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Rome with Teen in Tow

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A May 2008 trip to Rome by barbara

Express by Holiday Inn San Giovanni Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: With a son who is potty about the Roman Empire, our family was off to Rome.

Rome with Teen in Tow

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Overview

The Time Elevator Photo, Rome, Italy
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Rome, Italy once housed the most infamous men in the world... the Caesars. While their Empire crumbled some centuries ago, it continues to inspire. One has only to see the Roman Forum in the moonlight to imagine years past when men would kill for the idea of a Republic... or men would seize power and build themselves statues. Equally, the Catholic church holds sway over millions of people around the world, and the Vatican is the seat of its power. Visitors to Rome may have an audience with the Pope as we did. Regardless of religious fervor, the churches here are worthy of awe. Our jaws certainly dropped at St. Peter's. The Black Death plunged Europe into years of chaos. ...Read More

Atahotel Villa Pamphili

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Hotel

Atahotel Villa Pamphili Photo, Rome, Italy
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I wanted to use Hotwire for my Roman vacation, and the Atahotel Villa Pamphili was one of the places I booked. We used it as our base while exploring the Vatican museums on the last couple of days of our trip. First, let's talk about the pluses.At around $180 after taxes, the rate was pretty good for a family of three in Rome, and it was cheaper than the other place where we stayed. The hotel is rated as a 4 star on Hotwire, and I think that is a fair rating in Europe. The place has some nice features like a gym, swimming pool, restaurant, and tennis courts. There was evidence of wear and tear throughout the complex, but considering the age of the place as ev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2008

Atahotel Villa Pamphili
Via della Nocetta
Rome, Italy 00164
+39 (06) 6602

Express by Holiday Inn San Giovanni Photo, Rome, Italy
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I wanted to give Hotwire a go, so I booked 2 hotels through that site for our Roman holiday. The first was this Holiday Inn Express. Hotwire called it a "central" hotel. Well... that takes a bit of fudging. It's not. However, it is within close walking distance of the train station and a metro stop, so this is absolutely fine unless you're the type of traveler who wants to pop in and out of your room to rest mulitple times throughout the day. (If so, you should pay the premium for another hotel that is more central.)Second, I started reading reviews of the hotel once I had its name. Hotwire put the brand at 2 1/2 stars. Other travel sites only gave a 1 star ratin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2008

Express by Holiday Inn San Giovanni
VIA ASSISI 53
Rome, Italy 00181
390-678-4692

Al Vantaggio

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Restaurant

Al Vantaggio Photo, Rome, Italy
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If you're traveling with kids in Rome, this is a good restaurant to remember. You see, a lot of places close in the afternoons, and they don't open again until 7 PM. This is no good for young American families who are used to eating closer to 6. Wandering around the Piazza Popolo, we ran across this place. All of us wanted to eat, but all of the restaurants were dark. Then we saw the sign on an outside wall: "Always Open." SOLD! We grabbed seats out front underneath an umbrella. How was the food? Well, we didn't have high expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised. My son's pizza was pretty good. I had ravioli with 4-cheese sauce, which I enj...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2008

Al Vantaggio
Via Del Vantaggio, 35
Rome
+39 063236848

Ristorante Pizzeria La Scala

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Restaurant

Ristorante Pizzeria La Scala Photo, Rome, Italy
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One of the funnest things we did in Rome was pick up an inexpensive water colour sketch for 10 Euro that I liked by an artist in the Piazza Navona and then seek out the scene depicted. The piece showed laundry strung up by a lamp-post on Via Scala.Consulting a map, we learned Via Scala is in the Trastervere section of the city, so we walked across the river, onto the Isola Tiberina, and took a proper wander through a myriad of Italian neighborhoods. In one piazza, we paused for a few minutes to watch a scene of people walking around a fountain because they were being filmed for a movie! Once on the proper street, we discovered several restaurants an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2008

Ristorante Pizzeria La Scala
Piazza Della Scala, 60
Rome
+39 06 5803763

Ditirambo

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Restaurant

Ditirambo Photo, Rome, Italy
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Ditirambo was the "nice" restaurant we visited while in Rome. It was listed in a "top ten" list my husband found on-line, so we made reservations for 8 PM. Knowing it was near the Campo dei Fiori Piazza, which is famous for its nightlife, we allowed extra time to wander around the pretty streets taking photographs until we located the Piazza della Cancelleria. Even so, it was only a little after 7 PM when we spotted the small front door to Ditirambo. It's hard not to notice all the stickers that recommend the restaurant. Though we were early, it was open, so we asked if we could still take a seat. The staff was very accommodating and ushered us through an arched doorway into...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 2, 2008

Ditirambo
Piazza della Cancelleria, 74
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 066871626

The Time Elevator

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Attraction

The Time Elevator Photo, Rome, Italy
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A good thing to do with children in Rome is the The Time Elevator. Located near the Trevi Fountain (Barberini Metro Stop), they offer several films a day in English. This is a multi-sensory experience in which you can "ride" through time with a guide. There are several different films at any time, but we were only interested in seeing a show about ancient Rome. What was it like? It was a nice reprieve from the heat. We were given earphones to hear the narrative, and we found seats in the back of the room. (Young kids below a certain height have to go on the non-moving seats.) This works a little bit like the Back to the Future ride in Disney World a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2008

The Time Elevator
Via dei SS, Apostoli, 20
Rome, Italy 00187
39 (06) 69921823

An Itinerary for the Family

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Attraction

Santa Maria in Cosmedin Photo, Rome, Italy
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Rome is very, very dense. If you're traveling here with children, it is essential you plan before you start wandering through the hot crowds. It will make your life a lot easier and your kids' experience a lot better. Sample itinerary for a "family day" in Rome: The ColesseoAfter a leisurely breakfast, go to the Colesseo in the morning. You can gain entry to here and to the Monte Palantino for 11 Euro per adult combo ticket. We paid an extra 10 Euro each to join an English speaking tour. (Conversely, you can choose to rent an audio tour inside.) I can't speak for all the tour guides in the area, but ours was wonderful....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2008