You know the saying… Rome wasn’t built in a day. Well, there’s no way you can truly experience all its splendor in just one day. In fact, you might need a few to get through our list of sites, adventures and food! If you happen to find yourself in Rome (or you’re just lusting from afar!), make sure to check out some of our favorite spots, hand-picked and vetted by our our designers, our co-founder and CEO, Leigh, and even kid tested by Leigh’s two boys, Adam and Matthew.
What do two (supervised!) kids do when they find themselves in one of the oldest cities in the world? Adam (9) and Matthew (7) took to the streets of Rome to explore sites like the Roman Forumn, the beautifully painted ceilings of the Vatican and even rode on the back of vespas through the cobblestone alleys—with much needed gelato and pizza breaks… because how could you not? While soaking in all of the newness of the big city, these brothers put their differences aside and traveled as friends. They giggled, shared jokes and even learned a few necessary Italian phrases like, Dov’è il bagno(where is the bathroom?). Follow these little citizens as they discover and explore.
It really isn’t about soccer. As it is happening, it seems like playing for a coach is just about soccer – agility, skills, strategy, athletics. But what lasts is about something much more.
This really hit home for me while my family was traveling in Italy. Matteo, our guide, shared that he had played for the Juventus FC Youth League for many years growing up. Apparently he had been a soccer star as a kid and had the option to go pro. My family was in awe and wanted to hear all about it.
Tea travels the world. We truly go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To explore the wonder of the world around us, across the globe and across the street. Since 2002, we’ve traveled, always inspired by the people we met and the places we see. Wherever we go, from Bali to Norway, West Africa to Morocco, we take in all we can and bring it back to design globally-inspired clothing for your little citizen. Here’s a look at where we’ve been and an exciting announcement on where we are headed to next!
In Turin, Italy, my sons Adam (9) and Matthew (7) arrived in the same van to play in the same Citizens FC tournament, but they did not arrive in the same mindset. They are two very different kids, after all.
As soon as he walked through the gates, Matthew spotted a lone Italian kid juggling a ball on the field. He looked quickly at me for reassurance, which I gave him, and then he shot off to go play. Within minutes the two kids from two different sides of the world were speaking the common language of football.
We founded Tea to celebrate the beauty in cultures around the world. Our tagline from the first day was “for little citizens of the world.” From the beginning, we were committed to our own citizenship as well. We didn’t want to simply be another children’s clothing company. We wanted to be a children’s clothing company that could do good. We want to break down barriers and open minds. To show kids that no matter where we live or what language we speak, we all care about the same things.