It is simply impossible to cover history, culture, and food of the Eternal City, Rome in three days. After all, there is so much to do, see and experience and it can sure get overwhelming to fit everything within a couple of days. Yet, there are tourists who are here for just three day vacation and want to see it all. The vibrant city is full of attractions, and there are reminders of its past everywhere, in its ancient sites, buildings and fountains and those great museums.
Here is an itinerary to explore wonders of Rome in 3 days!
Day 1 – Explore the Christian Rome
Start the tour with a visit to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and grandiose church of St. Peter’s Basilica. This is a half day walking tour and you get amazing sights inside those buildings and panoramic view of the city. Spend the morning exploring the artistic wonders of Rome.
During afternoon, make your way towards Trastevere district. You are sure to get hungry by now and can stop for lunch at Da Giovanni on the way. Once in Trastevere, explore the famous churches such as Santa Maria and Santa Cecilia.
It would be evening time by now, and you can just relax or wander through the cobblestone alleyways. You are sure to come across a good eating place for a nice dinner as Trastevere boasts of the highest number of some good restaurants in Rome.
Day 2 – Explore the ancient Rome
After a busy yesterday and relaxed night, it is time to make the most of your second day in Rome. Begin your morning with the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria that is known for its fabulous Bernini sculptures. Later check out of Piazza Della Repubblica and Santa Maria degli Angeli. Continue moving southeast and spend some time looking at the antiquities of the Museo Nazionale Romano. Once you are done, head through Piazza dei Cinquecento and Cavour/Annibaldi. A tunnel like street will lead you to the famous church of San Pietro in Vincoli, where you get to see the famous Michelangelo’s Moses.
Continue down Via Cavour, and it is lunch time by now. Arrive at the Roman Forum where you can spend some time wandering the ruins the imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill. Forum’s southeast entrance will lead you to the Colosseum and next to it is the Arch of Constantine. Walk around the back of the Colosseum if you are not too tired. Have a look at the ancient sculptures and Renaissance and baroque paintings in Capitoline Museums. Make sure to reach central building on Piazza del Campidoglio before sunset.
Day 3 Explore the heart of Rome
Take a tour of the heart of the city – Villa Borghese park, the Tiber Bend area and Tridente/Spanish Steps. You get to see the fabulous antiquities and frescoed Renaissance villa. Works by Caravaggio and Raphael can be viewed inside the church of Sant’Agostino. Later, enjoy the most famous cappuccino in Rome at the Caffé Sant’Eustachio. Later, visit the Pantheon, which is the only ancient Roman temple that has survived. Ice cream fans love the area around the Pantheon where they get to try some gelato.
It would be lunch time by now and later you could head north towards the ancient Roman Column of Marcus Aurelius and the Villa Borghese park. Spend the evening along Rome’s Via del Corso followed by a well-deserved dinner in the Old City.
Before you turn in for the night, take a last minute drive to the famous Trevi Fountain and toss a few coins. For a reliable and affordable transfer service, get in touch with KiwiTaxi, who are professional and world famous. This is surely the best, safest, easiest and most reliable transfers in the historical mecca of Rome.Read More
When planning your next holiday, it can be a challenge meet the whole family’s wants and find locations with something for everyone. In fact, it can be easy to fall into the habit of being a capital city dweller especially if you’re unfamiliar with an area. However, if you’re looking for some travel suggestions that will suit kids and adults alike, read below for a selection of our current favourites.
One of Greece’s best kept secrets is the island of Limnos, to the south-east of Thessaloniki. Here is one of the last islands with reasonable prices that also boasts a stunning setting. Besides the unimposing beach bars and free beach umbrellas, affordable and good quality waterside dining is the norm. Expect fabulous seafood on offer from many places. A quaint but welcoming downtown area has a variety of shopping and eating options and service is unhurried, allowing you to leisurely enjoy the surrounds, sipping on local organic wines or homemade spirits. Families could easily enjoy the beach all day but you might also take a boat out to the island’s less accessible beaches, walk up to the castle or take a trip to the ancient amphitheatre in Hephaistia where you can take in the history without battling with crowds found at the Acropolis in Athens.
The town of Pula is another well-known place amongst the locals. It’s not first on everyone’s Croatia destination list as Split and Dubrovnik dominate the minds of many international arrivals. Pula’s many cafes provide ample places for coffees and drinks indoors and out, and take in a concert at the stunning ancient roman amphitheatre that regularly hosts a variety of live events. You can easily drive or bus to one of the local beaches close to this port based town or check their cultural calendar to coincide your visit with one of their many music, art or film festivals. The annual Seasplash Festival at the magical Fort Punta Christo is one such high profile event that attracts a high calibre of international acts. There is plenty of family friendly dining options around like Croatian grill or Italian.
