1) Cogne. At the foot of the Gran Paradiso and immersed in a national park, Cogne (Ao) attracts snow and mountain enthusiasts every winter, but also many families looking for a quiet place for holidays with children.
2) Bormio. Queen of Alta Valtellina, Bormio (So) has an area that really makes all lovers of snow and white sports happy, starting with the little ones: for budding skiers there is the “Gormiti Park”, a space with the silhouettes of the characters and themed sleds. For beginners there are also the “high altitude” school camps in Bormio 2000 (very large, with equipment rental, bars and restaurants) and at Ciuk (quiet, accessible by car).
3) South Tyrolean markets. The preparations, the decorations, the tree, the Advent calendar, the letter for gifts …: Christmas is the most beautiful holiday of the year for children and living it in the mountains is a unique emotion, with the snowy landscape as a frame to savor the atmosphere.
4) Bari. Perhaps not everyone knows that the St. Nikolaus of the countries of Northern Europe, who brings gifts to children on December 6, the day dedicated to him, is actually the “Nordic version” of St. Nicholas, patron saint of Bari, lived in the 3 century. AD and from the Middle Ages he became the saint who traditionally brought sweets to orphans locked up in convents.
5) Assisi. Children study him at school and at catechism and he has always been one of the best known and most loved saints: the history and creed of St. Francis, in fact, also touches those who do not have a close relationship with the Christian religion.
6) Rome. Rome is a fascinating destination for all ages, but for children who have started studying history and getting to know its monuments in school books, seeing them live gives them a unique emotion. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain. But also a walk in Trastevere or around the Spanish Steps. Everything is an adventure in Rome.
7) Verona. City of lovers par excellence, Verona also offers interesting ideas to children. Starting from Piazza Bra, where the Arena stands out, or the Roman amphitheater “younger brother” of the Roman Colosseum, built in the 1st century AD by the Emperor Vespasian since the city was now quite large and the citizens needed a place public where to attend the shows.
8) Florence. Famous all over the world for its artistic treasures, Florence reserves a thousand opportunities for children to visit museums without getting bored but becoming passionate about art. After a city tour with stops in Piazza Duomo, Piazza Signoria, Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio, you can visit one of the countless museums with a guided tour for families organized by the museum center of Florence almost every weekend (free activities for children , only the adult pays the entrance).
9) Pisa. Pisa is not only the city of the Leaning Tower, which in any case alone is worth the trip. In Piazza dei Miracoli, where it stands next to the Duomo and the Baptistery, it is nice to embark on a journey into the wonderful world of the images of animals found on religious buildings.
10) Athens. To make children understand and appreciate the Greek history studied at school, there is nothing better than a trip to Athens (which also enjoys a temperate climate even in winter).
11) Barcelona. Although Christopher Columbus did not leave for America from Barcelona, but from Palos, the Catalan city has dedicated a monument to him located at the end of the Rambla, near the sea. In reality it is a belvedere (in fact it is called Mirador de Colom) inaugurated in 1888 on the occasion of the Universal Exposition and consisting of a column at the top of which is the statue of the navigator.
12) London. Those who have seen “The 101 Dalmatians” can retrace the itineraries of the famous Dalmatians in London together with the children: the meeting between the two dogs and their respective owners takes place at the bridge in Regent’s Park, from here you can walk to the lake, where it blossoms the love between the four legs and their masters, and beyond the hill of Primrose, from which the protagonists observe London at sunset.
13) Paris. Paris has also been the scene of numerous cartoons, and it is nice to visit it with children, exploring the places that have been the backdrop to these exciting stories. We can start with the Notre Dame Cathedral, where Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer who lives there, meets Esmeralda.
14) Berlin. A trip to Berlin offers thousands of historical insights to children. Starting with the Ishtar gate, one of the eight of Babylon (VII century BC) whose reconstruction is preserved in the Pergamon Museum, with the famous decorations of the “going lions”.
15) Tenerife. Mild temperature for 12 months a year, a few hours of flight from Italy and a good quality / price ratio. For a holiday dedicated to relaxation and nature, Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is certainly an attractive destination. An excursion not to be missed for those traveling with children is the Teide volcano (over 3000 meters), inside a national park: the Pico del Teide (the “infernal mountain”) is the highest peak in Spain.