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Amsterdam & the Northern Italian Coast - with a Toddler

Relaxing, easy days in Amsterdam, a week in Camogli, Italy tripping around the coast, including Cinque Terra, then back to Amsterdam with our 18m old daughter.

by jenn60556AtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeNetherlands, Italy14 days / May 2017

Highs & Lows

Handmade pasta and REAL pesto in Camogli, and their annual fish festival was amazing!

Toddler bed time made dinner out incredibly hard - Europeans just don't eat dinner at 5:30.

Itinerary Overview

  • Red eye from Seattle to Amsterdam (direct is WORTH IT w/children)
  • We were lucky to stay with a friend in Amsterdam, who lived right in the city. Spent 3 nights there, exploring parks and cafes on bikes while we got acclimated to the time change
  • Flew from Amsterdam to Genoa, an easy 2 hour flight. Took a train to Camogli, where we rented an airbnb for a week
    • Day trip to Genoa Aquarium
    • Day trip to Cinque Terra
    • Day trip to Portofino
    • Annual Camogli Fish Festival - including epic beach bonfire competition, parade, fire works, and the biggest fish fry we've ever seen!
  • Flew back to Amsterdam for another 4 nights before flying home (again, direct only)
  • 7 Nights: Amsterdam
    Good friend moved there
  • 7 Nights: Camogli
    Proximity to Amsterdam - we wanted a beach town in Italy that was easy to get to and from.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Double check if your hotel or airbnb has an elevator. We did not. Traveling with a stroller and heavy bags, while we loved the view from our airbnb, we planned carefully every day to make sure we didn't have to go up and down the stairs too many times.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Rent a cheesy canal boat, get supplies for spritzes and enjoy a few hours on the water. It's dirty and cliche, but also worth it. And, if you are traveling with a little kid, seeing all the boats and ducks through their eyes is super fun.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Get rental bikes. There are shops everywhere you can rent from.

  • Any standout moments?

    The Aquarium in Genoa is amazing! It's huge and very well done. Portofino and Cinque Terra are worth the trip, but they are so touristy and expensive, we were always happy to come back to Camogli at the end of the day.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Dinner is really hard with a young kid. Restaurants aren't serving dinner at 5:30 or 6, it's still cocktails and snacks. Most restaurants don't offer "takeaway" either, and if they do it's not the best food in town. We picked up ingredients to cook at home most nights - there's a pasta shop in town that sells the most amazing handmade pasta and sauces, including authentic pesto.

  • Packing tips?

    Pack light! You can get anything you forgot or need after-all in Amsterdam.

  • How was the food?

    In Camogli: Pasta Fresca Fiorella, La Camogliese In Amsterdam: Coffee and Coconuts for breakfast or brunch - I wish we could have eaten there every day!