Sicilians may love children, but they don't offer a lot of child-friendly places or amenities for them. For example, a kids' menu in a restaurant is a rarity. You can, however, request a half portion (mezza porzione), and most waiters will oblige -- though be prepared to pay full price in some uncompromising eateries. Most Sicilian hoteliers will let children 12 and younger stay for free in a room with a parent.
At attractions, inquire if a kids' discount is available; Italians call it sconto bambino. European Community youths 17 and under get a big break: They're admitted free to all state-run museums.
Babysitting services are available through most hotel desks or by going to the local tourist office in the town where you're staying. Many hotels have children's game rooms and playgrounds.
Recommended family travel websites include Family Travel Forum (www.familytravelforum.com), a comprehensive site that offers customized trip planning; Family Travel Network (tel. 703/905-9858; www.familytravelnetwork.com), an award-winning site that offers travel features, deals, and tips; Traveling Internationally with Your Kids (www.travelwithyourkids.com), and Family Travel Files (www.thefamilytravelfiles.com), which offers a directory of off-the-beaten-path tours and tour operators for families.
In the U.K. check out websites such as www.havingalovelytime.com, www.family-travel.co.uk, and www.travellingwithchildren.co.uk for reviews of family-friendly locations.
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