Your children may have been asking you, potentially for some time, when you could take a family vacation abroad. If finances allow, you might want to think about Italy as your next destination. With nice weather and an incredibly rich history, this trip could prove to be both educational and fun for everyone involved, not just the children. You may want to consider thinking about what you will see and do when you go, as well as deciding on dates, so that you can begin budgeting and saving to book.
Include that history
Although your kids may be glad not to be at school while you’re on vacation, they may still be able to learn and enjoy doing so. Each area of Italy may have different sights and landmarks dating back hundreds of years – or maybe even more. One particular area of interest can be tours of the Vatican City, which features the Sistine Chapel. Taking a tour of such an area can be truly breath-taking, especially if you venture inside some of the buildings. These feature paintings by Michelangelo, preserved for hundreds of years. An activity such as this may be better suited to those with older children who may be able to appreciate the sights, as well as behave in a manner of respect suited to such a location.
Try to travel sustainably
Traveling to a different continent can take many hours, and cost quite a bit. However, this may also impact on the environment. Due to this, you might want to think about how you can travel as sustainably as possible. This could involve opting to shop at small, family-owned businesses while away, as well as respecting the landscape by recycling and not damaging property, much like you do at home. Another way of cutting down on the amount of waste product you release into the atmosphere can be to take public transport while on vacation, rather than taking taxis or hiring your own car. Italy has a number of different public transport options that you could choose from, particularly in larger cities.
Enjoy the meals
Many families might already love having Italian food within their diet, including a number of pasta dishes and – of course- pizza. However, you might find that the meals you’re served in the country itself taste somewhat different from those you have at home. Cooking in Italy is often done with the freshest of ingredients, meaning the flavours may be richer and more delicious. You might find yourselves preferring this to the options available where you live, especially when you factor in that much of this food may be significantly healthier and less greasy.
A trip to Italy can allow you to experience history and culture, as well as great food. Your family might appreciate the chance to spend time in the sun, while seeing a large part of Europe. Booking your tickets ahead of time, and thinking about how you can be kinder travellers, may work well in your favour.