Are you traveling to Italy this summer and wondering if there are any summer camps your kids can participate in? Or maybe you’re an Italian resident and you’re exhausted searching for a summer camp for your child.
Unfortunately, most summer camps in Italy are advertised by word-of-mouth, paper flyers handed out at school or a few posters hung up around town.
Another mom and I were discussing how nice it would be to gather all the options in one place. So… here you go! This is by no means an exhaustive list – I’ll keep adding as I hear about more camps.
2023 Update: This year, there’s been an ‘explosion’ of new camps available online. My guess is that these camps aren’t new in 2023, but it’s the first year they’re advertising online. Please see my notes below on how to search online for summer camps in Italy.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not associated with any of these camps, and I don’t know them all personally. You’ll need to do your own research and due diligence.
If you’re planning on calling the camp, check out our post on How To Call Italy from the USA (or Canada).
If you have a camp you’d like to add to the list, please send it to candice [at] mominitaly [.] com and I’ll post it. Include the camp’s name, location, contact info, and anything else that’s nice to know about it. Grazie!
Summer Camp in Italian
As you’re researching camps, you’ll see the term centro estivo. It’s the term for ‘summer camp’ in Italian. The plural is centri estivi.
How To Choose a Summer Camp in Italy
When looking at Italian summer camps, you’ll want to take note of:
- Dates – Typically run in June, July, and August
- Activities – Multiple or focused on one activity
- Day or Overnight
- Number of Campers
- Ages – Are they grouped by age
- Languages Spoken – English, Italian, both
- Concentration of Activity – For example, if it’s a ‘basketball camp,’ do they play basketball all day, or just for an hour each morning?
- Makeup of campers – Italian children, international children
Italy Summer Camp Activities
You’ll find a variety of activities at summer camps throughout the country, including:
- soccer – calcio
- basketball – basket
- volleyball – pallavolo
- swimming – nuoto
- theatre – teatro
- technology, videogames, robotics – tecnologia, videogiochi, robotica
- academic – academico
- sailing – vela
- windsurfing – windsurf
- mixed activity – varie attività
- arts & crafts – arte
- science – scienza
- Italian language – lingua italiana
- English language – lingua inglese
Italy Summer Camps – English or Italian?
One of the main things you need to decide on is whether you want your child to attend a camp in English or Italian.
English Language Camps in Italy
English language camps are typically created to help Italian children learn English. While some may be full immersion, most are camps that offer part of the day in English. So, if your child does not speak any Italian, he/she will be exposed to it for some (or in some cases, most) of the day.
There are many camps with English language options available in Italy because Italian parents want their children to learn English. It’s worth asking the camp how many hours per day will be in English, and if there are any other stranieri (foreigners) attending the camp.
Camps that Use Italian as the Main Language
Most summer camps in Italy use the Italian language. If you want your child to have an immersive experience, these are your best options because he/she will be surrounded by Italian all day.
I’ve been asked if this is a good way to learn Italian. While I’m not a language expert, I would say this is very dependent on the child. For example, I could see sending my outgoing 2.5 year old to summer camp in a new language, but my 9-year-old would be less than thrilled (although could probably be convinced if he had some language lessons before the camp).
So, it’s important to ask which language the camp uses (and if multiple, how many hours per day for each one?).
How to Search Online for Italian Summer Camps
While I’ve listed some Italian summer camps below, you can find what you’re looking for by using a simple search of the type of camp, location, and date:
‘centro estivo’ + ‘basket’ + ‘roma’ + ‘2023’ will search for basketball summer camps in Rome in 2023
You may also want to try ‘centri estivi’ (plural for summer camps, and may give different search results).
