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An insider travel guide: travelling with children

posted by Home In Italy on November 24th, 2017

Be it a child-friendly city or a well equipped seaside destination, Italy spoils families with its rich mix of historical sights, wide portfolio of outdoor activities and amazing natural landscapes. An insider suggestion: to get the most out of exploring as a family, do plan ahead!

Best regions for kids:

Rome
: ancient Roman ruins and world-class museums make Rome an interesting destination for older children.

Amalfi coast
: a winning choice for every age. Subterranean ruins in Naples, gladiator battlefields in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and natural jewels like volcanoes, thermal pools and coastal caves.

Puglia
: beautiful seaside towns and an unembellished cuisine most kids love.

Sicily
: volcano climbing for sporty teens and beachside fun for sand-loving tots, alongside ancient ruins, hilltop castles and traditional 18th-century puppet theatre to inspire and entertain all ages.

Sardinia
: alfresco paradise overflowing with dazzling beaches, water-sports action, horse riding and scenic hikes suitable for all ages and abilities.

Italy for Kids

Family travellers can be divided into urban and rural. Cities in Italy are second to none in extraordinary sights and experiences, and with the aid of smart-phone apps and some inventive guided tours, parents can find kid-appeal in almost every museum and monument.

Away from urban areas, families can enjoy sandcastles, sea swimming and easy beachside ambles in the coastal destinations (beach-rich Puglia, the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Sicily sizzle with family fun on and off the sand), while interesting farm tours and outdoor activities will make the countryside an appealing family location (Tuscany and Umbria do offer many options for travellers willing to entertain children).

Villa Ada, a child friendly luxury villa in Umbria can be booked through Home in Italy

Accommodation

Staying in a private countryside villa is perfect for families: think self-catering facilities, mountains of green space to play around in and stacks of outdoor activities (swimming, tennis, horse-riding and mountain biking). In southern Italy, kids enjoy accommodation in circular, whitewashed trulli and quiet and luxurious masserias.

When to Go

Travelling in Italy with children involves little extra pre-departure planning. Your most important decisions will be about which region to pick and when to visit (perhaps timing your Italian holiday with one of the country’s vibrant kid-appealing festivals such as Siena’s famous Palio carnival in Venice or Florence’s Easter-time Scoppio del Carro. Beware July and August when the country broils and gets super crowded!

LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL

posted by Home In Italy on March 20th, 2017

If music is your first love and you enjoy rocking out to the sounds of musical legends and current chart favourites alike, the Lucca Summer Festival is a must visit! The mediaeval Tuscan city of Lucca comes alive during the month of July and plays host to stellar line up of international stars.
Take in the city’s array of wonderfully intact historical sites, beautiful renaissance architecture and picturesque greenery as you soak up the sounds of intimate open-air performances from the greats of the music scene.

The Lucca Summer Festival first launched in 1998 with the legend that is Bob Dylan headlining. Since then it has grown in popularity and a whole host of musical megastars have visited the city to perform on the historical stages of Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino and Amphitheatre Square. Past performances from esteemed stars include David Bowie, James Brown, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Alicia Keys to name but a few.

This year, the Lucca Summer Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and the planned line-up certainly befits that milestone. Robbie Williams, Green Day, Kasabian, Rag n’ Bone Man, Imagine Dragons, LP, Macklemore featuring Ryan Lewis and Il Volo will perform across various dates during July, wowing crowds and filling the streets with excited revellers.

Lucca is obviously extremely busy during the festival, particularly around the dates of headline performances. A great tip if you are travelling as part of a group is to use the festival organisers carpooling option – it will save time, mean that you have less hassle during busy festival days and open up your options for accommodation within areas outside of the city. Although this is a great service and used widely by festival goers, it’s important for us to advise a word of safety – always use this service as part of a group, ideally two of you should travel together at all times.

