Monthly Archives: May 2016

Teen Tourists in Italy

When planning family travel, we envision the rich culture and abundant history that will make a lasting imprint on our teens and give them a broader perspective on the world and society. Ambitious yes, realistic…probably not unless you factor into your travel planning activities and an agenda that your teen has a stake in. 

Here’s some advice to help plan for a fun and relaxing time with teens while on vacation in Italy. This is based on the collective wisdom of six moms (the six Byrne sisters) who lived in Rome as teens ourselves, and having taken our own teens to Italy many times, we understand the perspective of teen travel and encourage you to plan ahead so that your teens can enjoy and create special memories of their time abroad.  Continue reading Teen Tourists in Italy

How To Score A Tour Of The Vatican Without Waiting In Line

How To Tour The Vatican Without Waiting In Line

For anyone who has ever been to Vatican City, no matter what time of day or season, you have to know that the lines to get inside the sacred walls are always crazy. If you’re anything like meOutside The Vatican you loathe waiting in line and the thought of getting up at ridiculous hours just to wait is definitely not an option. In fact, one of the first things I look for when traveling is how to skip the lines for the more popular attractions. Here are tips on how to tour the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel without waiting in long lines.

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Exploring Beautiful Bologna – Day Trip from Florence

Bologna is one of the fine cities of Italy, very much worth a visit. The trip from Florence is only 35 minutes by train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale station, with a train about every 30 minutes. You can buy the ticket directly at the train station or online at this link. Continue reading Exploring Beautiful Bologna – Day Trip from Florence