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10 day Italy itinerary for families: Italy trip ideas you and your kids will love

10 day Italy itinerary for families with kids: nine ideas for spending 10 fantastic days in Italy with kids, perfect for first-time visitors.

Out of all the Italy travel guides for families on this website, this collection of itineraries has been the hardest to write.

Not for lack of will or ideas but rather, for the very opposite reason!

A 10 day Italy itinerary for families is one of the most requested pieces of travel advice I see on my ‘Italy with kids’ travel group on Facebook.

It is also, however, one of the hardest pieces of travel advice to give as there are literally uncountable ways to plan 10 fantastic days in Italy with kids.

kids waiting to board boat

How old are your kids? Are you happy to rent a car? What season are you going? What town are you flying into? What are your interests? Do you have must-see? Have you been before? How fast do you want to travel?

Each of these questions opens a new scenario; however, over time, I have noticed some requests and desires to come up more often than others.

I can see places like Rome, Venice, Tuscany’s rolling hills, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Cinque Terre come up over and over again.

I also see families with a remarkable willingness to travel pretty extensively during their stay, to see as much as possible in the time they have.

So today, I tried to take stock of all of this and I am sharing some suggested 10 day Italy itinerary for families that I believe make sense and can help you plan your own.

I hope they can be useful you start planning and any questions you may have, ask them in the group!

I know I speak for everyone there: we’d love to help!

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How I made these 10-day Italy itineraries for families

When drafting these itineraries, I took into account the following:

  • The desire of most first time visitors to cover a lot of ground to make the most of their time
  • The most common areas first time visitors wish to see during their trip
  • Places most enjoyable with kids / for kids
  • Actual connections between places: If I recommend a day trip from A to B by train, this is becasue a train connection is avaiable (at the time of writing at least), they are not just ‘for inspiration’
  • Practical travel time between places, so you are not on the go all the time
  • The need for families with small kids to minimize the number of accommodation changes
  • Down time for kids / possible jet lag on arrival: in most cases (not all), I have not foreseen driving on arrival.
Small girl jumping for joy in Tuscany with rolling hills backdrop and traditional stone house

If you find these itineraries too tiring, do not despair.

There are plenty of slower ways to visit Italy.

Each of the area mentioned in this article, for instance, can easily be your home for ten full days and offer endless opportunities for fun and relaxation.

Italy does slow travel remarkably well!

If you want to learn more about a specific area, you can find additional info as follows:

two kids in front of Rome Colosseum

How to use these 10 days Italy itinerary for families

You can use these family itineraries in Italy in several ways.

If you find one you like, you can follow our exact schedule – at the end of this article, you find specific guides to each city/area to help you plan the details

You can use any of these as a basis to craft your own.

In this case, I highly recommend you resist the temptation to cram in a lot more – these itineraries are pretty full-on, so if we haven’t added an extra stop, chances are it would be too much.

That said, each family is different so if you have the energy to do more, that is sure possible!

For each main city, I have written down some of the most important landmarks you can see each day: this is just to give a sense of what you can do with the time available.

You will find complete city guides for families at the end of this post or you can use these quick links:

Venice with kids | Florence with kids | Rome with kids | Milan with kids

10 days in Italy with kids -itinerary ideas

Family itinerary one: 10 day Italy highlights by train

This is a good 10-day itinerary for families in Italy to see the most famous cities and the famous rolling hills of Tuscany.

HighlightsVenice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome.
FeelMostly cities
Mean of transportTrain

Day 1 – Arrival in Venice, settle, short stroll and dinner

Day 2 – Venice San Marco/Canal Grande/ City highlights area

Day 3 – Venice Santa Maria Formosa (option of kids treasure hunt) and Burano/Murano (otion of glasswork workshop for kids)

Day 4 – Train to Florence (2.5h), settle and stroll

Day 5 – Florence Duomo, Oltrarno, Piazzale Michelangelo: option of kids treasure hunt tour

Day 6 – Day trip to San Gimignano (bus) or Lucca or Pisa (train)

Day 7 – Morning in Florence, afternoon train to Rome (1.5h), settle and dinner

Day 8 – Rome Colosseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain – option of kids’ tours with treasure hunt

Day 9 – Vatican and Piazza Navona – option of kids tour with treasure hunt

Day 10 – Pantheon stroll and fly back

Our family in Venice

Family itinerary two: 10 day Italy highlights by car and train

This itinerary mixes train and car travel and it is perfect if you want to see Italy’s main art cities and some downtime in the Tuscany countryside.

