Castles fit for a Kid: Three unforgettable family-friendly villas in Europe

Castles fit for a Kid: Three unforgettable family-friendly villas in Europe

Heads up to those of you entertaining thoughts of renting family-friendly villas in Europe! I recently discovered Oliver’s Travels, a company that makes it very easy to find family-friendly villas that are a good fit based on your children’s ages and stages—baby and toddler, grade school-age kids, or tweens and teens. You might also appreciate…

La Befana and her trouble-shooting small broom: An Italian holiday tradition
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La Befana and her trouble-shooting small broom: An Italian holiday tradition

Careful, kids… the Befana may fly overhead any moment and see what you’re up to! Today, Travels with Baby Traditions returns to Rome, where for centuries the children have spent this very night, Epiphany Eve, anticipating a visit from the celebrated Befana. Sharing the Italian tradition with us is Valeria Spizzichino, a native Roman, mother,…

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When in Rome in October, take the family on "Gite fuori porta"

Chestnuts call as Rome’s “gite fuori porta” kick into full swing each October. Have you hear of the “Gite fuori porta”? If you have the good fortune to visit Rome in October – with children OR without – you won’t want to miss out on this savory, local tradition. Explaining the finer points of these…

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Ask Shelly: Tips for visiting Rome with toddler, senior and possibly car seat?

When I first read this note from a fellow Shelly (extra points for one “e”!), I thought this mom was admirably ambitious. But before I could respond, she contacted me with the news that she had since learned that she is also pregnant… with identical twins! Any of you who have visited Rome with children,…