We are planning our Italy trip for next month and I am so, so excited. We’re spending a few days in Rome, a few in Naples, and a few on the Amalfi Coast.
We’ve booked some tours and excursions because I think having a guide through some of these places will help us really understand what we’re seeing; I don’t want Matt and I google searching while we’re at the Colosseum so we can correctly explain it to the kids. I’d rather relax and enjoy the sights and let the experts tell me about them!
I can’t think of another trip where we’ve relied so much on organized tours, but I feel like Rome, especially, is so huge and complex and amazing and there’s so much we want to see, that a tour with someone who knows what they’re talking about will make it so much more enjoyable.
I think the tour I’m most excited about though, is a horseback ride up Mt. Vesuvius in Naples. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.
The rest of our travel plans include discussing how many times a day we can reasonably eat gelato and what the best flavors might be. This helpful chart has been brought out a few times.
We’ve also had lengthy discussions with the kids about pizza, pasta, bread, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, and seafood; basically we’re planning to eat our way through as much of Italy as we can. Any trip that basically revolves almost entirely around food seems like a good idea to me.
In planning, I’ve come across a few sites that have really been helpful to us in making decisions on where to go and what to see: Hither and Thither and The Travelling Mom both have great pointers and tips for Italy with kids.
Italy has been high on my list of places to visit for a long, long time and I can’t wait to get there. If this trip is even 1/10th as epic as it seems like it could be, it will be one for the books.
What was your favorite family vacation? Have you ever done a trip with lots of organized tours and excursions? Did you like it?