Best Madrid Day Trips for Families with Autism




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Madrid‘s central location makes it an ideal base to stay in for families wishing to explore Spain‘s nearby cities of Avila, Segovia, and Toledo. In fact, families can explore a variety of medieval castles, religious shrines, and local culinary delicacies while staying comfortably in one place and driving less than two hours at a time. For parents wishing to explore the famous spots here are our best Madrid Day trips for all families including those with autism.

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Our personal favorite is Avila, the City of Stones and Saints. Only an hour’s drive away from Madrid, a magnificent medieval wall surrounds the city. To this day, Avila is still the highest town in Spain. It is a World Heritage site, founded in the Celtic-Iberian era of the fourth century. It is today considered the best-preserved medieval walled city in the world.


City Walls

The walls built in 1090 remain one of Spain’s most famous attractions today. Visitors can experience the City Walls tour where they can even see re-enactments of historical battles. For a special treat, travelers should stay after dark and walk along the ramparts when the walls become illuminated.


The Cathedral of Avila is another iconic location in this city. This church is the oldest cathedral in Spain built in the thirteenth century. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Avila for its mixture of Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance styles. Visitors can enter the church to see alabaster sculptures and centuries old tapestries. Furthermore, those interested can stop by the Cathedral Museum to see a display of coins and paintings.
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Convent of Saint Theresa

Avila is also the birthplace of Saint Theresa. Travelers can visit the Convent of Saint Theresa and view the room where Saint Theresa was born as well as the alter created by Gregorio Fernandez that displays Saint Theresa’s vision of the Cross.

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Visitors can rent bikes for a tour of the surrounding area or rent horses to ride outside of the town for a real Medieval experience.

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Families looking for a longer day trip to take should put Segovia on their list. The city has been home to the Celts, the Romans, Islamists and Christians and is teeming with history.


Plaza del Azoguejo (Roman Aqueduct)

The city’s most iconic feature is its aqueduct located in Plaza del Azoguejo. The aqueduct is a prime example of Roman engineering in Spain and spans 818 meters with over 170 arches. Emperor Trajan’s engineers built it around the second century to carry water from the Frio River into the city, a Roman military base at the time. It was an impressive piece of architectural genius back then and continues to wow visitors to this day.
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Segovia Cathedral

Adorned in gold and curvy spires,  Segovia Cathedral is a beautiful church to visit. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Cathedral was completed in 1768 and is considered the last Spanish Gothic cathedral built.

Alcazar of Segovia

Originally built by King Alfonso VIII in the 12th century, the Alcazar of Segovia features a moat, drawbridge, and towers. Many members of the Spanish royalty have used this palace as their home, adding personal touches to the castle.Over the years, it has served as the wedding location for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as well as a military academy.

Today, the palace is a museum featuring multiple armory rooms filled with weapons, swords, crossbows, and cannons. For antsy kids, there is a maze ready to be explored on the side of the palace.
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Garden of La Merced

Segovia has parks and gardens throughout the city where travelers can take a break from the hustle and bustle. The Garden of La Merced is the first public garden opened in Segovia and is also considered to be the most beautiful.

 Shopping and dining in Plaza Mayor

Travelers looking for something to eat after visiting the city’s sites should head to the Plaza Mayor. There are a few souvenir shops including an old fashioned toy shop.Whether it is for lunch or dinner, travelers shouldn’t leave without trying the city’s roasted suckling pig, a local delicacy.


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Another fantastic city to visit for the day is Toledo known for its well-preserved medieval architecture.In 711BC, Arabs moved into Toledo which already housed Christians and Jews, and their harmonious coexistence helped the city become a culturally vibrant spot.


Medieval Gates and Bridges

The city boasts several old gates.The Old Bisagra gate, the original main entrance of the city and the Puerta de Nueva Bisagra, marked by Charles V’s coat of arms. Further up the hill, travelers can see the Puerta de Sol or Gate of the Sun a beautiful Moorish Style gate built in the fourteenth century.

Toledo also features several impressive bridges, since the Tagus River surrounds it on three sides. The Puente de Alcantara, Arabic for Bridge, located on the eastern side of Toledo as the oldest bridge in the city. The Punte de San Martin over 130 feet long with five arches of solid stone on the western side of Toledo was hailed as an engineering feat for its time back in the fourteenth century.
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Cathedral of Toledo

Those wishing to learn about the city’s reputation as a religious and cultural melting pot should visit the Cathedral of Toledo. This cathedral frequently compared to Notre Dame for its beauty is also one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals in the world.Built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries it features sculptures, paintings, gold and silver altar pieces, and 750 stained glass windows.

Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter occupied a large area in the city back in the Middle Ages. After the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, it nearly disappeared, and the synagogues converted to Christian churches.

Today, there are two Jewish synagogues that travelers can still visit.
The Synagogue Maria la Blanca, a beautiful pristine white decorated building, and the Synagogue El Transito, built by Samuel Levi, lavishly decorated with lattice windows and hand carved ceilings.

Avid history buffs will get a kick out of walking the narrow alleys in the quarters and envisioning how neighbors in such proximity got along with the absence of basic sanitation.

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Many stores throughout the city sell jewelry, plates, swords, boxes and various other objects that feature the famous Toledo damascening. Children will be fascinated to watch the artisans demonstrate the delicate and intricate inlay process.

