9 Fun Italy Theme Day Ideas with Activities and Food

Ciao! We love to have theme days at home once in a while. If you’re looking for Italy theme day ideas, come with us on our trip! This time, we pretend to go to Italy and visit a few major cities and cites with these fun Italian activities.

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Here, I’ll show you how to set up your home so you can take your kids on a magical, at-home trip to Italy. Learn all about Italy and its sites from the comfort of your home with these Italian themed activities!

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1. Starting the Italy Theme Day: Photo Booth

To begin our tour, I put on some fun Italian music from a channel I found on YouTube. It set the mood and made it feel a little more Italian during our Italian activities day.

Italy flag in back, kids with photo props

I also made a large flag of Italy for a backdrop for a photo booth. I used butcher paper as the back. Then, cut out red a green pieces of paper so that it’s equal thirds of white, green, and red. Glue them on according to the pattern on the Italian flag.

For photo props, you can use the Italy Photo Booth Free Printable right below here and print off some props. Then just tape them onto some wooden craft sticks, skewers (with the ends blunted!), or other stick that isn’t pointy.

Visiting Rome from Home with Kids

The first place we “flew” into for this Italy theme day was Rome, of course. With so much to see and do in Rome, it’s the hub of Italian activities. Here’s what we did:

kids fighting with pool noodles in front of Colosseum picture

2. Colosseum Battle for the first Italy Theme Day Activity

  • Butcher Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Tape
  • Pool Noodles

First, we stopped by the Colosseum. To do this, I had my husband draw a replica of the Colosseum on large white butcher paper. (If you plan to do lots of kids activities, I highly recommend getting some. We’ve used it so many times.)

If you’re good at drawing, take a swing at it. We just pulled up a picture of the Colosseum and drew it freehand and colored it in.

Tape it up to the area where your Colosseum will be. Then set out some pool noodles. This is where the kids can fight. We set a timer for 30 seconds and had each child fight each other, which was basically just whacking each other with pool noodles (shoulders and below!) until someone gave up. We’d declare a winner each round and have the winner go on to the next player.

This is a fun, active Italian activity that comes with an educational and historical aspect, if you’d like. Otherwise, just have fun whacking each other with a pool noodle.

This would also make a fun Italian themed party game.

Find fun books about Italy:

Books set in Italy for Kids

Books to take you away to Italy (for adults)

Trevi Fountain set up for Day in Italy

2. Trevi Fountain Make Believe with Kids

  • Blue Disposable Table Cloth ($1 at Walmart)
  • Drawing or picture of Trevi Fountain
  • Coins

Visiting the Trevi fountain was quick, but fun. I explained the tradition behind the Trevi Fountain.

The Trevi Fountain is one of the oldest established places to get water in Rome. As far as tradition goes, if you throw one coin in, you will return to Rome. If you throw 2 coins, you will return and fall in love. 3 coins, you’ll return, fall in love, and get married.

My young children quickly decided they only wanted to throw 1 coin in 😂.

For this easy, but classic Italy activity for kids, set up the blue tablecloth on the floor with the picture of Trevi Fountain behind. Bring some coins and let the kids pick a coin (or two or three) to throw in the fountain.

drawing under a chair for a day in Italy

3. Visiting the Sistine Chapel for Italian Themed Activities

Visiting the Sistine Chapel for pretend was a fun activity for the kids on this Italy Theme Day. To do so, you’ll need:

  • chairs or a table
  • crayons
  • Some age-approptiate kid coloring pages (use pinterest to find some)
  • tape

To visit the Sistine Chapel, I first explained a little about Michelangelo and how he had to paint upside down to get those cool pictures on the ceiling. Michelangelo painted in a time of human anatomy. (So use your discretion on which coloring pages you print for them to color).

Tape the pictures under a chair for each child. Provide some crayons and have them draw their Sistine Chapel drawings laying down on the floor.

Mona Lisa for Italy theme day

4. Drawing Mona Lisa in Rome for kids

We found an easy tutorial on YouTube for making our own Mona Lisa drawing for our day in Rome. You just need some paper and pencil, and a permanent black marker to outline it if you’d like.

They turned out pretty good, and they were simple enough that it was the perfect amount of time! This is such a classic, and a fun activity to add to your Italy theme day.

Here is the Mona Lisa tutorial we used.

Tapestry of Tuscany

Visiting Florence for pretend on Italy Theme Day Ideas

To set the mood for visiting Florence during our Italy theme day, I purchased this beautiful Tuscany Tapestry and hung it in the window. The sun really made it light up, and it gave a beautiful backdrop of the rolling hills and stone buildings.

sparkling ciders for a pretend wine tasting for a Day in Italy

5. (Kid Friendly) Wine Tasting on Italy Theme Day

It’s hard to have Italian themed activities without a wine tasting. There are so many vineyards, beautiful rolling hills, and wine in the hills of Tuscany. To have our own kid-friendly wine tasting, I bought a few flavors of Martinelli’s and Welch’s Sparkling beverages (which are all non-alcoholic, of course 🙂 )

Pour them into different cups and let the kids try each one nice and slowly.

