Brilliant city breaks
Gorge on the best gelato in Rome, go on a gargoyle hunt in Paris... these city break ideas will throughly entertain your children
Posted: 17 August 2011
When in Rome…
Italians love children, make the best gelato and love eating al fresco – these facts alone are enough to make Rome the perfect family city break. For a laid-back day with younger children, head to the Villa Borghese Gardens in the city centre: the Pincio area offers the best sunset views across Rome, and the Temple of Esculapius sits alongside a gorgeous lake where children can feed ducks and swans. You could spend a whole day here, but for children over three, a visit to the Colosseum is a must. With all its nooks and crannies and many stories, children will leave wide eyed with amazement. Be sure to buy a ticket that offers entry to both the Colosseum and the Roman Forum on consecutive days; much more family-friendly than trying to cram both into one long day.
A stunning hotel beside the Villa Borghese Gardens and Rome’s main shopping areas is the Aldrovandi Palace Hotel. Two superior double rooms cost a total of €438 per night in March.
Or enjoy the opulence of the Hotel De Russie, located near the Spanish Steps. Sovereign Luxury Holidays offers three nights bed and breakfast from £3,785 for a family of four (taking two rooms, including flights from Gatwick in March).
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