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Ice cream, Italy

Pizza Making and Gladiators in Italy – Family Holiday

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£1,300 ex. flights

Visit two highlights of Italy, Rome and Sorrento, on the Amalfi Coast, explored from a family-friendly angle of ancient gladiators, pizza making and uncovering the history of Pompeii.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Gladiator outfit, Italy 1

Gladiator Training in Rome

Dress as a Roman Gladiator and learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting.

Boy making pizza, Italy 2

Family Pizza Cookery Lesson

Get your hand’s dirty rolling, sprinkling and baking before feasting on your own creation – the perfect pizza.

Pompeii, Italy 3

Mount Vesuvius and Ancient Pompeii

Uncover the real life stories of Pompeii, buried by a dramatic volcanic eruption some 2000 years ago.

Cliff View, Sorrento, Italy 4

Discover Coastal Sorrento

Explore the small, pristine coves and beach clubs of Sorrento.

Why we like it

In just over two hours the family can be in Italy, a country renowned for its incredibly child-friendly environment and cuisine. We have combined two highlights, Rome and the beautiful Amalfi Coast, separated by a fun train ride. There is a wonderful mix of ‘hands-on’ and educational activities from playing gladiator, to making pizza. And as for the Amalfi Coast, families can not fail to enjoy the ‘frozen’ history of Pompeii.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-3
    Rome
  • Day 4
    Rome - Sorrento
  • Days 5-6
    Sorrento
  • Day 7
    Sorrento - Naples
Villa d'Este fountain, Rome, Italy
Villa d'Este fountain in Rome
View of old cozy street in Rome, Italy
Rome back streets
A collage with different stuffed pasta, Italy
Italy
Deli Counter, Norcia, Italy
Norcia, Italy

Rome as a Family

Italy’s capital city is arguably the most storied and illustrious cities in the world. Positively dripping in history, art and culture, Rome has something for everyone, families are no exception. We suggest taking a step back in time and learn how to become a gladiator and to train and fight with authentic weapons used by the gladiators of ancient Rome led by members of the Historic Group of Rome. Next experience the city’s gastronomic delights as a private cook guides your family in the preparation of pizza and a delicious tiramisu dessert.

Positano, Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy
View of the port in the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

Travel by train to the Amalfi coast and the pretty town of Sorrento. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. Here you can explore the medieval streets, search for seaside treasures in the sandy coves and visit, by train, the nearby sites of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, whose family tour option includes a fun map, games and clues to engage all ages.

Verona, Italy
Verona
Greek Roman Theater with Etna erupting, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Taormina, Italy
Winding Tuscan road, Village, Tuscany, Italy
Italy

Extend the Trip and Make it Your Own

Extend your trip and let us organise a train to – and fantastic hotel – in Venice or south to the sunshine of Italy’s islands. Let us make it ‘your own’ with personalized private touring with expert guides and drivers, a restaurant and spa reservation service, performance and sporting event ticket arrangements and around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hotel de la Ville £££££

  • Italy
  • City
  • Boutique

Rocco Forte’s Hotel de la Ville, located at the top of the Spanish Steps is one of Rome’s most vibrant hotels. This beautiful hotel has been sensitively converted from an 18th-century Palazzo, drawing influence from the rich tradition, history and luxury of the ‘European Grand Tour’ while offering all the modern amenities one would expect of a hotel of this calibre.

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Hotel de Russie £££££

  • Italy
  • City
  • Boutique

Situated between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, Hotel de Russie is a fascinating mix of old and new, with a contemporary design that respects the classical architecture of the building. With its secret garden, Hotel De Russie is a green oasis in the centre of the city.

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Ombre Blu 3 £££££

Ombre Blu 3 is a luxury Sunreef 70 Catamaran with the capacity to host a maximum of eight guests in four comfortable cabins, all of which are ensuite and have air conditioning. Melissa and Francesco Candiani serve as your hosts whilst on board as well as being captains, chefs, PADI dive instructors, and massage therapists during your stay.

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Palazzo Avino £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

Originally built in the 12th century, Hotel Palazzo Avino is an authentic architectural masterpiece refurbished to the standards of a deluxe five-star hotel and situated on the highest part of Ravello. This quiet little town, located in the South of Naples, is perched on a clifftop 1000ft above sea level overlooking the spectacular Mediterranean of the Amalfi Coast. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Palazzo Avino has 11 Junior and Deluxe Suites with sea views (some with a terrace) and 32 double rooms (sea-view & mountain-view).

