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High tea always feels a bit regal. But one five-star hotel is taking that idea to another level. Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese hotel in Rome, Italy, is giving families the chance to enjoy the traditional afternoon treat with an actual princess.
The experience begins by heading across the street at Villa Aurora where the lady of the house, Principessa Boncompagni-Ludovisi will host you for tea and tell you all about the history of the villa and family. You'll learn fun facts like how the estate houses the only Caravaggio fresco in the world and is home to 2,000-year-old Roman statues.
The unique offering is part of the luxe property's recently launched Roman Culture Experience for Families. It includes a series of activities like excursions around the eternal city, gelato making classes, and that tea party with a princess.
"As travelers plan their family trips overseas after having waited so long, they'll want something truly special and enjoyable for all members and all ages," Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese's General Manager, Edoardo Giuntoli, told Departures. "So we thought, what better than to present Rome's incredible history and culture in an interactive way, such as biking down the Appian Way, and painting to capture some of the beauty of the Eternal City. To this, we added exclusive activities like a tea party with a real princess and what's sure to be a favorite, gelato making with our chef.
According to Giuntoli, particular thought was given to incorporate outdoor activities after months of sheltering in place. "With this experience, we make it easy for our guests to dive into Rome's irresistible culture in a diverse, safe, and unique way," he said.
The five-night Roman Culture Experiences for a family of four starts at $3,055 for accommodations in two rooms and $4,582 in a suite. Rate includes The Day Trip on the Appian Way, Tea with a Princess, and Watercolor Painting Class for the family and Gelato Class for two children. Optional Rome family-friendly activities are an additional cost and available on request.