15+ Best Places in Italy for Kids

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Italy is one of the most kid-friendly countries in the world! It’s no surprise that there are tons of things to do with your kids there. With every activity including the backdrop of Italy’s natural beauty and many opportunities for places in Italy to eat (and drink wine), parents and kids alike will have an amazing time with valuable memories that will last a lifetime. 

Here are 15+ best places in Italy for Kids. Check out the Gowhee App for more locations recommended by local and traveling parents.

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Malta Aquarium exhibit. Source: Gowhee App

1. Discover Hundreds of Butterflies at Parco Di Pinocchio

Parco di Pinocchio is one of many fun family destinations in Italy. Its attractions include a puppet theater, rides, and a butterfly house where kids can be awed by hundreds of tropical butterflies

Key Information: Admission is €25.00 for adults and €22.00 for kids between 5 and 14 – food onsite – must book online in advance.

Good To Know: The park is a combination of nature parks and theme parks, so it’s really good for little kids with lots of energy who like to run around.

 

2. Walk the Path of Lemons Along the Amalfi Coast

The Path of Lemons is a trail between two towns, Minori and Maiori, featuring beautiful ocean views and the fragrant smell of lemon blossoms. 

Key Information: FREE – walk takes about one hour – no restrooms along path.

Good To Know: There are about 400 steps total on the path, so it isn’t good for strollers or wagons.

15+ Best Places in Italy for Kids

3. Discover the under the water hidden treasures of Malta.

Malta national aquarium has some great exhibits with local and other fishes. But where this little gem shines is with its Malta History exhibits. Where the whole family can learn more about treasures that sank in the sea.

Key Information: Adults tickets are 13.90 – food onsite – restrooms with changing table onsite.

Good To Know: The aquarium is on the smaller side so plan for half a day there.

 

4.Explore the Seaside Town of Cinque Terre by Train

Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its incredible beauty. It’s the reason that many people travel to Italy each year. One of the best ways to experience it is by taking a train tour.

Key Information: Ticket prices vary widely depending on which stations you plan to visit – food at stations – restrooms at some stations

Good To Know: Many of the train stations feature luggage storage, which can be very useful for a day trip.

Cinque Terre view
Cinque Terre. Photo by @Sung Jin Cho

5. Become a Gladiator for a Day at Gruppo Storico Romano

If you’re doing Rome with kids, gladiator school is a great way for them to learn about Roman history and have a ton of fun. The whole family can wear armor, use reproductions of authentic Roman training weapons, and learn all kinds of secrets about the gladiatorial games. 

Key Information: Price varies by group size and starts at about €91 per person – plan for half a day – food and drinks onsite.

Good To Know: This experience is best for older kids and also gets you free admission into the gladiator museum.

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6. Visit Italy’s Most Magical Theme Park: Gardaland

Gardaland is one of the most beloved theme parks in Italy. It’s child friendly for kids of all ages and is a great part of any family vacation. 

Key Information: Tickets start at €40 – restaurants onsite – bathrooms with changing tables onsite.

Good To Know: There are lots to do at Gardaland, including a Sea Life aquarium and Legoland water park, so many families like to stay at their resort hotel for multiple days of fun.

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7. Ride an Electric Pedal Car Through the Villa Borghese Gardens

This great activity lets you experience the sights and sounds of this beautiful part of Rome, without having to tire yourself out. This amazing place in Italy, offers historical architecture, famous fountains, and some of the most beautiful gardens in Rome.

Key Information: €20/hr for a 4 pers car – Wheelchair Accessible – Bathrooms and Food onsite.

Good To Know: Villa Borghese has a great playground to visit as well as a zoo.

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Villa Borghese Gardens in the center of Rome. Source: Gowhee App

8. Experience the Diverse Natural Views of Italy on Horseback

Horse riding is something that many kids (and adults!) dream of doing. At Centro Ippico Meurreddus a Cuaddu in San Giovanni Suergiu, you can ride through some of Italy’s beautiful landscapes while enjoying learning from a helpful tour guide. 

Key Information: Prices vary. A 2.5 hour ride is €55 per person – children must be able to support themselves on a horse – some guides speak English as well as Italian. 

Good To Know: Cold drinks are provided at the end of your ride!

9. Watch an Outdoor Puppet Show at Teatrino di Pulcinella al Gianicolo

Public displays of puppetry are an Italian tradition! You can find puppet shows at various places around Rome, including the beloved, traditional Teatro di Pulcinella al Gianicolo.

Key Information: FREE – outdoors – performed only on weekends.

Good To Know: The show is in Italian, but a lot of the comedy is physical, so even if you don’t speak the language you’ll understand the laughter!

10. Enjoy Gourmet Gelato at Rome’s Giolitti

Gelato is one of the most kid-friendly foods there is- it’s like ice cream, but better ! You can enjoy fresh gelato at one of several Giolitti Roma locations. They’ve been serving the gourmet treat since 1890!

Key Information: Prices start at €2 – non-dairy options available – many locations have outside seating.

Good To Know: Many locations serve a savory snack menu as well.

 

11. Take a Boat Tour on Beautiful Lake Como

There are many ways to experience Lake Como, but one of the best is by boat! You can book a private tour, but you can also have a great time using the ferry. 

Key Information: €23.30 for an all-day unlimited ticket – restrooms on board – no food available.

Good To Know: The ferry is public transportation, so you’ll be able to see many of the towns along the lake and can hop on and off whenever you like.

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Lake Como. Photo by @Bruce Meier

12.Take a Spooky Tour of Rome’s Underground Catacombs

Inject a little spookiness into your family trip to Italy by touring Rome’s catacombs

Key Information: Tickets start at around €70 per person  – plan for 3.5 hours – tour is conducted in English.

Good To Know: This tour might be a little much for younger kids– if they’re afraid of skeletons, it is not the tour for them.

13. Feel Like a Giant Walking Through Mini Italy

How can you see the whole country on your family trip to Italy? By visiting Leoland’s Mini Italy and its reproductions of many of the country’s most famous sights. 

Key Information: Tickets start at €24.50 – food onsite – private nursing rooms onsite.

Good To Know: Leoland also has lots of rides, a small zoo, and tons of other activities for kids.

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14. Eat At Italy’s Oldest Pizza Restaurant

Kids love pizza, and you can enjoy this Italian classic at Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba in Naples– it’s Italy’s oldest pizza restaurant!

Key Information: Prices start around  €8 – high chairs available – table service and takeout available.

Good To Know: This travel tip is for Mom and Dad– the wine list is expansive, and some wines aren’t available at all times.

 

15. Enjoy Interactive Play Time at Explora Children’s Museum

If your family holiday finds you in Rome, you can take a fun play break at Explora. It features lots of kid-friendly amenities like a green space and fun exhibits where your kids can explore their creativity.

Key Information: Admission for adults and kids over 3 is €9.00; kids 1-3 are €6.00 – pizza restaurant onsite –  bathrooms with changing tables onsite.

Good To Know: There is reserved parking, but it has a limited capacity.

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