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Exploring Italy with kids is a magical experience. One mom who traveled to Italy with kids explains, "We traveled all over Italy. With kids especially, Italians were friendly. My kids loved it when waiters treated them like real people and tried out their English on them." Italy with kids can be even more fun when traveling with another family. Consider bringing along extended family or grandparents to Italy. With kids, the more the merrier and Italians are happy to accommodate big family groups since familia is an important part of life and culture.

Tip for traveling to Italy with kids: Don't miss our top picks for children's books, see below.
  Rome
Northeast
  Venice
    The Dolomite Alps
Northwest
  Milan
    Italian Lakes
   

Liguria

Central
  Tuscany
 
Florence
  Emilia-Romagna
South
  Southern Italy – Pompeii
family hotels italy

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Italy, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, apartments rentals and house rentals in Italy, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

 
Rome Florence
Venice Tuscany house rentals
Milan    
kids books italy
     
Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci italy kids easy reader  
Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci
Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley

Hilarious adventures of the Time Warp Trio, Fred, Joe and Sam, as they are whirled back to Renaissance Italy to look for da Vinci. When they fall into the clutches of Lord Borgia and Nicolo Machiavelli, Leonardo and the trio da Brooklyn cook up an invention to save their skins. (Easy reader)

 

     

Breezy, comical adventures of 10-year-old Melanie in Italy, "Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo and the Leaning Tower of Pizza." Perfect to bring on your trip. (Chapter book)

 

 
The Diary of Melanie Martin fiction italy kids
     
italy childrens books This is Rome  
This is Rome
M. Sasek

Take a trip through Rome, old and new – ruins of the Roman forum, Emperor Constantine's foot, Piazza Venezia and the "wedding cake" monument, biggest church in the world, St. Peter's, secret passageways of Castel Sant'Angelo, legend of Santa Maria Maggiore, and more. Whimsical illustrations capture the panoramic history and fun in Rome today, this is a classic.
(Picture book)

 

     
The Smile
Donna Jo Napoli

Elisabetta falls in love with Giuliano de' Medici, son of Lorenzo the Magnificent. But Florence is divided by war and a tyrannical monk, and it's Leonardo da Vinci, not Giuliano, who captures her smile, the portrait of Monna Lisa. (Chapter book)

 

 
     
italy kids historical fiction artist da vinci Leonardo's Shadow
 
Leonardo's Shadow
Christopher Grey

Leonardo da Vinci is painting the Last Supper, but it's going very slowly, and must be finished before the Pope arrives in Milan. Seen through the eyes of Giacomo, da Vinci's youthful servant, this is a suspenseful story of Leonardo, the man, the artist, the inventor, set in the turbulent life and times of 15th century Milan.(Chapter book)

 

     

Leonardo's inventions pop off the page – a flying machine, paddle boat,  architectural design for a temple,  armored vehicle, self-propelled cart, mechanical knight, plus detailed drawings and descriptions. Super pop-ups! (Pop-up book)

 

 
Journal of Inventions: Leonard da Vinci childrens books italy
     
Katie and the Mona Lisa children italy  

Little Katie gets in the picture, when the Mona Lisa invites her to climb into Italian Renaissance paintings. But everything doesn't go quite right, and it takes an angel to soothe three angry Botticelli dancers and a roaring lion of Venice. Charming illustrations, fun for little kids. (Picture book)

 

     
Michelangelo
Diane Stanley

Life and times of a Renaissance genius – the mega-talented Michelangelo, painter of the Sistine Chapel, sculptor of the Pieta, and architect of St. Peter's in Rome. (Picture Book)

 

 
biography Michelangelo italy kids
     
Daughter of Venice historical fiction italy kids
 
Daughter of Venice
Donna Jo Napoli

16th century Venice. Donata breaks the rigid confines of her noble family to explore her beloved city. Sparkling story of a teenage girl who would rather wear smelly clothes of a fisherboy than silks and parasols, and glows with the light and colors of Venice. (Chapter book)

 

     
I, Galileo
Bonnie Christensen

"I, Galileo Galilei, am old can no longer see, but there was a time when I saw all the way to the stars. Galileo invented his own telescope, and observed the sun, planets and moon. Although he was imprisoned for his book on the solar system, Galileo's inventions and ideas changed the world. (Picture book)

 

 
biography I, Galileo childrens books italy
     
kids books Ancient Rome history  
Ancient Rome (Eyewitness Books)
Simon James

Essential guide to ancient Rome – history, the emperors (complete timeline), legionaries, senators and slaves, family life, gladiators and the arena, food and dinner parties, music and theater, gods and religion. Fabulous artifacts, detailed photographs, and a model of the Colosseum. (Picture book)

 

     

All about Roman gods and goddesses, adventures of those fearless twins Romulus and Remus (founders of Rome), emperors good and bad, family life, children of Rome (parents were strict), festivals, gladiators, fall of the empire. Delightful illustrations, Roman history comes alive! (Picture book)

 

 
The Romans Marcia Williams
     
kids mystery historical fiction ancient rome The Thieves of Ostia
 
The Thieves of Ostia (The Roman Mysteries 1)
Caroline Lawrence

79 A.D. While her sea captain dad is out to sea, Flavia and her three friends solve the mystery of who killed the watchdogs on Green Fountain Street. This mystery adventure is set in Ostia Antica, the port of Rome, and brings the ancient city to life. (Chapter book)

The Secrets of Vesuvius, The Pirates of Pompeii, The Assassins of Rome, The Enemies of Jupiter, The Gladiators from Capua The Charioteer of Delphi, and the final book, The Man from Pomegranate Street

 

     
Century #1: Ring of Fire
Pierdomenico Baccalari

In an exciting fantasy adventure, four kids unearth a secret hidden in Rome – the Ring of Fire, an object older than the ancient Romans. The kids follow a maze of clues around the city, finally reaching the Basilica San Clemente and an underground temple to the sun god Mithra. An original story and wonderful local color. (Chapter book)

 

 
     
Italy Monuments: Past and Present guidebook  

If you're planning to visit Rome, Ostia, Hadrian's Villa, Pompeii, Herculaneum or Paestum, this is an essential guide to the ruins. With cool plastic overlays, you can see what the dusty ruins look like today, and what they looked like in Roman times. (Picture book)

 

     
Getting to Know Italy and Italian
Emma Sansone, Kim Woolley

Delightful illustrated overview of Italy – maps and regions of Italy, a typical Italian town, school life, what Italians like to eat and drink, history and festivals, useful Italian words. (Picture book)

 

 
Getting to Know Italy and Italian kids books
     
Let's Learn Italian Coloring Book italy children  
Let's Learn Italian Coloring Book
Anne-Françoise Hazzan

Loads of fun pictures to color – from l'automobile to la casa (house), il gatto (cat), il pesce (fish), seasons of the year, days of the week, animals and food. (Coloring book)

 

     
Treasure Hunt Venice
Treasure Hunt Florence
Ellen and Marvin Mouchawar

Each pocket-size book is a scavenger hunt for Florence and Venice. Find portraits in the museums, get your photo taken in front of the "Gates of Paradise," rub the bronze boar, visit a pasticceria, count the bridges across the Grand Canal, and more. Fun for everyone in the family. (Activity book)

 

 
Treasure Hunt Florence kids guidebook
     
Italy Discovery Journal kids guidebook  

This is a wonderful way for kids to travel around Italy and put things in a journal – spot your favorite pasta shapes, pencil in favorite building colors, collect postcards of your favorite landmark, and many fun activities! (Activity book)

 

(More children's books on other Italy pages)
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