Month: April 2018

The Best Things To Do In Rome With Kids

The Best Things To Do In Rome With Kids

Statistical surveys conducted in 2017 show that as many as 60.4% of tourists arriving in Rome travel as a couple or as a family. Rome, a city with a thousand faces, offers, in fact, even for children, the possibility of a fun and unforgettable trip.

I would like to share with you some suggestions that I reserve for my Guests when they travel with their children. We are there. Pack your bags for a new #aspassoconsara adventure!

Gens Luxury Suites

The number of travelers with children is really increasing in Rome. For this reason, from 2014, was born Gens Luxury Suites, a boutique hotel a few steps from the famous Piazza Navona and that, already in the name (Gens in Latin means family), wants to propose itself as a structure dedicated to the reception of families traveling in the capital.
The “Cornelia” and “Valeria” suites are the ideal accommodation for a family with children. A sofa bed is available in the living room of both rooms, which can be converted into two regular single beds if required. Parents can sleep on a comfortable king-size double bed that opens into the sleeping area. Both suites have private bathrooms.
By contacting the hotel directly, you can also have a small discount on your booking. Shower or bathtub, baby cot, bottle warmer, microwave, kettle, deluxe toiletries for the whole family … a child-friendly accommodation!

Address: Via Giuseppe Zanardelli 20 (Piazza Navona)

The Suite “Valeria”

Visit: Museums

The idea of having to drag the children around Rome is a real nightmare for many parents. The young, in fact, get tired soon. They are hungry all of a sudden, they need to sit down and rest, and in those huge organised groups where adult language is often spoken, understanding the wonders of Rome becomes an impossible mission!
The City represents, in reality, something unique in the world. Its numerous layers, perfectly visible in many parts of the city, testify to the succession of the various eras over time. Rome looks like a real time machine!

Travelling in time and having fun with the history of Rome
Welcome to Rome

And this is precisely what Paco Lanciano must have thought when he designed Welcome to Rome, an extraordinary multimedia journey that, like an immense video game, will surely capture the attention of your children. Located near Piazza Navona, the museum is also accessible to the disabled.
The multimedia path, in 4D, takes about 30 minutes. Suitable for both adults and children, is a unique opportunity to learn and relive the history and secrets of the Eternal City, told in a different and spectacular but not forgetting the scientific rigour.
Reduced rate tickets are available for children aged 6 to 14 years and special discounts are available for the whole family.
Tomorrow, 1 May, an extraordinary opening from 9 am to 8 pm.

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 203



The Children’s Museum of Rome

And if your children look more like scientists or have an incredible desire to experiment, Explora is for you!
Active since 2001, it is the first private non-profit Children’s Museum in Italy.
In the heart of Rome, the structure extends for about 8000 square meters, offering many opportunities for play, field experimentation and direct learning. It consists of an exhibition pavilion, but also a large equipped green area, bookshops, bars, restaurant and private parking. There are also cooking workshops.

Address: Borghetto Flaminio (between Villa Borghese and Piazza del Popolo)



In space
Rome Planetarium

Also noteworthy is the planetarium in Rome. However, the original building, in the EUR district, is currently closed for renovation and safety works. But don’t worry, Rome will not leave you without stars! The planetarium, in fact, has temporarily moved to the former Customs.
The new projection technologies guarantee a unique and exciting journey: from the Mars valleys to the rings of Saturn, from nebulae to the Milky Way…try it to believe!

Address: Ex Dogana (San Lorenzo District)
Website: (planetary)


Fun in the open air and not only…

Rome is not just about monuments and palaces. Fortunately, there are also many green areas throughout, where your children can run and have fun.
There are also theme parks with rides, shows and attractions of various kinds. Remember that in the coming months there will also be the inauguration of the new aquarium in Rome.

