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Taylor Trove Family Travels to Rome, Italy

Inger Taylor

Posted on May 01 2018

When our family set out to travel to Tuscany, I don’t think we truly understood what that would look like.  You put it down on paper and it all looks easy enough.  Everything always looks manageable on paper, but eventually you’ve got to put that plan into action.  That’s when you suddenly realize you’re in deep and there’s no turning back, or rather, scaling back.  We were desperate to cover some serious ground in Tuscany despite having our 4 girls in tow, so we wanted to be centrally located so day trips to all our top spots were within reach.

We settled on a Villa in the little town of Impruneta, just minutes outside of Firenze (Florence), Tuscany’s capital.  But first… Rome.  Getting to Rome.  We flew from San Diego, California to JFK and on to Rome.  Why JFK?  Mike thought it would be good for the kids to get off the plane and stretch their legs.  Right… just when the kids settle in and fall asleep, we landed in New York.  Bummer.  Everyone up and off the plane and onto another plane. 

We arrived in Rome in the early afternoon.  It was beautiful.  Mike and I were trashed and the kids were being kids.  They were so happy to be in a new country and were rearing to go.  We checked into the hotel and headed out to do some sightseeing before dinner.

Bed time came and we all passed out.  We woke up ready to go and take on Roma.  We planned only two days in Rome, so we didn’t even scratch the surface of all there was to do and see.  High on our list was the Colosseum and the Vatican. 

Since everyone was eager to visit the Colosseum we went there first.  Mike and I were speechless as we approached the Colosseum.  The girls weren’t so speechless and weren’t sure what to think other than, “Mommy, is it safe to go in there… it looks like that building falling down?”  It was breathtaking to say the least.  We were in awe and humbled by its presence.  We had bought tickets in advance so there wasn’t too much lag time between being on the outside and getting at the core.  Walking through the corridors and out to the stands overlooking the arena gave me the chills.  We did try to explain some of the history to the girls, and the purpose the Colosseum served, but that was a little lost on them.  They were mostly disturbed at the thought of the gladiators battling in the arena and were interested in any and every opportunity they could find to climb.  The girls were most impressed with the giant donut they got upon exit.  We devoured it in a hurry!


The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica was beautiful, but the girls weren’t nearly as patient as they had been with the Colosseum.  The Vatican Necropolis was way too creepy for them, so we didn’t spend too much time touring.  St. Peter’s Square with its wide-open running spaces was more their speed.  All this walking demanded gelato!


Tivoli Fountain and the Spanish Steps were so crowded it was virtually impossible to get near.  We tried, and it was beautiful, but that area of the city was so congested we decided to take refuge in a nearby café for dinner. 

The next day we were off to get our rental car and make the drive to our villa in Impruneta.  A new adventure was right around the corner and we couldn’t wait!



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