An Italian beach holiday in Grottammare

An Italian beach holiday in Grottammare

An angry man strides towards us, he’s wearing swimming trunks and a T-shirt, I’m unsure of his place in the hierarchy of the beach but he gives off an air of authority. He castigates us…

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Wild flowers of Sicily

Wild flowers of Sicily

Have you seen the wild flowers of Sicily in springtime? I’m writing this in January and we’re right in the middle of winter. But I can already see the shoots of flowers poking through the…

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Visiting Rome in the summer with kids

Visiting Rome in the summer with kids

Would you visit Rome in the summer with kids? It’s hot, it’s packed with tourists and most sane Romans have skipped town in favour of the coast. So it’s not a sensible place for a…

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Le Marche holiday in Italy: reasons to visit with kids

Le Marche holiday in Italy: reasons to …

Le Marche holiday in Italy: 10 reasons to take the family We spent a fantastic week in the region of Le Marche, Italy with our children this summer, staying in a villa in the countryside…

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Our guided tour of Mount Etna: visiting an active volcano

Our guided tour of Mount Etna: visiting …

  Have you ever considered taking a guided tour of Mount Etna? Volcanoes have all the elements you need to engage children’s imagination: smoke, fire and huge scale destruction. As geography lessons go, volcanoes take some beating. With this in…

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Le Marche villa holiday in Italy: a review

Le Marche villa holiday in Italy: a …

This summer, we enjoyed a villa holiday in Le Marche, a region which stubbornly remains off the radar to most non-Italian holidaymakers in spite of it offering everything a family could wish for from a…

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Frascati: the perfect summer base for Rome

Frascati: the perfect summer base for Rome

Rome is hot in the summer and I didn’t think I’d ever willingly choose to pay it a visit at the end of July. However, flight prices to our chosen summer holiday destination of Le…

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Things to do in Syracuse Sicily with kids

Things to do in Syracuse Sicily with …

Things to do in Syracuse, Sicily with kids Syracuse (or Siracusa in Italian), on the east coast of Sicily, is ideal for a city break, with or without kids. It’s just an hour’s drive south…

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Farm holidays in Italy: why stay on an agriturismo?

Farm holidays in Italy: why stay on …

Farm holidays in Italy: why an agriturismo is perfect for families An “agriturismo” is an Italian farm which offers accommodation to guests. I have taken several farm holidays in Italy over the last twenty or…

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Sicily road trip with kids: family holiday highlights

Sicily road trip with kids: family holiday …

Sicily road trip with kids Why take a Sicily road trip with kids? One of my favourite regions of Italy, Sicily has all the important elements for a great holiday with children: amazing food, welcoming…

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