Spanish Steps Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Spanish Steps Photo Credit: Wiki Commons


In Rome there is so much to see and do it feels impossible to squeeze it all in. As a parent, I want to show my kids everything, but I have to be realistic. It did not take long for me to realize that if we took a private family tour in Rome with an English-speaking guide we would see so much more.

BTMOM disclosure graphicesides, although my husband and I have visited Rome once before, we do not know our way around the city. The longer we stumbled through the sites, the more irritated the kids would become. And we would not get to see as much as we wanted to see. That’s why we turned to Nancy Aiello tours. Taking the private guided Rome Discovery walking tour  meant that we could see 3-4 days’ worth of stuff in just 4 hours.

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In just 4 hours with our private guide, Laura, we were able to see:

  • Spanish Steps
  • Roman Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • Paintings and sculptures by famous artists
  • Sant’Ignazio Church
  • Basilica of Sant’ Agostino

family tour in RomeWhen we were at the Spanish Steps we should have been able to see the Bernini Sinking Boat fountain, but it was being refurbished and didn’t look like much. So our guide took us to some of Bernini’s other sculptures since I mentioned he was my favorite artist. I can’t tell you how much this meant to me. One of the things I wanted to do the most in Rome with my children was show them some of Bernini’s work.

She also took us to lots of places that I never would have known were there. One of the cathedrals we went in had a Caravaggio painting in it, Basilica of Sant’ Agostino. We had opted not to go to any museums since in Seattle the kids only made it 50 minutes in a museum before checking out. I was overjoyed we had the chance to see one of Caravaggio’s works and that Laura explained the Madonna of Loreto painting and Baroque style to the kids in great detail!

Photo credit: Meagan Shamy ? Military TravelingMom

Photo credit: Meagan Shamy ? Military TravelingMom

So imagine how happy I was when she said there was a Raphael painting, The Prophet Isaiah, in the church too. (Did I mention I have a degree in history?)  The kids got to learn about Italian Renaissance style, too, and see the difference between the two in real life.

Nancy Aiello Tours also offers fun experiential learning Family First Programs in VeniceRomeNaples and PompeiiFlorence and Tuscany.

See more of my family’s adventures in Rome.