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Trip Report NOT ANOTHER ROME TRIP REPORT! No, just a brief insight into what my teenage daughter thought of Rome.

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I had planned this trip for months, but could not persuade my 15yo DD to take much interest beforehand, looking at guide books etc. She knew that she wanted to see the Coliseum and Forum, shop, eat risotto, shop, eat gelato, and shop. I wanted to see a few places I hadn't seen in previous trips to Rome (Galleria Doria Pamphili, Palazzo Spada and San Clemente) but aside from that our plans were fairly fluid. So I thought we'd be OK.

What I really enjoy from my children when I travel with them is that WOW moment when they see something amazing that they just hadn't expected. I expected to get a few of those in Rome!

We rented an apartment through SleepInItaly on Piazza Rondanini, just a stone's throw from the Pantheon. I would recommend it for the location, and it was perfect for our needs. http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_rondanini.html

What she liked'

Campo dei Fiori - well, markets are always fun
Trevi Fountain - tossing the coin despite the crowds
Pantheon
Castel Sant'Angelo, in particular the costume exhibition
Internet Cafes
Galleria Borghese
The pedalo cycle things in the Borghese Gardens (but they are hard work up the hills!)
The Henri Cartier-Bresson photo exhibition at the Palazzo Braschi
Attention and flattery from young men, which she accepted with good grace and giggles
Gelato - of course

Real WOW moments'

The Coliseum and Forum - we took an Icon Tour which was really good.
St Peter's Basilica - sadly we never got our Scavi Tour reservations, and even tried going to the office to see if we could get on a tour but no luck
The ceiling of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
The trompe l'oeil at Saint Ignatio
The Fountain of the Turtles

Didn't like and/or disappointed with'

Spanish Steps - too crowded and just a flight of stairs really with scaffolding at the top
Piazza Navona - 4 Rivers Fountain swathed in scaffolding
The Cat Sanctuary - she dislikes cats and is allergic to them
Shopping - we have had some wonderful trips to Paris, Dublin and Barcelona and thoroughly enjoyed the shopping in those cities. We were quite disappointed with Rome in that respect. There are plenty of high-end shops, which are out of our budget, and plenty of tacky shops but very little that we found in the mid-price range. OK, there was Benetton and Zara but we have those at home and they had nothing very different. Nor did Coin. The best shopping we did was at the Saturday morning market at Via Sannio just a little beyond San Giovanni in Laterano.
Attention and flattery from older men, which she found embarrassing and pervy!

Fun - we had a GTG with a lovely family from Perth, Australia for dinner one evening in Trastevere and DD had a blast with the older youngsters (contact made here on Fodors - remember Monda?), and we also met a delightful couple from Louisiana for coffee at Tre Scalini one morning in Piazza Navona (prearranged on TTG).

Meals - we were on a budget, but kept our meals to around 50 euros for the two of us. Cheapest was at Orso 80, we also very much enjoyed La Taverna degli Amici in Piazza Margana, Le Cornacchie in Piazza Rondanini, and especially Antica Taverna in Via Monte Giordano
Disappointing was Maccheroni in Via della Coppelle and another place near Piazza Navona - the receipt doesn't have a name printed on it.
Absolutely excellent was a restaurant where we joined friends from the next village at home for their first night in Rome - La Penna d'Oca on Via della Penna just off Piazza del Popolo. We had the tasting menu at 55 euros a head, and it was fabulous - really enjoyable, and made the more so because we were being treated!

We walked a fair bit, but also used the buses a lot, and took the tram to Trastevere.

We did a day trip to Florence which takes 1 1/2hours on Eurostar, round trip 117 euros. We both really enjoyed this, saw David (WOW) at the Academia (pre-booked), Medici Chapel (WOW) and the Baptistery (WOW). We shopped in the markets, lunched, wandered around, and had a really nice (and good value) meal at Maso on the corner of Via Palazzuolo and Via Maso Finiguerra on our way back to the station.

DD found Rome to be very busy and buzzy, and preferred Florence. Venice is still her favourite Italian city though. And I have to return to Rome because I never got to see those three places I wanted to! Just not enough time'.

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