Unique Sweets

No one should leave Toledo without trying the Toledo almond paste marzipan. This dessert inspired by the Moors is a marzipan cupcake with powdered sugar. For parents wishing to give their kids an extra dose of sugar, the ponche toledanas, which are shortcakes filled with quince jam and topped with almonds are perfect.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Those wishing to visit Segovia should print a map with English names online before arriving since it might be challenging to find one in the city
  • Segovia ‘s narrow cobblestone roads can get crowded during the summer weekends which may be hard for travelers with autism. Also, pedestrians share the streets with cars and scooters, which can be daunting.
  • Toledo features lots of stairs and steep street to navigate. This fact can be difficult for travelers with wheelchairs or sedentary kids.The ZocoTren (mini train) is a great option to explore the city without getting tired.
  • Temperatures during the summer can be as high as 111 degrees Fahrenheit in all the cities. Therefore, parents should bring a mini fan and plenty of water for temperature sensitive kids.
  • Parents tempted to purchase their kid an authentic sword as a souvenir should remember the weapon needs to fit in luggage and go through customs.
  • Kids should wear close toe shoes since there is a lot of walking and climbing involved.

Exploring the Hergé Museum with Family

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The Hergé Museum (Musee Herge) is an ode to the life of one of the most prolific illustrators of the twentieth century. Displaying hundreds of hand drawings, plates, photographs, and documents, the museum aims to shed light on the genius and humor of Belgian artist Georges Prosper Remi, who wrote under the pen name Herge.

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How to Get There

The venue is located in the village of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, about 20 miles away from the country’s capital. Visitors can reach the building at 26 Rue Labrador by either taking the train, driving, or taking the museum’s complimentary shuttle from the city of Brussels.

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What You Will See

The Herge Museum was created to house the works of Belgium native Georges Remi, a cartoonist and satirist best known for his popular character Tintin. This museum also showed how Remi developed his artwork as the years progressed. Samples of his cartoons and other illustrations filled the whimsical building. The downstairs area featured items from the author’s personal collections including his books, his paintings, numerous records, and various other memorabilia such as souvenirs from his trip to China.

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The museum exhibits started with Remi as a young artist and how he chose his career as a comic strip illustrator. Though mainly known outside his native country as the creator of Tin Tin, the section touched on how diverse Remi was. Our son was fascinated by the sections dedicated to his Tintin stories, explaining the conception of these unique characters and how Herge incorporated current events in the scripts for his movies. TinTin fans will love the Illustrator’s Lab – a recreation of a large room of Professor Calculus‘ laboratory – which focused on science in the Tintin books. This section was fascinating since many of Herge’s storylines included elements of science fiction along with fantasy travel.

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We found the exhibits interesting as we compared the great Herge to another iconic contemporary of his – Disney. Both started as comic strip artists and proceeded to entertain their readers with their original tales and quirky characters. However unlike Disney, who was a marketing wiz, Herge’s success was much more modest.

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Travelers that get hungry while wandering through the museum can enjoy the onsite restaurant. The museum also contains a well-stocked gift shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs. Bathroom facilities are likewise provided for guests at this site.

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Given that the museum is solely an indoor venue, it shouldn’t matter too much what time of the year one chooses to visit. Those arriving by car should know that there is a parking garage under the nearby shopping center where they can leave their vehicles.

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Travelers should also note that the venue does not allow photography in some portions of the museum. We found the available audio guides informative and helpful in bringing the museum to life for our son with autism.

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Tickets and Hours of Operation

Adult admission at this museum costs 9.5 euros. However, entry is only five euros for kids between the ages of seven and fourteen. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, and large families traveling together.

This establishment is open between the hours of 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, the museum opens and closes a half hour earlier than it does the rest of the week. The Herge Museum is open every day of the week except Monday. It is also closed on New Year’s Day and Boxing Day.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The upstairs area had many dark spaces with brightly lit pictures and information that stand out against the blackness. The recessed lighting elements near the floor helped us see our feet enough to walk. Those with issues with dark spaces may want to bring a flashlight.
  • The museum wasn’t that crowded when we visited. Family members who dislike crowds can breathe easy in this location.
  • The building had an elevator, so those with mobility issues can safely go down to the lower areas.
  • The museum had a coatroom where people can store belongings. This way, parents don’t have to carry essentials with them all over the building.
  • The museum was mostly non-interactive. Parents should make sure children know what they are allowed to touch.
  • The museum was mostly educational and best for older kids familiar with Remi’s work. We did see an area downstairs with antique toys and a mini theater playing cartoons based on Remi’s characters. Both of these places might be good spots for younger kids to hang out while their older siblings get a better look at the exhibits.


Taking the Family to Munich Germany

Munich, on the banks of the Isar river and just north of the majestic Alps, is the capital of Bavaria. The city is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. Known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration , it is not only a fascinating destination in itself but can provide as a base for travelers wishing to explore Germany’s romantic road routes. For families that have not yet discovered the Bavarian gem, here are our top five spots to explore with kids.Taking the Family through Munich Germany above


The Olympiapark München and BMW Museum

The Olympiapark München was constructed for the 1972 summer Olympics. The park is now a venue for cultural, social and religious events, and visitors are always welcome. While at the park travelers can scurry over to the Olympic Tower and take the 190-meter climb to the observation deck. Then, they can enjoy lunch in the revolving restaurant.

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The BMW Museum right next to the park is a car fanatic’s paradise. Visitors can get their kicks by gawking at the packed showrooms or by  joining the eighty minutes long guided tour. Kids can also design their own vehicle in the junior campus workshop as well as watch some Hollywood style motorbike stunts on selected dates.


The Englischer Garten, or English Garden, is one of the largest urban public parks in all of Europe. The garden stretches from center city to the North Eastern city limits. Apart from its comfortable bikeways and lake, the area boasts several “beer gardens.”

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Travelers wishing to explore beyond the lake will find the Japanese Tea House. The teahouse was a gift presented to Bavaria from Soshitsu Sen during the 1972 summer Olympics. They will also find Monopteros, a small Greek-style temple. Finally, visitors can view the city skyline from the Chinese Tower, modeled after the Great Pagoda of the Royal Botanical Gardens in London.

