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Culture club With family holiday habits having shifted in favour of ensuring that children experience different cultures and new educational activities, where are the top places to visit this summer?

VISITING ROME WITH THE FAMILY

IS THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY HOLIDAY A THING OF THE PAST? New research commissioned by holiday experts CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), has revealed how family holidays in 2018 will be less about lazing around the pool, and more about making sure children soak up the culture and history of the places they visit. When asked, more than four in five (81%) of parents said it’s important to them that their children experience local food, seven in ten said that ensuring their children visit local landmarks to learn about the history of the destinations they visit is a priority and 68% said they want their children to learn about the culture. Meeting children from different countries around the world (57%) and learning to speak the local language (40%) were also key motivators for parents when planning the family holiday. The research has revealed that 2018 will be the year of the ‘educational holiday’ for British kids. The majority of parents when asked said they wouldn’t miss some of the more traditional offerings for children if they were not available. Almost two thirds (61%) said they would not be disappointed if kids’ menus were not an option during their trip and as many as seven in 10 (70%) said they would not care if kids’ entertainers were not available. In fact, almost half (49%) claimed they wouldn’t be disappointed even if their chosen holiday did not give their family access to a kids’ pool or water slides. 26

Mums Magazine Spring 2018

I’ll be honest, Rome’s not hugely childfriendly. Children quickly get bored with museums and monuments, so pick and choose the more child-friendly places to visit to make your time in this beautiful city as interesting as possible. Start at The Vatican. It’s absolutely beautiful, but really with kids it’s not worth queuing to look inside unless your children are really patient (mine weren’t!). So grab a map and head to the beautiful Ponte Sant’Angelo, taking time to pull a few faces at the statues dotted across the bridge. Head to the Pantheon and pause at the lovely Piazza della Rotonda (good place to grab a well-earned gelato here) before striking out towards the Trevi Fountain. Make sure everyone throws a coin into the fountain (backwards, right hand over the left shoulder – no cheating!) to ensure a return visit. Next, head to the Spanish Steps and check out the beautiful views of the city from the top. Now’s the time to grab a taxi – it’s a long walk to the Collisseum, but well worth a visit and the queue to go inside and pretend you’re all gladiators. Round your day off with a proper Italian pizza and a well-deserved sit down. You earned it! www.englishmum.com rhttps://twitter.com/englishmum> http://instagram.com/englishmum>

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