- Stay in luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout.
- Personal tour guides with insider know-how.
- A private boat trip along the Amalfi Coast.
- Painting carnival masks in Venice.
- Training to be a gladiator in Rome.
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Traversing Venice, Rome and the Amalfi coast, this suitable for all ages Grand Tour caters specially for mini Smiths as well as their parents – so you’ll never have a bored brood on your hands.
Anything mentioned in this five-star family holiday in Italy can be tailored for a perfect fit. Child-friendly extras include extra gladiator lessons, a gondola trip, a picnic here and there: almost anything (bar sparring with real lions…) is possible.
This nine-night trip is £13,596 for a family of four (approximately US$16,853), based on two adults and two children travelling.
To kick off your trip, contact the Smith24 team around the clock on:
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK,
+1 800 464 2040 from the US.
When to go
It’s best to visit Italy in late spring, when the days are balmy and the crowds disperse. In July and August, the rising mercury will make sightseeing heavy-going, especially for little ones.
Most major airlines run frequent flights to and from Venice Marco Polo Airport, the starting point for your trip. Inland travel is by air-conditioned car – with a private, English-speaking driver – or train. On departure, your driver will drop you off at either Naples International or Rome Fiumicino for your flight home.
The city of gondolas, glittering canals and the Gritti Palace: Venice is just as peachy as it’s signature cocktail, the bellini, would suggest. On arrival, you’ll be whisked by private water taxi to the city-central I Qs hotel for a three-night stay.
Perfect for families, I Qs is more a collection of lavish serviced apartments than a hotel: your two-bedroom suite has a separate room for children and sweeping views of the canals. For even more privacy, it also has twin bathrooms.
Smith Extra A bottle of prosecco and Venetian biscuits in your room on arrival
Day 1: Spend your first afternoon settling in at the hotel and whipping up a classic Venetian supper in your private kitchen. Little ones (and perhaps their older counterparts) will need an early night before tomorrow’s adventures…
Day 2: Children can discover the Greats (Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese) via a treasure hunt, either on the cobbled streets or in renowned museum the Accademia. Parents can join in, or leave wee ones in the capable hands of the guide while they sneak off for lunch in privato. In the afternoon, artists-to-be (and paintbrush-happy parents) can indulge their creative streak at a Venetian Carnival mask-making class, run by professional craftsmen.
Day 3: Tour Venice’s surrounding isles in a private gondola – yours for the day, along with a guide. Pick up glassware in Murano and hand-woven lacy things in Burano. Artisans demonstrate traditional techniques on workshop tours and create custom pieces as you wish.
Day 4: Spend your last morning in Venice exploring the city like locals: hire a private gondola – or hop on the public vaporetto – and take to the canals. Then, it’ll be time to hop in your chauffered car and head to the station to catch your train to Rome.
Arrive in the Eternal City after a four-hour train ride from Venice. A private car will whisk you to child-friendly Palazzo Scanderbeg, an elegant, historic residence fitted with modern, apartment-style suites.
It’s film star-style service all the way at Palazzo Scanderbeg, the imposing former home of a 15th-century nobleman – now yours for the next three days. Your spacious, private apartment has its own kitchen and balcony, and a butler to wait on you round the clock. Parents get a little privacy too, with separate bedrooms and bathrooms.
Smith Extra A bottle of wine on arrival
Day 4: You’ll have a free afternoon when you arrive, leaving you to get acquainted with Italy’s capital. Little and large Smiths alike will enjoy easing themselves into Roman life with a gelato (or two…).
Day 5: You’ll have some spare time this morning too, so you can finish off any ice-cream taste-tests you’ve been working on. Alternatively, get the Pope treatment with a private, guided tour around the Vatican. In the afternoon, you’ll learn to make pizzas and mix ice-cream yourself in a private masterclass.
Day 6: Unearth Roman history with a private tour of the ancient sights: the Colosseum, the Ludus Magnus and Capitoline Hill. Children (and, ahem, some older Smiths) will love discovering their inner warrior at Gladiator School. We can arrange a private class for four to cover the history and basic sword skills – using traditional wooden blades, you’ll be glad to hear.
Day 7: A car will pick you up for a day trip to Pompeii, the once-prosperous ancient city destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Discover the archeological ruins of the forum, amphitheatre and temples in the hands of a private guide. Stop in Naples – the home of pizza – to sample Italy’s most famous export before journeying on to the Amalfi Coast, your final destination.
Perched high on a clifftop above the Tyrrhenian Sea, the super-lavish Bellevue Syrene is your posh pad for the next three nights in sun-drenched southern Italy, where you’ll explore the local towns along the coast or learn to cook, Capri-style.
Built on the ruins of a Roman villa, Bellevue Syrene is an exercise in old-school luxury with its marshmallow-soft beds, jewel-toned rooms and glittering sea views. There’s a swimming pool, a spa and a child-friendly menu in the restaurant. You and your little ones will slumber in a Deluxe sea-view room, which has a super-soft double bed, one extra bed and a baby cot; those with older children can upgrade to the Grand Tour Suite or De La Syrene Suite, which fit up to two extra beds comfortably.
Smith Extra A bottle of sparkling white wine or regional red
Day 7: After a busy day in Pompeii, all you’ll want to do is flop into the hotel’s super-soft beds, ready for tomorrow’s explorations.
Day 8: Spend the day discovering Bellevue Syrene’s pool and black-sand beach: parents can catch up on sunbathing on the rock-hewn loggia. Later, hop on the little white train that chugs into downtown Sorrento to browse the local shops.
Day 9: See the coast by boat on a luxurious private tour, which includes drinks and snacks. Circumnavigate Capri (stopping to swim in the blue waters of the Li Galli islands) to the hidden grottoes and the Faraglioni rocks, ending your tour at shop- and café-filled Marina Grande.
Day 10: You’ll have one last breakfast at the hotel before being driven to the airport for your return flight.
*The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels and local transportation with your own driver; entry fees; local guides; and all applicable taxes.
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