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With its child friendly cuisine (pizza, pasta, gelato – we could go on…), short flight times, and beach studded coast, Italy is a great spot for a luxury family holiday. Not only does the country have a rich mix of historical and cultural sights and an endless variety of outdoor activities, but the resident Italians are known to love children, so you can expect a warm welcome.

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking where to visit in this beautiful country. For natural highs, the Dolomite mountains are the place to go for a family hike, or head to Tuscany, renowned for its diverse natural landscape. If you're after beaches, Puglia delivers, with miles upon miles of Mediterranean coastline where you can easily entertain the kids with swimming and sandcastles. Inject some culture into your holiday with a scenic Sicilian road trip and a visit to Rome, the country's vibrant, cosmopolitan capital with incomparable ancient ruins and art galore. And if you're really looking to wow the kids, take them to Venice, a city that has swapped roads for canals and cars for gondolas.

For hotels, take your pick from one of our top family-friendly spots across this beautiful country, from cosy villas to luxe resorts. Thrill the youngsters with kids clubs, family pools and children's restaurants, and for the parents (yes, you're allowed to have fun too) there are a number of hotels that deliver. One, an elegant resort in a quaint fishing village, comes with a nine-hole golf course, private beach club and luxurious spa. Another, in Sicily, boasts an impressive six tennis courts, swimming pool, relaxing spa, and one of the Mediterranean's best kids clubs.

On all your adventures around Italy, the last thing you want to be worrying about is long journeys with bored kids. Not to worry, we have you covered with our Sharky & George fun packs filled to the brim with fun challenges and educational activities to keep them entertained. Along with this, our expert guides, and clued-up local Concierge mean that you'll be busy bonding with the family instead of scratching your head over logistics.

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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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Francesca and Harriet are our 'Family Italy' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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