A holiday for mom, dad, and the little ones in Northern Italy is best spent at a hotel where the experience of the whole family is considered top priority. Family hotels provide children’s pools, playgrounds, and daycare, where the kids are entertained and looked after by professionally trained staff. Adults will find golf courses, saunas, and chic interiors amidst the region’s most magical scenery. Wherever you end up in Northern Italy’s diverse and exciting landscape, take some much-needed time for bonding with the ones you love.
Where to stay at a family hotel in Northern Italy? Top locations at a glance:
South Tyrol and Trentino: Tranquility in the mountains
© Golf & Spa Resort Andreus Trentino-South Tyrol is primed for a family vacation, replete with tranquil landscapes fit for wasting days with the ones closest to you, swimming, hiking, or playing cards in the hotel restaurant. The family hotels in the region sometimes offer game rooms, climbing walls, and spacious family suites, setting you up for a hassle-free vacation spent amidst some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. The dramatic Dolomite Mountains looming in every backdrop, in this region you’ll find impressive landscapes, amazing wine, and a confluence of culture at the point where Austria, Switzerland, and Italy meet. Get to know the unique cuisine of the region: a fusion of the neighboring countries seldom found. Sella Ronda is one of the Alp’s most famous ski routes, primed for non-stop fun for you and the kids. In the summer, spend days taking in that fresh air everyone’s talking about on long hikes and dips into bright-blue mountain lakes.
Venice and Veneto: Picturesque waterscapes & vineyards
© Corte Castelletto Venice, the picture-perfect water city, is sure to amaze children and adults alike. Most all has already been said about this capital of the Veneto region, but it can’t hurt to reiterate: the magical cityscape of canals, Italian men singing on gondolas, and architecture from a bygone era come together to form an otherworldly atmosphere. Days are spent snacking on gelato, taking water taxis, and wandering tiny alleys and magnificent churches, like the world-famous St. Mark’s Basilica. For an unforgettable city break, try your best to hit as many of the 391 bridges as you can, or at least the most dramatic Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs. Family hotels in Venice are refined and well-equipped, with massive pools and first-rate in-house restaurants. Stretching from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, the region of Veneto is worth a trip for its peerless wine culture and stately architecture within picturesque scenery. Within, find the Romeo and Juliet setting of Verona, the Prosecco-producing Treviso province, and wonderful stretches of land framed with castles and rolling hills. Along the Venetian Riviera, the family hotels set you up for a dream beach vacation, with onsite opportunity for sailing and other waters sports, as well as for excursions to nearby zoos and waterparks.
Northern Italy’s Lakes: Luxurious lakeside holiday
© Du Lac et du Parc Grand Resort For a water-oriented holiday spent away from the more bustling shores of Italy’s coast, Northern Italy’s many lakes offer a great alternative, without sacrificing any of Italy’s shocking natural beauty. Lake Garda is the perfect place for a family vacation. With the Gardaland theme park nearby and hotels experienced in hosting families, it’s no wonder 7% of all visitors to Italy beeline it toward this sunny oasis. Among the crowds though, it’s easy to carve out a space for you and your kin, as the lakeside hotels are seriously luxurious, aimed to establish a peaceful ambience and help you to forge a connection with nature. In select hotels, boat trips are offered from the dock into the peaceful waters, there are onsite tennis courts, and always, hotels come equipped with an other-worldly view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Other lakes, like Lago Maggiore and Lake Lugano, are lined with fabulous resorts. These family hotels pride themselves on providing plenty of space for every guest to relax and reset, whether in your suite, on private beaches, or in the common spaces. This allows for a totally rejuvenating vacation curated to your desires.
Milan and Lombardy: the Alps, lakes, & sightseeing
© Grand Hotel Dino
Milan is a fast-paced, looks-oriented, city of the future. The most populated metropolitan area of Italy, the city exists at the meeting point between historical and modern—a story of renaissance following damage in WWII. Now a major fashion and finance capital, as well as a hub for tourism, the skyline consists of modern high-rises, historical architecture, and the ornamented spires of the world-famous Milan Cathedral. Great for a family city break, Milan has plenty to offer in terms of sightseeing and beautiful streets primed for all-day strolling. Lombardy is the region that encompasses Milan and shares a border with Switzerland, known for the warm hospitality of the locals, unique cuisine, and suite of glistening lakes. Family hotels in the region provide opportunity for leisure in golf courses, tennis courts, and swimming pools, as well as babysitting services and chic bar areas for chilling out when the kids go to bed. Spend days traversing vineyards, skiing in the Alps, and chowing down on German-Italian-Swiss cuisine.
Piedmont and Liguria: Sublime wine country & pretty coasts
© Spinerola Hotel in Cascina & Restaurant UvaSpina Piedmont translates as “at the foot of the mountain”, of course referring to its bucolic location between the Alps and the Apennines. Replete with sprawling vineyards, first-rate cuisine, and uninterrupted countryside bliss, this region promotes nonstop pampering of the senses. Many of the family hotels in Piedmont are located on vineyards, providing the perfect balance of outdoorsy activities and time for total relaxation, a glass of Moscato in hand. Set off on hikes or bike rides through the varied countryside, in the rolling hills and meadows of the south or the impressive Alps of the north. The region is long and widely loved for its refined character, with a focus on all that is gourmet, luxurious, and beautiful. Make sure to sample some fare from the famous “Slow Food” movement, best enjoyed in rustic interiors and the company of your loved ones and the hotel’s professional staff. Just south of the food, wine, and landscapes of Piedmont is the picture-perfect coastline of Liguria. A line of centuries-old villages on the Italian Riviera compose the world-famous Cinque Terre, a must-visit for lovers of the dramatic. In a family hotel in Genoa or the surrounding coastline, treat yourself to a day in the spa while the kids sample freshly-caught fish or head to the Aquarium of Genoa, one of the largest in Europe.
Good to know
Getting there: Fly from the UK to any of the many airports scattered around Northern Italy. Marco Polo Airport serves Venice, which is a good starting point if you’re planning a longer trip where you bounce around between places. The airports in Turin and Genoa serve the western part of Northern Italy: fly here if you’re headed to Piedmont and then take the bus/train to your destination. To get to Lake Garda, fly to Verona’s airport and hop on the just 15-minute train ride to towns on the lake. The other lakes in Italy’s Lake District are just 80 or so kilometers from Milan; renting a car is a good idea if you’d like to see more than one, otherwise, hop on the train from the airport.