Have fun in the open air: the public parks of Rome

For parents it is one of the most romantic places in Rome, with its breathtaking viewpoint. For children, however, the viewpoint can be a unique opportunity to admire the grandeur and beauty of Rome! Have fun together recognizing and admiring the highest and most beautiful domes in Rome (St. Peter’s, the Pantheon…). And at noon, keep ready! Very punctual, at twelve o’clock, the cannon of the Gianicolo will shoot a blank shot, giving way to all the bells of the churches of Rome.
Not to be missed is the Pulcinella theatre. Offered free (from 1 €), the puppet show lasts about 30 minutes and the stories represented always feature Pulcinella, his girlfriend Gabriella and many other funny and popular characters.


Villa Borghese
It is the most famous park in Rome and is also among the largest.
Treat yourself to a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Rome by organizing a picnic on the lawns or take a walk at Biopark, the Zoological Garden of Rome. By purchasing tickets online (, you can also skip the line. A click from home and your children, once arrived on the spot, can enter immediately and start discovering about 200 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians from all over the world.

I recommend, then, a tour of the Casina Raffaello, home of a playroom that organizes educational workshops and events for children aged 3 to 10 years, with the aim of sensitizing them to art and culture. The external space of the Casina is also equipped with a playground. You can even go for a ride on the pony or on the train.

And if Villa Borghese hasn’t wearyed you yet, take advantage of it to rent a beautiful rickshaw or, if you prefer, a boat at the Laghetto! I assure you that it is an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.



Theme parks

It is the amusement and water park of Rome. It’s really impossible not to have fun! Inside, in fact, you will find rides (including roller coaster), swimming pools, attractions. The park also hosts demonstrations of dolphins, sea lions and seals, penguins, parrots and acrobatic divers. There is no shortage of shops and restaurants either.
There is a special programme called “Animal Passion”, thanks to which children, at the end of each show, can get to know and interact with their favourite animal.
Booking online, again, you can skip the line.
The park can be easily reached by a shuttle service departing from Termini Station. For those traveling by car, there is, however, a large car park.
There are also numerous offers for hotels and reservations in advance. Take a look at the website!

Address: Via dei Romagnoli, Torvaianica (Pomezia).



Rainbow – Magicland
It is the great amusement park of Rome. There are many attractions, for children, but also for adults. There are also shows and animations (Stunt Area, Cinema 4D…). You can even celebrate your child’s birthday! Many offers for families and packages park + hotel, so, even in this case, I recommend you take a look at the website. With the Magic Pass card, you can shorten the waiting times for the main attractions by just one turn. You cannot skip the queue, but the waiting times are still much shorter.
The Park can be reached from Termini Station with a shuttle service. The structure is equipped with a large car park.

Address: Via della Pace, Valmontone (Rome).



Shopping for the little ones

Toys, as we all know, are the happiness of the little ones. As much as we persist in giving them clothes and books, nothing snatches a smile from mini-humans as it does a nice game! So here are my suggestions for the most beautiful toys in Rome.

Disney Store
If you’re walking down Via del Corso, you can’t help but visit the Disney Store, the official Disney store. Winnie Pooh, Mickey, but also many other characters. Soft toys, clothing, dolls and numerous gift ideas for girls and boys of all ages.


Little Big Town
In Piazza Venezia there is a toy paradise. I defined it that way when I first went to this wonderful shop at Christmas. Three floors with toys for all tastes and all ages. Impossible not to find the toy with which to tear a smile from your little one. From early childhood games to the corner of magic, from buildings to the toys of the most famous brands.

La Città del Sole
It is unique in its kind. Here you will only find creative games, or games designed to stimulate the creativity of children with experience, imagination and curiosity. There are therefore no games that are fashionable or that can be seen on television. If you’re out and about, take Via della Scrofa (behind the Pantheon and Piazza Navona) and check out this shop too!



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10 special things to do in Rome, Italy

10 special things to do in Rome, Italy

Working at the hotel, when checking in, I always ask my guests if it is their first time in Rome. I must say that on several occasions (like yesterday) I find myself welcoming people for whom this is the fourth or even tenth visit to Rome … and so? What to do in the Eternal City?

When you think about Rome, even at an international level, the first things that come to mind are the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum … but the Italian capital actually hides many other unusual places and special things to do, to the point that a new trip to Rome is always a new discovery!

