Active holidays for families in Italy

Various family holidays in Bella Italia

In Italy everything is possible for active families: hiking holidays in the mountains, cycle tours in the countryside and swimming on the beach during one of our great boat trips. Discover the enchanting regions of Italy with Euroaktiv and be inspired by your Mediterranean active holiday for the whole family.

Cycle tours for families in Italy

Children enjoy cycling most when they can go downhill. Because then the little ones can feel carefree as the wind blows in their faces and cycling becomes an adventure. How practical that there are cycle paths in Italy for just that. In northern Italy, large rivers such as the Adige are ideal for family cycling trips. Here the high mountains of the Italian Alps form a unique backdrop – perfect for all nature lovers.

In southern Italy the year-round warm temperatures and the deep blue sea make for a fun cycling holiday. So it is understandable that cycle tours have a long tradition in Italy. That is precisely why there are extensive, well-developed cycle paths and many colourful adventures to be had around them. Italy is made for an exciting family cycle tour!

Cycling in South Tyrol for families

At the northernmost part of Italy, on the border with Austria and Switzerland is Trentino-South Tyrol, as the autonomous region of South Tyrol is officially called. The Trentino – Alto Adige is an extremely interesting destination for cycling families. Because a few hours after arrival you can already feel the warm Mediterranean climate, especially in the summer months. But what makes South Tyrol so special for cyclists is the almost perfect cycle path along the Adige and the impressive landscape of the Trentino and South Tyrolean Alps. And finally, the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda, is waiting for families looking to take a dip. Cycle tours in South Tyrol are as varied as they are adventure-filled!

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Etsch-Cycle Path

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Cycling in Sardinia for families

In addition to smaller island groups, Sicily and Sardinia are the two large islands of Italy. Located right at the heart of the Mediterranean, Sardinia captivates with emerald green water and white sandy bays which just invite you to jump in. Although the island is predominantly mountainous, it is excellent to cycle in the south, although most often on minor roads with little traffic. Kids should still have a bit of cycling experience so they can take on a climb or two. Cycling families are rewarded with the most beautiful bathing spots in the Mediterranean: Maladroxia, Porto Pino, Turreda, Spiaggia di Su Giudeu and Santa Mergherita di Pula are just a few of the beaches that are particularly suitable for families and can be found in the south of the Island. Be prepared for very sunny weather, which is also hot in summer – perfect conditions for a combination holiday consisting of swimming and cycling on the Sardinia cycle tour.

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Sardinia

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Hiking tours for families in Italy

A large part of the Alps belongs to the north of Italy. The highest Italian mountain is the Gran Paradiso with a height of over 4,000 metres, only beaten by Monte Bianco, or Mont Blanc, as it is called outside of Italy. However, this is on the border with France. Even if hikers with kids are mostly not on Alpine terrain, Italy’s mountains have a lot to offer.

That is why there are countless hiking trails for all levels of difficulty. Ideally suited to all families who spend most of their hiking trips here on mountain plateaus with views over the mountains and into the deep valleys. The pleasantly warm, Mediterranean climate together with the beautiful landscape make every hiking day in Italy a truly wonderful holiday experience.

Hiking in South Tyrol for families

Even if family trips don’t lead to the very high mountains and peaks, the views of them are of course a constant companion when hiking in South Tyrol. The mountains in Trentino extend from the glaciers of the Adamello-Brenta group to the Ortler group to the Dolomites. The famous Waalwege in the Vinschgau, which traditionally served to irrigate the fertile orchards and vineyards, are perfect for discovering the beauty of South Tyrol with children. They are particularly varied and are very easy to walk on. The Dolomites, which consist of 18 peaks and can be found in the north-east of Italy, all reach a remarkable height of over 3,000 metres. An incredible panorama and great backdrop for a fun hiking trip for families in South Tyrol await you.

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South Tyrol

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Dolomites

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Multi-activity holidays for families in Italy

Mountains, rivers, lakes and the sea – these are, if you like, ‘basic ingredients’ for a multi-activity holiday. Because only scenic diversity offers enough opportunities for outdoor adventures with the whole family. So welcome to Italy! Here the diversity of the landscape is enormous: Alpine mountains in the north, rivers and lakes in central Italy and the sea in the south.

It is therefore not surprising that there are many outdoor adventures to be found in the respective regions. And since kids have a special status in Italy anyway, Bella Italia is also great for multi-activity holidays for the whole family. After the exhausting adventures, the pizzeria and gelateria will fill your tummy with Italian delicacies and recharge your batteries. Multi-activity holidays in Italy can be so nice.