If you’re holidaying more locally and would like to see more of Victoria, the city of Geelong has fun family activities and is a good base for exploring the Bellarine peninsula. Geelong’s waterfront has attractions such as the beautifully restored Carousel that the family can enjoy in any weather. The Adventure Park is Victoria’s biggest water park and definitely worth a visit. Not too far away are beach towns of Barwon Heads, Torquay or Port Arlington that offer both bay and surf beaches. The coast’s various inlets also mean there are some great rock pools to explore when the tide is out, like the gloriously clear ones at Thirteenth Beach. The variety of surf outlets in Torquay are also a popular shopping destination with gear for the whole family. Along the coast you’ll find all types of accommodation from caravan parks to luxury house rentals.Read More
If you are wanting to have a family getaway, there are more than likely certain expectations that you will want to be fulfilled by any resort you decide to stay at. Those requirements might include things like cribs and or high chairs being available, water activities for children, dry activities for kids and adults alike, maybe a kids’ club, and dining facilities on site. Whatever it is you are looking for, it is also critical that you don’t forget your own needs. You want to find the complete package – classy resorts and accommodations that come highly recommended, great food, and activities for both kids and adults. That is what you will find in the following paragraphs… a list of the best family friendly resort towns here in the US.
If you are a fan of mountain scenery, Branson, Missouri is a lovely place to take your family. You might consider staying at one of the premier resorts there. If you go to welkresorts.com, you will be able to plan your trip. They offer things like locker rooms, pools and hot tubs both inside and outside with plenty of deck chairs, a water park, live theater entertainment, a game room, mini golf, a fitness center, dining on site, lodges, and hotel accommodations.
You might not think of this as a family friendly destination, but Las Vegas has more to offer than you might realize. Aside from all of the casinos that are a huge draw for those adult gamblers, there are also things like the Ethel’s Chocolates Factory Tour that are great for the whole family. You can also see live shows at any of the casinos as well as on Freemont Street. Another noteworthy attraction is the Neon Museum. If you are more into outdoor attractions, try the Valley of Fire State Park, which is only a scant hour away.
This is another destination that you might not realize is family friendly. However, there are resorts there that are incredibly friendly for families. Some of them offer summer camps for kids, as well as morning drop off programs that will allow the kids to play games, go on treasure hunts, and swim while you sample the adult activities. There are also races for remote control boats, clambakes, and even vintage fire truck rides. Martha’s Vineyard truly has something for everyone.
What to Look For
When you have children and a budget, finding the ideal vacation place can be a bit tricky. There are things that will be necessary for your vacation to be one that is all that it should be. They include things like the resort offering a complimentary breakfast. This can save you money while also taking a third of the meal planning responsibility from your shoulders. You might want to try to book your stay at a place that offers suites… and get one. This can keep your entire family in a single place as opposed to in separate rooms. Pools are an absolute must in the warmer months. Aside from you being able to relax by the side of one, your kids will have a great time playing and swimming. Some resorts also offer a variety of kid friendly activities. Call the ones you are considering to see if they offer any that might not be advertised on their web site. Some of the resorts will also offer DVD players and game systems that you can borrow while you are there. This is a great thing for those rainy days when it is best to stay indoors. One other thing is very important. They need to offer rooms that are childproof. This is fantastic for those of you who have younger children.
Taking a vacation with the family is something that can do so much to rejuvenate your spirit and reduce stress. The key is in finding the ideal family friendly resort for you to get away from it all. Hopefully, you now have some ideas of great places to go as well as what to look for if you are looking at different destinations.Read More
Creating a “bucket list” has gone from a fad to a tradition. Millions of people are putting pen to paper and naming the things they want to do before they die. The resulting experiences have been life-changing events that people truly treasure until they kick the proverbial bucket.
Over time, some people have assembled themes in their bucket lists. Instead of a diverse grouping like a trip to Ireland, eating steak at Peter Luger’s, and learning to play guitar, they assemble a compilation of related experiences that play into some personal characteristic or hobby.
It might be the popular Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, where participants visit several different distilleries in the heart of the Bluegrass. It could be a series of beaches, bouncing from Gulf Coast white sand to Kehena Beach’s black sand in Hawaii.
Or it could be sports. For sports fans of every stripe, there are countless ways they can put together a bucket list that will provide amazing experiences and memories. Piecing those together into something personal and meaningful is a fantastic way to live. Here are a few ideas:
We don’t mean a thorough tour of a single event. We mean “Bob and Jerry’s North American NFL Tour 2017”. You bounce like a rock star from one football venue to another, catching a game on the sport’s iconic old landmarks like Soldier Field while dropping by the gleaming new destinations like AT&T Field. Tie in a nearby lodging site and you can roll Lawrence Welk timeshare California in with the StubHub Center or a beautiful Rocky Mountain vista with Mile High Stadium for a game-plus-stay event.
