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We had an amazing family holiday to Italy. Its a great destination for the four of us as Pizza and Pasta are the kids food of choice, we love sight seeing, my son loves the history of the Roman Gladiators and you can’t go wrong with Ice cream! We spent a week in Italy starting in Rome and then travelling down the coast visiting Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. It was a jam packed week but thoroughly enjoyed by all! This is how to spend a fantastic week in Italy.
First stop…… Rome!
We spent three days exploring this amazing city seeing the many historic sights, eating great food and people watching in the many Piazzas. We visited most of the major sights including –
- The Colosseum
- Roman Forum
- Trevi Fountain
- Vatican City
- Spanish Steps
Check out my other post for more information on what we got up to in Rome – Discover Rome with Kids.
Moving down the Coast…..
After our stay in Rome we hired a car and started our travels south. We made a pit stop in Naples and found a great restaurant for lunch. La Campagnola – Pizzeria & Trattoria serves up fab food, the staff were great and it doesn’t feel touristy. We had the menu of the day and the children had some tasty pizza and pasta. Unfortunately it was raining while we were there so didn’t get chance to do much exploring but there is always next time!
Next stop…… Our apartment
We hired an apartment in the small village of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, west of Sorrento. Perched high up in the hills it has some great views over the Bay of Naples. It is a quiet village with rustic charm despite it having many places to stay and a good choice of restaurants. I loved staying here as it didn’t feel touristy but had places to eat and drink on our door step and is a good base to visit the Amalfi Coast.
Bar Orlando is a great place to stop for a drink and is often busy with locals. The owner is very friendly and likes to tell stories of his smoking cat! We didn’t eat here but the food looked good and was reasonably priced. It has a nice atmosphere and a lovely garden to sit and enjoy your drink.
Restorante da Mimi is a family run restaurant serving superb food. My son Zach ate his best ever pizza here and he still talks about it now!
Buenos Aires looks like a shack but has a nice outside seating area out the front. The food is simple but satisfying and very cheap. The kids were able to watch the local children playing football next door which kept them quiet! Great option for a reasonably priced lunch or dinner.
Bar Pasticceria Fiorentino is a well known pastry shop/bar in the Sorrento area and we were lucky enough to have it right by our apartment. They sell delicious cakes and gelato and great coffee to accompany the feast.
Exploring the Amalfi Coast
Such a beautiful, picturesque coastline with so many places to stop and explore. You have to drive with confidence to negotiate the narrow winding roads and the other extremely confident Italian drivers! You do find yourself breathing in as you pass close by other cars and buses! Its definitely worth it though to drive along the coastline looking out of your window and stopping for photos at whichever breathtaking view comes round the corner. Its great to have the freedom to spend as much or as little time at each stop. We made a few stops on our journey through the Amalfi Coast.
Positano is a magnificent little town and is probably the most picturesque and photographed town along the coast. We walked down to Spiagga Grande which is the main beach and let the kids run around and stretch their legs while we admired the view.
Amalfi Town is a pretty town with a small beach and a majestic Cathedral overlooking the Piazza. Its a great place to wonder through the many alleyways and pick up some gifts and souvenirs for the family.
Ravello sits high up in the hills above Amalfi. It’s a slower paced town mostly dedicated to tourism and is a popular wedding venue. It has some amazing views of the coastline. We did attempt the steep kilometre long walk down to the small town of Minori however we had to abandon the walk halfway when we realised it was too much for the kids. Thank goodness the kids were in a good mood and they have taps to fill up your water bottle on route!!
Sorrento is a very popular tourist destination with lots of cafes and restaurants and Piazza Tasso, the main square is a great place to enjoy some fab Italian food. There isn’t much of a beach but we spent some time there letting the kids have a swim and having a spot of lunch.
I was really moved by the ruins of Pompeii. It is so hard to believe a whole town was buried under 6 metres of ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This protected the evidence of life at the very moment of the tragedy. Its amazing walking down ancient streets seeing what life would have been like. It was really educational for the children and my son found it really interesting!
We had an amazing time spending a week in Italy exploring Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
Leave a comment below with your favourite places to visit in Italy, would love to hear them.
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