Italians are well known for being friendly, family-oriented people. It stands to reason therefore that Italian resorts are excellent for family holidays and breaks.
The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is incredibly popular, offering some of the most stunning views in the world. It is a sophisticated destination with plenty for the grown-ups while at the same time with much to offer younger guests.
Although the majority of beaches in the area are shingle, there is a lot of sand to be found if you know where to look. If this is important to you, the small coastal towns of Minori and Maiori both have excellent bucket-and-spade-friendly beaches.
For added security as well as exclusivity, many of the hotels in Maiori have private stretches of beach where you will have access to complimentary sun loungers and other perks. For the grown-ups, Maiori offer some of the best limoncello (lemon liquor) in the country.
There are many up-market restaurants along the Amalfi Coast but you will also find just as many laid-back family-friendly eateries serving the fine cuisine for which Italy is renowned.
The Neapolitan Riviera
The Neapolitan Riviera is another great destination with something for the whole family. Taking in Sorrento and Naples on Italy’s south-west coast, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country.
Day trips to the ruins of Pompeii and Herculanean as well as Mount Vesuvius will be educational for both children and adults alike. For those who enjoy a bit of star gazing, the Capodimonte Observatory in Naples is worth a visit. Caserata’s Royal Palace in Naples may look a little familiar for the Star Wars fans as it is also ‘Queen Amidala’s Palace’ in the more recent Star Wars films.
As with the Amalfi Coast, the Neapolitan Riviera is not awash with sandy beaches although you will find some small sandy beaches, particularly in Sorrento. A short boat ride across the bay of Naples will take you to the Island of Ischia. Well known for its spa culture, the island also boasts miles of golden sandy beaches.
As with the rest of Italy, eating out on the Neapolitan Riviera is a fantastic experience. Fresh, delicious cuisine with plenty of pasta and traditional pizzas make eating out and feeding even for the fussiest of eaters a real pleasure.
The Tuscan Riviera
Unlike the Neapolitan Riviera and the Amalfi Coast, the Tuscan Riviera has miles and miles of sandy beaches with beautiful translucent turquoise water. This is the place to come if a beach holiday is your idea of heaven.
The Tuscan Riviera offers a number of resorts but one of the most family friendly is Viareggio. A typical Italian seaside town, Viareggio boasts beautiful forests and is close to the Apuan Alps. With plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, there is no chance of being at a loose end here.
For those who like to keep active or go exploring, there is a 3km promenade just begging to be strolled or cycled and there are plenty of chic shops, art galleries, cafés and restaurants along the way. If you do hire a bike, why not take a trip inland and check out some of the surrounding mediaeval villages?
The sandy beach offers plenty of shallow water, providing safe bathing for younger ones. There are also plenty of water sports on offer, including a sailing school at the nearby Torre del Lago.
There is an emphasis on cuisine here, largely because it is so good! Plenty of fresh and simply prepared seafood is on offer as well as more traditional Italian dishes – and plenty of gelato (ice cream) for when the going gets hot.
Italy has many family-friendly resorts such as Lido de Jesolo on the Venetian Riviera. With 15km of sandy beaches and beautiful clear water, this is a popular destination with both couples and families. Venice is just a short trip away and who wouldn’t enjoy a ride on a gondola?
There are many beautiful resorts throughout Italy, many of them chic and sophisticated. However, the Italians manage to carry this off while still keeping their resorts welcoming and family friendly.
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Submitted by Charlotte McCulloch of TravelSupermarket.com