Marienplatz (Mary’s Square)

Marienplatz is Munich’s main square and has been so since 1158. Initially, the Marienplatz held markets and tournaments for locals to come shop or  enjoy. The landmarks to see are Mary’s column and the Rathaus-Glockenspiel clock.

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The Mariensaule, or Mary’s Column, was erected in 1638 in celebration of the end of the Swedish occupation during the thirty-year war. A golden statue of the Virgin Mary standing on a crescent moon tops the column, representing the queen of heaven. At each corner of the Mariensaule,stands a statue of a Putto or cherub as well as a statue of different beasts fighting, symbolizing  the overcoming adversities such as war, pestilence, hunger, and heresy.

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel is a clock made up of two towers. Every day at 11 am it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the sixteenth century. The top half presents the story of Duke Wilhelm the fifth’s marriage to Renata of Lorraine, the second half tells the story of the Schafflertanz (the Coopers dance). The Schafflertanz myth says that in 1517 (year of the plague) coopers danced in the streets to bring fresh and new vitality to the nervous locals. The Coopers’ dance came to symbolize perseverance and loyalty to authority through difficult times. The dance is now a tradition performed once every seven years; the next performance is to be held in 2019.

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The Deutsches Museum

The Deutsches Museum is the world’s largest museum of science and technology. Oskar Von Miller founded the museum in 1903, designing it on an island. The name may suggest that the museum showcased German advances. However, in truth, the name expressed the importance of science and technology to the German people.

Once in the museum, travelers will discover wonders from all around the globe. The venue offers a plethora of interactive displays, live demonstrations, and experiments. The building is vast and has many different levels and fields to explore.

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Children will enjoy the Kids Kingdom Exhibition designed specifically for children ages three to eight. There are over 1,000 exhibits for the kids to touch, play, and learn from such as a power machine, wave-bouncing weir, building blocks, and even a giant guitar.

Nymphenburg Palace

Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, a prince-electoral couple, commissioned Nymphenburg Palace in 1664. It is a Baroque palace and the former summer home of the old rulers of Bavaria.

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This castle consists of a large villa with two wings of packed royal rooms decorated in the baroque style. Along with the Queen’s bedroom and King’s chamber, there is a unique gallery of portraits of girls commissioned by Bavaria’s King.

Kids and adults will love the Marstallmuseum Hall with royal coaches, which includes Ludwig II’s fairytale-like carriage fitted with oil lanterns. The manicured park behind the palace is perfect for antsy kids to run around, feed the swans, or picnic on the grass by the large lake.
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Dachau Concentration Camp

Established in 1933, this camp was Nazi Germany’s first concentration camp. Created to hold political prisoners, the camp later became a model for later concentration camps as a “school of violence” for the SS men. 200,000 people from all over Europe passed through its doors, and over 40,000 of them died there.

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After its liberation, the government turned the camp into a memorial in 1965. The main exhibit holds the “path of prisoners” where visitors walk the victim’s path from coming to camp, their life in the camp, and their journey to either death or liberation.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The Deutsches Museum can get overwhelming, so it is best for parents to prioritize what they want to see.Parents need to be aware most signage is in German making it challenging for English speakers.
  • The Dachau Concentration Camp features intense content. It is also a place to pay respects. Parents should prepare children by informing them what this site means and how they should behave.
  • The Englischer Garden is the best place to take active kids.
  • Many of these attractions, such as the Olympiapark and Nymphenburg Palace, require a lot of walking. Parents should pack comfortable, closed toe shoes for the family.

Our Family Day Trip to Olympia Greece

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Last year, we got the chance to visit one of the places that had been high up on our bucket list. Home to the famous Olympic Games, Olympia Greece is a stop that’ll please any history or Greek mythology buff. Though we only got to visit the ancient city briefly, we had a great time and left with lifelong memories.

As our son with autism dislikes touring with large groups, we booked a private tour guide and customized our visit. During booking, our guide suggested we visit the ruins early in the morning to avoid crowds. He also said we should visit the local museum, after which we could enjoy a late lunch at a typical Greek taverna.

Gymnasium, Leonidaion, and Phidias’ Workshop

On the day of the trip, our tour guide Nikos met us at the entrance to the port as scheduled. After a 45-minute drive, we arrived at our first stop, the ruins. As we entered the area, we passed by the Gymnasium, Leonidaion, and Phidias’ Workshop.

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The Gymnasium was an ancient Greek training grounds for those competing in the games. The name “gymnasium” originated from the ancient Greek term “gymnos,” which means “naked.” Athletes in the games often competed in the nude, a fact which likely inspired the name. Other than a place for training, the gymnasium was where the athletes socialized and enjoyed mental as well as physical activities.

The Leonidaion was a luxury hotel for competing athletes. Leonidas of Naxos commissioned and designed the lodging area, constructing it as the largest building on the Olympia site. During the Roman period, the Leonidaion was remodeled with a garden and a pool.

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Phidias was a well-known artist who is famous for his Statue of Zeus, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Phidias’ Workshop was likely where the artist developed his famous statue. Archaeological excavations identified the location as Phidias’ workshop with the discovery of a cup with an inscription on the bottom. The inscription translated to “I belong to Phidias.” Archaeologists used this location to reconstruct the methodologies behind the creation of the statue.

Temple of Zeus

The Temple of Zeus, which held Phidias’ statue, was next. An interesting fact about this temple was that the primary structure was carved out of local limestone, considered bad quality. Therefore, builders coated the limestone with stucco to give it the appearance of marble, matching the sculptures decorating the rest of the building. The roof was made of marble, cut so thin that it was translucent.Our Family Day Trip to Olympia Greece ruin

There were many sculptures depicting scenes decorating the temple, but the Statue of Zeus was by far the most impressive. The statue featured Zeus sitting on an elaborate cedar wood throne ornamented with ebony, ivory, gold and precious stones. The work measured 44 feet in height and 22 feet in width.

