Italian Villa Experiences

Jane Black is a director of Italian Villa Vacations. She travels regularly to Italy for business and is fortunate enough to be able to take her children with her. Jane was kind enough to share some of her Italian travel experiences with us.

Four years ago we travelled to Italy with our 7 month old baby Bella and we found the entire experience exhausting and over whelming. We travelled from North to South very quickly, staying in different hotel rooms along the way. We felt we didn’t really get the chance to experience the places we stayed in very well, as we tried to see too much in too little time.

Having learned from this mistake, we then returned to Italy a few years later with our 2 children. This time we opted to stay in each region/place for at least 5 nights or a week so we could enjoy the food, people, and places of one region, as opposed to staying one night here and one night there.

With young children we felt it important to have good facilities and space everywhere we stayed, so we choose villa style accommodation. Staying in a villa allowed us to shop at the local markets, cook in our own kitchen, have a garden and pool for the kids entertainment, and then as evening came we could put the kids to bed, and enjoy our glass of local wine outside whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside.

We rented a car and would set one destination each day which would not stress us out, or the children. Our villa (La Novellina) was located between Florence and Sienna. We managed easy day trips to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Sanginminginao, and Sienna. We would generally get an early start to the day, and be back at the villa around 2pm or 3pm for some rest time.


Sometimes we made it out to the local little restaurants for an early meal at night, however most of the time we were happy to eat in. We travelled in September which was a lovely time of year (not too crowed but still very warm).

We then drove to the Northern Lakes district and spent a week exploring the delightful little towns of Lake Maggiore. Once again we rented a charming villa with a garden which offered good cooking facilities and space for the children along with all the other extra things such as cots, high chairs, DVD players, internet, books, games etc.

We have wonderful memories from Tuscany and Lake Maggiore, and highly recommend this style of travelling with children.

Thanks for sharing your story Jane, we look forward to hearing more about your future trips to Italy with your children - TWT has a large portfolio of family friendly villas throughout Italy. Upon request extra services are available such as a chef, a nanny, a driver etc. Depending on the age of the children and the length of the trip, Italian Villa Vacations can offer some sound advice as to the most appropriate accommodation for your individual needs.