Touring Rome When All Doesn't Go as Planned
St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
Credit: Vito Arcomano, Fototeca ENIT
The alarm doesn't go off.
Forget about our plan to leisurely stroll through
But even for the experts, touring
It was worth the effort and so was getting the English audiofone so we could hear an explanation of what we were seeing -- Bernini, Corregio, Titian, Raphael ... even without having had coffee first.
Afterward, we stroll through the park (the little kids in the family, we decide, would love the zoo here and the chance to run and jump).
But first some culture and history at the Vatican for my history major. No matter how you try to engage kids at the Vatican (counting the dragons in the paintings, for example), confesses
Some families prefer to have someone else sweat all the details when traveling to
Certainly such trips are easier -- I never had such a stress-free time as when exploring
Later that night, we meet up with
At Trattoria da Lucia, which has been here since 1938, a few tables are set out on the cobblestones and we feast on salad, pasta, and the most tender beef stew and freshest green beans. I never would have been able to find this tiny restaurant on my own. I'm glad we didn't have to.
The next day, we head to the Coliseum, one of
Sometimes sightseeing with kids, especially when it is hot, can feel like a battle too. Flexibility, even when touring great sites, is key. On one trip to
Clemens says, "If you are in the middle of the Coliseum and someone is hungry, go get a gelato!" The idea is to have fun, after all, not torture yourself. Spend time at a playground or park or the hotel pool, if you are lucky enough to have one. (Just Google Rome hotels with pools. I found more than 40. The deluxe Rome Cavalieri (www.romecavalieri.com), part of the
We even stop at a cat sanctuary -- that's right -- Romans it seems are crazy for cats and several years ago, all of the stray cats were picked up and brought to the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary (http://www.romancats.com/), a no-kill shelter for homeless cats (of which
By the end of the day, we're so tired from sightseeing -- and full from lunch -- that we forgo dinner plans for cheese, bread and wine curled up on the couch in "our" apartment.
But we're leaving
"We'll be back," my daughter Reggie promises.
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