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Destination: Italy
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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Italy in January

The promise of winter sunshine and milder temperatures make Italy an enticing destination in January. Some attractions will be closed as it is the offseason, but the south of Italy and Sicily will be quiet and very pleasant. The wintertime generally brings the lowest rates and fewest visitors along with chilly temperatures, rain, and often snow in the north. In the south, winter temperatures average around 10°C. There is an exception to winter being low season- in and around any of the mountain ski resorts it is the high season as these areas draw many skiers, snowboarders and other snow sports enthusiasts.

Italy in February

February is generally low season, other than Carnival which falls in the period before Lent, generally during the month of February. Except in beach and island locations, many restaurants, shops and family-run hotels shut down. You can enjoy the major cities without the crowds, and hotels often offer significant discounts. The wintertime generally brings the lowest rates and fewest visitors along with chilly temperatures, rain, and often snow in the north. In the south, winter temperatures average around 10°C. There is an exception to winter being low season- in and around any of the mountain ski resorts it is the high season as these areas draw many skiers, snowboarders and other snow sports enthusiasts.

Italy in March

March is considered shoulder season in Italy and is arguably the best time to visit. Temperatures are typically very comfortable. While you won’t enjoy the lowest rates or the fewest crowds of the year, the shoulder season is an ideal compromise between the low and high seasons.

Italy in April

April is considered shoulder season in Italy and is arguably the best time to visit. Temperatures are typically very comfortable, and in the spring you can hike through the lush, green meadows of the Italian Alps. While you won’t enjoy the lowest rates or the fewest crowds of the year, the shoulder season is an ideal compromise between the low and high seasons.

Italy in May

Early May is considered shoulder season in Italy and is arguably the best time to visit. Temperatures are typically very comfortable, and in the spring you can hike through the lush, green meadows of the Italian Alps. From mid-May through July and again in September, the country will be teeming with visitors, and rates will be at their highest. Expect very warm temperatures throughout the country, with the most extreme heat in the south and just about anywhere inland. If you visit during this season, you can beat the biggest crowds by venturing to smaller villages and lesser-known places, avoiding the big cities like Rome, Venice and Florence.

Italy in June

In June the country will be teeming with visitors, and rates will be at their highest. Expect warm temperatures throughout the country, with the most extreme heat in the south and just about anywhere inland. If you visit during this season, you can beat the biggest crowds by venturing to smaller villages and lesser-known places, avoiding the big cities like Rome, Venice and Florence.

Italy in July

In July the country will be teeming with visitors, and rates will be at their highest. Expect warm temperatures throughout the country, with the most extreme heat in the south and just about anywhere inland. If you visit during this season, you can beat the biggest crowds by venturing to smaller villages and lesser-known places, avoiding the big cities like Rome, Venice and Florence.

Italy in August

August is generally very hot in Italy and considered low season, with practically the entire country going on holiday, especially during the second half. Head for the mountains for cooler climes for exceptional walking and hiking opportunities.

Italy in September

In September the country will be teeming with visitors, and rates will be at their highest. Expect warm temperatures throughout the country, with the most extreme heat in the south and just about anywhere inland. If you visit during this season, you can beat the biggest crowds by venturing to smaller villages and lesser-known places, avoiding the big cities like Rome, Venice and Florence.

Italy in October

Shoulder season is arguably the best time to visit Italy. Temperatures are typically very comfortable. In the autumn, you’ll have food festivals galore to choose from, as well as the grape harvest in October and the olive harvest in November. While you won’t enjoy the lowest rates or the fewest crowds of the year, the shoulder season is an ideal compromise between the low and high seasons.

Italy in November

Shoulder season is arguably the best time to visit Italy. Temperatures are typically very comfortable. In the autumn, you’ll have food festivals galore to choose from like the olive harvest. While you won’t enjoy the lowest rates or the fewest crowds of the year, the shoulder season is an ideal compromise between the low and high seasons.

Italy in December

The promise of winter sunshine and milder temperatures make Italy an enticing destination in December. Some attractions will be closed as it is the offseason, but the south of Italy and Sicily will be quiet and very pleasant. The wintertime generally brings the lowest rates and fewest visitors along with chilly temperatures, rain, and often snow in the north. In the south, winter temperatures average around 10°C. There is an exception to winter being low season- in and around any of the mountain ski resorts it is the high season as these areas draw many skiers, snowboarders and other snow sports enthusiasts.

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