Olympia’s Stadium

We entered Olympia’s  rectangular stadium through a stone archway. In its glory days, the stadium could seat over 40,000 men. Greece held Olympic Games in this stadium between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D.

Our guide revealed that The Olympic Games were created after a sacred truce was signed by three kings; Iphitus of Elis, Lycurgus of Sparta and Cleisthenes of Pisa. The agreement ensured that hostilities between the kings would cease and no executions would happen during the games. Ancient Greece held the games in honor of Zeus, and the Olympics continued well into Roman rule until Emperor Theodosius the First stopped them in 393 AD in his campaign to force Christianity on the Roman Empire.

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Temple of Hera and Olympic Torch

Continuing north, we came across the Temple of Hera, the site’s most intact structure, built in 590 B.C. During its prime, the temple stored items considered relevant to the Greek culture and offerings from the people of Greece. Today, the Olympic torch is lit here, though that certainly wasn’t the case in ancient Greece.

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The highlight of the tour undoubtedly when we saw where the torch of the Olympic flame was originally lit – in the spot the Temple of Hestia once stood. Our kids, brushing up on their Greek mythology, discovered to their fascination that the torch symbolizes the fire Prometheus stole from the gods.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia

Next, we headed to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. This venue is one of the most important museums in Greece and boasts thousands of artifacts. One of its permanent exhibitions contains the findings from the excavations in the sacred precinct of the Altis dating from prehistoric times to the Early Christian period.

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The museum is famous for two sculptures collections: the Bronze collection and the Terracotta collection. These groups feature sculptured ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, twelve metopes (a name for an architectural rectangle), and lion-headed water spouts.

Other noteworthy displays included the statue of Hermes carrying an infant Dionysos and one of Nike of Paionios dedicated by the Messenians in honor their victory over the Spartans.

Lunch at Touris Club

By now we had walked extensively for hours and built quite an appetite for a late lunch. Our guide suggested we stop at the Touris Club, a family-run taverna, for a bite to eat while enjoying some authentic Greek entertainment.

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The buffet style lunch included Greek dishes like eggplant dip (melitzanosalata), tiropita, olive tapenade, and souvlaki chicken prepared with fresh lemon, garlic & olive oil. Once the diners had completed their meals, the folkloric dance show began. Four dancers dressed in national costumes performed in the show. The dancers were lively and engaging. They got everyone up and dancing, including our son with autism who is usually shy. Soon people were dancing on tables.

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A few glasses of wine and ouzo later, everyone was having a great time! Even the owner chimed in smashing plates on the floor – a Greek tradition. We regretted not bringing our swimming suits since the restaurant had a beautiful pool reserved for patrons.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Families visiting the ruins should prepare to walk extensively on uneven ground with no shade and places to rest.
  • Parents should pack plenty of bottled water, sunscreen and insect repellent. They should also pack a mini first aid with band-aids in case of minor mishaps.
  • We recommend closed toe shoes because of the uneven terrain.
  • Visitors cannot touch the artifacts in the museum. Therefore, parents should inform kids of this.
  • For kids that are noise sensitive ask the restaurant for a table away from the music and the dancing.



Experiencing Venice Italy with Kids

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Visiting the city of Venice, Italy is a sensory experience, with the sharp taste of salt packed in the air, the constant wind, the cobblestone underneath one’s feet, and candy for the eyes everywhere. Though pegged as a city for lovers, many families, including families with autism, can find many things to do. Here are our favorite places to visit in Venice.

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Tour St. Marks Basilica

St. Marks Basilica is a definite must see. Located in Venice’s major square, the Cathedral is hard to miss with its blue and gold decorations and the crowd of tourist snapping photos. The structure is a cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice and to this day is one of the most famous churches in the city.

Construction originally started in 828 after Venetian merchants stole the supposed relics of Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria and were completed in 832. The church survived a couple of fires and experienced many renovations.The facade of the cathedral is an original blend of styles, making St. Marks Basilica a prime example of Italian-Byzantine architecture. The gleaming golden mosaics greet guests as they peer up to the ceiling, striking a sense of awe into travelers. 
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Traverse the Grand Canal

Whether they ride in a hand carved gondola or a more budget friendly Vaporetto taking a boat ride along the canals is a ‘must do’ activity that all visitors should scratch off their bucket list. Crossing the Grand Canal is a fun and romantic way to see the city highlights, traveling the way locals have for hundreds of years.

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Walk Across the Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is one of four bridges in Venice and by far the oldest. At the time the Rialto was the only connection between the districts of San Marco and San Polo, allowing merchants and travelers to walk from one area to the other.

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Originally constructed from wood, the bridge collapsed twice, and was later redesigned in stone. Antonio da Ponte designed the current bridge paying tribute to the original wooden design. The engineering of the bridge, completed in 1591, was considered so audacious that architect Vincenzo Scamozzi predicted the bridge to fail in later years. Still, the bridge stands as one of the architectural icons of Venice.

Explore the Teatro La Fenice

The Teatro La Fenice or Phoenix Opera House is one of the most renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theater. In the nineteenth century, it became the location of many premieres of masterpieces by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi. After suffering from two fire incidences, the opera house was rebuilt and named Teatro La Fenice as a  reference of how the establishment rose from the ashes.

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Experience Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Near the Basilica, travelers can find the brilliant white and pink Doge’s Palace. This place, which was once the seat of Venetian government, is dazzling with real gold embellishments around the frescoes. The palace still has many of its rooms intact, such as the armory with old weapons and battle paintings. Brave kids can check out the dungeons after crossing the Bridge of Sighs.

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Enjoy a Refreshing Gelato

Parents and kids alike who love ice cream should try a refreshing gelato from one of the cities many gelaterias. For the best gelato and a lovely view of the Giudecca Canal, travelers should visit Gelateria Nico. The staff always have a smile for the kids, and the cold stuff is delicious.

