|Tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain said to guarantee one's return to Rome|
|The view from the dome of St Peter's|
|The Arch of Constantine|
|The Roman Forum|
Bring Extra Hands. We brought Nana. 'Nuff said.
|Enjoying the view from one of Rome's 7 hills|
Hire a Guide. This is the single best thing we did in Rome. We used Rome Kids Tours and they were brilliant. Our guide was so good at keeping the kids entertained that I could actually enjoy the sites myself. And we all learned so much along the way. We also had a private driver who whisked us from one site to another. This way we were able to hit all the major sites before the kids were too exhausted, hungry, or burned out. It was a bit of a splurge but worth every penny.
|Our guide showing the kids what the Colosseum originally looked like|
Be Realistic. Kids can only handle so much museum time. Avoid the lines by buying tickets in advance whenever possible. The Colosseum, The Forum, and the Dome of St. Peter's were big hits with my little kids. At the Vatican we flew past miles of amazing art work and focused on the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. When we're traveling with kids we are constantly forced to prioritize. And we always remember to find the playground for some down time. (There was a small playground in the gardens behind the Castel Sant' Angelo).
|Inside the Vatican Museum Hall of Maps|
|St. Angel Bridge|
Rome loved us and we loved Rome. So many amazing sights, treasured ruins, beautiful scenery and wonderful people. Can't wait to go back someday.
But first, we're off to Austria tomorrow for the half term break! See you in a week.