Postcards from Italy

Italy for Kids: Step Two (Get Organized)

The academic year is officially at its halfway point, and your kids are probably already looking ahead to their summer break. Though it seems a long way off, school will be out before you know is the time to start planning for your summer vacation, especially if you've decided that this is the year for an unforgettable family trip to Italy.

Though Italy is remarkably kid-friendly, planning overseas travel to a country with a different language and culture is slightly more complicated than planning a jaunt to Disneyland, and to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons takes a bit of realistic preparation and mindful choices. A few weeks ago, we talked about
how to get your kids excited (and informed) for their upcoming departure. Here, let's talk about how to approach the “grown-up” aspects of your trip—logistics and itinerary—to maximize the fun and minimize the stress.

Edge of the World(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

From accommodations to activities, Italy can please families of any size, style, and pace. Here are a few tips and suggestions to ensure a flawless family holiday in the Bel Paese:

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Heart-warming Italian Movies for Cold Winter Nights

Temperatures have plummeted across North America (and Europe, for that matter), and the only thing anyone wants to do is curl up in front of the fire with a glass of Italian wine and a movie to match. Ok, we admit that we are partial to all things Italian, but there's no arguing against some of the best movies of the 20th century.

If you're planning a trip to Italy over the next few months, settling in to watch one of these classics will help you brush up on your Italian ahead of time, or at least hone your ear a bit. Not planning a trip? At least you can be transported by the sights and sounds of a film set in Italy!

Here are ten beloved classics old and new to keep you occupied while you wait for the world to thaw:

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