Look for the Hidden Lions

When people travel to Disneyland, they search for hidden Mickeys. In Venice, travelers can find hidden lions. The winged Lions of Venice dot the city’s landscape, all along statues, door handles, gates, sculptures, and even in the gondolas. These lions represent St. Mark, the principal patron saint of Venice, whose body was buried in the Basilica of San Marco.

Go Shopping for a Souvenir

What trip is complete without shopping? Venice has a lot of fun shopping areas. Travelers can get gondola and boat models in plastic or wood. Many of the shops carry masks and gondolier hats. Moreover, Venice along with its neighbor Murano is known for its glass work, so families interested should look for little animals, vases, earrings, and rings all made out of glass.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The Cathedral is frequently crowded with tourists. Families should try to visit the Cathedral during less busy times, typically early or late in the day.
  • It is customary to lower one’s voice or stay quiet inside the Cathedral out of respect. Parents should make sure their child knows to be respectful and use their “indoor voice” while here.
  • Venice is famous for its glass work. However, these glass souvenirs are breakable, which can present a danger to younger kids.
  • Audio guided tours are available for those visiting the opera house.
  • The opera house can get rather crowded. Families who might have an issue with this should plan a day and time when the opera house will be less busy.
  • Gondola rides are expensive. While not as romantic as a gondola ride, families can also take a water bus ( Vaporetto)  to travel the city on a budget.

Taking Kids With Autism to Budapest Hungary


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When visiting other countries, it is a good idea to visit that country’s capital. Budapest is Hungary’s capital and one of the largest cities in the European Union. With its stunning architecture  many museums  and excellent restaurants ,the city is bound to delight all families including those traveling with autism. After several trips to the scenic city here is our list of top attractions for families to explore.

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Discover Hungarian History at Buda Castle and Matthias Fountain

A truly breathtaking structure, Buda Castle overlooks the city with an impressive 300-meter long stretch facing the water. Rebuilt over thirty times since the Middle Ages, this Castle has seen many transformations and reconstruction efforts. Tours of the inside are available. However, travelers can have a pleasant time exploring the grounds surrounding the castle.

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Nicknamed the Trevi fountain of eastern Europe, Alajos Stróbl’s Neo-Baroque masterpiece is one of the most popular sites in the Hungarian capital. Originally commissioned by the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, the Matthias Fountain depicts the tragic love story between the King and Helen the Fair, a peasant girl and the heroine of a folkloric ballad written in the nineteenth century. According to the story, the girl and royal met while he was hunting and fell in love. However, Helen discovered her lover’s true identity and, assuming the romance wasn’t meant to be, died of a broken heart. The fountain shows The King in the center standing in hunting attire, Helen on the side protecting her fawn, and the hunting party and hounds below.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents need to be aware that there’s quite a bit of walking involved, especially if they book a guided tour.
  • For those looking for a shorter trip, we recommend exploring the grounds.

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Learn about WWII at Shoes on the Danube memorial

This Memorial was created to remember the Jews killed by the fascist militiamen in the city during World War II. Their orders to the victims were simple: take off your shoes. After that, they shot them and threw their bodies in the Danube river between the cities of Buda and Pest. Mainly geared to older kids, this site provides a good way to make history come alive for children.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents should introduce WWII to their children through books and movies. For middle school kids, we recommend Number of the Stars or The Diary of Anne Frank.

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Enjoy Organ Music at St. Stephens

This Roman Catholic Basilica honors the first king of Hungary, Stephen the First. It is the third largest church in Hungary and, with its paintings and glass dome, is beautiful. Built in a neoclassical style architectural style, it has two large bells in its facade. Adventurous travelers wishing to get exceptional city views can climb 365 steps or take the elevators to the top of the dome. For a special treat, tourists can book tickets for a Sunday organ concert with well-renowned musicians

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The organ sound is quite loud, so this activity isn’t recommended for noise sensitive kids.

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Relax at Gellert Spa

Gellért Spa is famous for its main hall with gallery and glass roof, built in Art-Nouveau style. This attraction is over 100 hundred years old and has only been closed once for repair during all of that time. The Baths complex, decorated with exquisite mosaic tiles, boasts thermal baths containing minerals like calcium and magnesium that are recommended for various conditions. The complex includes saunas, an open-air swimming pool with artificial waves, and a calmer swimming pool that kids with autism might find highly relaxing.
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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Though most kids with autism will enjoy the pools, parents to children with smell sensitivities might wish to skip this activity.

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Marvel at Margret Island Musical Fountains

This attraction is a child’s dream. Away from the bustling city of Budapest, in the middle of the Danube, Margret Island is a popular tourist destination. The island’s family attractions include Medieval ruins, a rose garden, a historic water tower, swimming pools, and an open air theater and cinema. Younger Kids will marvel at the water park, the small zoo, and the musical fountains that play popular melodies.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • This area is a great place to take kids with autism for a day trip.
  • Make sure to bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
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Sample Delicacies at Central Market Hall

This massive three-floor building, which opened in 1896,  is one of the gems of the city. With over three stories of produce, meats, and fish markets the Central Market is a symphony for the senses. The marketplace is an excellent spot to introduce kids to the Hungarian fare while walking around the different food stalls.
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Autism Travel Tips:

  • If your child with autism loves chocolate, then they should try the Dobos torte.
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Enjoy an Authentic Meal at Matyas Pince Restaurant

A few feet from Budapest`s Erzsebet Hid is Hungary’s most famous restaurants, Matyas Pince. Initially launched by the Dreher Breweries, the restaurant offers traditional delicacies in a bygone ambiance. Decorated in the original wood furniture, the Beer House features an authentic Romani band in the evenings. Kids will love the colors of the stained glass windows and the lively music.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Hungarian dishes are quite spicy. Parents with children who don’t enjoy spicy foods should mention this to the server when ordering.
  • Parents to noise sensitive kids should ask for a table away from the band.
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Shop on Vaci Utca Street

This location is Budapest’s pedestrian thoroughfare where locals and tourists go shopping and bar hopping. The main street, as well as the small streets intersecting it, have a plethora of Mom and Pop-type eateries that offer some of the local cuisines. The road starts at Vörösmarty Square and ends opposite the Central Market Hall at the Pest end of Liberty Bridge. Many of the shops are posh boutiques, though many souvenir stores specialize in arts and crafts from local artists. Like its European counterparts, the area is filled with performers and peddlers during the weekends.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents should warn their kids about pickpockets and scammers that will offer fake copies of electronic devices and designer clothing.


