I know many of you are taking your children or grandchildren to Italy this summer. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out which hotels or villas will be kid-friendly. Amie O’Shaughnessy, founder of Ciao Bambino!, the first-ever international association of vacation properties for families, shares her list of must-haves. According to Amie,"First, its physical construction and amenities, and second, the attitude of the owners, management and staff – so parents should be prepared to ask a lot of questions." While talking to Amie this week, I was also helping an Italian Dream Concierge client (with kids around the age of 5) choose a hotel on Lake Como. Amie's recommendation: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, which we reviewed last summer.
(If you're taking the kids, also be sure to read Barbara Pape's article from our February 2007 issue - plenty of specific recommendations for child-friendly sites and hotels and advice on how to keep the little ones occupied while touring!)