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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 on vacations to Italy.

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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 Milan
family tours italy
See Venice, Florence, Rome in one unforgettable week. Start with a gondola ride in Venice, take a guided walk through Florence, bike through the Tuscan countryside, make pizza with the kids or taste wine with the adults, visit St. Peter's and train to be a gladiator in Rome. This family tour combines the best experience for kids, teens and parents (perfect with grandparents too):
Classic Journeys

One of Italy's best kept secrets, where Italians go on vacation, Puglia is a hidden gem, with miles of family-friendly sand beaches and whitewashed towns. Or discover great art and good food in Tuscany, learn to cook like a local, explore villages on bikes, add Rome to your itinerary, this family tour company will plan a custom trip for your family.

Quivertree Family Expeditions
kids books italy
who was leonardo da vinci
Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci?
Roberta Edwards, True Kelley

Illustrated biography of the guy who did it all - he was a painter, inventor, engineer, pageant director, sculptor, musician. He observed nature, studied the human body, drew maps and designed weapons. (Chapter book)


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)


italy childrens books This is Rome
The Smile mona lisa historical fiction kids
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)


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)


italy kids historical fiction artist da vinci Leonardo's Shadow

Pop-up biography of Leonardo da Vinci, from apprenticeship in Florence to his brilliant drawings of the human body and mechanical inventions, famous portraits and paintings, design for a colossal horse, robots and ideal city. (Activity book)


Diane Stanley

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

Also chapter book: Michelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas


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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)


Who Was Galileo?
Patricia Brennan Demuth, John O'Brien

Illustrated biography of Galileo, astronomer, mathematician, artist, musician, rebel teacher at the University of Pisa, inventor of the telescope, punishment and house arrest by the Inquisition for his theory that the earth revolves around the sun. (Chapter book)


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)


Ancient Rome (DK 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)

Also, chapter book: Where Is the Colosseum?


kids books Ancient Rome history
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)

Also The Secrets of Vesuvius, The Pirates of Pompeii, The Assassins of Rome, The Enemies of Jupiter, The Gladiators from Capua The Charioteer of Delphi.



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
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)


What Was Pompeii?
Jim O'Connor, John Hinderliter

Illustrated history of Pompeii from the eruption to buried city, rediscovered and excavated centuries later. Also, find out about daily life in Pompeii – shopping, fashion, housing, theater, and gladiator games. (Illustrated chapter book)


what was pompeii
strega nona  
Strega Nona
Tomie de Paola

Strega Nona, a kindly grandma, has a magic pasta pot. Big Anthony gets into trouble when he says, "Bubble, bubble pasta pot, boil me some pasta nice and hot." Fun for little ones. (Picture 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
Rome City Trails
Lonely Planet Kids

Nineteen different themed trails through Rome – secrets of statues, mysteries and legends, yummy food, "where emperors trod," unique celebrations, real and mythical creatures, symbols of power, under your feet, ghostly tales, and more. (Illustrated chapter book)


Living in ... Italy
Chloe Perkins, Tom Woolley

Kids can read for themselves about Italy, famous for its boot shape. Spend the day with Pia, meet her family, go to school, find out about cities and islands, learn about long history of Italy, play soccer and eat typical Italian food. (Easy reader)


Follow Me Around Italy
Wiley Blevins

Ciao! Take a trip around Italy with Fausto – food (check out all the different pasta shapes), myths, history, traditions, Christmas and Carnival celebrations, school, sports (soccer most popular), games, fast facts. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Italy pages)
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