If you’re like us it is always really helpful to have good recommendations of great accommodation that is well set up for families. In August 2018 the Mini Travel Tribe had a fantastic week on the Gargano peninsula in southern Italy. Read about what we got up to in the area here.
We stayed at the brilliant Agriturismo I Tesori del Sud near Vieste. If you are looking for family friendly accommodation in Italy your can’t go too far wrong here.
I just wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t paid to write this review. I have written it simply because I thought this place was just so perfect for a family holiday that I wanted to let you know about it. Tesori del Sud is a small holiday resort near Vieste. It comprises a small collection of apartments and villas set amongst olive and fruit trees. The apartment and villas sleep between 2 and 6 people and all have large private gardens. Cots and high chairs are available, if you let them know in advance they will have them waiting for you when you arrive.
What we loved about it was that it gave a great balance between the privacy of a holiday house or apartment rental but with hotel-like facilities thrown in; pool, restaurant etc.
We stayed in the largest villa available which had 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin. It also had a sofa-bed in the living area (which we didn’t use), so can sleep up to 6. We had two bathrooms, one en-suite and a house bathroom. Both of these had showers rather than a bath. At the time M (then just about to turn 4) wasn’t keen on showers, so we got inventive! The shower cubicles were really big so the children all got in together and sat on the floor while I gently doused them with the shower. It worked brilliantly and they all ended up having a lot of fun, they even looked forward to shower time!
Other than the bedrooms and bathrooms there was a living area with a sofa, TV, table and chairs and kitchenette. The whole place wasn’t big but had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean. The air-con was also much appreciated when we were there in August!
Outside each villa has a covered verandah with table and chairs. There is also a large private garden which is enclosed with hedges and had a couple of sun beds to relax on. There was a BBQ out here too which we used on a couple of occasions. We thought this whole outdoor space was amazing with kids as they had their own private garden that they could play in while us adults relaxed with a drink.
One of the children’s favourite games was hunting for lizards in the garden (there were plenty around) and taking photos of them. It was also lovely to sit out here later in the evening and relax with a glass of wine once the children were in bed. We even had a local fox that visited us most evenings!
No cars are allowed next to the villas or within the site. There are parking spaces distributed around the edge of the site so that wherever your villa is you don’t have too far to get to your car. I thought this was really well done as it meant that you couldn’t really see any cars at all while wandering around.
The whole resort is small. We were probably at the furthest point from the swimming pool and restaurant and it was only a short walk. What really made this agriturismo so good for families though were the other facilities within the site:
There is a fantastic swimming pool which is perfect for young children. The large shallow area was perfect for M to practise her swimming in (she was just gaining her confidence at this point and didn’t like being out of her depth). The deeper end of the pool is great for older children and adults. There is a also a separate whirlpool area which everyone enjoyed and the 2 year old loved the tap that ran into this.
There were plenty of sunbeds around the pool as well as lots of greenery and parasols which made it really pleasant. It was never particularly busy. The busiest part of the day was usually around 5-6pm when the heat of the day was subsiding a bit and people were rising from their siestas!
Next to the swimming pool is the lovely restaurant. In the evening, the tables were placed right next to the pool and it was a beautiful setting. You could opt for breakfast included in your room rate and have a buffet breakfast here every day but we had our own breakfast at our villa.
The restaurant is then open all day for drinks and for food at lunch and dinner time. We ate here a lot – the food was really delicious and not expensive! Plenty of pasta dishes, yummy pizzas and some gorgeous seafood. M became quite obsessed with mussels during this holiday and was very disappointed at any restaurant that didn’t have them. Luckily for her the restaurant here did and they were really good!
On some evenings there was entertainment on by the pool, we saw a singer and a children’s entertainer.
There are 2 playgrounds for children to choose from. One is probably mostly suited to slightly older children and is the other end of the pool to the restaurant. The best one for us (and a real blessing for parents with toddlers and young children) is right next to the restaurant. It is aimed at younger children and has swings, a small slide, play houses and ride on toys among other things. It was fantastic to be able to sit having a drink before or after dinner while the children played here.
There is WiFi available in the restaurant and depending on how close you are to the restaurant you may be able to access this in your villa too. We were quite far away from the restaurant and had a very faint WiFi signal.
There are washing machines available to use free of charge. With young children it is always handy to be able to get some washing done!
Tesori del Sud is located about 10 minute drive from the charming town of Vieste and its surrounding beaches. The nearest main airport is Bari, which is about 2.5 hour drive away. The last section of the drive once you are on the Gargano peninsular has some stunning coastal views. We combined our week here with a week staying further south in Puglia and exploring the beautiful towns of Salento and the Valle d’Itria.
For more information and to book you can visit the Tesori del Sud website:
If you decide to go, I would love to know what you think. I hope you love it as much as we did!