Top Seven Attractions for Families in Pisa Italy

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Pisa is an Italian city most famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, there is so much more to the city than this one architectural oddity. Here are some of our favorite places to visit in this beautiful city.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

As mentioned, the city is famous for its Leaning Tower, which is a must visit location. The Tower is a campanile or freestanding bell tower of the city’s cathedral. It is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square and is famously known for its exaggerated tilt. The tilt began during construction caused by an inadequate foundation, which was too soft on one side to properly support the structure. Efforts in the late twentieth century stabilized the slope and partially corrected the tilt.

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 Baptistery of St John

Travelers can also visit the largest baptistery in all of Italy, the Baptistery of St. John. As the name suggests, this minor basilica is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The building is considered the oldest in the city, existing since the eleventh century. The architect Doitisalvi designed the Baptistery in the Florentine Romanesque style.Top Seven Attractions for Families in Pisa Italy building

The Baptistery is mainly known for its three sets of bronze doors with sculptures, created by architects Pisano and Ghiberti. In fact, Michelangelo named these doors the Gates of Paradise. The location also saw the baptism of many famous Renaissance artists, such as Dante.

Knights Square

Knights Square was the political center of medieval Pisa. The site obtained its name after the sixteenth century when it became the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen. Now the Square is a center of education in the city. It is home to the main house of Scuola Normale di Pisa, a higher learning institution part of the University.

Museo Delle Sinopie

The Museo Delle Sinopie is home to the preparatory drawings and the frescoes of the Monumental Cemetery, the graveyard of Pisa. The frescoes were the works of several artists including Buffalmacco,  Bonaiuti,  Veneziano,  Aretino,  Gaddi, Puccio, and Gozzoli. The artistic works once covered the walls of the cemetery. However, the fire of a 1944 bombing damaged and destroyed many of these frescoes. Workers removed the art for urgent restoration and found the preparatory drawings beneath the frescoes remarkably preserved.

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Museo Nazionale di San Matteo

The Museo Nazionale di San Matteo displays artistic works for historic buildings dating back to the early medieval period in the city and province of Pisa. The collection includes sculptural masterworks by Nicola Pisano and Donatello. There is also a display of a rich collection of antique paintings including works by Volterrano, Martini, Traini, Angelico, and Ghirlandaio among others. Other collections on display include the medieval illuminated manuscripts, wooden religious sculptures from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, and antique ceramics.

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Arno Promenade

The Arno Promenade that, as the name suggest, straddles the Arno River. All of the streets that go along the Arno tend to be youth hotspots and interesting points of reference for the tourists. One can find fantastic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. Towers, bridges, and buildings, in spite of their actual Renaissance appearance, feature medieval aesthetics which an observant tourist can see.

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Museum of Ancient Ships

In 1998 there was an astounding discovery of the remains of an urban harbor. Excavations so far uncovered sixteen ships, restoring nine of these that are now on display at this museum. No other examples of such well-preserved ancient ships from the first century BC exist. The excavation also uncovered the cargo of the ships, including its perishable goods like ropes, rigging, fishing equipment, anchors, baskets, and fishing pots. Typically these types of items do not usually survive centuries of burial, but the conditions of the ground in this location, mixed with the absence of oxygen, managed to preserve even the most fragile objects.

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Italy is a fantastical country that offers so many amazing cities to explore. Be sure that if you ever have the chance to visit that you will take the time to appreciate the city of Pisa and all of its wonder.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Many places in Pisa are popular and can get crowded. Parents should check ahead of time to any location they wish to visit for times that are less crowded.
  • Pisa is a place full of history. Parents should look for guided tours that go in-depth into the history of these locations, especially if anyone in the family is a history buff.
  • Kids should be quiet and respectful in religious areas
  • Due to strict regulations, visitors cannot bring in bags when entering the famous tower. All personal items except cameras and wallets need to be left in locked lockers.
  • Parents should be advised the tower is seven stories high and there is no real spot to stop and rest once you start climbing .


Family Friendly Activities in Berlin Germany




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Germany’s capital, Berlin has a rich history and a checkered past. It is not only one of the most hauntingly beautiful cities in Europe but has become a modern travel hub and popular tourist destination. For families planning to visit; here are our favorite family-friendly spots in the city Berlin. Some are culture rich; others are great places to shop or relax.
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Berlin Wall

The infamous Berlin Wall is a must-see historical site for anyone traveling to the city. The complete destruction of the wall in 1990 marked the official dawn of a new era;  the reunification of Germany. Nowadays, tourists can still see the last bits of the wall in the city’s Center which serve as reminders of German dark times.

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Holocaust Memorial

Fashioned by Peter Eisenman of international fame, the Fields of Stelae represent the thousands of Jews slaughtered during the Holocaust. The solid black marble rectangles create a wave when viewed from within and provide visitors with a moving experience. Travelers should be advised the site can get muddy and slippery during the rainy season since it is all outdoors.

