Rome Journals

Rome and Florence, Italy at New Years

A January 2001 trip to Rome by travelswithkids

Quote: 8 Days in Rome and Florence, Italy over New Years travelling with 8-year-old and 5-year-old

Rome and Florence, Italy at New Years

Overview

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We hit a lot of museums since this was our first trip to Rome and Florence. The Vatican and the Uffizi museum in Florence were fantastic, but all the museums were great.

Quick Tips:

Go in the off season!

Best Way To Get Around:

The subway in Rome is quick, cheap, and clean, but really crowded. We also took the bus in Rome a lot and got directions on one or two of the main lines from our hotel front desk.
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We had quad rooms without bath. (Shared toilet and shower were down the hall). (2 adults, 2 kids). The rooms were pretty nice for our small family. It would have been pretty crowded with 4 adults, though. A pretty nice location -- near the subway stop, just a few blocks from Termini station (close enough to walk, but far enough that you were away from all the noise, etc.), but certainly not right near any of the big tourist draws. On a pretty quiet side street (but this was winter so the windows were closed). The staff were very helpful in giving directions. We thought the price was a bit high for what we got, but I guess it was in line with other similar places.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2001

Hotel Des Artistes
Via Villafranca 20
Rome, Italy

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We were a family of 4 with a quad room with toilet & shower in the room. The hotel was nice and quiet at night. About 10min walk from the train station, and about the same to the downtown area. Just guest-rooms, no breakfast or other public areas to the hotel. The room was nothing fancy, but not bad. Seemed a fair value for the New Year''s holiday in Florence when it was hard to find any quad rooms anywhere. They have a www site which is how we found them.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2001

Tourist House Liberty
9 Ventisette Aprile
Florence

Uffizi Gallery

Attraction

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Fantastic! Don't miss it! One of the finest museums in the world. ABSOLUTELY make reservations beforehand (by telephone or through the WWW.) We could not believe the huge line that we skipped to the head of by having reservations. Don't forget to look up at the fantastical paintings on the ceilings.

There was a lot to see here. Our 8 and 5 year olds were able to stay interested through most of it, although I'm sure it got a bit long for them.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2001

Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 05523885

Taking kids along

Story/Tip

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Just Do It! Are you thinking about whether it is worth taking your elementary school age (or younger) kids along on a trip to Europe? My advice is go for it! Yes, it will change the style of your trip somewhat. But in some places, it'll force you to slow down and enjoy things a little more rather than rushing from one sight to the next. Kids are amazingly adaptable. While they didn't learn the complete history of the Roman empire, our children gained an appreciation for quite a bit of art and history on our trip, we think. They enjoyed climbing through the Colosseum. While the number of museums we visited got a little much, they tolerated it pretty well. In Rome, I can particularly r...Read More

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travelswithkids

travelswithkids
chicago, Illinois