Italy with a 3 year old

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1. Posted by JoJoN (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!


we are going to Italy for a wedding outside Rome in June. We wanted to take about 5 days to travel somewhere else in Italy and we have a 3.5 year old. Considered lake Garda but seems too far from rome. Sorrento could be possible but it doesn’t seem very child friendly? Any advice!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3814 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!


Happy New Year.

Five days is not too bad. You are not walking to Lake Garda, right? Look into Venice too.

Plenty of time for making the final decision. Here's hoping this virus thing is no longer an issue by June.

Good luck.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3668 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

>Considered lake Garda but seems too far from rome.

5 days is ample time to get to Lake Garda or pretty much anywhere else in Italy!

If you don't want to hire a car , the Italian railway network is extensive, safe, easy to navigate, reasonably-priced, comfortable enough.....and thoroughly enjoyable for a 3-year-old! Rome > Desenzano del Garda takes from 4h 16m (driving will take at least 5h 30m!). Train times, details and fares in English on the official railway website:

Trenitalia runs high-speed trains on many routes. Another company, Italo, runs high-speed trains on some of those routes. Fares and station stops are pretty much the same:

I'm not sure what you mean by 'child-friendly' but, personally, I wouldn't consider taking a 3-year-old to Venice or any other Italian city (or any city anywhere). Cities really aren't places that small people enjoy. I'd prefer to find somewhere with space to run around, have long walks, maybe meet Italian children at playgrounds...and, ideally, a sandy beach.

Sorrento is a large town rather than a city and is as 'child-friendly' as anywhere else (Italians really do love children) but, unfortunately, it doesn't have much of a beach. There's just a very small area of sand at Marina Grande. But it is a popular tourist resort and there are lots of hotels with excellent facilities. Further along the Amalfi Coast, Positano has a sandy beach and Amalfi has a much larger one. There's an excellent bus servicee which runs from Sorrento railway station along the Amalfi Coast road to Amalfi via Positano so a daytrip or two from Sorrento to the beach is more than possible. In season there's also a coast-hopping boat service along the Amalfi coast.

You might also consider:

Lido di Jesolo, in the province of Venice but some distance from the city itself. A family seaside resort (one of the largest in Italy), long sandy beach with shallow waters, Sea Life centre etc etc.

Rimini, set on a 9-mile beach and a family holiday resort, with theme and water parks. There are other seaside resorts further along that stretch of coast e.g. Riccione, Cervia.

4. Posted by zzlangerhans (Travel Guru 397 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I would recommend Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio.

5. Posted by andoreia (Budding Member 7 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

If you don't want to go to Lake Garda, then maybe Florence or/and Cinque Terre. You can visit by train. I'd recommend spending one or two nights in 5 Terre, the villages look totally different after the day-trippers leave.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3814 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

"... child friendly?"


What does child friendly mean to you?

When I was young, I usually went where my mother went. Of course, you do have to be extra vigilant if you have a "free range" child who runs practically unsupervised everywhere!

Good luck.