If seeking accommodation outside of the city appeals to you, there are several great villa options that would work well for groups of friends or families. Villas provide a home from home with everything you need to rest, relax and unwind. With the Summer Festival in mind, they are also a perfect base from which to visit Lucca for the day to catch your favourite performances. Some of our villa recommendations include:

Villa Alibia

This unique five star property is just a 10 minute drive from Lucca and offers a design led, contemporary retreat for a group of up to 10 people. Nestled on white marble rocks, this luxury villa offers a spectacular view of Lucca and the surrounding areas, whilst still offering a peaceful haven for complete relaxation.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/alibia.htm?idv=418

Borgo Benni

Situated in a hamlet tucked away amid the gently folding hills near the town of Lucca, this villa is a grand Tuscan retreat. Originally a hunting lodge in the early 19th century, its modern restoration has accentuated its unique inner courtyards to offer an enchanted silence.
If you’re looking for a time-forgotten atmosphere then this is the perfect option for you.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/borgo+benni.htm?idv=220

Tickets for the Lucca Summer Festival are on sale now at various ticket selling websites. For more information on the Lucca Summer Festival and to purchase tickets visit www.summer-festival.com.

If you’re keen to check out more villa options within the Lucca visit: http://www.homeinitaly.com/search-results.php

ED SHEERAN AND HIS LOVE FOR UMBRIA: “I SAW A VINEYARD, I FELL IN LOVE: I WAS THERE DURING THE EARTHQUAKE”

posted by Home In Italy on March 15th, 2017

The British singer-songwriter and his house in Umbria.
During an interview to an Italian newspaper Ed Sheeran declares: “Yes, I was there during the last earthquake in Umbria, and I felt the earth trembling even if I was far from where the disaster happened. My parents spent their honeymoon in Italy and I am very attached to your country, I often came as a child.”

To another newspaper he states that “I saw a vineyard in Umbria, I fell in love with that place and I bought a house. I was there during the last earthquake and I felt the earth tremble.”

To the question of another Italian journalist: “Is it true that you bought a house in Umbria?” Ed Sheeran answers:
“Top secret, I can say it is in the center of Italy and it is not Tuscany because it is too crowded with British people. There is a vineyard, and as soon as I saw it I decided I had to buy that place. My parents came to Italy on their honeymoon, you have history, culture, food. I can not wait to take my kids here, it will be nice to learn Italian together. I’m not a Hollywood villa person. However I certainly am a Umbrian house lover.

By clicking on the link here you will find a great selection of villas in Umbria.

WHAT DOES GEORGE CLOONEY HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE ANCIENT ROMANS?

posted by Home In Italy on August 23rd, 2016

This is a provocative question. But it was very funny when a picture of George Clooney appeared in the Gossip magazines, going around on the bike along the cycle paths surrounding Lake Como.

The Italians wondered what is there so special of that place that it has been chosen by an overseas film star. Yet, with all the heavenly places that populate the rest of the planet, it is Lake Como that George Lucas has chosen to set the love story between Anakim and Padme in Star Wars, born on the romantic planet of Naboo. The lake may seem indeed, on some memorable days, a dreamy and a world apart, although it is quite fun for those who know this place very well and for those who live there, to see the line of trucks of the entire Star Wars crew, marching on the narrow streets and settle in these towns of the lake. One thing is certain, Lake Como is not discovered by Hollywood. It has been loved for centuries, certainly since the Romans set foot in the colony of Nova Comum (founded on the lake shores 59 before Christ) and built luxurious villas on the shore.

The shock to the landscapes of Lake Como, however, occurred in the Romantic era. It could not go different wise: for its character and nature, with high forested mountains that rise vertically from the lake, the sky that clouds over by sudden storms, the Lario was, and still is, the destination for those with the most sensitive and dramatic souls.
During the nineteenth century it got conquered. At this point in history, the traveller/ writer Goethe could not be missed, he described it the luminous air, here Malombra Fogazzaro was set, and were consumed true and passionate loves. And if today these passions of the soul do not seem to exist anymore, on the lake you can always find a place to reinvent your own love story.


You can walk along the shore where you can catch a glimpse of the glorious Italian gardens of the most luxurious villas, today disputed industry from all over the world and international stars. And you can not help but imagine how much the ‘dolce vita’ was experienced in such beauty. Such as in 5 star hotels, from Villa D’Este to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, places for a luxurious holiday and vacation, imagine how they could have been in the past!
Lake Como, place of passion, literary inspiration and the heart, just that is already worth a trip to Italy!