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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 children.

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.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From knowing the most family-friendly hotels to holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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Ella T, Francesca, Arran and Charlotte H are our 'Family Italian Lakes' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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