Sometimes, you need to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of life and just relax and take a nice break from worrying about work or other commitments.
If you are planning a trip with a child, you will likely need to plan around the child’s needs and interests to ensure that they enjoy their time as well. After all, if you’ve chosen to bring them, then it’s their vacation, too, so including time or planning excursions with things that they would enjoy will make the trip even more exciting for everyone.
A child is never too young to begin exploring other cultures, and Italy can be the perfect location to start their international travel, especially if they’re an artistic child.
Italy is home to several locations of renown in regards to their impact on the artistic world, from the Sistine Chapel to the ruins of Ancient Rome and Pompeii with its preserved frescoes.
It can be difficult to decide which city to stay in, but, thanks to improvements in national railways and travel between different regions, it’s entirely possible to visit every city you want to, given enough time.
Any list about the artistic world of Italy would be incomplete without mentioning Rome.
The entire city is a breathing art museum (although there are several actual museums available to visit as well) with statues from ancient times scattered about the city and architecture from every era of civilization present in some way.
It’s impossible to walk a block in the city without breathing in some piece of history. It should also satisfy any need for a more urban experience if you happen to need that itch scratched.
The entire stay in Rome doesn’t have to be dedicated to an appreciation for the arts, since even some more touristy experiences can be great photo opportunities if your child is a budding photographer.
It’s a great city to try out some authentic cuisine from the region and get some real deal pizza. Of course, since it’s such a heavily visited city, there are also restaurants that will serve more American tastes as well, so you don’t have to worry if your future Picasso happens to also be a picky eater.
This destination will satisfy any history buff and could be an exciting experience for any young artist. The volcanic ash that rained down on Pompeii in ancient times preserved a lot of the paint that was used to make murals and frescoes on the walls.
You can see accurate depictions of everyday life and what was popular at the time. It could be an amazing lesson about not only learning the art style of a culture but also learning about different subjects in those periods of time.
Visiting these ruins can also show how things haven’t changed much in the hundreds of years after the explosion, since there are still ruins in the city that show people wrote their name and “was here” in public restrooms. The human race is nothing if not consistent.
This is the spot to take any artist with a love of the Renaissance. It was the center of the Renaissance, and many of the major artworks that were produced during that period, such as the statue of David, are housed in the city.
As home to dozens of cathedrals with phenomenal and awe-inspiring architecture, it’s also the perfect stop for any artist whose interests lie in architecture instead of on a canvas.
If you ever tire of walking around the city to see the sights, you can always take a short trip to the countryside where they offer a spa to rest your bones from all of that walking. You can visit the Boboli Gardens, which are an amazing botanical experience and offer insights as to what a talented landscaper can do to a patch of land.
If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, as opposed to Rome and Florence, then Trieste might be the perfect location for you. Not many people know about it, but it’s quickly becoming an amazing, upcoming vacation destination thanks to its amazing placement on the northeastern shore of the country and ancient locales that have been preserved against the test of time.
If you have a thespian in the family, then they’ll love exploring the ancient theater where speeches would be given or theatrical performances put on for all of the people of the city.
Mosaics give a look into another art form that visual artists can study and learn from.
The food scene is also amazing for any aspiring culinarians, with a mishmash of cultures coming together to make a taste that’s completely unique and an experience you’ll especially appreciate if you’re into fusion eats.
If your artist is a budding fashion designer, then this is the destination for them. It’s one of the fashion capitals of the world, where dozens of fashion shows attract the eyes and attention of the world.
It also happens to be where da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, is housed, so be sure to snag tickets as soon as you can for that attraction! Your visit will be brief for the time you spent hunting those tickets down, but it’s entirely worth it.
If you have the time and money to spare, try to catch a performance at the Teatro alla Scala, a famous opera house in the city. The arts are so broad and expansive in their reach that maybe your little artist will fall in love with the idea of set design, as it’s some of the most amazing in the world.
Or maybe you’ll just get to listen to your little one try opera out for the next few weeks. Just remember that you love them, and it’s totally worth it.
Now Plan that Trip
Even if you don’t knock this trip out of the water, you tried your best, and they’ll appreciate that.
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Traveling with a child can be stressful, but it’s completely worth it once you see your little artist’s eyes light up. So, get out there and explore!