Kids-friendly Rome!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Rome is one of the most spectacular capital cities in the world.  It’s steeped in culture and history and no matter where you turn there’s something interesting to look at.  Its ancient ruins are amazingly well preserved and the beauty of its churches is unsurpassed. Modern Rome has 280 fountains and more than 900 churches!

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I wanted to show my kids in Rome was the Colosseum, so I’ll recommend beginning your first day in Rome here.  There are lots of tours and ticket options for visiting the Colosseum and you can choose the one that suits you and your family best.  However a skip the line ticket of some sort is definitely worth buying.

We took a family friendly guided tour of the Colosseum and the Forum.  This was really informative and our guide was great with the kids. The Colosseum doesn’t disappoint.  It’s an incredible structure and your eyes can’t help but be drawn to it.

Your ticket to the Colosseum will also include entry to the Forum and Palatine Hill.  Here you’ll find the spectacular ruins of ancient temples, palaces and baths – a great way to get a glimpse of roman history.

Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City is the world’s smallest state and is the centre of Catholicism.  Visiting the Vatican means crossing an international border, but you don’t need your passport.  Getting skip the line tickets is recommended.

The Vatican Museums themselves are stuffed to the gills with treasures collected over hundreds of years.  The wealth on display is quite staggering.  The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous things to see here and you shouldn’t miss it.

St Peter’s Basilica is also incredible.  Linked to the Vatican by a doorway from the Sistine Chapel, this was our last stop on our Vatican visit.   A great thing to do is the climb the steps to the top of the dome to get a fantastic view over Rome. Remember that you need to cover your shoulders and knees or you won’t be allowed in.

Castel Sant’Angelo

This amazing looking castle sits on the riverside and has a statue lined bridge to reach it.  It’s a former papal fortress and a secret tunnel connects the Castel to the Vatican. The Castel has a long and bloody history which you can learn about in its large museum.  The views from the terrace are also fabulous.

Tickets from €10.50 per adult.


Although it’s an ancient Roman building, the Pantheon has been a Christian church for centuries.

The Pantheon was designed by the Emperor Hadrian around 120 AD.  It’s one of ancient Rome’s best preserved buildings and gives you an idea of what some of those ruins at the Forum must have looked like long ago.

Outside, the pillared entrance is imposing but the interior is a real surprise – there is a huge domed ceiling.  Covered in decorated cloisters, the ceiling has a hole, or oculus, in the middle, letting the sunshine (or the rain) in.   The artist Raphael is buried here so make sure you find his tomb.

Villa Borghese and its gardens

You’ll find the Borghese Gardens just up the hill from the Spanish Steps.  If you turn left at the Spanish Steps you can get a great view over Rome before you explore the gardens.  Even in winter the gardens were green and pretty, and the kids found a carousel to ride on which kept them happy.

There’s loads to explore in the gardens – you can ride a boat on the lake or try to catch a show at the replica of Shakespeare’s Globe.  There is a Biopark (zoo)  and hiring bikes is the best way to get around the park.

The Villa Borghese itself is now an art gallery with works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Titian and is highly recommended.   Tickets for Villa Borghese gallery must be reserved in advance.  Cost is from €22 per adult.

Trevi Fountain

Every night at the Trevi fountain about 3000 euros are swept up from the bottom of the basin. The money is donated to a catholic charity who uses the money to provide services for needy families in Rome.  The kids enjoyed throwing the obligatory coins into the water.  Looks like we’ll be coming back to Rome!

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps is a famous meeting place for Romans and  there’s a pretty fountain at the base.  If you’re going to the Borghese gardens then you’ll be going right past it.Nearby the streets are filled with designer shops, so if shopping is your thing, this is the place to come!

Day trips from Rome

Other possible day trips include the ruined city of Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast.  If you’re feeling really brave and you’re up for a long day, you could even try visiting Florence.

Where to stay:

  • Hotel de Russie, Rome: One of the most prestigious luxury hotels next to Piazza del Popolo.