Outdoor adventures in South Tyrol for families

The Trentino-South Tyrol region is not only the ideal place for families to hike in unspoiled nature, the mountains also offer numerous via ferratas, rapid rivers for rafting or canyoning and great routes for cycling. The best way to get to the top is by cable car, which takes skiers to the fabulous slopes of South Tyrol in winter. In summer, the cable cars are made available to the countless hikers and climbers in the region. So you get to the highest peaks with the kids. In most cases, use with a guest card is free. One of the many reasons why a multi-activity holiday in South Tyrol is perfect for families.

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Dolomites

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Outdoor adventures on Lake Garda

Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda, is located in a valley between Lombardy in the west, Trentino in the north and Veneto in the east. The enchanting lake is lined with rugged rock walls that tower into the sky. These are the ones who, in addition to picturesque bays and towns, form the playground for families looking for outdoor fun. For example, in addition to the beautifully situated beaches on the lake shore and the ‘Dolce Vita’ in the Ristoranti, Lake Garda also offers a variety of activities that are unparalleled in Italy. These are the best reasons for a multi-activity holiday on Lake Garda.

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Lake Garda

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Family boat trips in Italy

Italy has a coastline of 7,600km to offer. That means beaches, bays and cliffs in in abundance. But of course, also a lot of sea – Italy is almost entirely surrounded by the Mediterranean. Of course, these are ideal conditions for a sailing trip with the whole family. In addition to the two largest islands, Sicily and Sardinia, there are also many smaller islands, such as Sant’Antioco, the archipelago of La Maddalena or Elba and many more in the Tuscan archipelago.

Add to that the Mediterranean climate and the thermal winds, which ensure optimal conditions for sailing almost all year round. If you then add the traditionally delicious Italian cuisine, the country is almost unbeatable as a sailing destination for families – regardless of whether it is the first sailing trip with the kids or not.

Sailing in Sardinia

Above all, the proximity to the French island of Corsica and the crystal-clear Mediterranean speak for a boat trip in Sardinia with the family. The winds blow strong at times and make every sailing trip really fun. If you are sailing around Sardinia with a yacht, you can look forward to fantastic beaches, lonely bays and a varied landscape. The marinas are also modern and well equipped and the weather is sunny and warm all year round. Sailing, snorkelling and anchoring in quiet bays – family sailing in Sardinia is a wonderful active holiday.

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North Sardinia

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Sailing in Tuscany

The Tuscan archipelago lies off the Tuscan coast of Italy in the Mediterranean. In addition to a few smaller islands, there are several major islands: Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Montecristo, Capraia, Pianosa and Gorgona, with Elba being the largest in the archipelago. For sailing families, the beautiful coast of Tuscany and its islands has a lot to offer: endless sandy beaches, a turquoise blue sea and secluded bays. The pleasantly short sailing routes, of course depending on the arrangement with the crew, are a further plus for families and the weather is excellent all year round. Active families who are interested in a sailing trip with a varied coastal landscape, excellent weather and the best Italian cuisine are in good hands with the Elba sailing trip.

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Elba

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Tips for family holidays in Italy

High mountains, bubbling rivers, large lakes and the wonderfully clear Mediterranean – there’s a reason why Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world. In addition, there is the world-famous Italian cuisine: pasta, pizza and gelato – delicious specialities that hit the mark with both parents and the ‘Bambinis’. What else makes an active holiday for families in Italy? There are so many reasons…

10 reasons why Italy is the right holiday destination for active families

  • Sea: What Italy has ahead of many other European countries is its extensive sea access: it’s almost like being surrounded by the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea. Italy offers a coastline of 7,600 kilometres. Numerous large and small islands are also part of the Italian territory. That means miles of sandy beaches, quiet bays and fascinating cliffs – and almost limitless bathing opportunities for active families!
  • Mountains: A large part of the Alps belongs to Italy. That’s why Italy can also call an impressive mountain landscape its own. The Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso are just two of the numerous 4000m peaks in Italy. And the Dolomites are also a world-famous mountain range. You can expect excellent conditions for wonderful views on our family hiking trips.
  • Lakes: Away from the sea, Italy also has a great lake landscape to offer, especially Lake Garda with its impressive mountain backdrop. As a geographically very well located holiday destination, this lake specialises in holidays for active families.
  • Rivers: Italy also has rivers: the Po, the Adige and the Tiber are among the longest. Since the cycle paths here are often excellently developed, there are no obstacles for family cycle tours.
  • Climate: Apart from the northernmost part, where winters can sometimes be cool, the subtropical climate throughout Italy usually offers pleasantly warm to hot and above all sunny weather all year round – no matter where in Italy, there are always a few hours of sunshine for families out and about.
  • Gastronomy: Italian cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most influential kitchens in the world. And it is not for nothing that the most famous Italian dishes are at the top of every child’s hit list. Parents who holiday in Italy certainly don’t have to worry about food choices for their little ones.
  • Attitude to life: You can feel it everywhere: the ‘Dolce far niente’ or ‘sweet nothing’, which is what defines the Italians’ attitude to life. Somehow everything is a little looser here. And that not only affects the mood of the adults – the children are always relaxed on holiday in Italy.
  • History: Italy has the highest museum density in the world. Nowhere else, in relation to the size of the country, are there so many museums. Perfect for interested people who want to learn a lot about history and other things alongside being active.
  • Nature: There are 24 national parks in Italy with a total area of 15,000km². This shows how close to nature the Italians are. Just like our families on multi-activity holidays.
  • Culture: Alongside being active, there is a lot of culture to be discovered in Italy – some of the most important buildings in the western world are located in Italy, such as the Colosseum, the Milan Cathedral or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If you are a music fan, there are some very well-known Italian composers: Monteverdi, Rossini, Bellini and Verdi to name just a few. Yes, Italy is widely regarded as the birthplace of the opera!

