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A Family Adventure to Italy

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This carefully crafted, 14-day itinerary is designed for families. Beginning at the Rome airport and ending in Milan, the route spans approximately 745 miles and includes the special destinations tailored to the needs and interests of family travelers, creating unforgettable moments throughout your Italian adventure.

Popular itinerary for a Family Adventure to Italy:

Day 1: Cascading Wonders and Orvieto

Upon your arrival in Rome, travel to Cascata delle Marmore (the Marmore Waterfalls) situated in the city of Terni. This impressive man made waterfall, standing at approximately 541 feet, dates back 2000 years. Constructed by the Romans, it was intended to divert the river waters and prevent flooding in the plains below. The river’s waters are skillfully guided through a series of canals, culminating in the spectacular waterfall. Please note that the waterfall events are not continuous, so it’s advisable to check the website for opening hours and water flow schedules.

Orvieto is a picturesque hilltop town, weaving a captivating tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. It is recommended to park near the train station, as it is conveniently located close to the funicular, providing direct access to the ancient city. The highlight is the stunning Orvieto Cathedral, a Gothic architectural masterpiece adorned with elaborate frescoes and a breathtaking facade. Explore the elaborate Orvieto Underground, a maze of ancient caves and tunnels, where both kids and adults alike enjoy the mysterious and amusing tour. Orvieto’s charming streets are perfect for leisurely family strolls, and at the center is the Palazzo del Popolo, presenting an impressive medieval facade.

Day 2: Siena and San Gimignano

Siena is a charming city, rich in history, exceptional architecture, and vibrant culture. At the heart of the city lies the magnificent Piazza del Campo, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its unique shell-shaped layout, and the impressive Palazzo Pubblico. Families enjoy climbing the Torre del Mangia, located just a few minutes’ walk from Piazza del Campo, to take in panoramic views of Siena’s rooftops and the Tuscan countryside. Visit the Orto de Pecci farm, situated in a valley overlooking the city. The farm features a spacious green garden, a small pond with goldfish, and a fenced area with goats, donkeys, and swans. Ducks and geese roam freely in the park, so be sure to bring some breadcrumbs to feed them. The park has a café and pizzeria where you can enjoy your meal under the vines or have a picnic on the grass or benches. A stroll through the park leads you to the Medieval Water Garden, a step back in time illustrating how gardens were cultivated in the Middle Ages.

Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy

San Gimignano, often referred to as the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” or the “City of Beautiful Towers,” is a hilltop town in Tuscany known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and charming atmosphere. Its distinctive skyline, dominated by 14 medieval stone towers that stand as remnants of rival noble families, is one of the city’s icons. The Torre Grossa, part of the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) of the town, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the experience of walking along the 13th century walls that outline the town’s historic center.

Day 3: Pisa, Carrara, and Lucca

Pisa’s global fame may rest on its iconic leaning tower, but the city is also home to a variety of cultural and historical wonders. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the standout attraction in the Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Within the square, you’ll also see the grand Pisa Cathedral and the Baptistry with its remarkable acoustics. Enhance your experience by strolling along the picturesque Arno River, crossing charming bridges, and discovering some of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens.

Carrara is renowned as the origin of the world-famous Carrara marble, famous for its unparalleled quality. The town’s marble quarries have been operating for centuries, and Carrara has been the marble of choice for eminent sculptors throughout history. Legend has it that Michelangelo personally selected blocks for his masterpieces such as “David” and “The Pieta.” Guided tours are available for visitors to observe the marble extraction process and explore the historical and cultural importance of this industry.

Lucca, nestled in the heart of the Tuscany region, is a city of exquisite beauty and charm. It is renowned for its meticulously preserved Renaissance walls, distinctive historical architecture, and an inviting, and welcoming, laid-back ambiance. Take a leisurely stroll along Lucca’s Renaissance Walls, which surround the historic city, and experience the system of tunnels beneath them. Explore Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, an enchanting oval square situated in the heart of the old town, and climb Torre Guinigi, the tower crowned with majestic oak trees, for a panoramic view.

Day 4: Vinci and Florence

Orrido di Botri is a breathtaking natural gorge located in the Garfagnana region of Tuscany. It is renowned for its awe-inspiring and narrow canyon formed by the Limentra River. Local sites offer activities such as rafting under the Devil’s Bridge, guided nature walks, and tractor tours in the beautiful Tuscan landscape. It is advisable to check in advance for operating hours, which may be influenced by the river’s flow rate.

Vinci is the birthplace and childhood home of one of the greatest geniuses in history, Leonardo da Vinci. The house where he was born in 1452 has been turned into a museum that is dedicated to his life and work. With models, replicas of his inventions, and an extensive collection of his sketches and writings, the museum provides a fascinating insight into his genius.

Travel to Florence and spend 2 nights there.

