Planning a Family Getaway to Rome
Planning a family getaway is both exciting and overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to please everyone in your family. When deciding on a destination, it is therefore important to get everyone’s opinion and to find a place that ticks all the boxes.
Choose a city that offers the best of both worlds
If, like many, you wish to tie in a relaxing escape with a good deal of sightseeing, then choosing a holiday that offers the best of both worlds is a must. Rome is one such city that has something to suit all ages. From the many historic landmarks including the likes of the famous Vatican and the Spanish steps to the Trevi Fountains and the Pantheon, not to mention the abundance of quaint eateries, quirky shops, Gelatos and impressive squares, there is something to interest all.(Image by Doug)
Of all the famous sites in Rome, the one that you could probably spend a whole week in is the Vatican. It is after all, the world’s smallest sovereign state! The most efficient way to visit the city is to go on a tour. Just make sure to look around and find one that will keep the kids entertained!
Create an itinerary
When traveling with a group, it’s wise to create an itinerary prior to boarding the plane, train or boat. Depending on the time of year when you’re choosing to embark on a holiday, certain landmarks may be busier than others whilst some may even be closed for short periods throughout the season.
For example, important religious festivals tend to shut down a large majority of the city while costume parades and food festivals take pride of place. In order to ensure you’re not left disappointed, it’s wise to check opening hours, tickets prices and queue information beforehand.
Festivals and events
Aside from the many must-see landmarks, Rome is also home to a busy calendar of events. In fact, the Romans are often described as persistent fun-seekers, which generally means they’re always up for a party! Try and coincide your visit with a popular event to make the most of your trip. We’ve highlighted a couple of popular examples below:
- Festa di Santa Francesca Romana
One of the most popular festivals and a great one to attend whilst holidaying in this impressive city is the Festa di Santa Francesca Romana. Held in the Monastero Oblate di Santa Francesca Romana on March 9th every year, this celebration surrounds Santa Francesca Romana – the founder of the Oblate di Maria – which is an order of nuns who never took their final vows.
Santa herself was believed to possess a very special gift and some say she was able to be in several different places at one time. This is one of the reasons Italy have made her their patron saint.
- Natale di Roma
Held in Campidoglio, Natale di Roma is the celebration of Rome’s birthday. Born in 753 BC, it comes as little surprise that such an astounding celebration should take place.(Image by Claudia)
The majority of the festivities are held in the city hall whilst various other palazzi on the hill appear illuminated while huge quantities of fireworks are set off.
Other popular events include the MaratonadellaCitta di Roma, the SettimanadellaCultura and the Fesa di San Giuseppe.
Rome with the kids
Rome is an incredible place to take the little ones;quite simply exploring the winding streets is a highlight for children in itself. From the astounding architecture and art to the city’s many layers of history, there’s plenty to do and see regardless of the weather.
You’ll also stumble upon a number of gelato (ice cream) cafes along the way – a treat that is sure to keep little ones happy!
Feature image by Moyan Brenn