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Families will love:

  • History, history and more history
  • Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel
  • The Coliseum and Roman Forum

Rome. It tops many history buffs' lists of places to visit in a lifetime, and it doesn't fail to disappoint. In a cosmopolitan city with bustling streets overrun with small cars and scooters flying through at high-speeds and with horns blaring, confusion can set in quickly for a first-time visiting family. Streets once created for foot and horse traffic were eventually ... more
Rome. It tops many history buffs' lists of places to visit in a lifetime, and it doesn't fail to disappoint. In a cosmopolitan city with bustling streets overrun with small cars and scooters flying through at high-speeds and with horns blaring, confusion can set in quickly for a first-time visiting family. Streets once created for foot and horse traffic were eventually paved and surrounded by buildings so that a simple stroll from a hotel to an attraction a few blocks away could easily result in frustration caused by one wrong turn or a one-way street. But then, confusion quickly turns into awe and amazement when you finally stumble across one of Rome's ancient buildings. As you stand before massive ruins, gorgeous churches and artwork that has made men weep, you'll spend hours thinking about the time, manpower and dedication that went into it, as well as its ability to remain in the forefront of modern society.

If you have taken the time to fly to Rome with your children, we hope they are ready to comprehend what they will see on their "vacation." This isn't a "bond with your family" vacation. This is an educational trip that requires packing a lot into a little amount of time, waiting in long lines, sometimes standing shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers in a sea of people fighting to see the same thing, and then talking about the greatness discovered in what was once the Roman Empire.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

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