Rome is more than an ancient city with a bustling contemporary lifestyle; when walking along the antique streets and lavish artistry the past comes to life, immersing the family in wonderment. Your private transfer meets the family at Fiumicino Airport before escorting you to Rome’s active city-center. The beauty of the city resounds in the magnificent churches, baroque palaces, and marvelous fountains accenting the public piazzas. Your guide meets you in the hotel lobby after the family has had a chance to freshen up. Follow in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors along the cobblestone streets. The kids are as excited as you are to hear the stories about the ancient lives and lifestyles of the city.
From the façade of the Pantheon, the kids see a remarkable building that spans more than two millennia, with a dome rising nearly 138 feet above the streets of Rome. The concrete dome was erected without any supports extra supports other than the interior walls. The polished marble floor glints in the sunlight beaming through the open hole in the dome. You nearly gasp at the famous names of artists and kings engraved on tombs surrounding the former cathedral, from Renaissance painter Raphael to King Vittorio Emanuele II, the unifier of Italy. Your guide points out the hole at the center of the dome, which captivates the kids. It is the only source of light for the Pantheon’s interior.
When the emperor would arrive at the former Pagan temple at noon, the sun would shine over the doorway, bathing the emperor in light. After your introductory tour of the city, your guide leads you to a hidden gelateria outside of the bustling streets of Roman’s center. The aroma of various gelato flavors, from honeysuckle to lavender, chocolate to espresso blends in the refreshingly cool interior. Your instructor greets you with a sample of the gelatos made at the store before leading the family behind the counter to learn how to create your very own creamy and sweet desserts.