So here’s a list of 10 special things to do in Rome, the city where I currently live and work…are you ready? Come #aspassoconsara

1) Walk through the Coppedè Quarter
In the Trieste district, the area takes its name from the architect who designed it, Gino Coppedè. It consists of palaces, buildings and buildings that constitute a real architectural experiment, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. The beauty of the area has even bewitched the Italian director Dario Argento, who chose the Coppedè district as the backdrop for some scenes from the films Inferno and L’uccello dalle featume di cristallo.

Address: between Piazza Buenos Aires and Via del Tagliamento (Parioli).




2) Drink a cup of tea between popes and emperors
Caffè Canova Tadolini

Yes, you read well, I’m talking about the unusual Caffè Canova-Tadolini, a few steps from Piazza di Spagna. His story begins in 1818, when Antonio Canova, a great Italian sculptor, signed a contract for the lease of his sculpture studio in order to guarantee Adamo Tadolini, his favourite pupil. Remained in the possession of the Tadolini family for 4 generations, today is a fascinating art gallery where you can sip a good cup of tea to refresh yourself after a walk through the streets of the center, admiring the statues of popes, emperors and many others.

Address: Via del Babbuino 150 A/B (Piazza di Spagna)
Web address:
Phone: + 39 06 3211 0702




3) In a world of bones
Cripta dei Cappuccini

I hope you are not easily impressionable types. If you are brave, then I invite you to visit the famous Cripta dei Cappuccini. Located under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione, the crypt, annexed to a convent built in the mid-seventeenth century, has survived, along with the church, the demolitions for the construction of Via Veneto in the nineteenth century. Made up of 5 chapels, it is entirely decorated by human bones with compositions, sometimes, also very particular. Tibes, femurs and skulls make up the traditional symbols linked to death: hourglasses, watches and butterflies … for a visit that leaves its mark!

Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 27 (Barberini)
Web site:
Phone: +39 06 8880 3695




4) Sleeping like a Queen
Campo Marzio Luxury Suites

Legend has it that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, loved to bathe in donkey’s milk. The whole day of the race, whether it’s museums, business or shopping… Treat yourself to an elixir of beauty and choose the Cleopatra suite of the boutique hotel Campo Marzio Luxury Suites. Its wonderful bathtub, flanked by a small ethanol fireplace to be lit on cold winter days, will make your stay in the capital unforgettable. Relaxing and romantic atmosphere, perfumed body oil, bath salts, sponge for a delicate body massage, soft bathrobes … for a stay like Pharaohs!

Address: Via di Campo Marzio 52a (Piazza di Spagna)
Phone: +39 06 8767 9475
Price: from 200 € per night




5) A strange aperitif

Over the weekend we usually see friends and take a little time for us … a nice glass of wine and some snacks … and then why not do it properly? Musia, a space for contemporary art in Rome with a fantastic corner Kitchen & Wine Bar, has thought of it. The tasty creations of chef Ben Hirst and his collaborators are laid out on trays similar to real paintings … short chain products of the territories around Rome in a totally new and … artistic!

Address: Via dei Chiavari 7 (Campo de’Fiori)
Phone : +39 06 6821 0213





6) Let Borromini deceive you!
Galleria di Palazzo Spada

“It’s the poet’s fin wonder… who doesn’t know how to amaze, go to the grill! so said Giambattista Marino, the leading exponent of Baroque poetry. And who knows what amazement Francesco Borromini, the undisputed genius, must have aroused with Bernini of the Roman Baroque architecture, when the perspective gallery of Palazzo Spada finished. Hired by Bernardino Spada, owner of a representative residence without, however, a large garden, the architect decided to create an illusion as a result of which, the gallery, just 8 and a half meters long, seems even longer than 20 meters! The trick? All the floors on which the gallery is developed converge towards a single vanishing point … and so the ceiling descends and the floor rises. The illusion is heightened by the statue of Mars at the end of the corridor framed by two colonnades … and voilà! The garden is served!

