in the Dolomites for 10 days.   I’ve got a 7-day itinerary for Fiè and the Dolomites, but you can easily add to it or spend a few more days just relaxing, playing in the mountains, and soaking up their beauty.  We love extended time in the Dolomites and you could base yourselves in other mountain towns too (for example, Corvara in Badia or Cortina d’Ampezzo).

Packing Tips for 10 Days in Italy with Kids

  • If you’ll have access to laundry, pack less so you’ve got less luggage to cart around.  If you’re visiting during cooler months and don’t have access to a dryer, don’t rely on being able to do laundry (takes too long to dry clothes).
  • Make sure your kids have comfortable shoes! 
  • Dress your kids in clothing they like and are comfortable in – not clothes that you want them to wear for photos. 
  • If you’re planning on driving a rental car, know that the trunks in our vehicles here may be much smaller than what you’re used to at home.  Pay close attention to the number of suitcases that will fit in the car when booking your rental car and make sure your family’s clothing and gear will fit!

I’ve got plenty more family packing tips in
Italy Packing List for Kids
Italy Packing List for Babies and Toddlers
Choosing Kids’ Shoes for Italy
Italy Packing Lists (Adults)

I hope these trip ideas have provided you with some inspiration to and help in designing your perfect 10 day Italy itinerary with kids!  Buon viaggio!

10 Day Italy Itinerary with Kids – FAQ

Why haven’t you included some of the most iconic Italian destinations like the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre?

There are many more itinerary ideas that could be added to the above – including some that include the Amalfi Coast and the villages of the Cinque Terre (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore).  While I am asked to include these destinations in Italy itineraries, in general, I don’t find them to be the most kid-friendly destinations in Italy (just be honest, folks!).  But, that doesn’t mean they won’t work well for you and your family.
If you do want to add the Cinque Terre to your itinerary, Monterosso is the most-kid friendly of them all.

My kid is obsessed with Leonardo da Vinci.  Which itinerary would work best for us? 

If you want to visit Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace (Vinci), you could add it as a day trip (or tour) from Florence or other cities/towns in Northern Tuscany.  Note that you need to drive your own car, join a tour or hire a private guide. 
Otherwise, there are multiple Leonardo da Vinci museums in Italy (we even have two of them here in Florence), and many of them are interactive, so your kids can tinker with his inventions.    

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