Monthly Archives: May 2007

Rome for the kids

Yes its holiday time and you have decided to come to Rome. The whole family is coming and that means the kids too. However your motives for going and theirs may be a bit different.
This brings up the whole exciting issue of you entertaining them and trying not to tear your hair out at the same time. To make things a little easier here are a couple of ideas of places to go and things to do. segway.jpg

 

 

Fortunately Rome has quite a few open spaces and very nice parks. There are pedal go-karts and bicycles available for hire in Villa Borghese as well as roller-blades and the big 4 seater family pedal bikes. If your kids are still quite small a better option would definately be the family bicycles. That way you dont have to run like a crazy person after them when they pick up a bit of speed. Another spot you can also go to for some fun is to Piazza del Popolo, which is right next to the park. Here you can hire segways and go all around the piazza and down Via del Corso too.

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There are also fun rides like merry-go-rounds and the other usual stuff that will entertain them and make some great memories too. There is also a bio park and zoo located in Borghese park. There is also a kids museum called Explora at Via Flaminia 60. I have seen it packed all the time with kids so it must be pretty popular.

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Another really nice idea would be to take a carriage ride from Piazza di Spagna. There is space for about 5 or 6 people. Cost varies, please make sure you find out prices  before you get on and exactly how much it is going to cost to where you want to go.

There is another place to take them which is down Via del Corso. The time elevator is here and it will take the kids on a journey through Romes 2500 year history. The nice thing about all these places and activities is that they are really very close together and they are also near the other things that the big people, like you, may find a lot more interesting.

To avoid disapointment another word of advice i would suggest is to find good accomendation which is well located in Rome.

 

Vatican City

If you want to see the latest one the best place to go to is St Peter’s Square. Here you can celebrate mass with the Pope and hear his Sunday message. He is the latest head of the Roman Catholic Church which roughly has 1 billion followers. Although the responsibility he has is enormous and the power he has is equally so, his seat of office is within one of the smallest city states on earth.

The Vatican City is just 0, 44 kilometres square. It has its own radio station, television station, post office, railway station and helipad. 3000 lay workers also work in the Vatican City along with priests, dignitaries, nuns and guards. The Vatican City is all that remains of the papal states of 1859. This was originally 44,030 kilometres square. Other property also still retained by the papacy includes the Lateran palaces and Castle Gandolfo, which is also the Pope’s summer residence..

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The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and of course St Peter’s Basilica, which is also the largest in the world are all situated here. The walls running around the city also serve as the international boundaries. The Swiss Guard also served as the personal guard of the Pope and of the state. They are extremely well trained and disciplined. They are also all Swiss, single and devout Catholics.

Vaticano Vaticano

Pope John Paul II transformed many policies of the Vatican in the eighties. One of the policies that changed was that Catholicism was no longer the state religion in Italy. The current Pope Benedict the 16th has very big shoes to fill. John Paul II left a big legacy and everyone expects Benedict to carry on in the same way.

A trip to Rome would not be complete without a visit to Vatican City. Please don’t forget that to get into St Peters there is a strict dress code. No bear shoulders or any skirts or pants above the knee and no open shoes. Obviously with the weather heating up and being extremely warm, clothing for outdoors will probably not be appropriate to gain entry. Take a bag with you and pack a long sleeve top and pair of pants. They are very strict so no amount of crying or begging will get you in.

Dress Code Dress Code

The best time to go to the Vatican Museums is at least an hour before opening as the queue here is very long and slow.This means that with the current opening time you should get there by the very latest at nine in the morning. At the moment St Peter’s is open from seven in the morning till 7 in the evening. Go here after you have been to the museum. It’s also really great because at some points in the queue you get to wait under the colonnade that encompasses the square.

Queuing for Vatican
You can take the metro line A from Termini Station, which is the main station in Rome, it is only a 5 minute walk from our Hotel in Rome Des Artistes, which will take you directly to the Vatican.

Jazz in Rome

Jazz is the American invention that Europeans love the most. Every big city in the old continent has places dedicated to jazz, and the Ethernal City can’t be an exception.

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A beautiful villa confiscated to the roman mafia became the jazz house at initiative of Rome ‘s open-minded major, Walter Veltroni. Here you’ll enjoy jazz from a different perspective: not in the crowded streets of Chicago or New Orleans, but in an immense house surrounded by a flawlessly kept garden.

Gianmarco Giuliani
The jazz house has its own recording studio, a library and, of course, an auditorium where the best Italian jazzists play frequently. And if you want to please all your senses you’ll find there also a restaurant.

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La casa del jazz is open from Monday to Friday from 10 A.M. until 18:00 A.M. If you are going to stay in the Yes Hotel Rome, you can reach it easily with the blue subway line: just get off at piramide station and look for Viale di Porta Ardeatina 55.
For further information you can visit La Casa del jazz web site, (available only in Italian) to check the next concerts and even the menu of the restaurant!

Casa del Jazz

Via de Porta Ardeatina 55

Phone:06 704731