Villa Doria Pamphili, Rome. Photograph: Alamy
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Keep the kids happy: public parks and picnics
When the unrelenting sunshine at archeological sites and the absence of air-conditioning in museums is too much for kids and parents alike, go to one of the city’s public parks where umbrella pines provide shade, fresh fountains abound and vast lawns are ripe for lounging. Stock up on picnic provisions at one of the city’s markets, such as Mercato Trionfale (Via Andrea Doria), or Mercato di Testaccio (Via Galvani) and retreat to Villa Doria Pamphili (Via di San Pancrazio), a former noble estate above Trastevere that covers 450 acres. For an archeology-focused outing, the Parco degli Aquedotti (Via Lemonia 256) and Parco della Caffarella (Via della Caffarella) host ruins in their free public pastures.