Family holiday in Northern Italy

“Interactive train travel experience for families (min age 5yrs). Small group week-long tour featuring fun workshops and free time to explore.”


Walking tour of Venice | Mask making workshop | Cinque Terre | Pesto making class | Optional rural walk | Pisa | Rome | Gladiator training | Art safari in Rome |

Description of Family holiday in Northern Italy

This wonderful week in northern Italy is ideal for families who like travelling by train as well as making new friends both on and off the rails.

Starting in Venice you’ll get to experience life afloat as well as the art of Venetian mask making.

Next stop is Cinque Terre where you can stroll in surrounding woodlands, olive groves and vineyards before joining a local family to make the perfect pasta accompaniment, pesto.

The leaning tower of Pisa and the treasures of Rome await with gladiator training and an immersive art odyssey ensuring your trip to the Eternal City is never to be forgotten.

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26 Jun 2021
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Minimum Age:
5 years old.
Child Price
10% off the adult price.
Holiday type
This trip is for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip. Travelling our way is a bit like travelling with a group of friends. Made up of 3-5 like-minded families, the kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.

Our family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.

We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Italy is currently experiencing a tourism boom, so it’s crucial for us to make sure that all activities we take part in are sustainable. For example, we take a lot of care when choosing accommodation and instead of staying in the big chain hotels, we opt for locally-run guesthouses. The Italian hotels featured on this trip practice the worldwide water usage program – ‘Replace or Reuse’. This simply asks customers to state whether they want to replace or reuse their towels using a bathroom hanger. Hotels have little place cards in their bathrooms explaining that every day millions of gallons of water are wasted whilst washing towels that have only been used once. If clients are happy to use their towels for another night they hang it up, if they would like a clean one they leave it on the floor. Many hotels will also ask guests to take short showers to minimise water wastage.

Choosing the right means of transport is another important decision for us and therefore we travel mainly by train on this trip. This helps us not only to minimise our carbon footprint, but also allows us to experience a really interesting way of exploring Italy.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our company is committed to employing local leaders for all our trips and that includes our family range. All our leaders are specifically trained in travelling responsibly and are encouraged to live and breathe this ethos throughout each departure they lead. All travellers are briefed on responsible travel during their first welcome meeting, which is almost always on the first evening of each trip. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans.

An important part of travel is interacting with the local community and experiencing “real life” in a destination. On this trip, we visit a local artisan in Venice to learn the craft of mask making and in Levanto we partake in a pesto making class. These are perfect opportunities for our travellers to broaden their understanding of Italian cuisine and culture, whilst picking up a few key local phrases to help them along the way too.


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