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Eastern Italian Riviera in April with 15 month old

bethandben | Mar 14, 201410:56 AM

I will be traveling to the Italian Riveria in April (during Easter) with my husband and our 15th month old son (along with my brother, sister-in-law and mother). We will be staying in Santa Margherita Ligure and visiting the towns between Portofino and the Cinque Terre. While my husband and I have traveled many times to Italy, this will be our first trip to this region and my son's first trip to Europe. We live in Manhattan and take my son out to eat frequently. He is very well behaved and eats everything that my husband and I eat (no children's meals or separate food for him) so we have no issues going out to lunch with him or for early dinners (around 5:30). When we are away, I am hoping to find chow-worthy eats and restaurants that will not frown upon us if we come with my son. I have bought a copy of David Downie's book for the region which is very helpful, but I am hoping that this board can point out which restaurants will be child-friendly restaurants for lunch. And also to advise if there are even any worthy restaurants for dinner that are open early (or how early to restaurants open for dinner there?). Of course with the time change, my son's bed time may be later and there will be some days that my mother will baby-sit my son so that my husband and I can go out for a later dinner. Our dinners will primarily be in Santa Margherita LIgure but lunches will be in the other towns.

Also, since we will be there over Easter, is it a correct assumption that many places will be closed on Easter Sunday? Would this affect any of the surrounding days?


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