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Brandenburg Gate

This area is an old city gate on the west side of the city that led to a former Prussian palace. It is impressive and has become one of the most recognized landmarks in the city. The gate is the entry point to Unter De Linden; the boulevard of Linden trees. It is beautiful and spectacular, a real gem especially in the springtime.

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Checkpoint Charlie

This location, also known as Checkpoint C, was one of the main entry gates connecting West Berlin and East Berlin for over five decades. This point received its name from the Western Allies and became a symbol of the separation of Berlin during the Cold War. Today, it is a tourist attraction featured in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood.


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Stasi Museum 

Part memorial and part research center, the Stasi aims to preserve and understand what East Germany stood for. Known by the locals as the secret police headquarters during the Cold War; the otherwise plain looking building opens a window into a fascinating world of spies. While visiting the venue, families can learn about the communist  German regime’s tactics to control its citizens through constant fear and terror.

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Berlin Tunnels

The three tunnels underground were part of a plan to build what the locals know as Germania during Hitler’s regime. During the Cold War, a few people did manage to use them to escape from the Eastern side to the democratic West successfully. Though the tunnels are closed to the public, private tours are available.
For travelers who are sensitive to smells or feel claustrophobic; the Bunker Museum is a  better way to experience the history of the tunnels without actually walking underground.

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Berlin Zoo

The oldest zoo in Germany and the most visited zoo in Europe, the Berlin Zoo is a wonder in itself. Featuring an aquarium on site and its scheduled animal feedings, the zoo is an educational and entertaining experience that has been wowing crowds for decades. On-site, cafes are available for light snacking or meals.

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Adlon Hotel

The epitome of luxury the impressive Adlon Hotel houses three fantastic restaurants, a lobby lounge, and luxury spa. Rumored to be Hitler’s home away from home the property’s well-appointed and luxurious accommodations do not disappoint.Families traveling during the holidays should check out the hotel’s Christmas elaborate decorations; particularly the lit up gingerbread house in the center of the lobby.

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Christmas Market

As a shopper’s dream, the Christmas markets of Berlin will delight all members of the family. Travelers can find authentic old world wooden Christmas toys;  handblown glass ornaments and many other trinkets sold at the different stalls. Not to be missed are the special holiday foods to be sampled at the markets like mulled cider, sausages, and other tasty treats.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Many of these places offer guided tours which may be helpful since many signs are not in English.
  • The Holocaust Memorial is a site to pay respect. Parents should make sure children are respectful in this area.
  • The Christmas Market is an excellent place not only to stock up on souvenirs but a good opportunity to introduce kids to new delicacies.
  • Children who are claustrophobic or afraid of dark areas should probably not tour the Berlin Tunnels.

Visiting Pompeii with Autism

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One of the most prominent places to visit in Southern Italy is, of course, Pompeii. An ancient Roman city almost perfectly preserved from a horrific natural event, Pompeii is a ‘must do’ for most history buffs. For parents planning on taking any children with autism with them, there are some things and options to consider.


Pompeii is famous as an incredibly well-preserved ancient Roman city, not far from Naples , Italy. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried the entire city under ash in 79 A.D. However, casings of ash preserved the objects and bodies of the city’s inhabitants. Later, archaeologists used plaster to protect these ash layers further for study. The site is now on the  UNESCO World Heritage list and a popular tourist destination.

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Archaeologists believe the ancient Greeks founded the city in the sixth century B.C. Rome later took over Pompeii by the fourth century BC. Originally a port town, Pompeii featured a mixed medley of people all around the world from different social classes. Also, the city was well equipped with food venues, bars, public baths and brothels making it a favorite resting spot for sailors and traveling merchants. According to historians, Pompeii was a city where citizens rich and poor lived together with no division between the neighborhoods, so travelers might find it fascinating to see grand mansions next to modest homes.

The estimated population at the time of the eruption, 79 AD was about 11,000 people, though only 2,000 died that day. Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Younger, an ancient Roman author, described the destruction of the city and the death of his uncle Pliny the Elder in a letter to Tacitus.

For over 1500 years the site remained buried and unknown. Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre rediscovered the area in 1748. As the site was excavated, archaeologists covered the ash casings with plaster to fill in the voids where human bodies once stood, revealing the exact positions in which many of the Pompeii residents died.
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How to Get There

To get to Pompeii, travelers can take a commuter train from Naples or Sorrento to the designated stop. Those interested in seeing Mt. Vesuvius can take a shuttle van up the volcano to the end of the road. From there it is a steep thirty-minute walk up the mountain. The view from the top is spectacular, allowing visitors to see all of Naples and Pompeii.


While Pompeii may have a chilling history, it is a fascinating place for anyone to visit. There are not many opportunities to see an ancient city as well maintained as Pompeii, and walking through the city is almost like walking through time. Also, the perseverance of archaeologists has allowed tourists to see the past in a more precise and accurate way.

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For those who have the opportunity, we recommend stopping at the House of Vetti, the most preserved house in Pompeii. A fascinating representation of its time, the property is said to have belonged to an unknown wealthy merchant.

Pompeii boasts its very own Temple of Isis, an Egyptian god. Archeologists believe worshippers at this temple were members of a mysterious cult, typically women, freedmen, and slaves. Rumor has it that the famous Austrian composer, Mozart, visited at the age of thirteen, and received inspiration from its interior.

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The House of the Tragic Poet is a moderately-sized Pompeii house featuring high quality, beautiful inner decor. The identity of the original owners is a mystery, as well as why their seemingly simple house boasted such vibrant decorations.

For a more adult oriented excursion, there’s the Suburban Baths. The baths feature rare erotic art not seen in similar Roman bathhouses. Naturally, this isn’t a child-friendly location, but teenagers and young adults might appreciate the historical value.

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Visitors can buy one-day tickets for about €13, with discounts available for EU citizens between 18 – 24 and school teachers. However, EU citizens under 18 have free admission. Pompeii is open from 8:30 to 7:30 most days, and is closed on most holidays. The site offers free entrance on the first Sunday of the month.

