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.
The highlight of Leigh’s family’s stay in Rome was a vespa tour through the ancient streets. As our Tea designers had done on the original inspiration trip back in Fall 2014; Leigh and her family braved the back of a vespa while their tour guides whizzed in and out of small alleys.
With the Colosseum towering over them in the background, Adam tries his hand as photographer. “I don’t think the boys are little citizens because their passports have a new stamp. It’s bigger than that. It’s the conversations we have at home that matter.” says Leigh.
The Villa Borghese Garden is the third largest park in Rome. We explored the tree lined grassy promenades and absorbed the local families relaxing in the park. Walking through the park might be an activity you would do at home, little differences like language or architecture show you that while traveling, you’re constantly being exposed to new things.
The boys take a moment away from the scheduled activities to just be themselves. “Watching Adam bond as brothers was the best part of this trip.” says Leigh.
Travel is an amazing teacher. When you get away from your familiar situation—whether you go across town or across the ocean — you are constantly learning new things.
In museums and on the train, they chatted with each other. “They played together—soccer, cards and an inexplicable (to me) game involving zombies, dragons and an elaborate points system.” says Leigh.