Family Travel in Italy

Italy was the first stop of our family travel through Europe this summer. We spent eighteen days traveling through the three most popular tourist destinations in Italy: Rome, Florence, and Venice.

We loved everything about Italy including the weather, food, people, and culture. It’s difficult to sum up how our time was spent there, so I’ve put together a photo essay to give everyone an idea of what it’s really like to travel with two young kids through Italy. Enjoy!

Rome

Piazza Venezia was incredible to see. Absolutely stunning.

Piazza Venezia was incredible to see. Absolutely stunning.

At the Arch of Constantine between the Colosseum and Roman Forum

At the Arch of Constantine between the Colosseum and Roman Forum

The Trevi Fountain was under construction, but we still threw coins in anyway.

The Trevi Fountain was under construction, but we still threw coins in anyway.

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It was Republic Day on our first full day in Italy and jets flew by with green, red, and white smoke in the sky.

The Vatican Museum: beautiful, ornate, grand, and crowded.

The Vatican Museum: Beautiful, ornate, grand, and crowded.

The Borghese Museum: We visited on the first free Sunday. It was an amazing museum.

The Borghese Museum: We visited on the first free Sunday. It was an amazing museum.

Window shopping

Window shopping

The girls remember the gelato the most.

The girls remember the gelato the most.

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The sweetest tap/fountain water we’ve ever tasted in the world…in Rome.

Super Mommy: youngest napping in the carrier while taking a photo of the oldest.

Super Mommy: youngest napping in the carrier while taking a photo of the oldest.

Tourists at the Pantheon

Tourists at the Pantheon

Lazy morning at the nearby park

Lazy morning at the nearby park

The girls doing their homework in the morning

The girls doing their homework in the morning

Florence

Walking to the Duomo, a spectacular work of architectural art.

Walking to the Duomo, a spectacular work of architectural art.

Sisters watching the street artists

Sisters watching the street artist

Florence is a city of Renaissance art, with beautiful sculptures spread throughout the city.

Florence is a city of Renaissance art, with beautiful sculptures spread throughout the city.

The girls were troopers and walked with us for an average of six miles per day!

The girls were troopers and walked with us for an average of six miles per day!

We ate a lot of pizza in Italy.

We ate a lot of pizza in Italy.

We watched a traditional parade one afternoon.

We watched a traditional parade one afternoon.

On a day when we didn't want to do anything, we walked to the big park and found an event for the MTV Italia Awards.

On a day when we didn’t want to do anything, we walked to the big park and found an event for the MTV Italia Awards.

Playtime at a local park

Playtime at a local park

Florence was beautiful.

Florence was beautiful.

Venice

Venice was loaded with tourists, but we managed to find a small bridge without anyone else around.

Venice was loaded with tourists, but we managed to find a small bridge without anyone else around.

All stripes for our day in Venice.

All stripes for our day in Venice.

Venice was impressive.

Venice was impressive.

 

Cliff Hsia is a writer, husband, and father, who is determined to live a better than normal life by traveling the world, slowly and purposefully, with his wife and two young daughters. His writing has been featured on MSN, TODAY, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and other publications. He writes about travel, parenting, and lifestyle design.

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