Address: Piazza Capo di Ferro 13
Phone : +39 06 683 2409
Price: full 5 €





7) Enjoy the best coffee in the city centre
Caffè Sant’Eustachio

It will be the chance to sip it in one of the most beautiful squares of Rome, it will be the art machinery or the secret recipe, but from Sant’Eustachio, historical coffee near the Pantheon, the espresso is a real masterpiece! They are prepared, according to one of the owners, Riccardo Ricci, even 6000 cups a day … if, like me, you are dependent coffee and you are walking around the center … you just have to visit! Coffee liqueurs, accessories and sweets are also available.

Address: Piazza di Sant’Eustachio 82 (Pantheon).
Web address:
Phone : +39 06 6880 2048
Price: 1.30 €





8) Survive the jaws of a monster
Palazzo Zuccari

Let’s go back to the subject of the dark, mysterious or weird Roma, you decide, the fact is that, even in this case, you need a dose of courage. Federico Zuccari, the artist he designed in 1592, was directly inspired by the famous Sacred Basque of Bomarzo. And so to enter this horrific and extravagant house, you have to pass through the jaws of a monster, those of the famous Mascherone on the Via Gregoriana, where in ancient times there was access to the garden. The building, which also fascinated Gabriele d’Annunzio, a frequenter of the Hertz living room and owner of the complex since 1904, now houses the Hertzian library, the city’s main art history library.

Address: Via Gregoriana 30 (Piazza di Spagna)
Phone : +39 0669 993 1



9) On foot or by bike to the Queen of all roads
Via Appia Antica – Appia Antica Caffè

It is the most famous street of the ancient world. Involved by the censor Appio Claudio in 312 BC, it has always been considered the “Regina viarum” (the queen of all roads), the symbol of the greatness of Rome, built to connect the south of the peninsula with the Urbe. A unique and extraordinary experience to walk on the basols (as the boulders are called in technical jargon) original routes by soldiers, emperors, saints (including St. Peter) and travelers throughout history, but also to discover many hidden treasures of Rome. The road is, in fact, an integral part of an archaeological and natural park. The catacombs of San Sebastiano and the tomb of Cecilia Metella, the Circus and the Villa of Maxentius are just some of the most important archaeological sites in the area. And for those who love adventure, you can, at the Appia Antica Caffè, have a basket prepared for a picnic and also rent a bike.

Address: Via Appia Antica 175
Phone : 06 8987 9575



10) What time is it?
Pincio water clock

Okay, you are in the Pincio, a few steps from the famous terrace, in the heart of Villa Borghese, but suddenly you need to know what time it is and you don’t have the watch. No problem! Because you will find within walking distance the famous water clock of Rome, a masterpiece of engineering and aesthetics created in 1867 by a Dominican friar, John Baptist Embriaco. Only admirable since 1873, it works thanks to the Acqua Marcia (March Water) that flows from the fountain below. Amazing no?

Address: Villa Borghese – Viale dell’Orologio







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Rome and its surroundings. Nature, gastronomy and art: trip to the “Castelli Romani” District

Rome and its surroundings. Nature, gastronomy and art: trip to the “Castelli Romani” District

Look at that sun that has risen, Nanni,
what a scent of roses, carnations and pansè.
As everything is a paradise, Castelli are like that!

“L’Occhialone” the Lakes of Nemi and Albano (Source:

So says the typical song that accompanies the trip to the Castelli Romani, the picturesque villages on the Alban Hills, a few tens of kilometers south-east of Rome. And the Castelli, easily accessible by car or train, with their mix of blue lakes, woods, breathtaking views, good wine and gastronomic specialties, really look like a paradise!

I want, in the next beautiful days, to climb up above “the eyeball” (L’Occhialone), at the end of the path that retraces the ancient Via Sacra that connected the Appian with Monte Cavo (the ancient Mons Albanus), home to the temple of Jupiter Latium, religious and political heart of the cities of the Latin League, four centuries before the founding of Rome.
The natural balcony is the only point of the area from which you can admire both Lake Albano and Lake Nemi, whose waters fill what remains of the craters of two ancient volcanoes, reminiscent of the shape of a pair of glasses from above.

