Become gladiators, search for priceless paintings, and indulge in unforgettable adventures with a custom tailored family-friendly Italy itinerary. Relish a chance to blend fun and education with culture that the kids can touch. Knead handmade pasta dough under the guidance of a private chef and then wander through hidden corridors and along the labyrinthine Hypogeum in the Colosseum. Explore extinct volcanic craters and learn the art of making fresh gelato in a medieval town. Your private family...
Rome – A Family Occasion in Rome
Rome conjures images of ancient architecture and powerful gladiators, noble senators and Baroque palaces. The aroma of fresh pasta drifts out of local trattorias, traditional Italian restaurants. The sunlight washes over the golden sandstone along the façade of Castello Sant’Angelo. Gelateria showcase the vibrant colors of creamy mounds of gelato waiting to be scooped. Your flight lands at Rome Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer greets the family upon arrival. Upon entering the city, you find elegant fountains trickling with water and the opulent columns and brass statues of the 19th-century Victor Emmanuel II Monument. The pillars along the upper colonnade reach 50 feet tall and resemble the wings of a classical temple.
From the window of your hotel located along a street lined with shading oak trees, you take some time to embrace the beauty of the Eternal City. Your guide greets you in the lobby, eager to introduce the family to the grandeur of Rome during a walking tour of the historic city center. The Trevi Fountain remains an icon of Rome and features the dramatic posture of Oceanus, Titan of the Sea. The mouth of an ancient aqueduct continues to feed the fountain as water falls over the smoothed rocks into the crystal clear turquoise pool. The kids take coins and follow the other visitors by turning their backs to the water and throwing the coins over their shoulders and into the pool. They hear the metal plop; according to legend, it means they will return to Rome again.
Rome – A Day in the Roman Life
Rome – Hunting the Treasures of Rome
Florence – A Different View of Historical Cities
Florence – Inspired in the Renaissance
Florence – Fun in Pisa and Lucca
Taormina – At the Edge of the Ionian Sea
Taormina – Fun and Family on the Coast
Taormina – Adventures in Sicily
Taormina – Bringing the Family Together
- Enjoy the challenge of the gladiators during gladiator school in Rome, setting the stage for your visit to the Colosseum
- Indulge in the flavors of Sicily during a family-friendly cooking class teaching you how to make perfect pasta and delectable sauces
- Relish an adventurous four-wheel drive excursion across the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Italy
- Wander the hidden Vasari Corridor connecting the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace in Florence
- Climb to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a unique panoramic view of the historic city and the Tuscan landscape Delight in your preferred flavor of gelato with a private gelato making class in view of the preserved medieval streets of Siena
- Scour the galleries of the Vatican Museums on a guided scavenger hunt in search of hidden images as coveted as gold
- Witness history older than the Roman Empire while touring the Greek Theater in Taormina
Experience the influence of the Roman Empire and the enchantment of Renaissance art, the brilliance of Greek settlers and the power of mother earth during your 10-day, kid-friendly Italy itinerary. The adventurous excursion begins with your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer greets you at customs and escorts you to a beautiful hotel in the historical city center. Enjoy an introduction to the mixture of Baroque and ancient marvels lining the cobbled roads and captivating piazzas during a private walking tour. The following day, your journey will lead you to a gladiator class. The whole family can learn the skills of the gladiatorial games before visiting the famous arena of the Colosseum. Traverse the subterranean maze of the Hypogeum and wander along the ancient lanes of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
The next day, the excitement continues as your guide leads you to the Vatican Museum for a private family scavenger hunt through the galleries. Search for unique statues and hidden figures along the priceless artwork that includes Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Continue into the catacombs along the edges of the ancient Appian Way. In the morning, your private transfer will greet the family in the hotel lobby and escort you north towards Florence. En route you will stop in the Umbrian town of Orvieto to stroll along the underground networks and charming cobbled lanes of the medieval town.
Continue to Siena for a private tour of the city that once rivaled Florence in its commitment to the arts. Before reaching Florence, you will meet a gelato maker and enjoy a private class where you will learn to craft the delectable sweet treat. Continuing on your way, you will enter the Uffizi Gallery for another scavenger hunt through artistic history. Venture through the Vasari Corridor to reach the Pitti Palace on the opposite bank of the river. Explore the Boboli Gardens before visiting a number of artisan crafters in the neighborhood of the Oltrarno, and then venture outside of Florence to climb to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Travel next to the medieval town of Lucca to wander along the historic walls and view the regal towers in the antique town center. Continue as your private transfer leads you to Florence Airport for your flight to Catania, Sicily. Upon arrival, you’ll be whisked away to your luxurious accommodation overlooking the Ionian Sea in Taormina. Your guide offers a stunning, immersive tour of the delightful town. Your tour will culminate in the breathtaking views of Mount Etna and the bay from atop the ancient Greek Theater.
Embrace the art of Sicilian cooking as a family during a kid-friendly cooking demonstration and class. Make fresh pasta and delicious sauces in the Sicilian tradition before basking in the luxuries of Taormina at your leisure. Visit the beaches or hike to the top of Monte Tauro. You have your choice of adventures on this final full day. The adventure could take the family on a four-wheel drive expedition to view the craters of Mount Etna or find you tasting homemade chocolate on the hilltop town of Modica before returning to Taormina for the evening. The following day, your private transfer escorts you to Catania- Fontanarossa Airport for your flight home, or work with your private Italy tour companies and extend your adventure.
$2,745 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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