Families keen for a holiday to recharge body and soul should head for the lush area of Val Gardena in the Dolomites of northern Italy.
The three villages of Ortisei, Selva and St Cristina which make up this very special area of the iconic Dolomite mountain range offer action, invigoration, culture, luxury and relaxation.
The area is in a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its great historical and geomorphological significance and is a dream family destination for all generations offering a giant mountain playground, oozing with things to do from A for adventure park to Z for ziplining.
Mountain biking, hiking, bouldering and climbing walls, golf and mini-golf, horse-riding, Nordic walking, paragliding and swimming will take care of the physical aspect of the holiday; museums, art and craft exhibitions, churches, chapels and castles detail the history and culture of the area - woodcarving is a centuries-old craft, also the local costumes worn at celebrations and festivals are charming to see; for relaxing there are spas; and Kneipp hydrotherapy for the soul.
The Sella Ronda - popular with skiers and boarders in winter as a 42km circular tour around the Sella peaks - becomes a 58km mountain bike tour in summer. The mountains also offer serious climbing opportunities, with trained local guides available to hire.
If the adults want to try something challenging, then there are supervised Kids Active programmes to keep the children busy and babysitting and nursery services for the very youngest members of the family.
And there's a special gift of a logoed rucksack for every child who celebrates their birthday during a holiday in Val Gardena - just notify the Tourist Office in advance of your holiday and then call in during your stay.