Roman Holiday

Our second issue takes us from the pristine wilderness of Alaska to the ancient city of Rome.


This past week felt like a holiday: After we launched the alpha site on Jan. 29 (to the left is our happy group mid-celebration), I made it home before 6 p.m. for the first time in months, got eight hours of sleep (at least on those nights that I didn’t automatically wake up after my usual four or five hours), watched several movies, started a new book for the first time in forever and cooked a large batch of my favorite childhood comfort food—chicken cacciatore and polenta, using my Italian grandmother’s recipe.

It’s hard to go wrong with Italian food, and it’s hard to go wrong with a family vacation to the heart of Italy—Rome, the destination focus for this issue. Getting your kids to expand their dining horizons should be a breeze during your Roman holiday, even for the pickiest of young eaters. Kids’ favorite dishes—pizza, pasta and gelato (just tell them it’s gourmet ice cream)—are staples. Contributor Barbara Radcliffe Rogers, who has taken her daughter to Italy many times, shares her favorite family-friendly restaurants in Rome, as well as provides a primer on dining in this ancient city.

Rogers also writes about how best to plan your Rome vacation, which parks and gardens in the city are great for families and where your teens can get a different type of underground fix in her Catacombs for Kids piece.

Be sure to also check out our latest articles and columns, including Sue Fliess’ review of road trip guides, Amy L. Hatch’s Back Page essay on date night while on vacation, how to find Beijing hotel rooms for the Summer Olympics, this week’s travel deals, a look at family-friendly luxury resorts in the Caribbean and the luggage your young ones just might be willing to pack and pull on their own.

Finally, thank you for all the terrific feedback on the site that many of you have posted during the past week. We’re especially psyched by the overwhelming positive responses to all the great photography on the site, the look and feel of the design, and the content. Keep those comments coming!

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Okay, I’m going to go finish up those leftovers and start gearing up for our next issue (on Vail), due out Feb. 22.

Happy travels,

Donna M. Airoldi
Editorial Director

Destinations: Italy, Rome

Themes: Family Travel