What is special for kids in Italy

It cannot be said enough: Italy is almost the centre of culinary art at all levels. No matter whether olive oil, pesto, salami or special cheeses like mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmesan or sweet desserts like tiramisu and panettone, not to mention the best gelato – Italian food is known all over the world. The Italians even swear that their high life expectancy is due to Mediterranean cuisine. The cuisine of Italy has undoubtedly become an intangible world cultural heritage. The outstanding thing about it is that it not only tastes good to adults, but the little ones also love the dishes. Pizza and spaghetti are always favourites with the kids. And let’s be honest: who didn’t feel hungry reading this paragraph?

It goes without saying that holidays with children have a long tradition in Italy. But you notice it again and again while there: there are countless swimming pools and bathing opportunities in all places from northern to southern Italy.

Playgrounds, mini golf courses, amusement arcades and more are part of a holiday in Italy. Most hotels are geared towards children. And the littles ones are often treated as guests of honour.

If you want to go swimming and soak up the sun on holiday, Italy is the place for you. The sea is beautiful, crystal clear and turquoise green to deep blue. The sun shines almost every day and the beaches are huge. Away from all active possibilities, Italy is simply a perfect destination for a beach holiday and therefore can satisfy all demands. Don’t forget your bucket and spade and your swimming goggles!

So in a nutshell: There is actually no obvious reason why you shouldn’t spend your family holiday in Italy, at least not one that would come to our minds quickly! So it’s best to book your active holiday with the whole family in Italy at Euroaktiv.

5 top destinations for families in Italy

Are you already convinced, or have perhaps already booked your trip to Italy? Perfect, then we would like to recommend a few excursion destinations to you, which you should definitely make part of your holiday plan. Maybe you want to discover these destinations during one of our active trips? You will also find a link to the appropriate Euroaktiv trip.

  • Juval Castle in Kastelbell: Located directly on the hill at the entrance to the Schnaltal in the Vischgau Valley, the medieval castle is definitely worth a visit. It contains the ‘Messner Mountain Museum’ by the most famous mountaineer in the world, Reinhold Messner. Visit after a short hike on our tour Hiking in South Tyrol for Families.
  • Church tower on Lake Reschen: The symbol of the Vinschgau is a very special curiosity. Because of the construction of the reservoir on the Reschenpass, many houses had to be flooded, sometimes involuntarily. What is left of it is the listed church tower, which depending on the water level, rises out of the water. How high, you can see for yourself on our cycle tour Adige cycle path for families.
  • Alpin Bob Meran: From Meran you travel with the cable car to the mountain station, where you will find the start of the Alpin Bobs, in addition to a new ‘Outdoor Kids Camp’ with many obstacle courses and summer tobogganing for young and old. You can speed towards the valley on our cycle tour South Tyrol for families.
  • Stand up paddling on Lake Garda: Lake Garda is an absolute highlight of every holiday in Italy. But it is even nicer to explore with a SUP board. There are enough surf schools in Torbole. The easiest way to do this is during a rest day on our multi-activity holiday in Lake Garda for families.
  • Sa Colonia dream beach: In the south of Sardinia there are countless dream beaches with turquoise blue water, fine sand and child-friendly waters. To highlight one is almost impossible and not necessary – everyone has the beach of their choice. But the Spiaggia Sa Colonia also offers very good facilities and a nice beach bar. It can be found not far from the town of Chia on the Sardinia cycle tour for families.
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All active holidays for families in Italy

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South Tyrol

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Etsch-Cycle Path

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South Tyrol

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Sardinia

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Lake Garda

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Dolomites

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South Tyrol

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South Tyrol

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Dolomites

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North Sardinia

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Elba

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