The fashion, the sun, the food, the
romance. Italys cultural heritage to the world: Michelangelo,
The eternal city of Rome - breakfast in the sun in la Piazza
Navona, la passeggiata on the Via Condotti, and lovers around
the Trevi Fountain at night.
Enjoying a light but sumptuous lunch of bread, olives and local
wine under the awning of a sidewalk cafe.
For those who want to know more about
Rome, regard this website as an oasis of italiana in the Web
City, much as you might stumble across a sweet fountain in the
crack of a wall in some little backstreet deep within Rome itself.
...and Teddy came too!
Tots enjoy their gelati by
the Trevi Fountain.
But apart from the Disney Shop round the corner on Via del Corso,
that's probably all they'll enjoy. In fact they probably won't
even enjoy that much, as the merchandise in the Rome branch
of the Disney shop is more geared towards clothing and less towards
toys and souvenirs than the British and Stateside outlets.
Unless you're actually moving here to live, we frankly don't
recommend you bring small children with you to Rome. Recreational
amenities for kids are abysmal here as Italian children are instead
brought up to enjoy eating and frolicking in the bosom of their
family as their main source of entertainment, neither of which
things British children are particulary good at - (or British
adults, come to that)
Thus, unless you have something specific planned, the typical
British or American child may well be bored out of his skull
here after only a couple of days. Public playgrounds generally
harbour dangerous, poorly serviced equipment and public parks
are often wild, barren places littered with used syringes left
by drug addicts.
The countryside immediately surrounding Rome is dull, parched
and scrubby and mostly fenced off into private estates patrolled
by semi-wild sheep-dogs, so there are few green fields to run,
roam and picnic in. You'll have to drive a couple of hundred
miles north to Tuscany for that; Yet even Tuscany, in spite of
it's fashionable Arcadian attractions for adults, can seem a
strangely alien and barren place to children, with its sparse
rolling hills and regimental rows of vineyards, olivegroves and
cypress trees generating a landscape of a substantially larger
and less cosy scale than the winding green lanes and bluebell
woods of Kent or Surrey. They don't have fairies here either.
The ice-cream's good though...
Here at Romebuddy, we've tried to stir into the mix all the kind
of special information for lovers and visitors to Italy that
only someone who actually lives here could know.
We want to help make your visit a special one.
By the way, can you cook Italian?
If not, click here.
An early morning stroll
past a trattoria in Trastevere