Italy is a great place for children but adding special guided tours or activities designed with kids in mind can make your family vacation special. Here's a selection of tours to consider in Rome, Florence, and Venice, ranging from half-day to a full 6 day trip.
Eternally Young is a 3-hour walking tour from Select Italy designed for families. It starts at the Trevi Fountain and includes a visit to Piazza Colonna, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona before heading to Castel Sant'Angelo where you'll have the option to buy tickets and visit on your own.
This 2-hour activity, suitable for ages 7 and above, starts with a tour of the Gladiator Museum. Then participants are dressed in Roman armor and get an interactive lesson in how the gladiators fought. Those who don't want to participate can watch from the sidelines.
Venice for Children is a full day tour that focuses on Venice's maritime past. This tour includes riding on the vaporetto, climbing a tower for a bird's eye view of the city, a visit to a gondola maker's workshop, and a look at the Arsenale and Naval Museum.
These 90 minute rowing lessons take place in special handcrafted wooden boats adapted for the beginning rower that hold up to 4 people. You'll learn to row like a gondolier and get to take the boat out into the water in this unique activity.
Venice is known for its elaborate carnival masks. In this 90 minute workshop you'll learn about this special craft from an artisan, see costumes, and hear stories about the carnival characters. Then you'll get to choose your favorite character and decorate your own mask to take home with you.
This 3-hour hands-on class includes pizza making, gelato tasting, and dinner (including wine for the adults). Each participant gets to make an individual pizza from scratch.
This half-day walking tour focuses on the animals found throughout the historic center of Florence. The tour starts by the lion statue in front of Palazzo Vecchio and includes stories designed for children, a climb up a medieval tower, and a stop for gelato where you'll get an inside look at how gelato is made.
Riding a bike is a great way to explore Florence. In this 2.5 hour guided tour, you'll ride through the historic center with stops along the way where the guide will tell you stories about the monuments and buildings. There's also a stop for gelato. Difficulty level ranges from easy to medium and children under 12 cannot ride alone.
Take a tour on the Arno River in a barchetto, a vintage style boat, passing under the famous Ponte Vecchio and seeing the sights of Florence from a different perspective as your guide tells you stories about the city.