When it comes to holidays to the Italian Lakes, there is a plethora of things to see and do that the whole family will enjoy. Picturesque lakeside beaches are scattered across this gorgeous region in Northern Italy, while the dramatic landscapes make for the perfect backdrop to a variety of different family-based adventures. For many, wine tours and tastings are the first things that come to mind when you imagine a getaway to this fantastic destination, however there’s an array of attractions, sights and museums that are purposely aimed to entertain and engage younger minds as well as adults. We’ve created a list of just seven of our favourite family-friendly things to do in this beautiful part of the world.
Treetop Adventures at Jungle Raider Park, Civenna
For an adrenaline-fuelled day out high in the sky, look no further than the Jungle Raider Park. This fantastic attraction allows kids to channel their inner monkey as they take on any of the many courses available, with the smaller courses suitable for children as young as three and more challenging routes accommodating for teens. There’s also an opportunity to try your hand at softair, which is similar to paintball but hurts less, and archery. A fantastic treat for all, don’t miss this opportunity for a treetop adventure!
Go on Safari at Parco Natura Viva
When it comes to entertaining children, there’s not much that rivals discovering cute and exotic animals at the local zoo or safari park. Parco Natura Viva is spread over an impressive 40 hectares of land and allows over 1,500 wild residents to roam through its spacious enclosures. Half of the park includes a drivable safari tour where you steer around zebras, cheetahs and giraffes. The park focuses on conservation and you can learn all about their efforts to protect endangered animals.
Ride Rollercoasters at Movieland
Channel your inner film star with a trip to Movieland, a theme park that is themed around film and cinema and boasts a variety of thrilling rides, live shows and movie set re-enactments. Be warned, no one in the audience is exempt from getting involved and mum, dad or anyone could soon find themselves starring in their own show. If you’re visiting during the summer, cool off from the afternoon sun with a visit to the conjoining waterpark, home to over 20 major water rides and plenty of pools to splash around in.
Go Hiking in Lake Como
While some children might need persuading that a long walk is a fun holiday activity, they’ll soon come around to the idea when they see the views that await. Distract them with a holiday treasure hunt or list of things you will see that they can cross off en route, or simply let them run ahead and enjoy the great outdoors, burning off some of that never-ending energy throughout the day. The scenery is truly awe-inspiring and makes for the perfect backdrop to some family group shots for the holiday album.
Cooking Classes and Workshops
Italy is a nation renowned for its culinary delights and no holiday to the country is complete without indulging in some of its fine cuisine. There are various restaurants and producers in the Italian Lakes that offer pizza-making work shops where the whole family will learn to make one of the world’s favourite dishes like a true Italian. There are also various gelato making and tasting workshops to check out, and these activities are perfect for when the weather is not quite so desirable during your time away.
Ride a Cable Car
The mountainous nature of this beautiful region in Italy means that cable cars can be found in abundance and provide a short cut to higher grounds where you can enjoy scenic walks and unrivalled views in every direction. Aside from breath-taking views, some cable cars in the region lead to yet more thrilling activities, including alpine coasters and a two-man bobsleigh that reaches speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour. Do some research about the cable cars close to your luxury holiday villas in Italy.
As you might expect, there is no shortage of fantastic lakes in this region of Italy, providing a variety of opportunities for wild swimming. Get back to nature and head to one of the many fabulous lake beaches to relax in the sun and have a splash in the cool, azure waters for a refreshing break from the Italian sun. Whether you opt for a snorkel around the beautiful natural settings, a relaxing swim or just a paddle, children and adults alike will love the adventurous nature of the great outdoors.
That concludes our list of the best family-friendly activities to check out during your holiday of a lifetime to the Italian Lakes. For more inspiration on staying in this beautiful part of the world, check out our recent blog post, Facts about the Italian Lakes. If you’d like any more information about the best villas or locations for families, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team here at Quality Villas, who would be more than happy to talk about your preferences.
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