Rome the eternal city.
It's somewhere we've always wanted to visit as a family and in particular I love the film Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. To me watching that film from when I was young I was not only captivated by the style and elegance of the actors but taken back also by the majesty of the city. They say Rome wasn't built in a day and I know we will only scratch the surface of this city but we will return . You have I believe to return to the city if you throw a coin in the ... fountain.
We've opted to stop in the Vatican and we will have views of the Basilica from our hotel , Rome is so a magical and romantic place we just can't wait to visit as a family , we've been conditioning ourselves in this heat !! The Vatican City gets over 17,000 visitors a day so I'm glad we've booked ahead to visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel including lunch ( not alas with the Pope )
Booking ahead for the Vatican means we get to skip the long lines that are always around the Vatican and literally we will be able to roll out our hotel to the Vatican.
With so much opulence and grandeur in the Vatican I know I'm going to fall in love with the city and it will be such a wrench to leave.The Vatican actually only cover half a square kilometre but it looks every inch the religious superpower with its monumental buildings and lavishly decorated halls housing many an art work.
We know as a family we are going to have to dress appropriately in order to enter the Vatican as it is a holy area and to enter the museums and the Basilica you must dress appropriately ~ covering shoulders, thighs ,necklines and midriffs. This means no shorts and no tank tops. long shorts and t ~ shirts are alright for men. Women will need to wear longer skirts /dresses ( or trousers ) and bring a shawl to cover their shoulders. All rucksacks and umbrellas will need to be checked as you enter the museums so on these days I won't pack the kitchen sink.
It's going to be a really special holiday as it's the last family holiday before the Teen goes to York university to study archaeology , he's lucky as he's rolling in from his first parent free holiday to our family holiday ~ eek.
We are also planning on going to Pisa when we are in Rome , we will will be going by train as from what I've seen it is really cheap to do so. It will be refreshing to step outside of Rome for the day only to be lovingingly welcomed back into Romes embrace.
The Vatican I'm sure will culminate in a sensory overload and we will have to recover with refreshments but oh my what a fabulous assault on the senses and memories it will be. I'm all about making memories and living in the moment this is why I do love forward planning so it makes the holiday more straight forward , of course I'm always up for the unexpected too.
And here’s from the lovely Melissa some information about Rome she wish she’d known before travelling there and to know the dos and don’ts in travel is essential.