Where to eat:

  • Al Fredo alla Scrofa Restaurant –don’t miss the famous Fetuccine alfredo.
  • Tartufi and friends for truffle lovers.
  • Ginger Sapori e Salute for brunch and panini sandwiches on the go!
  • Zuma Rome inside the iconic Palazzo Fendi.




D-Maris Hotel , exotic minimalism at the Datca Peninsula

D-Hotel Maris Maris (2) D-Hotel Maris

Considered to be the best hotel in the Turkish Riviera, the D-Maris Hotel is located at the Datca Peninsula. It is situated up on the hillside which offers to the visitors breathtaking views of the of the Mediterreanean Sea. The hotel is surrounded by pine tree forests, small seckluded islands and volcanic mountains. It is situated where the Mediterrranean meets the Aegean Sea, where anyone can enjoy relaxing moments in the natural private beaches.

As far as the interior design is concerned, the D-Maris epitomizes the notion of luxury in every aspect combining the exotic elements of the East and modernity of the West through the notion of minimalism. The D-Maris is designed in natural stone and all material used for its construction is totally compatible to the surroundings. Dark wood, limestone and Turkish marble are the main elements that were used in creating its premises.

A couple of months ago, ESPA, the D- Maris Hotel spa ,opened its doors after the latest renovation and offers the visitor a great opportunity to relax and enjoy traditional Ottoman spa services such as the opulent marble Hammam room and escape into an oasis of peace and relaxation. There is a vitality pool, seven treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and one Private Spa Suite. Male and female changing rooms offer their own heat experiences with experience showers, ice fountain, a sauna with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gardens for men and a steam room for women.

At the egde of the Aegean sea, one can enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters and sunbathing in one of the five private beaches covered with pearly sand imported from Egypt, always respecting the surrounding nature. Each one of the beaches has its own characteristics and vibe depending on what the visitor seek. Each one of the five stunning natural sanded beaches offers their own individual concept for guests at D-Hotel Maris; Bay beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag rating. The Bay is largest beach, also features DJ performance in the afternoon and offers for lunch à la carte snack menu and dinner buffet; the “Breeze” beach is located next to the Aegean restaurant; the “Silence” beach is for those wishing a quieter area to relax; the “Executive” beach features six stylish cabanas especially dedicated for Executive Club Lounge guests and “Coliseum” beach at the tip of the peninsula benefits from both the calmer sea and windier side.


Dining in the D- Maris in all these exquisite settings is a true foodie experience. But the great news are that Zuma, the well known award-winning international restaurant that was featured as a pop up restaurant last summer, reopened permanently serving all its signature dishes. The venue will showcase Zuma’s award-winning restaurant, lounge and bar concept, based around the ‘izakaya’ style of shared eating and drinking and three kitchens including a robata grill and sushi counter. Zuma will also feature an exceptionally talented team to deliver world-class levels of service including mixologists.

Enjoy elegant dining in exquisite settings while our expert chefs present you with inspiring menus featuring the freshest local seafood, fruit and vegetables as well as the finest assortment of meats – all prepared to the highest culinary standards. The selection includes breakfast and five à la carte restaurants. The white, sandy, blue flagged bay boasts of three extraordinary restaurants in which to dine whilst taking in stunning views of the Aegean coastline. Man.Zara serves traditional Turkish cuisine, for meat lovers, the new Grill 93 restaurant flies in the finest steak from Istanbul and Bellariva introduces Italian cuisine to the resort with a Florentine head chef serving traditional pasta and pizza dishes. The gourmet SPICE restaurant situated on the terrace serves the finest in refined Asian dining and The Breeze will continue to serve Aegean cuisine with fresh fish and seafood dishes.

Α couple of hours from Istanbul, this serene and beautiful resort welcomes us to relax and enjoy the exotic environment in such a historic area, near the sacred ancient temple of Aphrodite of Knidos. What a better place to spend your holidays than this heaven on earth?

With Gratitude, T