The amenity and charm of this landscape and the splendor of its vegetation, have made it the favorite holiday resort of Domitian, Emperor of the first century AD, and owner of a large estate built on the remains of the ancient city of Albalonga and which included the entire Lake Albano.
And who knows if Caligula, the emperor who organized great celebrations in honour of Diana on board the two famous ships that kept “parked” in the center of Lake Nemi, already knew the tasty strawberries whose crops occupy most of the shores of this lake.

And also the Popes were conquered by the enchantment of the Castelli. The territory of Castel Gandolfo was in fact chosen as a holiday resort for the popes since the time of Urban VIII who, as soon as elected in 1623, commissioned Carlo Maderno to obstruct a papal palace on the remains of the estate of Domitian. Yet the first to holiday there was Alexander VII, some time later, who completed the building by adding the main facade and the west wing, thanks to the collaboration of Bernini.

Villa Aldobrandini (Source:

A must stop: Frascati, the most famous of the Castelli Romani, well known above all for its Tuscolane villas, the sumptuous late Renaissance and Baroque patrician residences built by the Roman nobility of that period. The villas, among which the wonderful Villa Aldobrandini stands out, born as country houses to be used in the summer, soon became real mansions, exemplifying the power and prestige of the family that lived there. They paid perfume to the most esteemed artists and architects of the time to take care of their enrichment and embellishment.

The town of Grottaferrata, built around the Abbey of San Nilo, is a medieval stop, as is the Byzantine monastery founded about fifty years before the Eastern Schism (1054) and, after this event, remained faithful to the Roman church.

The town of Marino, the City of Wine, is certainly worth a visit, which, lying on a spur of peperino, is famous for its white wine, celebrated in the well nta “Grape Festival”, during which, the fountains of the country flow wine instead of water.

And finally Ariccia, the ancient capital of the Latins, redesigned by the genius of Bernini and very well known for the porchetta, the pride of Italian gastronomy, honored, the first Sunday of September, the famous “Festival of Porchetta”, but tasty, in the rest of the year, in the many “fraschette”, the rustic taverns that populate the city.

the “Frascati Uva” (Source:

For a good wine and enchanted hills, you don’t need to escape to Tuscany! Contact me for suggestions, food and wine tours, visits to wineries and tastings in this paradise just a stone’s throw from Rome … I look forward to #aspassoconsara

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Happy Birthday Rome!

Happy Birthday Rome!

Today the city of Rome is celebrating 2771 years.

And who would have said that that community of shepherds – thieves gathered on the Palatine of Romulus, on April 21, 753 BC, would be transformed into an eternal and millennial city?

The Great Rome of the Tarquins of the sixth century BC, the center of the world and the largest metropolis of the ancient world between the first century BC and the first century AD, the city of the Popes and the heart of Christianity world: these are the thousand faces of Rome, a city unique in the world!

Happy Birthday, Rome!

Contact me to discover the most beautiful aspects of Rome, a unique city in the world.

for the photo: Source:

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Ghosts in Rome and where to find them

Ghosts in Rome and where to find them

The beauty of Rome is such that the noble women, gentlemen, popes and emperors who have lived there over time, do not hesitate to leave the streets of the Eternal City even after their death! Yes, you have understood correctly, today we are talking about the ghosts of Rome. And then sit down, take a breath and leave with me for a new adventure by night.

Beatrice Cenci in a famous artworks by Guido Reni (Source:

Let’s look immediately at Castel Sant’Angelo, the ancient mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, transformed by the popes into a prison and fortress. Here, as the day goes by, you may see the scarlet cloth of Mastro Titta’s cloak, better known as “er boja de Roma”, who, as executioner of His Holiness, killed between 1796 and 1864 514 people. Eye not to accept tobacco from strangers in those parts! A popular legend says that he used to offer tobacco to his convicted before leading them to the gallows.
And if you escaped Mastro Titta, move on to the Ponte dell’Angelo, one of the most beautiful in Rome, the scene, on the night of September 10-11, of the apparition of Beatrice, the daughter of the manesco Count Francesco Cenci. The girl, who was condemned to beheading for the murder of her father, would wander around that night dressed in turquoise, with a silver cloak and her head cut in her hands.

