Rome is the perfect worldschooler’s destination. Not many places can compare for it’s history, architecture, food and culture. We spent 8 days in the city discovering ancient ruins, famous landmarks and magnificent art, but all that sightseeing can really burn you out. When I was planning our visit I chose an apartment close to Villa Borghese Gardens, a huge park in the centre of Rome, which made it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Italy’s capital.
Where is it
Just off the Piazza del Popolo there are a series of stairs that will lead up to the gardens. From here you can get a panoramic view of the city. It’s a popular place during sunset.
Things to Do
- Rent a Pedal Bike
There are a few companies scattered throughout the park that offer bike, pedal bikes, golf carts or segways to rent to explore the park. We rented a pedal bike for an hour and it was a blast! Just make sure you can trust your driver 😉
- Visit the Zoo
We spent an afternoon at the zoo in the park. It is reasonably priced and has a good variety of animals that kept the kids entertained. There is a playground and plenty of shade which welcomed on a very hot day. Something to keep in mind though was there were A LOT of mosquitoes at the end of September and I was eaten alive. Make sure you use insect repellant!
- Grab a Bench
Throughout the park there are snack stands for a quick drink, panini and a treat. There are benches all over the park so it’s nice to have a little picnic and let the kids blow off some steam.
- Visit the Spanish Steps
It’s a short walk from the gardens to the Spanish Steps. Grab some roasted chestnuts and people watch, or hop onto a horse-drawn carriage to continue on with your sightseeing!
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