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Most Italian hoteliers will let children 12 and under stay in a room with a parent for free -- with a little negotiation at the reception desk. Italians love bambini but don't offer a lot of special amenities for them. For example, a kids' menu in a restaurant is a rarity. You can, however, order a half portion (mezza porzione) for your little one. At attractions, inquire if a sconto bambino (kids' discount) is available. For European Union kids under 18, admission is free to state-run museums.

The friendliest hotels in Italy are the more than 20 Starwoods (tel. 888/625-5144; www.starwood.com).

Recommended family travel websites include Family Travel Forum (www.familytravelforum.com), a comprehensive site that offers customized trip planning; Family Travel Network (www.familytravelnetwork.com), an online magazine providing travel tips; TravelWithYourKids.com (www.travelwithyourkids.com), a comprehensive site written by parents for parents. For a list of more family-friendly travel resources, turn to the experts at frommers.com.

Other great Frommer's guides for your trip include Frommer's Northern Italy with Your Family and Frommer's Tuscany & Umbria with Your Family.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.