HighlightsVenice, Tuscany Countryside, Rome
FeelCities, country stay
Mean of TransportCar and Train

Day 1 – Arrival in Venice, settle, short stroll and dinner

Day 2 – Venice San Marco and city center

Day 3 – Venice Santa Maria Formosa (option of kids treasure hunt) and Burano/Murano (option of kids glasswork workshop)

Day 4 – Car to Tuscany, option of lunch in Ferrara, settle in agriturismo (3-4h by car depending on exact agriturismo chosen)

Day 5 – Half day agriturismo, option of half day San Gimignano. Option of kids activity in agriturismo

Day 6 – Half day agriturismo, option of half day san Siena. Option of kids activity in agriturismo

Day 7 – Drop car in Florence, option Florence city center walk, train to Rome (1.5h) OR drive to Rome

Day 8 – Rome Colosseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain – option of family tours

Day 9 – Vatican and Piazza Navona – option of family tours

Day 10 – Pantheon stroll and fly back

vineyard in Tuscany with hilltop town as a backdrop

Family itinerary three: 10 day Italy north to south

This itinerary covers areas in parts of Italy pretty far from each other. It caters mostly to people who have both Venice and Amalfi Coast on their wish list.

HighlightsVenice, Florence OR Rome, Amalfi Coast
FeelCities, coast
Mean of TransportTrain

Day 1 – Arrival in Venice, settle, short stroll and dinner

Day 2 – Venice San Marco and city center

Day 3 – Day 3 – Venice Santa Maria Formosa (option of kids treasure hunt) and Burano/Murano (option of kids glasswork workshop)

Day 4 – Train to Florence (2.5h), settle and stroll

Day 5 – Florence Duomo, Oltrarno, Piazzale Michelangelo – option of kids treasure hunt tour

Day 6 – Day trip to San Gimignano (bus) or Lucca. Option to cycle on Lucca’s city walls.

Day 7 – Train Florence to Salerno (3.5h) and ferry to Amalfi coast town (30+ mins, depending on exact town chosen)

Day 8 – Slow day on Amalfi coast – option of ferry tour / family walk between towns

Day 9 – Slow day on Amalfi Coast

Day 10 – Transport back to Naples (duration depends on specific town chosen) and fly back

This itinerary also works by swapping Florence and San Gimignano/Lucca with Rome.

view of amalfi town from the sea

Family itinerary four: 10 day Rome, Tuscany and Cinque Terre by car and train

This is a lovely itinerary for families who want to mix Rome with country and coastal areas.

HighlightsRome, Siena and Tuscany Countryside, Cinque Terre
FeelCities, country, colorful coastal villages, short hikes
Mean of TransportCar and Train

Day 1 – Arrival in Rome, settle and dinner

Day 2 – Rome Colosseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain – option of kids’ tours

Day 3 – Vatican and Piazza Navona – option of kids tours

Day 4 – Car to Siena area (2h+, depending on exact location) and dinner in agriturismo

Day 5 – Half day agriturismo, half day San Gimignano. Option of kids activity in agriturismo

Day 6 – Half day agriturismo, half day Siena. Option of kids activity in agriturismo

Day 7 – Car + train to Cinque Terre (3.5h approx).  Settle and stroll. Night in Cinque Terre

Day 8 – Full day in Cinque Terre – village sightseeing, playground, beach in Monterosso

Day 9 – Cinque Terre to or Milan by train (3h), explore

Day 10 – Stroll in Milan and fly back  

Top tip! If you don’t mind skipping Rome, this itinerary also works very well without it. In that case, I recommend you fly into Florence or Genova and swap the days in Rome with additional time on Cinque Terre.

Camogli Italy: colorful town on Italian coast

Family itinerary five: 10 day Rome and Tuscany slow travel

A great family itinerary to slow down in the countryside and in Italy’s super relaxing hot springs.

HighlightsRome, Tuscany countryside, hot spring
FeelSlow travel, country stay
Mean of TransportCar

Day 1 – Arrival in Rome, settle and dinner

Day 2 – Golf cart tour or city center stroll

Day 3 – Rome Colosseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain – option of kid-friendly tours

Day 4 – Vatican and Piazza Navona – option of kid friendly tours

Day 5 – Car to Montepulciano (2h), day and dinner in agriturismo

Day 6 – Half day agriturismo, half day Pienza Option of activity in agriturismo

Day 7 – Day trip to Siena

Day 8 – Day trip to San Quirico d’orcia and Bagno Vignoni. Option of thermal baths.

Day 9 – Drive to Rome (2h) via Pitigliano and Saturnia. Option of free hot springs.