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Autism Travel Tips:


  • When we visited Pompeii , our kids found it mostly interesting but complained about the length of the group tour which was three hours. Based on our experience we recommend getting a private tour and tailoring it to unique family needs so everyone will enjoy their visit.
  • The city is a walking location built on uneven ground. Therefore, parents should make sure everyone wears comfortable closed-toe walking shoes and long pants if possible.
  • Parents should make sure to get a map at the entrance. Many of the streets are blocked off due to on-going excavations, so it’s easy to become lost. Furthermore, it is imperative to instruct the kids not to wander off since they can fall and get injured in ruins.
  • The landmark offers little shade which may become a problem in the hot summer months. Therefore, parents should pack plenty of sunscreens, bottled water,  mini fans, and snacks.
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  • For those traveling with a disability, the best way to enter is through the Piazza Anfiteatro. Through this entrance, travelers can find suggested itineraries designed to meet the needs of visitors with reduced mobility.
  • We highly recommend pre-purchasing tickets online to avoid the long lines on some days. The area can get easily crowded, especially during the summer, as the explorable area is not that large.
  • Those traveling with temperature sensitive kids shouldn’t plan on visiting in the summer as it can get unbearably hot and there almost no spots to sit and rest.The best time to visit is around November or April.
  • When we went, we saw a lot of stray dogs, which might be scary for some kids.
  • Parents should advise kids to look where they’re going. This caution is because the roads have holes in them originally meant to catch horse and donkey feces, and they’re easy to trip over. Moreover, parents should bring a first aid kit with band-aids for minor mishaps.
  • There are very few toilets, and most of them are at the entrance, so parents should advise kids to use the facilities ahead of time.
  • Parents should bring their own food as the site does not offer food venues.

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Top Five Activities When Taking Kids With Autism To Monaco

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One of the world’s smallest countries, Monaco sits tucked away along the Mediterranean Sea along the southern coast of France. There is certain romanticism towards this country; with its famous casino, palace, and cathedral it is a decadent getaway for any couple. Families will surely wonder if Monaco offers things to do with children. Here are our top choices for in Monaco for families.

Tour Train

One of the child-friendly attractions is the tour train that Monaco provides. The train’s journey begins and ends across from the Oceanographic Museum; a thirty-minute tour that will enlighten travelers to Monaco’s seven hundred years of history. One will see Monaco’s highlight sites such as the Place d’Armes, Port Herrcule, Monte-Carlo and Casino Square, Old Town with Ministry of State, and the Royal Palace alongside St. Nicholas Church. The train is in operation every day from February to mid-November.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The train is a relaxing way to sit and see Monaco with your kid, especially if they don’t like to walk long distances or are temperature sensitive. The main attractions in Monaco are situated up on a hill, which is quite a climb for many. Families will also enjoy the shade the inside of the train provides.

Oceanographic Museum

After finishing the train ride, families can proceed across the street to the Oceanographic Museum. The museum, home to the Mediterranean Science Commission, rests on the cliffside overlooking the ocean. Children will love the variety of sea animals and flora displayed such as starfish, turtles, jellyfish, lobsters, rays, sharks and eels. The assortment of sea related objects the museum contains is also fascinating, from model ships and sea animal skeletons to a collection of culture and ritual objects created from mollusks, pearls, and nacre.Top Five Activities When Taking Kids With Autism To Monaco brown

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The museum gets crowded in the summer, especially by midday. If families want to see the displays in peace and quiet, they should arrive when the museum first opens.

Royal Palace of Monaco

Family members who have had their fill of ocean-related topics can view the magnificent Royal Palace of Monaco. For those interested in both history and architecture, the palace is a mosaic of architectural designs! Originally built in 1191, it became the home of the Grimaldi family after they had captured it in 1297. With a constant flux of politics to consider and, frankly, some common sense, the Grimaldi family worked on fortifying the palace. Unlike most monarch families, the Grimaldis only had one palace in which they resided, so they kept redesigning already existing rooms.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The palace has restricted hours because the royal family actually lives in it. Make sure to verify in advance what times it is actually open to avoid disappointment or getting stuck in lines.

St. Nicholas Cathedral

Upon leaving the Palace, travelers can stroll along to St. Nicholas Cathedral, a mere five minute walk away from the Palace. The royal family tends to hold wedding ceremonies in the Cathedral, and it is the final resting place for the majority of the Grimaldi family. Most Americans know the Cathedral as actress Grace Kelly’s resting place. Grace Kelly married into the Grimaldi family in 1956 and was buried in the Cathedral after her car accident in 1983; her husband joined her in 2005.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Families who decide to visit Grace Kelly’s grave should be prepared to sit with everyone else in line. There are no shortcuts, and kids need to be quiet as this is a religious place.
  • Parents should make sure that everyone wears appropriate, nonrevealing clothing.

Chocolaterie de Monaco

To end the day, families can travel back down to the Ocean Museum where, after a bit of searching, they will find the Chocolaterie de Monaco. The Chocolaterie de Monaco has been the kingdom’s official chocolate maker since 1920 and continues to create delicate confections that will melt any chocolate lover’s heart. Friendly staff awaits customers with decadent free samples and a cozy atmosphere that continues into the attached café. The Chocolaterie is known for its lovely infused chocolates, with flavors of lavender, orange, and pistachio. For newbies, we highly recommend the allissons d’Aix, a treat made from almond paste and a thin layer of icing.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Mention this place to the kids so they have something to look forward to at the end of the day.

Monaco is a country that seems to encompass a different world than the rest of Europe. It may be known as a country that caters mainly to couples, but there are many great opportunities for families to explore. From history and science to entertainment there are dozens of kid-friendly events this destination has to offer.

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