At Cottages to Castles we don’t believe in putting a premium on those few cherished early and late season weeks when the whole family can come together and create wonderful, lifelong memories. That’s why our UK half-term holidays (in May and October) are guaranteed at the same prices as those lower season getaways.
But that’s not the only reason why our loyal guests return to Italy with their families in tow time and time again. From glorious Tuscany to the sheer wonders of the northern lakes and more treasures between, the many temptations of La Dolce Vita really do get under your skin. Whether you’re planning a May half-term break or a two-week summer escape, here are some of our best suggestions for an Italy holiday the whole family will adore.
1. Most Tuscan towns have a thermal bath – natural hot springs to relax in on a cooler evening. It’s a great, safe place for teenagers to hang out with all their new holiday friends.
2. Tuscany in summer is alive with the buzz of street parties. Whole villages come together with dancing and delicious food, and visitors are welcomed with open arms.
3. Your little monkeys will love swinging through the trees at Parco Avventura Il Gigante, an adventure park located in Vaglia, 15km north of Florence.
4. From Florence, you can take a train to Venice in under two hours. On this lovely daytrip, little ones will experience the fascination of a city on water, and of course take a gondola trip and an ice cream on St Mark’s Square.
Where to stay: Explore our extensive collection of Tuscan villas.
5. A day spent boating on Lake Trasimeno is a must for holidaymakers in Umbria. There’s plenty going on offshore too, from sandy lakeside beaches to a myriad of little medieval villages to explore in the hills.
6. Perugia’s annual chocolate festival (14-23 October 2016) takes place over ten days and is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Where to stay: Discover our Umbria collection.
7. Submerse yourself in the Italian life with the Cinque Terre, Italy’s ‘famous five’ – a quintet of colourful medieval villages you can visit by train in one day.
8. Swim in lovely clean waters or try your hand at fishing, or windsurfing! You can do all three on Lazio’s wonderful volcanic lakes Bolsena, Vico and Bracciano.
Where to stay: Browse all our Lazio cottages and villas.
9. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, take the Volo dell’Angelo (flight of the angel), a cross-valley zip wire connecting two mountainside villages.
Where to stay: Casa Dei Ricordi has beautiful mountain views.