It’s fairly easy to pull it off with football playing most games on Sundays. You roll in Saturday, see the sights, spend the night, and hit the game the next day with time afterward for the flight home.
Scheduling is easier with the NBA, which has 41 home games for each team. And if baseball is more your liking, it’s even easier, because the boys of summer have 81 home games every season. Very bucket-friendly.
Participating In Sports
Watching sports is fun, but playing them is even better. Many sports have now found ways to let the fans get a taste of real competition on the actual field of play. The NASCAR Richard Petty Experience will let you suit up and strap in to take a hot lap on an actual Cup track–about as fast as you’re willing to drive.
There are also countless camps hosted by other sports. Some are for kids, some for kids and parents–and others for adults only. These activities give you a chance to re-live your high school glory days and get a glimpse of where you might have gone without that bad hamstring.
Of course, you can be a true competitor in the actual sport. It may not be easy to schedule, but anyone can play on the courses of the PGA Tour. After all those times watching Tiger and Nicklaus struggle with a course’s most challenging holes, you can put your theories to the test.
Catching “The Last…” and “The First…”
While millions of people attend sporting events each year, there are only a few events that qualify as landmark dates. Maybe it’s Vin Scully’s final call for the Dodgers, or the last home game for Peyton Manning. Sometimes it’s a little speculative, of course; Manning didn’t confirm his retirement until the Broncos’ Super Bowl victory.
But others are known well in advance. You could catch the last game at a stadium before it’s replaced, or, as an easier ticket, your favorite team’s last visit there. There could be a name change, a coach change, or even a rules change that creates a final opportunity to see a sport done in a certain way, by certain people, or in a certain place for the last time.
What’s great about this bucket item is that you can build it as you go. When word comes out of one of these big changes, you can pencil in a final game and witness history. Pretty exciting stuff to do before you become history yourself!
The tradition of bucket lists has done so much to help people look at their lives as a time to live, experience, and celebrate, and to give them something tangible and memorable to reflect on in their golden years. For the sports fans, there are lots of ways to leave your final mark on the games you love.Read More
Skiing vacations are not always the cheapest option but they can be exhilarating and fun. It’s also important to note that there are affordable options when it comes to choosing a ski resort in North America. You need to do your research and make sure that you choose the resort that is going to provide you with the best value for money.
We are going to take a look at five of the best value resorts in North America. Hopefully, the information we provide will help you decide which is the best skiing destination for you.
Copper Mountain, Colorado
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Copper Mountain resort is situated 75 miles from Colorado and it’s an excellent choice of destination if you are looking for plenty of other activities to go alongside a world class skiing experience. If you choose to spend time at Copper Mountain you have access to bars, restaurants and family friendly activities to keep you entertained when you are away from the slopes.
If you want to get the best value from skiing at Copper Mountain you should think about purchasing a season pass. If you purchase a pass for $599 you can enjoy unlimited skiing and riding at the resort as well as several days free skiing at Purgatory, Monarch Mountain, Grand Targhee and Taos Ski Valley.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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If you are looking for a resort that offers good value skiing for intermediate and advanced skiers, then Jackson Hole is a good choice. You will also find good lodging facilities and dining options at the local Teton Village. The resort is also only a twenty minute drive away from all the amenities in the town of Jackson.
If you are thinking of travelling to Jackson Hole the resort offers a selection of affordable ski packages and travel deals including air credits of $200 per person.
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California
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Squaw Valley resort is a hugely popular destination for those wanting to experience skiing for all levels of ability as well as a range of dining, drinking and shopping opportunities. If you are travelling with a group of people who range from beginners to more advanced skiers you can be sure that everyone will be catered for at this resort.
You can purchase a Gold Super Pass for $999 which may seem like a lot of money but which entitles you to unlimited skiing and riding at the resort as well as limited days at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl. You also have the peace of mind of knowing that if you do not ski for at least five days during the season you can claim up to four days credit off a Gold Super Pass for the following season.
Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain, Montana
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This mountain really is big; you can enjoy skiing opportunities across 3,000 acres. If you are new to skiing this resort may be a good choice for you. You can learn to ski without spending an extortionate amount of money if you opt for one of the available learn to ski packages. These packages include lift tickets for two days, equipment rental for two days and two half-day lessons. You can purchase one of these packages for $79.
Bear Mountain, California
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Bear Mountain guarantees great skiing conditions throughout the season thanks to its snowmaking system. If you are a more experienced skier you can enjoy the half pipes on offer. First timers are also catered for with a vast ski learning area staffed by certified instructors.
If you decide that Bear Mountain is the resort for you then you have a series of options when it comes so season passes. One popular choice is the Bear + Summit Anytime pass. If you purchase this pass for $719 you get great advantages such as four bring a friend tickets and 10% off rental costs.
As you can see there is no shortage of options when it comes to affordable skiing in North America. So make your choice, book your tickets and passes and head off for a great vacation.Read More