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Italian island hopping with kids: innamorati di Procida & Ischia

Island hopping holidays with 2 kids under 4? What a funny idea, right?

A week and a full blast and immersion into the local pace & life, fruit and food shopping at the markets and small shops, dining and wining with the locals, celebrating with our friends gorgeous marriage, sailing, playing with the locals and picking up & brushing up on Italian.

No luxury hotels this time around, no kidsclubs and other convenient facilities, but blending into the islands life, beautiful and authentic.

In Procida on a couple of occasions we have been told we could pay later both our fruits (2 Euros) and our sailing boat (100 Euros!) – the kind of trust I have seen in my childhood.

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In both Ischia and Procida locking doors seems rather optional. And in Procida, when by mistake I got into a local property rather than the hotel where the wedding was taking place, the owner greeted me and my 4 years old offering to show my child the swing in his court and the fruit.

The kids get genuinely so much attention. R & E have been spoilt and never frown upon when shouting (E got his last 2 teeth on this holiday so he spent quite a bit of time biting table corners, crunching plastic water bottles and shouting at us). R spent hours in Ischia playing with our host eldest son, ‘pesting’ him in the swimming pool, by the couch, by the football table and various toys. Speaking Italian seemed to be entirely optional; R has been determined to make his intentions known in French, Romanian and English – smartly picking up as much Italian as he could. 7 years difference also not a problem to him and I remain eternally grateful to a patient Vittorio who also seemed to enjoy the company of a funny almost 4 years old.

We indulged so much in local restaurants – lunch by the sea with the locals at Vivara and Da Girone in Procida. Quite few rules with kitchen opening up precisely 12:30 and closing 3pm, but the food is simply too good to get annoyed with their lack of flexibility for seating or hours. So we kept going back, enjoying delicious unpretentious seafood pasta, salads including the local lemon salad speciality, fresh fish and so on. In Ischia we also feasted on the local pasticceria specialities, arancini and Neapolitan panini included, pizza Margherita to be made in front of your eyes in 3 minutes and at an astonishing cost of 3 Euros.

With our lovely nanny coming along for the marriage to babysit the kids in the evening, we also managed 3 nights out by ourselves and with friends, so the delights and joys have been of all sorts and now exhaustion is completed.

Ready to be back to the office ‘sedentary’ life of 10 hours in Canary Wharf and 2 hours of solitary commuting, rather uninterrupted in my thoughts! After 7 days of sun and over 30 degrees our skins could also use a break, so bring on June grey London skies and the 18 degrees. Let’s see for how long though !

12 comments on “Italian island hopping with kids: innamorati di Procida & Ischia

  1. daisythebus
    July 2, 2017

    “No luxury hotels this time around, no kidsclubs and other convenient facilities, but blending into the islands life, beautiful and authentic.”

    Wonderful. This is my idea of travelling, too. I love the way that you took yourself somewhere “foreign” for a week and made it yours. A beautiful trip – thanks for sharing this! #FearlessFamTrav

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 3, 2017

      Thank you guys! There will be more stories from Ischia and Procida coming shortly 😉

  2. Wandermust mummy
    July 2, 2017

    Island hopping in Italy is my idea of heaven! #fearlessfamtrav

  3. Rivaria
    July 3, 2017

    Beautiful & full enjoyment Trip, Ischia and Procida enjoying the trip with parents.

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 3, 2017

      Thank you for stopping by! We love Mexico and would love to return San Pancho included & with the kids 😉 Greetings from London!

  4. Beautiful photos!! I would love to go there now..! Ischia is a fab place in Italy. Great blog!

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 4, 2017

      Thank you, Ischia has been such a revelation for us as well! And the cuisine is yum!

  5. Esther
    July 17, 2017

    Gah, this looks absolutely blissful. I haven’t properly visited Italy in years and your posts simply makes me want to pack my bags! I am visit Bologna this summer and really can’t wait.
    #WeekendWanderlust

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 23, 2017

      Hey Esther! Yes we all are still talking about Italy and these 2 magic islands! Enjoy Bologna and keep us posted!

  6. Cultural Wednesday
    July 23, 2017

    This sounds ideal, I love both Italy and islands! # GetGone

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 23, 2017

      Highly recommended ! But we are suffering from the holiday withdrawals 😉

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