Best restaurants in Rome for non-foodies (plus eating in Italy tips):

Eating in Italy? You’re in for a treat! After eating our way through the country, I am here for you with tips for dining in Italy with kids, plus our picks for the best restaurants in Rome. Note: for Florence dining recommendations, read our Three … [Read more...]

Normandy in a day: What to see with 12 hours by car

If you can carve out a free day during a visit to Paris, it's well-worth your time to explore Normandy. While this region of France deserves a week or more of your attention, families can hit some highlights with just a day. We've written about … [Read more...]

Guide to Villa Borghese with teens who want to do everything extreme

We’re a very active family who spends significant time outdoors when we travel. In Rome, we noticed the lack of green spaces right away. Luckily, our apartment rental was located directly across the Tiber from Piazzo Popolo with an entrance to Villa … [Read more...]

Three days in Florence with kids

I’ve heard it said that Florence is not an ideal destination for kids, but I couldn’t disagree more. Our three days in Florence were among our best in Europe. Even with only a basic education in Renaissance art, which Florence is known for, we found … [Read more...]

Exploring Pompeii with kids

The ancient city of Pompeii, under the looming shadow of (what remains of) Mount Vesuvius, was not precisely as we imagined it. The layout, exhibits, and interpretive materials were not clearly marked, and it took some persistence to find what we … [Read more...]

Louvre vs d’Orsay museum: why you should visit both with kids

If you’re visiting Paris with kids ten and up, both the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay are probably on your short list. When I created our Paris itinerary with kids, I initially left the d'Orsay off of it. This was a big mistake! On recommendation by … [Read more...]

Getting from Pisa to Florence with a side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

If you're flying into Pisa's airport and then getting from Pisa to Florence Italy, you have several options, all of which are pretty cheap and pretty fast. However, if you want to take advantage of your time in the town to see the Leaning Tower of … [Read more...]

Guide to surviving (I mean enjoying) the Vatican Museums with kids

You can't go to Rome without seeing the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, but make no mistake, the Vatican Museums are difficult to tackle, with or without kids. With over 2000 rooms and nine miles of art, these vast and imposing buildings … [Read more...]

Exploring Rome with kids: Overome Colosseum tour review

Touring Rome's Colosseum and Forum is always in the top three attractions for families. This center of ancient Roman history is a must-do, but also big, crowded, and complex. We were very glad we opted to see the Colosseum and Forum with a small … [Read more...]

Why you should tour Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome with kids

While visiting Rome with kids, the time will come when you’ll face a full-on mutiny if you suggest even one more museum. This is the moment to head to the Castel Sant’Angelo. This underrated and overlooked site in Rome is a must-do. We are so glad we … [Read more...]