Italy for Teens
Italy is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, and it’s clear why. It’s packed with charming cities full of history and culture, world-famous art and fashion, stunning landscapes from the Amalfi Coast to the rolling hills of Tuscany and perhaps most beloved, spectacular food. Each diverse region offers something new and exciting to explore, and we know the best places to go with teens no matter their interest.
Exploring Italy’s history is not to be missed, textbooks will come to life for your teens here. In Rome, step back into an era of gladiators and discover the haunting tunnels and arena of the Colosseum, then, venture to landmarks like the Spanish Steps, the iconic Trevi Fountain and the beautiful Borghese Gardens. Visit the mysterious and tragic town of ancient Pompeii to uncover houses, temples, frescoes and mosaics preserved by layers of volcanic ash, or gain insight into the fascinating past and present of the Vatican, a city steeped in religious history. You may even catch a peek of the Pope.
Food is a highlight of any trip to Italy. It's no surprise that the world's first food theme park opened here. Your family can discover the traditional art of gelato making in Florence, explore Naples’ history through pizza baking in the city of its creation, or learn to cook like an ancient Roman with a culinary course that uses a recipe book from the past. You’ll have the unique chance to whip up a variety of dishes that were popular with emperors thousands of years ago, using traditional ingredients and techniques from the period.
If visiting during the fall, your family must experience the wine or olive oil harvest. This is one of the best times of year to visit Tuscany and every member of the family will love taking part in this magical, hands-on, annual event. Learn the process of wine or olive oil making from first pick to production, followed by the most fun part, tasting the fruits of your labor. Mangia!
If your family wants to delve into the outdoors and take in natural splendors while on vacation, Italy offers many options. Most resorts have tennis, golf, and complimentary bikes on offer. Take a kayak on the Rivera to discover an 18th century Liguria mill, paddle to Portofino for its impressive lighthouse, or visit Sardinia for sailing courses available for every skill level.
If your family are more land than sea types, head to the Dolomites. Aside from fabulous, powder-filled skiing in the winter, this alpine region is fantastic for outdoor recreation during the summer. In Val Gardena, hike, bike, climb and explore the beautiful landscape through geocaching. This modern-day treasure hunt will please every teen.
And for an even more thrilling adventure, visit the Adventure Park in Alta Badia for a tree-top quest featuring a series of routes depending on ability. This larch forest has 600 meters of ropes courses with 71 platforms up to 19 meters high! Teens won’t be able to resist this high-flying, action-packed journey.
Adventure Park Colfosco in Alta Badia
Visit the Adventure Park Colfosco in Alta Badia for a family tree-top adventure. Experience the thrill of being up to 19 meters in the air. Featuring a series of different routes from easy to difficult there is something for all the family.
Between Heaven and Earth tour
On this tour you will witness some amazing views over Trapani and visit Erice and Segresta, two areas of historical significance on Sicily.
Culinary Escapades - Culinary Classes
Celebrity chef Fulvio Pierangelini or the resort Chef at Verdura will give you tips on how to conjure up some magical Sicilian cuisine with the freshest local ingredients.
E-biking is the perfect way to enjoy mountain biking in the stunning Dolomites without too much effort. Take in the incredible views as you explore the beautiful terrain on two wheels.
Geocaching in Val Gardena
One of the most novel ways to explore the beautiful landscape around Val Gardena is to have a go at Geocaching. This modern day treasure hunt involves using a mobile phone or GPS device to find various hidden containers or caches dotted all over the area.
High Ropes Park Col de Flam
Fly through the trees and enjoy adventures in the tree tops at the Col de Flam high ropes course in the Val d'Anna in Ortisei.
The Treasure of the Gods tour
Discover the hidden treasures of Sicily during a half or full day tour to Greek Temples and one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.
Farmer's market at Borgo Santo Pietro
Borgo Santo Pietro hosts a farmer's market at the hotel every Monday evening. This event is open to non-guests, so it is a great way to integrate with locals and discover a little more about Tuscan culture.
Kayaking along the Italian Riviera
Portofino, Northern Italy
Explore the beauty of the Italian Riviera from a brand new perspective - by kayak! With a range of itineraries to follow, you'll discover some of the area's most picturesque spots from the water.
Pizza making class at Castello di Casole
Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in at Castello di Casole's pizza making class. Under the expert guidance of one of the hotel's fantastic chefs you will learn the techniques required to make a traditional Italian pizza.
Adler Mountain Lodge - Summer
Alpe di Siusi, South Tyrol, Italy
With stunning views the Adler Mountain Lodge is the perfect escape for a summer break in the picturesque Dolomites. This romantic lodge also hosts a beautifully warm outdoor infinity pool with views that are simply breath-taking.
The Bauer Palazzo is an ultra-luxurious, boutique hotel in the heart of Venice, just a few steps from Piazza San Marco and situated on the Grand Canal. At the Palazzo guests take breakfast on Venice's highest roof terrace with panoramic views of the city.
Belmond Castello di Casole
Belmond Castello di Casole commands a prominent hilltop position, offering magical views of the Tuscan countryside, combining Old World Tuscan charm with modern boutique luxury, elegance and sophistication.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
One of Venice's most celebrated hotels, Belmond Hotel Cipriani has a commanding position across the Venetian lagoon on the tip of Giudecca island, offering panoramic views across to Piazza San Marco, the lagoon and the islands beyond.
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is a charming villa style hotel situated on a beautiful bay close to Mount Etna. Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea has a reputation as one of the most exclusive hotels in Taormina and retains the atmosphere of a private residence.
Borgo Egnazia is one of the Mediterranean’s most luxurious hotels. Set within 20 hectares along the Puglian coast of Southern Italy, it's perfect for couples as well as families wanting to take advantage of the well-appointed children's club.
Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel
The Hotel de Russie is the place to be seen in Rome. In the heart of the hotel is a beautiful piazza, a secret garden, where many Romans come to enjoy an aperitivo. This gives the hotel a wonderful cosmopolitan and buzzing atmosphere.
Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart Florence, with the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and the Duomo all within easy reach. At the Hotel Savoy you will experience the highest standards of cuisine and impeccable service.
JK Place Roma
JK Place Roma is an elegant boutique hotel situated in the center of Rome, close to the Spanish Steps and fashionable Via Condotti. The luxurious rooms, stylish bar and cafe create a peaceful haven to return to after a day exploring the beautiful city.
Lake Garda, Italian Lakes, Italy
Set on a hillside with stunning views across Lake Garda, Lefay is located within 11 hectares of national park and surrounded by gentle hills and natural terraces rich in olive trees and woods. A first class spa makes it a wonderful place to relax.
Epic Southern Italy
Amalfi Coast, Basilicata & Puglia
Fall into the never-ending glamour of the Amalfi Coast along to the epic beaches of Puglia, where we share our best kept secrets to bring you this epic itinerary. You will find crystal clear waters, mouth-watering cuisine, luxury boutique hotels and epic landscapes as you drive this fascinating route exploring southern Italy in style.
Extraordinary Florence & Tuscany
Florence & Tuscany
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Alpine and Beach for Families
The Dolomites & Puglia
Experience the best Italy has to offer with this fun family adventure, combining both the mountains and beach with a stay in a stylish chalet in the Dolomites and finishing with a relaxing stay on the Puglian coast.
Italy with Kids
Rome & Sicily
Italy is a country of stunning contrasts, and a trip to its beautiful capital Rome, followed by a relaxing retreat on the striking island of Sicily, shows you two extremes. This itinerary works brilliantly for those seeking both culture and relaxation.
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