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Rome with Kids: an insider's guide Paperback – May 15, 2014
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- Item Weight : 12.1 ounces
- Paperback : 241 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0977309312
- Dimensions : 4.9 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0977309313
- Publisher : Solo Roma, Inc; Second Edition, Second edition (May 15, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(1) it is out of date -- The Palatine hill is almost entirely closed off - where they suggest walking to see Circus Maximus is gated off. You can't see it. Very sad 6 year old who had watched Ben Hur's chariot racing scene and was really excited to look down on the real place.
(2) The maps are WRONG. (Even ignoring the above problems) My goodness. Hire a cartographer. No resemblance to reality.
(3) The maps have no actual PATH marked on them.. Perhaps given how wrong they appear, this is a good thing.
(4) Timing - the Palatine Hill to the Colosseum was a poor choice - the Palatine joint ticket booth was a HUGE boon - do it. Lines at the Colosseum are insane. But do yourself a favor - skip the Palatine and walk directly to the colosseum while your kids have energy to climb and run around.
(update - I'm not being fair to the author really -- it definitely formed the basis of our vacation visits - it's just the actual use case to plans walks was far less than optimal - and this review applies to the 2011 edition - I haven't seen the 2014, so giving the benefit of the doubt :))
When the baby woke up later in the day, this book was a great and we learned that Piazza Navona had a great merry-go-round, which my daughter loved to go on and was a great place to go out around. We also learned that Piazza Populo was a great family hang out spot - our daughter ran around having the time of her life and climbing on everything with all the Italian kids. It was great!
Just so you know, I recommend this book and hope you have a great time in Rome with the family.
I feel that I know the area pretty well, but planning is quite different when going with youngsters.
I found this book to be easy to read, with colorfully blocked out sections for just the information that I was looking for
...a way to help children understand many of the sights and history of Rome.
Since we were staying nearby, the recomended gelato stand between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona became our regular nightcap and it is the best in the city! Great tip! We even sent another family there.
We homeschool so this was our field trip and this book was invaluable for our needs. Our copy has been our notebook and is full of written notes, highlighting, post-it notes, and drawings. Thank goodness the printing is such great quality. We wouldn't part with it for anything!
I only wish the author travelled to other destinations!
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In the end, I only relied on the book for our visit to Ostia Antica, and the advice it provided was both misleading and outdated. For one thing, the directions to get to Ostia Antica from Rome were unnecessarily convoluted. It is actually a simple matter of hopping on a metro (line B to S. Paolo) and changing to a regional train (no additional ticket needed). Once there, according to the writer, you simply (paraphrasing:) "cross a pedestrian bridge and then you are at the site". The pedestrian bridge is close to the railway station, but there are something like 35 steps to go up and then down to cross it, and it is at least another 500 metres from the other side of the bridge to the site. The lesson here is that if you have even the slightest mobility problem, it is not a simple matter to reach the site. The site itself is absolutely amazing, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The other reference in the Ostia Antica section was to the "quality cafeteria" at the site. Even by tourist trap standards, this place was truly abysmal. The staff was surly (I was actually yelled at for ordering something from the menu because it wasn't actually on the counter in front of me - didn't I realise that all they had was what I could see?!) and the food was not even lukewarm. I can only assume that since the book was copyrighted in 2008, the author has no idea that the cafeteria is in such a state.
I gave the book two stars for all of the hard work that went into it, and for such useful tips as limiting how much we should do in a day. My children are both competitive athletes and they were just as tired as I was at the end of each day, so those tips were quite useful. As a practical matter, though, the book I bought from the Dutch version of the auto club was much more accurate and useful, particularly when it came to getting to Ostia and around Rome itself.