I'm a full-time mom, part-time preschool teacher who believes experiences are more important than things, travel is one of the best ways to learn compassion for other cultures, and now is the time to make memories with the ones you love.

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Top Ten Piccolo Italiano Instagram Posts in 2019

Favorite Tips on Traveling to Italy with Kids


The year 2019 is wrapping up and for many people, including myself, it is time for reflection. Reflecting on the past year's personal and business wins and losses can help to map out next year's goals. By looking at what actions and choices have had a positive effect, you can focus your energy on making more choices that will continue to make positive effects in your life.


This week I did a review of what my followers appeared to like on my Instagram account by ranking my top ten posts by likes. My goal on Instagram is to inspire my readers to travel with their family to Italy by giving them helpful tips and open their eyes to all Italy has to offer. I want to be YOUR "go-to-friend" when you are planning a trip to Italy with your family.


If you are not currently following me on Instagram now, I encourage you to click here and follow. In addition to my weekly posts, you will also find helpful #Tuesdaytraveltips and #FAQFriday videos in my highlights. Send me a direct message and let me know where you are traveling to and what questions you would like to see answered!


To get an idea of what you will find on my Instagram page, here are my ranked top ten Instagram posts of 2019 by likes.




No. 10

@mypoccoloitaliano #Fridayflashback to the first time we took our daughter to Italy. I'm sharing EVERYTHING you need to know about traveling with a baby or toddler to Italy this week on the blog. Link in profile. This picture was taken in Ostia Antica, a significant archaeological site, 15 miles outside of Rome. Ostia was Rome's seaport. This site is lesser-known than #Pompeii, but its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes, and impressive mosaics have been just as excellently preserved. If you will be staying in Rome, consider a day trip to Ostia Antica instead of making the two-plus hours trip down to Pompeii. A more accessible alternative, especially when traveling with kids!! Have you heard of Ostia Antica before? 




No. 9

@mypoccoloitaliano How does this compare to your view right now? Friends of ours recently stayed with their family at this @solosicily Villa just outside of Caronia, Sicily, a small hillside town.

This stretch of coast in north Sicily has many charming towns and beaches to discover. Santo Stefano di Camastra is not far: visit to see the brightly colored ceramics in this pretty town.


Head to the west and you will reach Castel di Tusa, Finale di Pollina, and Cefalù, one of Sicily's most popular beach towns.

Go east along the coast and you will reach Capo d'Orlando. This fun town is a great place to enjoy a day by the sea, with lots of lidos, bars, shops, and a long beach.


For a unique beach, make your way a little further east and get to Tindari, where the Tongue of Sand creates a really special location for a swim!

Sicily's largest mountain range, the Nebrodi mountains, is very close to the villa.


This beautiful protected area of Sicily is practically untouched by tourism and is home to some fantastic flora and fauna, as well as several picturesque medieval hilltop towns.

Further afield, but still within a two-hour drive, is Palermo, Sicily's exciting capital city. Discover the city's fabulous architecture, great food, and an unforgettable atmosphere!





No. 8

@mypoccoloitaliano "I travel with my young kids to build their hearts, not memories." - Emily Glover⁠ ⁠ I recently read an article on @mother.ly that really resonated with me. ⁠ ⁠ It summed up a lot of what I feel about traveling with young kids. The writer, Emily, answers the question of why bother taking your young children on vacation if they won't even remember it.⁠ ⁠ "Even if they are too young to remember the details, I believe each new experience gives them a frame of reference that will live in their subconscious."⁠ ⁠ As a preschool teacher, I know this to be true! Children’s brains are growing rapidly, new experiences help them make new connections and shapes the way they view the world. The taste of the food, the sound of a new language, the feel of walking across cobblestone streets all create neural connections in the child’s brain!⁠ ⁠ So travel not only builds their hearts, it builds their brains! ⁠ ⁠ What are your favorite traveling memories when you were young?⁠



No. 7


@mypoccoloitaliano How do you seek out authentic experiences when traveling?⁠ ⁠ What do you think about spending a day on a farm in the Maremmana region of Tuscany?⁠ ⁠ The owner of an organic family farm will show your family how they breed their Maremmana cattle, Cinta Senese pigs and other animals. ⁠ ⁠ Spend a day in harmony with nature, in contact with the animals, vegetable garden and plants.⁠ ⁠ Learn the artisanal techniques they use for the production of their cured meats. See the cellars where the ripening of meat, slow and without preservatives, takes place.⁠ ⁠ Enjoy a lunch of traditional dishes from the Maremma!⁠ ⁠ Download my Free Travel Planner for a 10% discount on this and other authentic experiences with @italiadelight. Link in bio.⁠





