Nick and I have booked a condo/house in Menaggio in the Lake Como area in Italy for October 11, 12, and 13th. It has a pool with great views of the lake and the mountains. I believe that it is close enough to Vincentia (where my Lucca relatives live) so we hope to plan a day trip there as well. Here is the link to our vacation place Lake Como Homes.
It is supposed to be a family friendly area and offers many outdoor activities including horseback riding (which Coretta really wants to do) as well as boating, canoeing, biking, and hiking. It is a favorite vacation spot for people who live in Milan and is only two hours away by car.