Italy Travel with Kids

Mar 19th, 2013, 08:27 PM
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Italy Travel with Kids

We are traveling to Italy for the first time with a 10 and 7 year old. We will be in Italy 9 days and then to Paris for 3. What are the best places to visit? We will be traveling in Mid June.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 08:35 PM
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to add we would be using public transportation and would like to go to Almafi Coast-Florence and then Paris...Is there other locations for day trips.. Capri? We are interested in the some pool time/beach time for kids but interested in site seeing. And not trying to over do the day trips.
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Mar 20th, 2013, 03:56 AM
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How about the Amalfi coast area, then on to Rome for three days, then Florence for two days?
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Mar 20th, 2013, 01:36 PM
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Def doable. Where would you go on the Almafi Coast? Great hotels? Sorrento? Capri?
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Mar 20th, 2013, 01:41 PM
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rscnitt,

for getting around, Sorrento is a good place to stay as you can easily get boats, trains and buses to other places including Capri.

with kids in tow in June [which can be hot] you'll need a pool/beach, and i suggest not trying to pack too much in.

Fly into Rome, go straight to Sorrento, then spend 5 nights in Sorrento [or wherever], 4 in Rome, then fly to Paris.

honestly, you'll find that quite enough to be going on with.
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Mar 20th, 2013, 01:48 PM
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I agree with the post above. Two locations in 10 days, especially with kids in tow. You could substitute Florence for Rome since you expressed interest in that, though you'll probably find transport cheaper and easier from Rome.
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Mar 20th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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and from a kid's point of view, a certain colossal attraction in Rome might have an edge over the Duomo in Florence!
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Mar 20th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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Thank you that is very helpful and gives me something to start with. We are flying in from California so there will be jet lag to work through. So Rome vs Florence?

Any hotel recommendations for Sorrento with Kids? And Pool. If I read correctly some hotels don't allow for children?
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Mar 20th, 2013, 03:21 PM
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Rome over Florence. Florence is really about great art, which for most 7- 10 yr olds can be a little more difficult to appreciate. Better variety for kids in Rome. And as annhig says, the Colisseum is usually a winner for kids. Also, Rome should be easier for transportation from Sorrento.
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Mar 20th, 2013, 03:25 PM
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Wonderful very helpful. I guess pretty obvious choice, too. What days trips are best from Sorrento? CInque Terra, Positano, etc?
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 10:00 AM
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What days trips are best from Sorrento? CInque Terra, Positano, etc?>>

scrub the CT - it's the other side of Florence. and if you're on the Amalfi coast, there's not much point going to another one. Positano, Capri, Pompeii, Naples, Amalfi are all good places you might think of going from Sorrento.
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 10:21 AM
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Good advice from annhig.

Paestum is also a great day trip, though a bit timely to get to if using public transportation from Sorrento (worse from the actual AC towns). Amazing, amazing sight and well worth the hassle in my opinion.
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Mar 25th, 2013, 12:49 PM
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The ride to Paestum & back will be tough on your kids.

We flew into Rome & kids loved the bullet train to Naples (the slow train Naples->Sorrento, not as much)

We started in Sorrento, then 3 nights in Rome, stopped in Orvieto (surprised how much we liked this little hill town) on the way to Florence.. train to Venice..flew to London.
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Mar 25th, 2013, 12:53 PM
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A car service/driver (Sorrento 1st Choice) for our Amalfi Coast day was the best investment of our trip. Avoided hours of waiting for bus/ferry, no fighting for window seats, & were able to see Positano, Amalfi, & Ravello with time to spare.

Stopped @ Pompeii on the way back to Rome.
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We travelled last may to Italy and France with our 9- and 11 year old boys.
If they enjoy gladiators and Romans , definitely go to Rome and Pompei.

They just loved Rome, walking through history. They enjoyed the squares, walking through the monuments and especially the Colosseum. It was the highlight of the trip (we took the tour at the Colisseum , great, the kids were amazed with the historical aspects and the use the Romans gave to it).

They also loved Pompei, we took the two hour tour at the gate, not as good as the one at the Colisseum but still good.

We also went to Florence and to Pisa. They liked Florence, to stroll through the city, and look at the sculptures at the square, but they hated spending time at Uffizzi. However we went to Galileo's museum and they liked it very much.

In Rome there is. A Gladiator school that we missed, looked like fun for boys. You can find more information about it in tripadvisor.
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Apr 3rd, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Thank you for all the replies. Very helpful to know. Were any trips by boat worth doing from Sorrento?
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