Victor & Joanne's Italy and Bulgaria Family Adventure 2017 travel blog

Heading to Rome on a train that will travel around 250kmp or...

Our accommodation in Rome is 2 minutes from St Peter's. Great kitchen...

Thousands of chairs set up for the Pope's general audience and blessing...

Braeden truly appreciated the awesome grandeur. How lovely to share this with...

First subway ride ... wooohooo!! Can you tell that they are excited...

Time to walk out feet off. We did over 20km today :-)

First night in Rome ... who can resist Trevi Fountain at night??

Day 2 and we are all ready ready to explore.

Catholics certainly know how to create masterpieces. Regardless of the pomp, some...

The Pieta by Michelangelo ... created in 1499, it is one of...

A Twizy ... one seat in the front and a very tiny...

Street performer that intrigued the kids. When they put coins in his...

Artichoke appie already half eaten and delicious. Forgot to take pictures of...

Arrividerci Roma. We will miss you.


Rome - April 24-27

Our wonderful Orbassano family made a caravan of three vehicles to take us (and all of our luggage) to the train station in Torino. Our grandchildren have their first experience of the luxury and ease of train travel in Europe and we arrive in Rome mid-afternoon. Our private transfer took us to our apartment on Via Fornaci which is minutes from the St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican. We're all thrilled with the location and amenities. The challenge of travelling with nine people and all their luggage is that it takes more than two vehicles to take us anywhere, so while playing tourist, we took advantage of bus and metro trains to get around. Of course gelato becomes a mainstay of our daily meals and it's considered an essential end to every day.

Rome -- the Eternal City, the seat of the Roman Empire, the home of the Vatican -- is the place where we will certainly try to experience La Dolce Vita. Rome's history spans more than 2800 years ... too much to see in the few short days that we will be here along with thousands of others exploring the city. Rome is full of contacts. The largest Church in the world is here (St. Peter's Basilica), while around the corner you will find a small neighbourhood church and small cafes. The centre of Rome is full of ancient architecture and special points of interest, whereas the outskirts are more modern and where most of the 4.7 million people live.

Over the next three days, Victor and I see Rome through the eyes of our kids and grandchildren. Watching the excitement of Liam and Noelle when they saw the metro train arrive at the station (their first subway experience), or seeing Braeden stand in St. Peter's Square and hearing him say "I could stay here for hours." Or, watching our kids navigate how to buy fruits and vegetables at the Coop, and cooking our first dinner in a typically small Italian kitchen. These will all be memories that we will cherish.

Yes, we also threw coins into Trevi Fountain, had a picnic lunch on the Spanish Steps, walked around the Colosseum and bought tickets for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. Typical tourist activities and loads of fun when doing it with our kids and grandkids.



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