This book is for kids traveling in Italy and their parents. It
does not replace guide books. We
recommend you use several. We always bring three or four. There are fabulous books on how to get to Italy, what to pack,
where to go and stay, but they are for
adults. You might get a kid to read a page or two. The Italy Discovery Journal is
just for your kids.
The places and activities we suggest complement the basic
sightseeing you will want to do. For
example, we don’t mention the coliseum, but to make the walk to it more interesting, we make a game of looking for the most
awful souvenirs. Sights we do mention
are based on our own good experience. We think you should try some of the classic sites, some we mention, and also
discover your own Italy. So print out
the Italy Discovery Journal, cut in half, and give it to your kids to organize (see suggestions pages at the end) then
make sure it travels with them.If they make notes as suggested, they will
be building a travel journal, a
life-long keepsake. At some time you should flip through this journal, so you can remind your kids about activities that may
be appropriate for a certain time or
place. Or order a copy for yourself.
I instituted rewards of a gelato, ice cream, or a post card per “quest” to draw my kids into the adventure. If you want to devise some such
system, there are boxes at the bottom of
each page for date and signoff. There are yellow notes for parents at the bottom of some pages.
There is a mix of suggestions for small and large kids, boys
and girls, and kids into specific things
like cars or rocks or fashion. Some quests take more thought or research than others, so I have marked them with
three light bulbs, whereas the easy ones
are one light bulb, and everything in between has two.
Our best advice is to let your vacation unfold as you discover your Italy, not ours, not the guide book’s, but an experience that contains
things you love, adventures you have,
and wonderful, warm experiences for your souvenirs.
Even if you use just a few of these ideas to help your family
appreciate Italy, enjoy and get full
value out of your vacation, this book has done its job.