Day 10 – Night in Rome and fly back

vineyard in Tuscany with hilltop town as a backdrop

Family itinerary 6: 10 day Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast

This 10 day itinerary in Italy is perfect if the Amalfi Coast and its wonderful nature and towns are on your wishlist.

HighlightsRome, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast
FeelBig city, coastal towns, UNESCO sites
Mean of TransportTrain / Ferry

Day 1 – Arrival in Rome, settle and dinner

Day 2 – City center stroll, option of golf cart tour

Day 3 – Rome Colosseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain – option of kids’ tours

Day 4 – Vatican and Piazza Navona – option of kids’ tours

Day 5 – Train to Sorrento (2.5h) and settle

Day 6 – Slow day in Sorrento

Day 7 – Day trip to Pompeii

Day 8 – Day trip to Capri

Day 9 – Day trip to Amalfi coast town of choice

Day 10 – Transport to Naples airport (1h) and fly home

Top Tip: if you have already seen Rome, you can easily swap it with Naples. This will reduce travel time, allow you to see a stunning city (Naples is so underrated!) and visit additional islands such as Procida.

Colorful houses of Procida island from the sea

Family itinerary seven: 10 day Venice and Lake Garda

This itinerary is ideal for families with kids who love to be active outdoors and enjoy a mic of nature, village exploring and theme parks.

HighlightsVenice, Lake Garda
FeelCity, outdoor vacation
Mean of TransportTrain or car

Day 1 – Arrival in Venice

Day 2 – One day In Venice San Marco/City center

Day 3 – One more day in Venice: option of a treasure hunt for kids then visit to Burano/Murano (option of kids’ glasswork workshop)

Day 4 – Train to Verona (1.5h), explore Verona stay the night

Day 5 – Train/bus to Lake Garda (30mins or more, depending on exact location)

Day 6 – Lake Garda (Sirmione, Desenzano)

Day 7 – Lake Garda (Adventure park, Gardaland)

Day 8 – Lake garda lake cruise

Day 9 – Train to Venice (1.5h or more depending on starting point)

Day 10 – Explore Venice Option of Accademia, mask painting workshop, maze visit)  and fly back

Riva del Garda

Italy family itinerary eight: 10 day Venice and Dolomites

This itinerary is specific for mountain lovers and lovers of the outdoors.

HighlightsVenice, Dolomites
FeelCity, Hiking Vacation
Mean of TransportCar

Day 1 – Arrival in Venice

Day 2 – One day In Venice San Marco

Day 3 – One day in Venice and Burano

Day 4 – Car to San Candido (3h)

Day 5 – Local exploration

Day 6 – Lake Braies

Day 7 – Three peaks of Lavaredo

Day 8 – Lake Dobbiaco

Day 9 – Car back to Venice (3h)

Day 10 – Explore Venice  and fly back

Lake Braies Dolomites

Italy family itinerary nine: 10 day southern Italy itinerary

This itinerary is perfect for families who want don’t mind driving and want to mix visits to small villages, Unesco sites and time on the coast.

HighlightsAlberobello, Matera, Paestum
FeelSmall villages, beaches, UNESCO sites
Mean of TransportCar

Day 1 – Arrival in Naples, car to Trani (2.5h)

Day 2 – Trani vist and playground, visit to UNESCO Castel del Monte

Day 3 – Car to Alberobello (1.5h), explore Alberobello and Locorotondo, option to sleep in Alberobello’s trullo

Day 4 – Day trip to Martina Franca, the ‘white city’ 

Day 5 – Drive to Matera (1h), settle and stroll the top part of the city.

Day 6 – Matera: walk around Sasso Caveoso, visit to Casa Grotta, visit Santa Maria de Idris rupestrian church

Day 7 – Matera: visit to the city National museum, walks around Sasso Barisano, stop at Miniature Sassi

Day 8 – Drive to Paestum (2.5h), visit to Paestum archaeological site, then Rome (3.5h) or Naples (1.5h)

Day 9 – One day in Rome (Ex. Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain) or Naples (Ex. Lungomare and Castel dell’Ovo and Naples archaeological museum/ Subterranean Naples and San Gregorio Armeno).

Day 10 – Explore city and fly back

alberobello street with trulli

Family travel resources for 10 planning 10 days in Italy with kids

Family Guide to Venice with kids

Family guide to Florence with kids

Family guide to Rome with kids

Family guide to Tuscany with kids

Family guide to Cinque Terre with kids

Family guide to Amalfi Coast with kids

Family guide to the Dolomites with kids

Family guide to Lake Garda with kids

Family guide to Puglia with kids

I hope you enjoyed these ideas for spending ten days in Italy with kids and they helped you kickstart your vacation planning. Safe travels!

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Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.