Other useful search vocabulary:
- campi estivi – another way to say summer camps
- bambini – children
- età – age
- 5 anni – 5 years old (replace number with your child’s age)
- giugno – June
- luglio – July
- agosto – August
- residenziale – residential (camp)
- giornaliero – daytime (camp)
Italy-Wide Summer Camps in 2023
AC Milan Junior Camps (Soccer) – 2023
Location: Cities Nation-wide
Phone: +39 055.8050038
Info: the professional soccer team offers week-long day camps; for ages 6-17; the program also offers residential and girls-only camps
WWF Travel Summer Camps
Phone: +39 06.85376501
Info: day camps and overnight camps; for ages 7-17; huge selection of nature camps with a variety of activities including hiking, horseback riding, camping, cycling, sailing, English language
Emilia Romagna Summer Camps in 2023
Maker DOJO Summer Technology Camp
Info: for ages 8-17; 8-day/7-night camps with a focus on technology; also offering a camp in the Aosta Valley in northern Italy
Puglia Summer Camps in 2023
Trulli School Italian Language Camp
Location: Castione della Presolana
Info: for ages 14-17; 2-week overnight camp with language lessons, excursions, cooking classes, and more; July & August; from €1850
Lombardy Summer Camps in 2023
International Camp Sancelso
Location: Castione della Presolana
Phone: +39 055.8050038
Info: for ages 6-17; activities include sport, adventure, nature and culture; week-long overnight camps; from €710/week with multi-week and sibling discounts; June – August
Design, Fashion & Design Summer Camp
Phone: +39 02872581
Info: for ages 13-17; day and overnight camps for 2 week sessions; day camp €1600, overnight camp €3100; July & August
Piedmont Summer Camps in 2023
Italiano Porticando Summer City Camp
Phone: +39 011.5187078
Info: for ages 7-18; week-long Italian language day camps or language courses that include exploration of Turin and music component; from €490/week with discount for two weeks; July
Tuscany Summer Camps in 2023
Centri Estivi dello Sport
Location: Barberino Tavarnelle
Phone: +39 055.8050038
Info: week-long camps; June & July; M-F; half (€100) or full (€130) day; can include lunch (€3/day)
Canadian Island Summer Camps
Location: Florence & Tuscany
Info: for ages 3-17; various programs including day camps from €295/week; overnight camps ages 8+ from €1120; teen overnight camps from €1120
International School of Florence Summer Camp
Phone: +39 055.2001515
Info: for ages 4-10; various programs; week-long day camps in June and July
Labsitters English Language Camp
Phone: +39 055.0107227
Info: for ages 3-15; various programs; day camps from June – September; multiple locations in Florence, Bologna, Milan; from €180/week
Florence Bilingual School Preschool Summer Camp
Info: week-long day camps in July for preschoolers
Florence Art Camp, Lucca Art Camp
Phone: +39 342.6211628
Info: for ages 6-12; June and July; half-day, week-long camps; see site for prices
Campo Estivo Estate in Volo (Flying Camp)
Phone: +39 342.6211628
Info: for ages 11-16; three week-long camps; €590/week; fly drones, a small plane, use the flight simulator, and more
ASD Montesport Centri Estivi Sportivi
Phone: +39 0571.671147
Info: week-long camps; June -July; M-F; from €200/week; ages 3-11; sibling discount
Green Energy Camp
Location: Palazzuolo Sul Senio
Phone: +39 055.8046430
Info: week-long outdoor/nature camps for ages 11-16; offered all summer long (€530/week or €950 for two weeks); sibling and returning camper discounts
La Botte Centro Estivo Sportivo
Location: San Casciano Val di Pesa
Phone: +39 347.8020.668
Info: week-long camps; June 13th – July 29th; M-F; full day (€160/week; 2 weeks €310); sibling discount
Campi Estivi Canottieri San Miniato
Location: San Miniato (Lago di Roffia)
Phone: +39 349.7818.829
Info: rowing day camps from June – July; other activities too like drawing, ping pong, and table games
New Oxford School English Summer Camp
Phone: +39 0577.281907
Info: English language day camps for ages 6-11; camps run from June – September; mix of native Italian and English-speaking children; €190-620, depending on number of weeks attended. They’re also running ‘Teen Time’ for teens in 2023.
Green Summer School
Location: Siena (Castelnuovo Berardenga)
Phone: +39 0577.573086
Info: Horseback riding, art, and English week-long day camps for ages 6-14; €250/week; overnight option also available
Lead Institute Summer Camp (check website for 2023 updates)
Phone: +39 351.9215494
Info: Week-long day camps for ages 6-10; runs throughout the summer; mostly in English
Phone: +39 0577.52341
Info: Week-long day camp runs in June, July, and August for ages 6-12; sports and English
Heading to Tuscany before or after summer camp? You may want to check out our posts:
Things to Do in Tuscany
Lucca With Kids
Montalcino With Kids
Renting a Car in Florence, Italy
70+ Things to Do in Tuscany with Kids
Umbria Summer Camps in 2023
Umbria Art & Soccer Camp
Info: July 3th – 7th; full day; €660
Summer Camp Jobs in Italy
If you’re hoping to get a job at an Italian summer camp, contact the camp directly. You will probably be required to have authorization to work in Italy. English-language skills are valuable, as many expat campers speak English and often Italian parents want their children to have exposure to English if possible.
There are programs like Go Overseas that help facilitate the process.
Summer Camps in Italy FAQ
Summer camps in Italy tend to fill up quickly, as working Italian parents need a place to send their kids! Many moms I know book camps for the entire summer to keep their kids busy while they’re at work. Reserve your spot as soon as you’re able to.
It depends on the camp your child will be attending. If the camp’s language is Italian (only), then it would be helpful to know some basic Italian.
The key is finding something your teen is interested in. There are plenty of programs for high-school age students during the summer – art history camps, sports camps, Italian language camps… Take some time to speak to your teen about the Italian summer camp possibilities.