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Rome, Italy
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Hide and seek at the Vatican


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Rome is rarely cited as a place to take young children yet there is much to Italy's capital that captivates kids. Tour the Coliseum, Trajan's Market and Roman Forum. Visit the Vatican. Discover Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and the Pantheon. Take the kids on a macabre adventure and explore the catacombs. In Rome, history is made real! That said, the secret to a successful Roman holiday is careful planning. Alternate history and culture with adventure and movement and break your days into child-sized slices. Do your research in advance and feed the kids with interesting tidbits at each attraction. Buy a children's guidebook and let the kids play tour leader. Enroll them in a children's program at one or more Rome museum and view art while the tykes play and discover. The Eternal City is more child-friendly than you might think and a trip to Rome is a great way to learn.
Romulus & Remus
The bronze sculpture Capitoline Wolf depicts the legend of Romulus and Remus

The bronze sculpture Capitoline Wolf depicts the legend of Romulus and Remus

Alfredo De Simone

Nobody knows the true story of the founding of Rome so over time many legends have been invented to explain how the city got its start. The most famous legend about Rome's beginning is the story of twin boys named Romulus and Remus. Abandoned on the banks of the river Tiber, Romulus and Remus were cared for by a she-wolf. Years later when Mars, the Roman god of war, told the twins to seek their glory they decided to build a city. But as no city can have two kings, Romulus and Remus held a match to see who would rule. Romulus won, built a house, kicked Remus out and named his new city after him.
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