Family travelers eager to see the treasures of Florence, Venice and Rome often overlook the less-visited corners of Italy. Away from the big cities and crowds, traveling families can experience the real Italy, taking part in local life instead of being surrounded by other tourists.
Northeast of Venice and bordered by Austria and Slovenia, the Friuli Venezia Giulia is perhaps best known as home of the sparkling white wine, Prosecco. But its rolling hills of vineyards are not the only attraction: Families will find charming small towns, beautiful beaches, Roman ruins and Alpine slopes.
Only two hours from Venice by train or car, Trieste looks more like an Austrian city (which it once was). A hilltop fortress and romantic seaside castle will please the kids. Small boats fill its short canal, and there’s even a Roman amphitheater to explore. Not far from the city, you can tour some of the world’s largest caves.
Along the coast between Venice and Trieste are long, sand beaches and the charming seaside town of Grado, with its canals and thermal spa. At nearby Aquileia, kids will love spotting the animals and birds in the intricate, Roman mosaic floors of the ninth-century basilica.
Lignano Sabbiadoro features a long, wide beach, and its zoo park and water park are great entertainment for young children. The peninsula is a great place for bicycling.
Inland, the small city of Udine sits in the middle of wine country, where you’ll find lovely agrotourism farms that welcome families. The walls of the castle in Udine surround a spacious park, and its Palazzo Arciviscovile boasts magnificent frescoes by Tiepolo.
There’s no reason to shiver your way through the holidays this month. Family travelers can escape to Mexico for the season with family-friendly Christmas offerings at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
As family travelers get ready for the holiday and gift-giving season, this thrilling and unique offer from SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort should be on all travelers’ radar. The new SkyBridge Michigan Flex Ticket is the perfect experience-style gift for your adventure-loving loved one.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.