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Rome and Sicily with a 6 year old

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pollylocketpickedapocket · 03/08/2021 11:00

I’ve set my heart on this trip for may/June half term next year with a volcano mad 6yo dd.
Staying at probably camp fabulous in Rome then flying to palmero for 2 days/1night to see mount etna one day than entaland the other.
Anyone done anything similar and has any tips?
Hotels etc?
It will be hot enough to swim outdoors in June I’m presuming?
Any knowledge would be great!!

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Pinkywoo · 03/08/2021 11:11

Sounds great but I'd definitely fly to Catania not Palermo, it takes about 4 hours on some terrible roads to get to Etna from Palermo whereas Catania is right next to it. It will definitely be hot enough to swim outside (for a Brit, the locals might still think it's cold!).

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pollylocketpickedapocket · 03/08/2021 11:18

@Pinkywoo

Sounds great but I'd definitely fly to Catania not Palermo, it takes about 4 hours on some terrible roads to get to Etna from Palermo whereas Catania is right next to it. It will definitely be hot enough to swim outside (for a Brit, the locals might still think it's cold!).

Great tip, thank you!!
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overthethamesfromyou · 03/08/2021 11:22

We actually took the train from Rome to Naples, which was super easy, then visited all the sights from there.

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overthethamesfromyou · 03/08/2021 11:24

Sorry, missed the Sicily bit Blush

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Lemonandlimejelly · 03/08/2021 11:27

We stayed at Camp Fabulous a few years ago in May half term with kids ages 7 and 4 and they loved it! The pool was brilliant, definitely warm enough to swim. Only tricky part was dragging them away for a day trip out! It is a bit awkward getting from the campsite in to Rome, was a bus and train but easy enough to do, just took a bit of time. Would also recommend a trip to Ostia Antica. Quieter than the sites in Rome and was also a bus and train journey away but straightforward.

Would have loved to visit Etna and Pompeii. Sounds amazing!

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Lemonandlimejelly · 03/08/2021 11:32

Actually ignore that last bit about Pompeii, am getting my volcanoes mixed up!

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pollylocketpickedapocket · 03/08/2021 11:33

@Lemonandlimejelly

We stayed at Camp Fabulous a few years ago in May half term with kids ages 7 and 4 and they loved it! The pool was brilliant, definitely warm enough to swim. Only tricky part was dragging them away for a day trip out! It is a bit awkward getting from the campsite in to Rome, was a bus and train but easy enough to do, just took a bit of time. Would also recommend a trip to Ostia Antica. Quieter than the sites in Rome and was also a bus and train journey away but straightforward.

Would have loved to visit Etna and Pompeii. Sounds amazing!

Thank you!! I’ve been to Rome several times so want a more kid friendly trip. I’ve chose may over august as it’s just too hot!
I’ve heard there’s a gladiator school?!?
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pollylocketpickedapocket · 03/08/2021 11:41

@Lemonandlimejelly

Actually ignore that last bit about Pompeii, am getting my volcanoes mixed up!

How long was the journey from the camp to Rome?
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Lemonandlimejelly · 03/08/2021 12:16

I don't recall a Gladiator School but it was a fair few years ago now, so probably changed a bit. They did have lots of entertainment for kids, including a little show with music and dancing every evening. The restaurant on site did amazing pizzas too!

I can't recall exactly how long the journey to the centre of Rome too, think it was about an hour. Easy enough but just a bit fiddly as it meant a bus and train/underground, especially if we had just missed a bus! Definitely doable, even with kids though!

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seanceinterrupted · 03/08/2021 12:20

Really important to check that etnaland is open in June! Opened mid July this year.

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