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Traveling with the Boys: Villa Borghese

First stop when we entered the beautiful park

Villa Borghese

(Villa Borghese) was for Panini. For Matt, that meant a hot dog sliced longways on a hard panini-like bread. So far, still not thrilled with his food in Rome, but adding a couple of Snickers bars and he was good to go.

We rented a bicycle cart to explore the park for an hour, which was loads of fun, but way harder than it looked to petal. I have an awful back and pedaling up and down the hills did not help the aches. Otherwise, Matt and I had a great time driving it around, and Adam was able to go for a solitary walk around the park as he wanted—sitting on benches to read mostly.

When our ride was through, we headed over to the Borghese Gallery which was reserved for 5pm. I know this was not the most exciting of destinations for the boys, but the gallery was one of my favorites. I was looking forward to standing before the Bernini sculptures I’d only wrote about for undergrad. And, the gallery was having a whole Bernini exhibit! I was excited. The boys—meh. Although, Adam spent the whole time walking around and taking photos of all the artworks.

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert , contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, three of which are on the autism spectrum.
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