No. 6

@mypoccoloitaliano Hi There! Welcome to my new followers!⁠ ⁠ I'm a full-time mom, a part-time preschool teacher who believes experiences are more important than things, travel is one of the best ways to learn compassion for other cultures, and now is the time to make memories with the ones you love!⁠ ⁠ ​I was fortunate to marry an Italian from Rome so for me that means family vacations in Italy! ⁠ ⁠ I'm originally from Kansas City and moved to New York City to work in the fashion industry after college. When I met my husband, I moved to Los Angeles. ⁠ ⁠ Leaving the fashion industry after having my daughter opened up room for another passion of mine, early childhood education. Currently, I am a teacher at a pre-school in Phoenix, Arizona where I live with my daughter and husband. ⁠ ⁠ Through Piccolo Italiano, I am combining my passion for education and Italian Travel. While traveling abroad with a baby or kids may seem overwhelming to some, I hope to show you how rewarding it can be. By providing tips, resources, and telling you about our experiences I hope to inspire you to make family memories in one of the most child-friendly countries in the world. ⁠ ⁠ Tell me about yourself in the comments, what are your passions?⁠



No. 5

@mypoccoloitaliano Eight years ago we were married in Positano, Italy. The best day of my life was when our daughter was born but our wedding in Positano was the most fun I've ever had in a day. ⁠ ⁠ What was the best day of your life?⁠ ⁠ Photo by @alfonso_longobardi Italian Wedding Photographer⁠




No. 4

@mypoccoloitaliano Hi there! Since there are so many new faces here I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself! After you are done reading about me, please introduce yourself in the comments!⁠ ⁠


I am a full-time mom, a part-time preschool teacher who believes experiences are more important than things, travel is one of the best ways to learn compassion for other cultures, and now is the time to make memories with the ones you love.⁠ ⁠


I was fortunate to marry an Italian from Rome so for me that means family vacations in Italy! I'm originally from Kansas City and have lived in NYC and Los Angeles. Currently, I live with my husband, daughter and two kitties in Scottsdale, Arizona.⁠ ⁠


While traveling abroad with a baby or kids may seem overwhelming to some, I hope to show you how rewarding it can be. By providing tips, resources, and telling you about our experiences I hope to inspire you to make family memories in one of the most child-friendly countries in the world.⁠ ⁠


Please follow along as I reveal tips about traveling to Italy with kids, family-friendly hidden gems, at home cultural activities, and more!⁠ ⁠ Enough about me, tell me about yourself in the comments!⁠




No. 3

@mypoccoloitaliano Is this image what you imagine when you picture Italy?⁠ ⁠


For many people, Italy congers up images of romantic small towns, getting lost in small alleyways and pastel villas. ⁠ ⁠


But all too often, tourists get caught up in only seeing the big monuments and famous sights in large cities when they visit Italy. Completely overlooking the charm that drew them to visit Italy in the first place.⁠ ⁠


When visiting Italy, It's important to see the important sites but make time for a little "la dolce vita" and visit a place of the beaten track. ⁠ ⁠


View my latest blog post; Kid-Friendly Day Trip from Rome: Bracciano & Trevignano Romano to discover my favorite day trip from Rome. Link in Bio.⁠ ⁠ Tell me what you picture when you think of Italy.⁠ ⁠




No. 2


@mypoccoloitaliano Have you heard of the "Other Pompeii", Ostia Antica?⁠ ⁠ Did you know it was only a 25-minute train ride away from Rome?⁠ ⁠ This archeological park is lesser-known than Pompeii, but it’s ancient buildings, magnificent frescos, and impressive mosaics have been excellently preserved. ⁠ ⁠ I'm sharing ALL the details on how to get there and my tips on visiting with kids on the @bebe.voyage blog!⁠




No. 1

@mypoccoloitaliano These fairytale-like homes called Trulli, are the traditional structures of the Puglia region. Trulli pepper the countryside of Puglia and are actively used as homes, farmsteads, guesthouses, and more. They are often whitewashed and decorated with obscure religious, pagan, or magical painted symbols. This architectural ensemble was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996.⁠ ⁠ The family-friendly hotel in Alberobello, Trulli Holiday Albergo Diffuso, gives you the opportunity to stay in one of these carefully restored, unique historical houses. DM me if you would like more info.


Tag someone you think would like to stay here.⁠ ⁠ What is the most unique hotel you have ever stayed in?⁠


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