Northern Italy Family Holiday
A place of love, history and exquisite flavours, the northern part of the former Roman Empire is a cultural heartland full of hidden treasures. Hear the song of the lapping waterways echo through the streets of Venice, dip your toes in the ocean by the beautiful Ligurian coast, make and taste authentic Italian pesto, savour delicious Tuscan cuisine, scale the leaning tower of Pisa and fight like a gladiator in Rome as you whisk through Northern Italy on this fantastic family holiday.
- Try your hand at mask making in Venice with a local specialized Venetian Atelier
- Walk the famous paths of the Cinque Terre
- Take the perfect photo of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Step back in time at Gladiator School
- Learn about Art while in Rome taking part in a hide and seek activity
- No Italian adventure would be complete without a Pesto making class.
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||16||Duration||8 days|
|Category||Gold||Trips for those who want a tonne of inclusions, better standard accommodation, larger roomier vehicles.|
Day 1 - Venice
There are no activities planned before the meeting, so if you arrive early there are plenty of things to keep you and the family busy. Take a walk around the maze of streets behind San Marco Square and begin to understand the complex canal system of Venice. The Grand Canal is a great place to start, as you can stroll over the Rialto Bridge and browse the endless amounts of boutique shops that sell Venetian masks and handmade Murano glassware. After the meeting, enjoy dinner with the other families at a local restaurant.
Day 2 - Venice
Take some free time to explore the city. Consider taking the vaporetto (water bus) to San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for a panoramic view of Venice. Travelling down the Grand Canal via Venetian gondola is a great way to immerse yourself in the canal culture of the town, while relaxing in the busy San Marco square grants an excellent view of the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore and the bustling harbour. The Palazzo Ducale overflows with paintings from Italian masters making it well worth a visit, or if you’d rather get lost in between the countless restaurants and cafes in the narrow streets, a good day can be spent doing that too.
Meet up again in the afternoon at the private workshop of a professional mask maker on a visit to a local Venetian Atelier. Here, you’ll learn to make your own mask using traditional working methods treasured by the people of the city.
Day 3 - Cinque Terre
Day 4 - Cinque Terre
Please note: Remember to bring comfortable footwear such as trainers or light hiking shoes. The walking distance is approximately 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) and takes you across uneven surfaces, narrow passages without shade from the Italian sun and over many staircases – both up and down. A good level of fitness is recommended should you choose to walk.
Due to recent landslides in the area, it is currently not possible to walk the Via del'Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. These sections will be passed by train instead. Please also note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.