This post is about the birth of Rome, not about the birth of Christ. Both occasions use the word “Natale” in Italian. For posts about Christmas in Rome and Italy, click here.
Most city foundation stories are pretty straightforward. But the origin story of the city of Rome is more akin to something you would read in a comic book about superheroes.
According to city legend, Rome was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. by Romulus and named after him. The Natale di Roma, the birthday of Rome, is quite a complicated story.
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A writer of a recent comment on the Italofile Facebook page mentioned that his chief concern for an upcoming spring trip to Rome was “what do I do if it rains?” Here’s his exact words:
Am going to Rome in late March/early April with three young kids. I lived there for a year when I was younger, so I know all it has to offer, but I have one fear. What do we do if it rains???
Rome is a city best seen outdoors, what with sights like the Forum and the Colosseum and activities like window-shopping and piazza strolling. Of course, there are also plenty of indoor options if your Rome vacation is sidelined by rain. While I had a few ideas to offer, such as tucking inside some of Rome’s magnificent churches, I decided to “crowd-source” answers to this question on Twitter, LinkedIn, e-mail, and elsewhere. Here’s what friends had to say: Continue reading Rome When It Rains
Florence may feel like a fairy tale city for adults, but kids aren’t always impressed. That’s mostly because they’ve yet to study or appreciate the art, architecture, and history that have made the Tuscan town one of the world’s most favored destinations for generations.
Enter Context Travel. The walking tour company, which I have mentioned in The Unofficial Guide to Central Italy, has just announced a “robust kid-friendly program” that includes family tours such as Symbols and Legends of Florence, a 2-hour family treasure hunt, and Arte Firenze for Families, a guided tour through the Uffizi Gallery.
Some other Context Travel tours of Florence and Tuscany that your family (and teens) may enjoy are Florence Food Experiences, Fresco Workshop, and (one we’d LOVE to try) Tuscan Truffle Hunt. You can also find Context Travel tours and services in Rome, Naples, and Venice.
Of course, you can’t expect some of the most knowledgeable guides in the business to charge a pittance for their services. These group walks, excursions, and daytrips start at around €200 per group. But, you’ll definitely return from your trip to Italy with more interesting captions for your photos. And your kids will be able to impress their teachers with loads of Tuscan trivia.
Photo by Context Travel