In October of 2009, my in-law's gave us the gift of a honeymoon: they watched the children while the German and I were able to take the week and do something I had wanted to do since taking four years of Latin in high school: visit Pompeii. We started in Venice, then took the train to Rome and from there to Pompeii and then back to Rome. It was fabulous all around, but I absolutely fell in love with Venice. the picture above is mine and it is untouched except for some cropping: it it not unbelievably gorgeous? Take out the vaporetto and one could be looking at the actuality of a Canaletto.
We can't expect the in-laws to do it again, so I'm thinking this summer might not be a bad time to introduce the kids to Italy... Pompeii (everything I had dreamed of, but being destroyed by Italy's lack of resolve in restraining tourists) is too far to drive, but northern Italy is not....
I'm sure the kids will love it! Your picture of Venice is stunning.
Ah Venice. We've been there twice and just love it. Of course there's plenty of Italy to love!! We're talking about introducing Mack to Italy lately this year, Florence perhaps. But driving to Italy really isn't all that horrible, especially with a quick stop in Switzerland :) And absolutely worth it!
Go! Italy is ultra kid friendly, and as long as you are past the push chair stage, then Venice is fabulous. That picture is gorgeous too.
Funny you should mention Venice. I saw the movie The Tourist - which is mostly set in Venice - and suddenly got an urge to visit again (I haven't been there since 2005). See you there :)
Still dreaming- but I need to get "The Tourist" to tide me over....
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