Family fun in Italy

10-Day Family Holiday Itinerary - Italy

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Duration10 days / 9 nights (flexible)


ItineraryNaples - Sorrento - Conversano - Salento - Brindisi

Suitable for families

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The highlights of southern Italy with the family. Cross to the heel of the boot and learn how to make pizza & pasta, whilst spending time in the sand on the coast and heading out to sea on a boat tour. And hey, you’re in Italy: so along the way the adults can taste fresh wines from Puglia.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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Lemons & Lava

Today you’ll arrive in Vico Equense, a suburb of Sorrento, where the rooms of your hotel are spacious for families and the pleasant sea breeze blows in off the Gulf of Naples. If you need to freshen up after the drive, float in the swimming pool as you look out over bay and the Vesuvius volcano. There’s a free shuttle bus to take you to the centre of the city, where you can have a bite to eat in the evening or just walk the streets to the Piazza Tasso. 

the sun sets on a harbour

Rise early the next morning, as there is a lot on your doorstep. Drive to the ruins of Pompeii, where you will find one of the best preserved remains from the Roman Empire with streets, temples, fountains, and frescoes all intact. After lunch, venture to the volcano and if you’re lucky, you’ll have fantastic views over the Gulf of Naples. The following day you’ll have a pizza workshop planned. Together with an Italian chef you will work on your own real, Italian pizza. You’ll get an apron and chef’s hat so that you immediately feel ‘Pizzasso’. Knead the dough, choose the topping and make sure the pizza goes into the oven. Afterwards there is of course still time to eat the pizzas together. Buon Appetito!

a kid with chefs clothes working in a pizza oven

Olives and Orecchiette

Today you’ll arrive ready for a special stay. Sleep in a typical cone-shaped trullo near Ostuni. The roofs of these whitewashed houses are often decorated with primitive or magical symbols, whilst inside it is surprisingly spacious. The trulli are located on a hill with a beautiful view and have a swimming pool, with a terrace tucked away between the olive trees. Its central location in the valley makes it perfect for you to easily explore the area.

a town with cone houses

After breakfast this morning, you can either head out to explore the white town of Ostuni or you can decide to cycle through the olive groves. In the afternoon it’s time to dive into the kitchen for a workshop, where you learn how to make your own orecchiette, a small pasta that is reminiscent of auricles in shape. You will be introduced to the secrets of kneading dough and shaping the ‘ears’. At the end of the workshop, enjoy your homemade dishes all washed down with a good glass of local wine. The next day you can burn off some of those home-cooked carbs and explore the surrounding area. The north of Puglia is greener and hillier than the south and you will find plenty of olive groves here.

a town up a hill

Carpe Diem in Salento

Today you’ll travel to Salento, the land of two seas. On one side of this peninsula is the Adriatic coast with its rugged cliffs and small pebble coves, along with quaint fishing villages and the ruins of watchtowers. To the west lies the Ionian coast with long white sandy beaches and azure blue water. You will stay in an old masseria (olive farm) that has been converted into a B&B with a comfortable room, a swimming pool and a beautiful roof terrace. The masseria is centrally located and within half an hour you can reach various beaches.

large rock formations in a turquoise sea

Time to explore the landscape of Salento. It may be relatively bare and flat, but it is the sandy beaches and blue water that steal the show, and you have plenty of choose from. We will arrange a sunset cruise on day two for you. Sailing from the port of Gallipoli, at Torre Pali, you’ll pass an island with ancient ruins and spot the medieval tower off the coast. Then you’ll sail further on to Santa Maria di Leuca, the cape that separates the Ionian from the Adriatic, for sunset and a few sundownders.

a woman walking on a sandy beach with the sea in front of her
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