Days 5 & 6: Florence

Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is celebrated for its art, history, and culture, and its rich heritage is evident in its architecture, museums, and charming streets. To appreciate the city’s many highlights, we recommend spending at least two days there. Although it’s a daunting task to condense the list of key attractions in Florence, here are a few recommendations for families:

The Cathedral of Florence (Il Duomo), the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, with its iconic red dome designed by Brunelleschi, is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. There are panoramic views of the city from the top of the cathedral. The complex also includes the Baptistry with Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise” and Giotto’s Bell Tower. The Uffizi Gallery, a world-renowned museum, houses an unparalleled collection of Renaissance art, including works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Annunciation.” The iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge, a medieval landmark of Florence, connects the banks of the Arno River, lined with numerous jewelry shops. Piazza della Signoria is a square featuring Palazzo Vecchio, sculptures, and the Loggia dei Lanzi, an outdoor sculpture gallery. Don’t miss Pitti Palace and gardens, a magnificent palace that was once the residence of the Medici family. For families who haven’t visited the village of Vinci, we recommend a visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, which displays life-sized models of his inventions and interactive educational exhibitions for both children and adults. Visitors have the opportunity to touch and operate replicas of his flying machines, war devices, and other creations based on his sketches.

Day 7: Ravenna

We recommend that you arrive in Ravenna on the evening of the 7th day for a two-night stay. Enjoy Mirabilandia Amusement Park, a delightful park offering a wide range of adventures for the whole family. It includes exhilarating roller coasters like Katun and iSpeed, along with other family-friendly attractions such as a water park called Mirabeach. There are shows in town as well as many restaurants and market stalls.

Day 8: Modena

The city of Modena, popularly associated with luxury cars, is home to three impressive automotive-related museums:

The Panini Motor Museum hosts a private collection that focuses on rare Maserati cars and motorcycles, along with other vehicles such as two-wheeled and agricultural tools. The museum chronicles the evolution and history of Maserati, giving visitors a unique insight into carmaker’s past.

The Enzo Ferrari Museum immortalizes the life and legacy of Ferrari’s iconic founder, Enzo Ferrari. It presents a fascinating collection of Ferrari cars, educating visitors about the brand’s development, from vintage models to contemporary designs. Interactive displays and exhibitions provide an engaging journey through Ferrari’s history and innovation.

Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena

The Lamborghini Museum, located in the nearby town of Sant’ Agata, highlights the legacy of Lamborghini cars. The museum features a collection of classic and modern Lamborghini models such as Miura, Countach, and Aventador, inviting visitors to delve into the design, engineering, and technological advancements of their iconic sports cars.

Day 9: Verona

Park your car at one of the parking lots near Verona’s train station and take a walking tour that includes the following attractions: Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheater that hosts spectacular opera productions in a historic setting; Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House), a literary landmark known as the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” complete with Juliet’s balcony and its famous statue; Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra, lively squares boasting rich history and lined with cafes, market stalls, and historical buildings – a perfect setting for soaking in the local atmosphere; Arche Scaligere, a short drive away, and home to the family-friendly Museo Nicolis in Villafranca di Verona, featuring an extensive and fascinating collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles, aviation tools, engines, and an array of mechanical items.

Days 10 & 11: Pescheria del Garda

Spend a delightful two days exploring the picturesque Pescheria del Garda, beginning with the charming town of Riva del Garda at the northern tip and concluding with the enchanting Sirmione at the southern end of the lake.

Situated on a protruding peninsula in Lake Garda, Sirmione is celebrated for its beauty, rich history, and inviting streets adorned with art shops, gelaterias, and restaurants. From the harbor, consider booking a boat tour to the thermal springs that bubble from the lake’s depths, but keep in mind that this popular excursion may require advance reservations.

As you take a scenic drive around Lake Garda, you’ll see lovely towns, beach areas, water sports facilities, and charming corners. Those looking to escape the city can visit the spectacular Varone Waterfalls and Lake Tenno nestled among the mountains. To the east of the lake, climb to the summit of Monte Baldo via the cable car departing from the town of Malcesine.

Day 12: Gardaland

Gardaland, located near Lake Garda, is the largest amusement park in Italy. It features a wide variety of attractions, shows, and themed areas suitable for all ages, including thrilling roller coasters, family-friendly rides, live entertainment, and areas designed for younger children. The park offers dining options, cafes, shops, and market stalls.

Gardaland Park, Italy

Days 13 & 14: Milan and the Alfa Romeo Museum

In Milan, start your day at Castello Sforzesco, an impressive 15th century fortress that now houses several museums. From the palace, the road extends towards Duomo di Milano, the breathtaking Gothic cathedral and one of Milan’s landmarks. It boasts magnificent interior spaces as well as panoramic views of the city from its roof. Nearby, you can visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a renowned shopping center that is famous for its magnificent architecture, glass dome, and luxury boutiques. The gallery connects Duomo Square to Piazza della Scala and La Scala Opera House, one of the world’s famous opera houses dating back to the late 18th century. From there, stroll back through the bustling thoroughfare to Castello Sforzesco.

The Alfa Romeo Museum, Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, situated in Arese near Milan, is also known as the Historical Museum of Alfa Romeo. Dedicated to the rich history and heritage of the iconic Italian car manufacturer, Alfa Romeo, the museum houses an extensive collection of Alfa Romeo cars that have played a significant role in the automotive industry. Explore a range of vehicles, from vintage and classic models to modern cars, including racing cars, concept cars, and road vehicles. The museum not only displays the cars, but also provides historical insights that illustrate the evolution of design, engineering, and the impact on Alfa Romeo’s automotive culture. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the brand’s achievements in motorsports, technological innovations, and the historical significance of various models.
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