My kids mainly enjoyed the idea that I was giving them a sugary, flavored drink.

samples of Italian food

6. Taste of Italy Tour for Italian Theme Day at Home

This part took the most preparation, but OH. MY. did it pay off. This was the most delicious part, but also the most fun as we got to sample different foods during as one of our fun Italian activities.

Basically, I made a bunch of little Italian dishes like pizza, pasta, polenta, and so much more. Make whatever you’d like ahead of time and just heat it up when you’re ready for your Taste of Italy. Cut each thing into small, bite-size pieces and put it all on a plate. Then microwave each plate and serve!

Here are a few of the recipes I used (again, I made almost all of them ahead of time):

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza from My Pizza Corner (note: I followed the ingredients, but did yeast and raising/proving as I usually would for bread, twice about an hour each. It turned out great for us).

Italian Polenta Skillet from This Delicious House was probably my favorite. I did it without meat.

Tomato Basil Risotto from Iowa Girl Eats was also my favorite. I’ve made mushroom risotto a thousand times, so trying new flavor was really exciting.

Gnocchi– no recipe. I just bought a pack of gnocchi at the store, cooked it, and added a little olive oil and parmesan.


Visiting Venice with kids for pretend on Italy theme day ideas

A couple things stick out in my mind when someone says Venice.

Glass. Gondola. Bell Tower.

We actually didn’t get to a glass making activity, which could be done by shaping something out of play dough.

4 kids on a DIY gondola with Venice tapestry in back

7. Gondola in Venice activity

For a gondola, I again used the white butcher paper to create a gondola as a photo prop.

I also hung up a gorgeous Venice tapestry as a backdrop for the gondola.

The kids can relax and take some photo opportunities as you play some relaxing Italian tunes as they ride down the canals.

bell tower DIY replica for a day in Italy

8. St. Marks Bell Tower in Venice

St. Marks Bell Tower has 5 bells inside. They were traditionally used for different meanings: the start/end of the workday, council meetings, senate meetings, noon, and executions.

We just used two bells to call out meetings!

To make this little activity, you’ll need:

  • A box (big and long if you have it.)
  • White Paper (how about this butcher paper)
  • Crayons, pencil, tape, scissors
  • a picture of St Marks Campanile to look at
  • green construction paper
  • Hand Bells for the tower (these were cheap and worked great)

Cut a hole big enough to stick your hands in easily in the back side of the box.

Measure out the paper and cut in to fit around the outside of the box and glue on. Free-hand a drawing of the top of the bell tower.

Angle the green papers and glue together to form a pyramid. Glue or tape to the top.

For the activity, I set the box on a tall basket. A stool will work as well. I also set it on our stair landing so that the kids had to “climb” to the top first.

Once your child climbs up, they can put their hand inside and ring the bell in the tower.

It seems simple, but the kids loved getting to ring the bells.

9. Ending the Day with an Italian Dinner

After visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice, we relaxed a little bit before having a nice Italian dinner.

I made a Ribollita soup (from Chef Bike Ski) ahead of time and just heated it up in a pot at dinnertime. This soup is packed full of veggies and has a bean base to it, which gives it an ever-so-slightly creamy texture without having any dairy.

I also made an Italian Salad (from the Modern Proper) that had really great flavor to it.

(That seemed like a lot of food, so I waited until the next day and did Puttanesca on chicken with a Pasta Carbonara. The kids really liked both. I did not remember to take a picture of those ones though.)

Make sure to check out more theme days!

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Head to Hogwarts- Harry Potter Day

Cinque Terre Tapestry

An Italy Theme Day- Italy Activities for kids

I’m sure there was plenty more we could have done. I actually bought a tapestry for Cinque Terre and hung it up for fun, but we didn’t end up “visiting” there.

I’d love to hear how your fun Italy theme day at home goes. Did you use these fun Italian activities, or come up with some new ones? I’m excited to see how your trip to Italy at home goes!

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  1. How fun! I just love Italy so we need to do this. I especially love the food there.

  2. It’s so great how you take your kids on adventures all over the world without having to leave home. So creative!

  3. How fun, and what a great way to explore Italy. I love the different aspects from the drawing, to the books and of course food. Cute idea worth stealing.

  4. This looks like so much fun! Your kids must have had a blast. The food and kid friendly wine tasting look especially fun to me! 🙂

    1. The food was SO good and I know the kids really enjoyed the “wine” tasting.

  5. What great ideas! The kids looked like they were having fun, and those Mona Lisa drawings were pretty awesome! Italy at Home looks like a hit.

  6. I’m not a kid, but I would love to do theme parties like that 😁 You certainly know how to make it fun and have a lot of creative ideas! Well done!

    1. Thank you Lasma! Even as the adult it was pretty fun, especially the yummy food!

    1. Thank you so much! I’d love to hear about it if you have a day in Italy!

  7. So fun! I love all your ideas. When I homeschooled my kids we did theme days…or weeks…too!

  8. Wow, I’m so impressed with your effort and creativity in bringing Italy to your home! Love your Sistine Chapel idea, The Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and Tuscan wine tasting. What a great way for them to be exposed to culture. Bravo!

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