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Best of Italy by the sea. 7 picks with kids or without

Italian coast is a glorious destination with kids or without and here are our favourite bits and pieces over the years. And in case you wonder – about half of our friends are Italian. And over the years, that translated in many travels to and around Italy, lots of joyous occasions we celebrated together and knowing well most of those gorgeous lands.

1. Cinque Terre – landscapes out of this world.


We stayed in Manarola in the lovely boutique hotel La Toretta. Life goes sweet and slow by these dramatic shores. Pause, breathe, observe : fishermen, cats, locals hanging freshly washed clothes to dry in the sun.


From Manarola we explored Romagiore by foot on Via dell’ Amore  – name says it all. Cliffs, vineyards and sea – all magic.


2. Tremiti islands – idyllic archipelago in the Adriatic.


We sailed from Termoli for 3 days, indulging in crystal clear waters.

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It’s been quite a memorable adventure, where our captain almost lost our boat in a stormy night and all boys had to chip in. The islands have volcanic origins, are tiny but lush and rich in history.

Luckily no kids involved, just lots of prossecco bottles during and after to heal the trauma 😉

3. Liguria – we love the convenience of short flight to Genova, the charming Santa Margherita de Liguria, the authentic and rustique Camogli, and the posh Portofino.

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Liguria we have been with kids and without, both occasions stayed in Rapallo.


Without the kids we opted for the gorgeous hotel Bristol.


With a baby we found Airbnb flat with a large terrace more relaxing and convenient.


4. Amalfi. South of Naples has the most dramatic and stunning living on the edge scenary:  terraced pastel-hued villages, steep hillsides, turquoise waters and luxuriant gardens.


We went with a 6 weeks old baby and stayed in the beautiful boutique hotel Villa Gianlica in Praiano. We spent a week exploring Positano, Amalfi, hidden walks and trecks, rocks, sea, vineyards, lemon and olive trees orchards – bliss.


Also from Naples 2017 discovery has been  5. Procida. Much quieter and unspoilt than Costiera Amalfitana, Procida appeals to travellers looking for gems.

6. Ischia – another treasure in the Naples bay, we wrote about in here.  Many reason to fall in love with this island, but for our kids and us the warm local hospitality at Ischia Dream VisionCastello Aragonese  and Negombo made it very very special.


7. Sicily. We loved sailing with friends in crystal clear waters, explore steep cliffs, beaches, little bays and indulge in Sicilian regional food to die for.


Trapani is on the less known &  touristy side. To us with local friends felt like paradise.

Trapani makes also a great pied a terre to explore Palermo and kilometres of Zingaro nature park,  where wild nature meets the sea.


Ciao belle spiagge, ci rivedremo presto !



29 comments on “Best of Italy by the sea. 7 picks with kids or without

  1. Zen Babytravel
    October 21, 2017

    Country Kids

  2. Zen Babytravel
    October 21, 2017
    Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
  3. Coombe Mill
    October 21, 2017

    I can see how Italy keeps you returning, you clearly have a special bond with the place and have stayed in some beautiful looking areas. Even more impressive that you have managed to catch up with your favourite places even with a young family. I love all the colourful houses and of course the warm sea, though I couldn’t do 3 days on a boat, even without the storms! A lovely read that makes me want to visit.

    Thank you for sharing on #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 21, 2017

      Pleasure Fiona! A very special bond indeed and have to admit Italians are so warm and kind with kids and babies that often we didn’t care about the less than perfect setting i.e. lots of stairs with pram, no highchairs and so on 😉 That boat trip was quite an adventure, all 8 of us have kids now and we reckon it’s a great (and scary) bedtime story…

  4. Zen Babytravel
    October 21, 2017
    The Places We Will Go
  5. Laura - Autumn's Mummy
    October 22, 2017

    Wow, it looks so beautiful! I dream of sea and sky that blue when we get to this time of the year. #CountryKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 22, 2017

      Likewise! This October in London is sooo cold already and windy, we are sooo looking forward to going back to milder weather. Have a great October half term and fingers crossed, the week is meant to get better 😉

  6. Digital Motherhood
    October 22, 2017

    I’ve never been to Italy but the Amalfi coast is on my list! #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 23, 2017

      Warmly recommending, hope you get to go soon! And make some time for Ischia as well, it’s half of the price in terms of accomodation and meals and equally stunning 😉 They have ferries from Sorento or Naples and its just about an hour 😉

  7. Keitha
    October 23, 2017

    I am amazed and impressed with all of the adventures you take your kids on. Your pics and travel stories of Italy leave me with a feeling of envy. Happy travels to you and your family on your next adventure. #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 23, 2017

      Thank you Keitha, hope you get to go soon as well and let us know if we can answer any question. There will be another series of best picks Italy inland – again we are so spoilt to have so many Italian friends. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Zen Babytravel
    October 23, 2017
    Tin Box Traveller
  9. twotinyhands
    October 26, 2017

    It’s really beautiful and we’ve been once without children and visited cirque terrer. It was amazing. I love all the coloured houses perched on The hillsides. You do well to take your little with you now. Beautiful #countrtkids

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 30, 2017

      Hehe I know, Cinque Terre is amazing and we waiting for our cheeky monkeys to grow few years to take them as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Emma Chanagasubbay
    October 26, 2017

    Oh wow what a wonderful place. Those colourful buildings are absolutely stunning and the sea looks so inviting! #countrykids

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 2, 2017

      Thank you Emma, it’s so easy November days to dream about sunny days, sea and pastel coloured villages 😉 thanks for stopping by!

  11. RawChildhood
    October 26, 2017

    This looks beautiful! I often dream of being alone on the beach with a cocktail.. When I’m 40 and my boys are older that will be me lol #kcacols

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 30, 2017

      Hehe! You just need to pick the right hotel! We just got back from Martinhal in Portugal and can’t stop raving about – will wrap up articles shortly. It’s the perfect set up to allow parents grown up time and sipping cocktails whilst kids are having a blast. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Mini Travellers
    October 31, 2017

    Gosh you have visited some beautiful places in Italy. I haven’t been for ages which is strange as before the kids we went every year for about ten years. I love it but you’ve shown me some places I haven’t been too. Thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes

    • Zen Babytravel
      October 31, 2017

      Pleasure Karen! Very lucky and thankful to all our Italian friends for dragging us so often to their wonderful childhood places. Thank you for stopping by!

  13. Emma Me and B Make Tea
    November 8, 2017

    This sounds gorgeous and I’d love to explore Italy more in the future! Always lovely to have people who know the area too! #KCACOLS

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 8, 2017

      Glad you liked the post Emma! Very lucky indeed with all our Italian friends;) Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Cassie parish
    November 9, 2017

    Fabulously gorgeous piccies. It looks so beautiful and photo perfect there. Defo add it it my list.

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 9, 2017

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by Cassie!

  15. Cassie parish
    November 9, 2017

    Ooops #KCACOLS

  16. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum
    November 10, 2017

    Oh wow I can see why you keep returning. It looks absolutely beautiful. I would love to visit one day. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 10, 2017

      Hi Tracey, hoping you get to go to Italy soon! Pleasure to link in and thanks for stopping by!

  17. ohmummymia
    November 10, 2017

    I really love Italy! We discovered Airbnb as well. It’s really comfortable when you travel with a baby Thanks for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 11, 2017

      Pleasure to link in! Airbnb has some great properties indeed for babies and kids – both my boys love discovering new toys and playing with the hosts gadgets 😉

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