I am planning a trip to Italy with my 10 year old daughter for this summer. I would like her to see the popular places like Florence, Rome, Venice….but I would also really like her to see some of the smaller villages and towns…I am not sure if a week is enough? Do you think we would need 2 weeks? Would you be able to suggest an itinerary that would allow us to enjoy the bigger cities and the smaller villages? Open to any and all ideas you have! Also open to suggestions on things to see and do, places to stay, etc, etc. I would love to get the “real” Italian experience as much as we could 🙂
Hello! I’m happy to help you 🙂
A week is not enough to make a tour of Italy, 2 weeks is better:-) There are so many beautiful and unexpected sights all across its territory that the longer you stay, the better!
I’ve recently made a great itinerary though Italy best destinations that will allow you to enjoy both the major Italian sights as well as many smaller and lesser known villages and towns. My itinerary covers Rome, Venice, the Cinque Terre, Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower, the amazing Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, as well as many tiny and intriguing villages in the countryside, like Pienza, Pitigliano, Montalcino, or the little ones in the Chianti wine region between Florence and Siena.
As you’re coming during summer time, the Cinque Terre can be a great stop along the way. The sea is beautiful! But you may also consider some great beach along the coast of Tuscany, particularly suitable for children, have a look here.
I also include the Amalfi Coast and other sights in the tour, and I need to say that it’s quite challenging. Much depends on how many destinations and stops you’re planning and how long you’re staying. Also try to enjoy your holiday and take it slowly, when possible.
So, a proper plan, from north to south, may include:
The Cinque Terre
Florence and Chianti countryside
Siena and the Val d’Orcia, with its many hill towns, like Pienza, and on your way to Rome,
Pitigliano, Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, and finally Rome.
Depending on where you’re arriving in Italy, you may start with Rome and go north, or vice versa.
When passing amid the countryside of Chianti and the Val d’Orcia, take your time to enjoy the landscape and stops here and there when inspired.
There are lots of things you can do in Tuscany! cooking courses, sunbathing on the coast, horseback riding, have fun at amusements parks, enjoy activities for children in Florence, and much more!
For suggestions on places to stay in Tuscany, start to have a look at this section of the blog, and let me know if I can help with further ones,
Have a nice day!
Ciao from Florence,