No Drama in Italy: A Teen-Approved Itinerary for Maximum Fun

Beautiful Italy!

Planning a family holiday that keeps both parents and teens happy can be a challenge I know well. While mum and dad may be dreaming of immersing themselves in history and culture, the kids are often more interested in activities, adventure, and making memories with new found friends.

Enter Italy – a country that offers the perfect blend of opportunities toplease all age groups. From adrenaline-filled experiences to iconic landmarks steeped in fascinating history, this teen-approved itinerary promises zero drama and maximum fun for the whole crew. I have a 14 year old, an 11 year old and a 2 1/2 year old and this list passes the test!


Rome: Where Ancient History Meets Modern Thrills

Kick off your Italian adventure in the Eternal City, where every corner holds a story waiting to be uncovered. For the history buffs, the Colosseum and Roman Forum are must-sees, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of ancient Rome. But for the thrill-seekers, visit Italy’s most beautiful destinations boarding a cruise along the Tiber River, an experience that combines sightseeing with a dash of excitement.

After soaking in the city’s iconic landmarks, head to the Palatine Hill for an unforgettable gladiator lesson. Don your armor and wield a sword as you learn the techniques of these ancient warriors – a perfect opportunity for some epic family photos. I lived in Rome for a short while after my Masters and fell in love with the city, the locals, sights, the beaches but a train ride away and of course, the food!

Florence: Art, Gelato, and Outdoor Adventure

From Rome, make your way to the Renaissance gem of Florence, where art and architecture take center stage. Start your exploration at the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture. Even the most reluctant art enthusiasts will be awestruck by this masterpiece.

After your cultural fix, indulge in some quintessential Florentine treats – gelato and pizza. Stroll through the charming streets, stopping at the city’s renowned gelaterie and pizzerie for a taste of authentic Italian delicacies.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, head to the nearby Tuscan countryside for a thrilling ATV tour or zip-lining adventure. Explore the rolling hills and vineyards while getting your heart racing – a perfect balance of natural beauty and excitement.

Venice: A City on Water
No Italian itinerary is complete without a visit to the enchanting city of Venice. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow canals and bridges, marveling at the unique architecture and romantic atmosphere. For a truly unforgettable experience, rent a gondola and glide through the city’s waterways, serenaded by your very own gondolier.

After your canal cruise, challenge your friends to a friendly competition at the Venetian Mask Workshop. Learn the art of mask-making and let your creativity run wild, designing your own unique Venetian mask to take home as a souvenir.

Amalfi Coast: Coastal Charm and Outdoor Adventures
From the canals of Venice, head south to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, where rugged cliffs meet the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This picturesque stretch of coastline offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Start your exploration in the charming town of Positano, where colorful houses cling to the steep hillsides. Spend a day lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun and taking refreshing dips in the crystal-clear waters.

For the more adventurous souls, embark on a guided hiking tour along the famous Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), offering jaw-dropping views of the Amalfi Coast from above. Or, if you prefer to stay on the water, book a private boat tour and explore the hidden coves and grottoes that dot the coastline.

Italy is a land of incredible diversity, offering something for every traveler, no matter their age or interests. By combining iconic landmarks, outdoor adventures, and hands-on experiences, this teen-approved itinerary ensures that the whole family will create lasting memories and return home with a newfound appreciation for the country’s rich culture and stunning natural beauty.

So, pack your bags, grab your sense of adventure, and get ready to experience Italy like never before – drama-free and filled with maximum fun!


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