At Through Eternity, we welcome young visitors with enthusiasm and joy - hoping to place in them a love for art, history, and the world around them that they will carry throughout their lives.
Treat your children to a journey through history and art with Through Eternity.
To spend a day appreciating the wonders of the Ancient World, the masterpieces of the Renaissance or the art collections at the Borghese Gallery is to plant a seed in the mind of a young person - a seed that can grow into a love and admiration for the history and human creativity that illuminate the world around us today.
Also, experiencing art at an early age in the most authentic and direct way, in direct dialogue with ancient and modern artwork, is the only way to stimulate a unique artistic sensibility in your children - an appreciation that will be a source of unending enrichment for their entire lives. It's no coincidence that in the biographies of the great artists of the past, the experience of art and travel to historically rich places appear to have been essential revelations for their careers. We need only to think of Shelly, Keats, Lord Byron, Mark Twain...
Please include the ages of your children or grandchildren when you fill out your reservation form, and also any of their interests that could help us assign the most appropriate guide.
Our guides, besides being experts in art history and archaeology, have extensive experience in capturing young people's curiosity and engaging both children and teens with the adventures and secrets of the past. It's exactly this irrepressible curiosity of children and young people that becomes the support for our guides' strategy. To address and encourage the discovery of the world by highlighting the details, similarities and changes over time, is the educational game we like to use to educate young minds during our tours.
Moreover, a city like Rome lends itself perfectly to discovery, given that it was a gold-rush-like passion that led archaeologists especially in the last two centuries to unearth its treasures and brings its temples, villas, statues back to life - as well as the daily life of its inhabitants.
A series of little strategies will help us keep the fleeting attention of our younger counterparts alive: during our visits, for example, we invite them to collect imaginary objects, symbols and memories to rediscover in their rooms upon their return from vacation. The Palatine Hill preserves the visible traces of the evolution of Roman housing, from the ancestors precariously gathered in small huts with a hearth in the center, to the luxurious villas with grand porticos of the imperial age. These will be the habitations to be compared. During our stroll through the great squares and fountains of Rome, their imagination will be appropriately stimulated to grasp the essential elements of the various fountains and then come up with their own.
In our itinerary of the Vatican Museums, their curiosity will be engaged and challenged by the various ways of drawing the same figure through the centuries and the peculiar way in which Michelangelo and Raphael made their representations. To say nothing of the gladiators, their swords and helmets, and the ferocious beasts - it will be easy to hold their attention and lead it toward other questions, such as why there were always lions and tigers and never wolves in the arena, despite their ferociousness.
In the now long tradition of Through Eternity, we have received countless comments from customers who have visited Rome with their families and have wanted to report their children's enduring enthusiasm for Rome, often times writing that the kids wished the tour had kept going, and said the tour had gone by too quickly. And to think that sometimes these were the same parents to have asked us to shorten the tour just for the kids! Some of these comments are listed below:
"The guide was exuberant and entertaining - he kept my two girls, 10 and 12, and us grown ups fully engrossed with his stories and tales of Roman history." - The Koh Family
"Our guide was exceptional with his Vatican tour. His wit and humor were particularly appreciated by my 16 year old... After the tour, my son made me sit down and see all the pictures he had taken. I think that sort of enthusiasm from a 16 year old boy must be a huge endorsement." - Caroline Fife
"Traveling with two curious kids (ages 9 and 11) required more time and flexibility then a standard tour could offer. The kids had a great time and learned more than they ever could without the tour. The guide was flexible, informative and patient. He answered every question with honesty and thought." - The Ho Family
"Our Vatican guide was so knowledgeable and well-spoken! And animated - he kept my 10-year-old son entertained for the entire 4-hour tour." - The Campbell Family
"Between his extensive knowledge of history, his love of art, and his flair for drama, our guide brought Rome to life for our family. My two teenage sons summed it up perfectly: 'It was awesome!'" - The Akers Family
"Our guide's passion for Rome clearly came through and made the tour memorable... Even our teenage kids enjoyed it. Not once did I hear, 'when is it over.'" - The Epp Family
"Our 12 year old enjoyed descending into the underground and seeing the Colosseum, getting the best sort of history lesson!" - The Robinson Family
"We have nothing but lovely things to say about our tour guide. He was able to toggle back and forth between basic information for the kids as well as more detailed accounts for the adults while keeping the tour moving along at an easy pace." - The Fraser Family