A family holiday to the Italian Lakes is a great option for outdoorsy children (and parents) who like plenty of activities to keep them busy as there are adventurous possibilities galore on and around the lakes. One word of note - the properties that we work with in the area are more suited to older children, who may also enjoy the experiences on offer perhaps more than youngsters.
Lake Como is a great starting point for your family holiday and
while here you could head out on a classic Italian style water limo
and cruise around the lake, perhaps with a picnic. On the boat you
can stop off at Villa del Balbianello, which fans of James Bond or
Star Wars might recognise from certain films, or visit Isola
Comacina, a pretty wooded island on the lake.
When you fancy something a bit more active, you and the children
can enjoy various watersports on the lakes, whether that be
waterskiing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or sailing. Back on
dry land, explore the local area as a family by bike, riding along
the various cycling trails that surround the lakes; we can suggest
the best trails depending on the ages and abilities of your
If you'd like a little bit of culture after all that activity,
visit the fortress of Rocca Scaligera on the edge of Lake Garda, a
13th century citadel in Sirmione, or the UNESCO protected
archaeological park Rocca di Manerba, where you can explore the
medieval castle ruins and scenic nature reserve.
The short driving distances around the region mean that
combining time at multiple lakes is perfectly possible, and means
that you can see more of the beautiful Italian countryside along
the way. To extend your family road trip further, add on some time
in the Dolomites, where more family-friendly adventures await, or
visit Venice for a touch of culture.