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Rome, Italy
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Hide and seek at the Vatican

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Rome is rarely cited as a place to take young children yet there is much to Italy's capital that captivates kids. Tour the Coliseum, Trajan's Market and Roman Forum. Visit the Vatican. Discover Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and the Pantheon. Take the kids on a macabre adventure and explore the catacombs. In Rome, history is made real! That said, the secret to a successful Roman holiday is careful planning. Alternate history and culture with adventure and movement and break your days into child-sized slices. Do your research in advance and feed the kids with interesting tidbits at each attraction. Buy a children's guidebook and let the kids play tour leader. Enroll them in a children's program at one or more Rome museum and view art while the tykes play and discover. The Eternal City is more child-friendly than you might think and a trip to Rome is a great way to learn.
History & Culture
 
Emperors, gladiators, conquests and perils. But what was life in Ancient Rome really like? The BCC series on Ancient History provides an all-encompassing backdrop to any tour of the Eternal City. But don't limit your inquiry to antiquity. Medieval Rome may have been a time of transition and period of ever-dwindling fortunes but it brought to light two major institutions, the papacy and commune. The Renaissance saw the return of the Papal See and gave Rome straight streets, sewers and a mayor. But it failed to return power to the city. The seventeenth century and the period known as Baroque is the feather in the cap of modern Rome. Triumphant in its battle with Protestant Reformation the Popes turned their attention to the rebirth of a great city.
Maps
 
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family trip. Map the Roman Empire over time and find out which present day countries it included. Use the 1748 map of Rome by Giambattista Nolli and discover what Rome once looked like. Map the Seven Hills of Rome and, in addition to learning about the city's geography, discover the early history of the city. Each hill was once occupied by a different people!
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce young children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. We've compiled a list of books about Italy and books by Italian authors for children of various ages and with varying interests. What better why to begin a journey that a trip through literature?
Music & Sound
 
Italy has a rich tradition in music that goes beyond folk song and opera. Learn about Italian popular music as well as Italian singer-songwriters. Listen to Italian music online from Valle d'Aosta to Sicily. And when you've completed your musical inquiry and extend your exploration to sound. Hear the hum of a vespa, take in the sound of a local festival and picture the scene. Family travel to Italy is as much as sights as it is about sounds.
News
 
English language dailies, such as the Herald Tribune, Financial Times and USA Today, and weekly magazines, including The Economist, are sold at newsstands throughout Italy. While they keep readers up to date on world events and happenings at home they provide little insight to the Italian psyche and lack detail on local affairs. Corriere della Sera, Italy's best selling daily, provides extensive coverage of local, Italian and world news. The newspaper voices the opinions of Italy's industrial north yet is one of the country's most balanced news sources. The English version of the Italian-language newspaper includes the day's tops stories. The left-leaning La Repubblica is Italy's second national newspaper. The daily favored the country's intellectual elite doesn't have an English language version but boasts a top online format. Il Sole 24 Ore is Italy's leading daily financial newspaper. ANSA, Italy's leading newswire, makes national and international news stories available in five languages - Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.
Kids' Stuff
 
Online resources make learning about Ancient Rome lots of fun. Did you know that Rome wasn't always an Empire? For the first 200 years Rome was a Kingdom ruled by Etruscan kings. And for 500 years after that Rome was a Republic governed by a 300 man Senate. The first Emperor, Caesar Augustus, came to rule 700 years after Romulus founded Rome. But this isn't the only fun fact about Ancient Rome that's interesting. Did you know that chess, backgammon and even tick-tack-toe were played by the Ancient Romans? Find out how these games differ from the version played today. Play Nine Men's Morris, another Roman game, online.
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