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Jun 7th, 2016, 05:55 AM
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Rome 3 days family w/two kids ages 11 & 13

Hello - Our family is going to Italy for just under 3 weeks starting mid June. We are starting north in Venice and making our way south to end in Rome. We have been to Rome before with our kids but that was 8 years ago and they were only 3 & 5 at the time.

I would love to hear about things you did in Rome as a family that stood out. Right now we are planning to visit the Trastevere neighborhood, Palatine Hill, Castel Sant'Angelo and possibly Villa Borghese. We will be staying close to the Colosseum. We can't do a Segway tour because my kids don't meet the weight minimum.

Thanks in advance. I have gotten great feedback for other parts of this trip so I am excited to hear your suggestions.
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Jun 8th, 2016, 05:09 AM
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We will only have 3 nights in Rome - not a lot of time.
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Jun 8th, 2016, 09:17 AM
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My kids were 12 and 13 when we went to Rome a Year ago. We were there for a week in the spring and did a lot of walking plus visited the major sights like the Colosseum and the Vatican museum and St. Peter's. My trip report is below.
Many others have visited Rome with kids and visited the Castel Sant Angelo that you mentioned.

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Jun 8th, 2016, 12:16 PM
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My young nieces really enjoyed Ostia Antica. They sat on the steps of the amphitheater, they played bartender and customer at the ancient tavola calda, and they just loved the ancient public toilets.

Castel Sant'Angelo and the Villa Borghese park are good choices. My granddaughter loved the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, and she liked Palazzo Massimo alle Terme so much that she asked to go back the next time she was in Rome; it has lots of statues of ancient gods and heroes. She had learned about them at school, and she has also read a book series about a modern high school in which the students are disguised ancient heroes, or something like that.
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Jun 8th, 2016, 02:03 PM
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Doria Pamphilj is lovely and will be a welcome respite from the heat and crowds...right in the middle of Rome.

Maybe some Roman style pizza at Forno in Campo dei Fiori. I believe in the AM they serve it with potatoes on it as breakfast. The crust is amazing and although not covered in cheese and pepperoni, the Roman pizza is far better than most pizza here in the US. Roscioli just off Campo dei Fiori is also wonderful.

I would have a competition to find the best gelato in Rome.

Santa Maria in Trastevere is so beautiful...the mosaics are incredible. We loved the Colosseum tour we did with Context that included the underground and the top tier. It was a small group and worth the splurge---the kids would like it I think. Our guide was great and we enjoyed learning how they lowered and raised the animals up to the Colosseum floor and you don't have to worry about standing in line at the Colossseum. The tour also included the Forum. Just take some water with you.
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