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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
ROME -- A visit to the Trevi Fountain, and tossing coins into the water for not only good luck but to make sure you return to Rome will always be a fun highlight to do with kids. We got lost a few times en route because the place is indeed tucked...
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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
We saw a couple of variations on this one while in Rome. Men, or women, put on an oversized suit (think David Byrne in Stop Making Sense) that hides their head inside the shirt and jacket. They attach a floating hat and sunglasses so that it seems...
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00120, Vatican City
When I walked into the World's largest Church, I had two feelings : I felt lucky and exhilarated. But when I started walking under the epitome of Renaissance art, I had a feeling that has no defination or boundaries.The Biblical narration of...
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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Outskirts of ROME, Italy -- Wedding guests begged for the kids to come down and kiss the bride for good luck. Really. When in Rome do as the Romans do. Is this how the old saying goes? I can't remember.
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Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Rome is famous for many things, especially its public art. Beautifully sculpted fountains, designed by Bernini and other great artists abound. The Trevi is probably the most famous, but in the Piazza Navona, there are three fabulous fountains: The...
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Viale Vaticano, 99, 00165 Roma RM, Italy
The Sistine Chapel wasn't painted in one day, so don't pressure yourself either - take a break during your visit there at the Vatican Museum, have a cup of espresso and snack, recharge, and be amazed again by the beautiful arts inside of the...
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The largest church by area in the world, the St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Italy. Remember the themes from the movie "Angels and Demons"? One thing I want to point out is when you visit there, the line to get in is usually long (don't be...
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Piazzale Napoleone I, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
Encompassing early 200 acres of rolling parkland, Villa Borghese is Rome's verdant heart and everyone's favorite place for an afternoon walk. The vast gardens are criss-crossed with picturesque paths, where visitors can meander past ancient...
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Largo della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
The Roman Forum is where ancient Rome began. The sprawling archaeological park gives us just a hint of what the Roman Empire once was—a dominant and diverse society. The Forum itself was the political, social, religious, and commercial focal...
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Via di Porta Castello, 33, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
ROME, Italy -- You can't tell by the photograph above where this caption was taken but it was certainly inside the Colosseum. And I must confess I'm not crazy about the idea of organized trips, but when traveling with kids this option is...
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When it comes to ice cream, there is still only one place in Rome. It has been the best since 1900. I love Giolitti not only for the great gelato, but also because it hasn’t changed since I was a little girl. 39/06-699-1243. By Pepi Marchetti...
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For both children and adults, Gladiator School is a unique experience that is an out-of-the-ordinary activity while you're in Rome. But be prepared: it's not for the faint of heart. The warm-up itself is fairly taxing, and the gladiators play...