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Rome with Middle School Boys- -Do we need a guide? Would they like the Borghese?

Rome with Middle School Boys- -Do we need a guide? Would they like the Borghese?

Old May 8th, 2007, 04:06 PM
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hi rileypenny,

we found that our kids [a bit older in year than yours but still pretty juvenile it turns out] decided to amuse themselves in Rome and Florence by spotting the ugliest babies in paintings in each of the churches and galleries we visited. This caused them, and occasionally us, endless amusement. they also took against the flying heads, and took delight in pointing them out all over the place.

I certaily started looking at art with a different eye under their influence.

your kids may also invent a theme for themselves, which will keep them and you entertained.

have a great time,

regards, ann
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Old May 8th, 2007, 05:46 PM
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I think your idea of putting the Borghese on the "like to see" list is perfect. While I really enjoyed it, I wouldn't put it on my "must see" list for your family with such a short time to see Rome. Your sons will probably already have visited several wonderful museums while you are in Paris.

My kids really liked the Cappucine crypt, the Coliseum, climbing to the top of St. Peter's dome and, of course, the gelato.

Annhig's comment about an art "theme" caused me to chuckle. On our first trip, my daughter tried to find the prettiest angel wings (a pair in the Vatican museum won.) On our second trip, she became much more interested in finding the most gruesome "slaughter of the innocents" painting. Despite our best intentions, I don't think her taste in art is improving!

Have a great trip.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 07:46 PM
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Really the Borghese is more for adults. Besides it is not centrally located.

If it is not too hot, send them to climb to the top of St. Peter's. Kids always enjoy climbing up anything. You rest while they do it.

The Vatican Museum is a lot more interesting than the Borghese--something for everyone in there. They might like the map room with all the old maps. You could talk about how some of them are more artistic than accurate.

Hange out at the Spanish steps and Piazza Navona.

Gelato, gelato, gelato.
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 10:23 AM
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I tried to post a trip report but it got deleted somehow, so here is the quick and dirty on our Borghese experience this summer. After 3 or 4 hours of sightseeing, the boys were pooped and went back to the hotel by the Borghese while dh and I did the museum alone. Hard to say whether they would have enjoyed it- -I think 14 year old would and 11 would want to look at each sculpture for about 10 seconds, thenmove on. DH and I used audioguide and liked it, loved the sculpture. Afterwards, we all rented a four person surrey in the park and they LOVED that.
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Old Jan 17th, 2008, 10:58 AM
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We also renteed a surrey after the Borghese. Just mention the word "surrey" and everyone in our family starts to laugh...it's become one of our funniest vacation stories. It not only rained (hard) on us when we had the surrey out....it hailed!!!
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