Italy Family Trip Itinerary - December

Oct 15th, 2010, 01:38 PM
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My kids are 8 and 10, and we have taken them to Italy a few times. In general, they have been much more captivated by Rome (gladiators!) and Venice (no cars!), less so by Florence (another museum?). I think you should keep Pompeii in your itinerary. Also, if you don't do Maranello, you can travel by train among the cities, which is super convenient and easy.

Venice is absolutely magical in the winter. When we were there a couple of years ago, our flight out was also ridiculously early, but we took a water taxi to the airport and our boys were thrilled.

By the way, we did a private Context tour in Rome also - it was very expensive but worth it.
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Oct 16th, 2010, 10:12 AM
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Rome -
Hotel Albergo Cesari is booked. I am looking at Artemide Hotel, folks on tripadvisor seem to like it a lot, but I cant find any comments on this board on the hotel. Anyone ever hear of it?
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Oct 16th, 2010, 10:24 AM
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txtree - any good tips of family lodging??
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Oct 16th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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Rome Hotel Ponte Sisto looks really good too - anyone??
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Oct 17th, 2010, 06:16 PM
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I am not sure how helpful this is, but:

Our Rome hotels have been on the expensive side. We have stayed at the 47 Hotel, which is near the Capitoline - we had a great suite, the boys slept on the sofa bed. We also stayed at Aldrovandi, near the Villa Borghese, which is elegant and has a beautiful swimming pool (though you won't be needing that!). We also stayed at the Albergo del Senato, which couldn't be better located, but I must say, I didn't love our room. We have also stayed at the Intercontinental - also a great location, but I didn't love it either. (We've stayed at totally crappy places, too, but I won't bore you with the details!)

Our last trip to Florence, we stayed at La Casa del Garbo, which was terrific in every respect. Right on the Piazza della Signoria. It was great and I'd recommend it. We have also stayed at the Lungarno Suites, which is expensive and on the luxe side, but really wonderful.

In Venice, we most recently stayed at Locanda Orseolo. I adored it. Excellent location, very nice accommodations, and a truly gracious staff. And Hotel Flora is also great.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 07:17 AM
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Haven't stayed at the Ponte Sisto but I wanted too. It has an inner courtyard that should make the rooms more quiet than usual in Rome.
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Nov 8th, 2010, 10:32 AM
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txtree - La Casa del Garbo has the BENVENUTO suite available. The reviews on tripadvisor are not so fabulous. Can you tell me more about it? Which suite did you stay in?
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Nov 9th, 2010, 05:49 PM
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Hmmm. When we booked last year, the TA reviews were uniformly excellent. The location is incredible. I think we stayed in the Michelangelo suite - we had a view right onto the Piazza, very good people watching. Our suite was very nice, though not luxurious. It is more like a B&B, not a full-service hotel, and you have to be able to climb a few stairs. But the staff were very nice and helpful. And the suites have small, fairly well stocked kitchens. Do you have any specific concerns?
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Nov 15th, 2010, 12:55 PM
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Im not sure of my specific concerns, but hearing you really liked it helps me. I think Im gonna take it!! I also emailed Lungarno Suites - they are running some specials - gonna see what they can do for me.
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Nov 15th, 2010, 02:22 PM
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My family is doing a similar trip this holiday. We start with 5 nights in Rome and wanted to do a day trip to Pompei. I received LOTS of great advice about the pros/cons of that- search the forum. There's a terrific set of hotels on the Aventine that are so reasonable with advanced booking that we could swing two rooms (a separate one for our teenagers). We're staying at Villa San Pio (www.aventinohotels.com) and have stayed there before so can vouch that it's an excellent value. It's not more than a 10 minute walk to the metro and close to the tram that takes you into Trastevere. I found hotel accommodations in Venice to be ridiculously expensive around the holidays, so searching for an apartment there is probably worthwhile. One thing to consider is that you may want to add another day in Florence or shift the timing since many things will be closed Christmas Day and the day after. Also, the Uffizi is closed on the Monday as well. Something to consider if you are counting on visiting the museums there. I have to say, I've heard so many good things about Bologna on this forum that I wish we were going there as well. Enjoy!
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Nov 16th, 2010, 08:13 AM
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Lungarano is about 60 USD more a night than La Casa del Garbo, but it does include breakfast and I think one dinner. Wondering if I should go for it . . .
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Nov 16th, 2010, 10:13 AM
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I'm not sure what price point you're looking for in a hotel in Rome, but you might check out Residenza Canali ai Coronari. We've stayed here several times, most recently with our 10yo daughter. We stayed in a triple room, and her bed was in a separate alcove off the main room, which was very nice for all of us. I don't know if they have a room for 4 people (though our triple was big enough for another bed/cot), but you could ask.

It's located on a quiet street filled with antique stores, about 1 block from Piazza Navona. Being a "residenza," it's a bit like a B&B, and is family-owned. The staff is very helpful.
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Nov 16th, 2010, 05:42 PM
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If you can swing Lungarno, I would do it - try to get a room with a view of the Ponte Vecchio!
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Dec 9th, 2010, 06:41 PM
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txtree - couldn't swing it - the deal I thought I could get only works out for 3 nights, not 4. I even called. Can you believe a hotel would penalize a customer for staying longer?? I tried to explain that to their customer service - yeah right - I guess it didnt resonate. SO its Casa del Garbo for us. I'm sure it will be great!!

Any other recs are food, activiteis, shopping are greatly appreciated!!
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