Italy is home to some of the most picturesque countryside in Europe, a spectacular coastline boasting beautiful beaches and a rich and varied history. Italians are very fond of children and families will be made to feel very welcome. There are plenty attractions for people of all ages to enjoy, from a surfeit of Roman ruins to the town of Pompeii, beneath the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, which has been frozen in time.
Sorrento Family Holidays
The town of Sorrento, on the Neapolitan Riviera, comprises of sparkling waters and dramatic cliff top hotels backed by lush hillsides. The Hilton Sorrento Palace affords majestic views over the Bay of Naples and is the perfect base for families looking to explore this scenic region. Both children and parents will love the hotel’s six interconnecting, split level pools; children can also enjoy the entertaining activities on offer at the ‘Kidz Paradise Club’ (open from 15th June to 15th September) or the children’s playground.
Sardinia Family Holidays
The crystal clear waters and white sand beaches that encompass the island of Sardinia provide the dream location for a family holiday. Discover ancient fortresses and giant tombs, experience exhilarating watersports or perhaps just relax and play on the silky white sand beaches. At the Forte Village, a ‘World Leading Resort’, there is huge choice of facilities for all the family. The ‘Citta dei Bambini’, or Kids’ City, is at the heart of the village; with a pool, tailor made activities and children’s shows youngsters will be kept happy while you relax at the spa or eat at one of the resort’s 21 restaurants! Instead of just providing a children’s menu, the Forte Village have gone one better with ‘Aquarium’ – a restaurant exclusively for children serving pasta, pizza and chips or, for the more health conscious, fish and salad dishes. For budding footballers there is the Chelsea Football Club Soccer School which is open during the summer season for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Nine pools are available for the use by the resort’s guests, some with slides and diving boards and others which are more sedate and relaxing. ‘Leisureland’ is comprised of facilities such as Technodrome – which boasts all the latest video games – a bowling alley, go-kart track, trampoline and climbing wall.
Just five miles along Sardinia’s south east coast is the popular Chia Laguna Resort, featuring the family friendly ‘Chia Village’. There is an array of kids’ clubs for children of all ages, from babies and infants to teenagers, offering plenty of fun activities. At the excellent Bimbi Restaurant children can have a healthy and hearty lunch, discover what their food is made from and, more importantly, play!