Italy

The beautiful Pieta by Michaelangelo in St. Peter's Basilica The gilded ceiling of the Gallery of Tapestries The view from the Dome of St. Peter's is magnificent (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Five Helpful Tips for Visiting the Vatican Museums in Rome, Italy

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I’ve read that it would take ten years to view every item found in the Vatican Museums. They would surely be worth a trip in themselves if you had the time and the interest, but if you’re travelling with kids, the odds are high you’ll only get one afternoon to absorb all of the magnificent history, art and architecture. Here are our top five tips on maximizing your visit to the Vatican Museums in Rome. Tips for Visiting the Vatican…

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Rome is a family travel dream destination with history, food and culture. Live la dolce vita with these top 10 things to do in Rome with kids and families. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

The Top 10 Things to do in Rome with Kids and Families

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What can one say about a city that has existed for thousands of years? Rome fits our criteria for an outstanding, educational family travel adventure that combines art, history, architecture, food and culture. You can spend a few days or an entire month exploring the glory of Rome, as it exists today and as it was in ancient times, and leave amazed and enlightened about this wonderful, mad city. When in Rome with children, do as the travelling mom has done….

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The stunning Sorrento coastline has beckoned travelers for thousands of years. Travel tips for Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Sorrento, Capri + the Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Just saying the names of Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast conjures up images of a warm Italian sun, steep sea-side cliffs, and the blue, inviting waters of the Mediterranean. This beautiful part of Italy has inspired artists, poets and travellers for centuries, and with good reason. The countryside, houses and topography of southern Italy are a stark contract to the more industrial north of the country. The south is more arid and the air lemon-scented; the landscape becomes hilly and…

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How to arrange to attend a papal audience with the Pope in Vatican City and, if you're lucky, be less than 20 feet away from His Holiness. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Attending a Papal Audience in Vatican City

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Did you know that you can arrange to attend a Papal audience with the Pope and, if you’re lucky, be less than 20 feet away from His Holiness? And do this all for free? Keep in mind that you’ll be sharing the experience with 5,000 or so other interested folks and pilgrims. But if visiting the Vatican is in your Roman travel plan, you may want to arrange the experience of a public papal audience in Vatican City, even if you’re not Catholic. General…

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Italy does so many things right, like coffee and ice cream. Where to find the best cappuccino and best gelato in Rome. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

The Best Cappuccino and Gelato in Rome

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I’ve often wondered how Italians became ‘the’ global coffee cognoscenti. After all, no coffee beans grow in Italy. They’re imported from the tropics, then roasted, ground, and consumed in Italy in vast quantities. Similarly, the Italian love of gelato is understandable, yet how did it become a worldwide phenomenon as well? It’s the ritual of coffee in Italy that has risen above all others. Espresso, cappuccino, americano and caffe latte. The world has embraced these as a favorite coffee rite. These may…

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