Rome - Different Interests, One Destination!

By Roberta Stuart  

Worried about having to leave teenagers at the family hotel in Rome while you enjoy the rest of the sights? You don't have to! The Italian capital has something for everyone- from the oldest member of the clan right down to the youngest.

While it may sometimes seem like a very "grown-up" destination, with the ancient buildings, even older artifacts, somber museums and creaky cathedrals, Rome has plenty to surprise. There's so much to enjoy, from the minute you step out the door of your family hotel in Rome. Here are a few of the things each member of the family can look forward to on a Roman holiday.

For the History Buff
History is the one thing you can be quite sure of getting from the moment you arrive in the Italian capital - practically every square foot is dripping with history. Of course, no history buff worth his or her title will want to miss seeing the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine. They are all close to each other and can give at least half a day's immersion into the ancient past.

The Art Maven
Your history buff child won't be the only one having fun, because the history goes hand in hand with art at many places - including St. Peter's Basilica where the two collide. The Vatican museums nearby will also provide hours and hours of entertainment - although you'll want to make arrangements in advance if you don't want to spend hours waiting in line.

The streets themselves are also filled with art and history, particularly in the historical centres such as Piazza Navona. It is home to yet more...

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Enjoy the Highlights of a Wine Cruise in Italy

By Paul D Newman

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Italian cruising holidays are a great way to discover the country. With so many beautiful waterways to explore, and a host of wonderful Italian ports to stop off in, you'll experience a very different view of the country.

One of the most popular options for boating holidays in this region is to go on a wine cruise. Here are some of the highlights you can enjoy around the lovely Venice and Mantua region.

Mazzorbo
Mazzorbo is a gem of a town located not far from Venice. On a cruise along the waterways in the area, it is definitely one of the Italian ports you should disembark to explore. Here you will find the Venissa wine estate, which has a delightful walled vineyard, and of course you will have the opportunity to taste some of the excellent wine it produces.

Villa Widmann Borletti
Villa Widmann Borletti is in Adria, another of the Italian ports you may be able to visit on your journey. This huge complex was designed by Baldassare Longhena, an architect from the 17th century, and is a fascinating place to explore. You will also be able to visit its wine estate and indulge in some more wine tasting opportunities.

Soave
This medieval town is famous for its dry wines, so it will definitely be one of the stops on the itinerary of a wine cruise of the region. The garganega grape produces excellent whites...

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