The window of Palazzo de Cupis (Source: Luisa Mondello da il Mattino)

Then take a leap into Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, just behind the famous Piazza Navona, where, on full moon nights, the dead hand of the beautiful Costanza de Cupis will peep out of one of the windows of his palace. The Romans tell us that the young woman was particularly known for the beauty and the whiteness of her hands, so much so that the artist “Bastiano alli Serpenti”, made a cast of it the object of a real daily procession. But a friar of St. Peter in Vincoli, looking at that work, praised its beauty saying that the owner risked someone amputation her hands for envy. Constant, frightened, she closed herself in the house and, while she was sewing, she injured her finger with a needle. The woman’s hands became so violently infected that their amputation was necessary. The infection was however already circulating and the woman died shortly after of septicaemia.

And always in Piazza Navona, Olympia would appear, a greedy woman, thirsty for power, forced to take her vows, but soon refused, accusing the spiritual director of the monastery to which it was intended to seduce. He married a rich bourgeois, soon remaining a widow and married an older man, the brother of the future Pope Innocent X Doria Pamphili. The woman exerted a huge influence on her brother-in-law and the malicious gossips of the time called her Pimpaccia or Papessa, saying that she was even the lover of the pope himself who trusted only his advice. She received great gifts from the Romans in exchange for a good word in the Pope’s ear and, once she learned that with the death of Innocent she could lose everything, she filled two crates with gold coins, put them on a carriage and ran away. His ghost would appear on January 7, the anniversary of the death of the Pope, being seen on a burning carriage, pulled by hellish horses with red eyes, running from Piazza Navona to the Sixtus Bridge.

The obelisk in St Peter’s Square (Source:

And the ghosts of Rome would not only belong to the modern age! Roman stories report that even Messalina, the unbelieving wife of Emperor Claudius, wandered between the Colosseum and the Roman Forum in search of some new adventure. And what about Julius Caesar? According to legend, its ashes were kept in a bronze sphere of the obelisk of St. Peter’s Square, once located in the ancient circus of Nero, a stone’s throw from there. And so, when Sixtus V wanted to move it, he ordered the architect Fontana to puncture the sphere to see what it contained. Caesar’s ashes came down like sand and his ghost began to take a stroll around there.

Still alive? So what about taking a trip with me at night? Book your walk!


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Feel like a new Romolus!

Feel like a new Romolus!

In the next days Rome will celebrate its birthday.
On April 21st, Romolus, the first king, built the first city of Rome on the top of the Palatine Hill.

Book your Walking Tour and feel like a new Romolus!

You will visit:

> Capitoline Hill and the view of the ancient Roman Forum
> Imperial Forums (from Via dei Fori Imperiali)
> Constantine’s Arch
> Colosseum (from the outside)
> Ludus Magnus: the gym of the gladiators

A spasso con Sara….…an archaeologist just for you!

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The garden of Ninfa: an unspoiled oasis a few steps from Rome

The garden of Ninfa: an unspoiled oasis a few steps from Rome

With the arrival of spring, the desire to take two steps outdoors is getting stronger.
Escape the city and its whirling rhythms to reconnect with your spirit, relax and finally find yourself. Here is the first of a long series of proposals for our new section dedicated to out-of-town destinations.

An enchanted place, a mixture of nature, flowers, perfumes and art. All this is the Garden of Ninfa, in the Doganella di Ninfa locality, near Cisterna di Latina, only 90 km from Rome.

Dominated by the Castle of Caetani (the family of Boniface VIII, the Pope of the first Jubilee of the Christian church), the historic garden, of international fame, has been declared a natural monument since 2000. It is open only on certain days and can also be used by wheelchair-bound visitors, paying attention to low branches, roots and stones. Even four-legged friends are welcome, provided they do not exceed 5 kg in weight, keep them on a short lead and carry the bags.

And you, what are you waiting for? The next openings are close! Contact me for your nature walk!


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