Spaghettis, pizzas, arancini and even cannoli, Italian gastronomy needs no introduction. Sometimes sweet, sometimes salty, it pleases adults and children alike and can be adapted to any taste. Often imitated but never equalled, these specialities are even better under the Italian sun. Here are some of our TOP 3 of the best addresses all over the Peninsula to rediscover the « vera cucina italiana ».
Our journey begins in Rome, the country’s nerve centre and the ideal destination for a family city trip. Children love the stories of gladiatorial battles on the Colosseum tour. Parents marvel at Michelangelo’s famous Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel. Together, we throw a coin into the majestic Trevi Fountain, not forgetting to make a wish!
All these adventures, it gives you an appetite! At dinner time, we gather around one of the charming tables of the Pipero, a restaurant well known to Italian gastronomes and awarded a Michelin star. Its high quality and top-of-the-range service nevertheless make it a choice address for children, who enjoy pasta alla carbonara, the restaurant’s speciality and renowned as the best in the capital.
A busy day means a good night’s sleep. They are spent at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese, a splendid 5-star hotel in the heart of Rome. It is a delight for children, who receive a welcome gift as soon as they arrive. Parents are not to be outdone and enjoy the fabulous spa accommodation. In summer, we all cool off together in the outdoor pool. In winter, you can stroll through Borghese Park, one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces, home to the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Let’s go to Florence now. A privileged destination for art history buffs, the city is also renowned for its gastronomy. On a trip to the Tuscan capital, you should visit the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Brunelleschi’s breathtaking work, the Galleria Degli Uffizi, where you can admire Botticelli’s emblematic Spring and Ponte Vecchio, once the landmark of Florentine jewellers, among others.
L’Ortone, a renowned trattoria far from the tourist influx, is recommended by Little Guest for its warm atmosphere and excellent food. Florentine specialities such as spinach ravioli with ricotta in the first course, and baccalà, a fish-based dish with leek and fennel in the second. The little ones choose what they want to satisfy their appetite within the children’s menu specially dedicated to them.
To find accommodation, you can choose the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. This listed palazzo built in the 15th century is a real museum, decorated with frescos and art objects. It is equipped with luxurious facilities such as a spa with a sauna and hammam and a heated outdoor swimming pool. For the toddlers, a playground is provided as well as a kids’ club where children learn to customize T-shirts and cook delicious pizzas.
Northern Italy is very popular with families because of its breathtaking mountainous landscapes. The alpine valley of Valsesia attracts skiers in winter and hikers in summer. Ideal for families: the glaciological path of the Alta Valsesia Natural Park, which traces the geological history of the region.
To taste the delicious Piedmontese specialities, visit the Montagna di Luce. This authentic inn with its typical mountain atmosphere serves traditional cuisine, appreciated by young and old alike. We particularly like its homemade fresh pasta and polenta, which comes in all flavours: butter and sage, mushrooms, sausage or deer stew.
The prestigious landmark of hikers and skiers in Valsesia is, of course, the Mirtillo Rosso Family Hotel. Warm and intimate, it welcomes families throughout the seasons and offers them high-quality services: private ski lessons in the Monterosa resort in winter walks in the heart of nature all year round. Its main asset is undoubtedly its kids’ club, which organizes daily recreational and recreational activities for children from 4 to 10 years old.
Vic, 25 years old, globetrotter passionate about literature, from Liege, Belgium