Information About Italy for Kids

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What do kids and Italians share? Passion--for pizza, ice cream, soccer and spaghetti, plus a passion for adventure that is reflected in the country's wonderful history. Given all this, it's easy for families to share the fun during an Italian vacation.

the ruins of Pompeii is one of Italy's many historical sites
the ruins of Pompeii is one of Italy's many historical sites (Image: eovsyannikova/iStock/Getty Images)

History is Fun

Stimulate young imaginations with stories of the elephants and giraffes who lived beneath the Colosseum floor, of chariot races in the Circus Maximus or take a family photo pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

the Leaning Tower of Pisa
the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Image: Angelo Arcadi/iStock/Getty Images)

Kiddie Munchies

Eat like a native. Pizza is the go-to on-the-go food for many Italians, and gelato, Italian ice cream, is another ubiquitous snack food that kids (and grownups) will love.

gelato is Italy's ice cream
gelato is Italy's ice cream (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Culinary Giants

Amaze them with facts. Kids will be astounded to learn that each Italian on the average eats 25 kg--that's 55 lbs.--of pasta a year, washed down with about 26 gallons of wine.

Italian pasta dishes
Italian pasta dishes (Image: Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Famous Characters

Make them laugh. Pinocchio sprang from the pages of a famous Italian children's book, but the most famous newspaper cartoon character in Italy is Tex Willer, an Italian-talkin' Texas Ranger.

the beloved storybook character Pinocchio
the beloved storybook character Pinocchio (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Claim to Fame

Leonardo da Vinci was Italy's most famous inventor, but Italians also claim to have invented the typewriter, the telephone, the thermometer and eyeglasses.

statue of Leonardo da Vinci
statue of Leonardo da Vinci (Image: Luca Francesco Giovanni Bertolli/iStock/Getty Images)

Let the Games Begin

Are you ready for some futbol? Italians love soccer and the national team is called the "Azzurri" after their light blue uniforms.

Italian's love soccer
Italian's love soccer (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

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