BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has explored some of Rome’s major tourist attractions as he shows fans a rare glimpse of his family.
The BBC breakfast host left for the Italian capital with his wife Sarah, 44, and their three children.
Dean is sharing highlights of the family’s half-time trip, including the sweet note he received from a fan on their flight there.
Describing it as a “perfect family half-time escape”, Dean shared some rare photos of his teenage children.
“Rome is a beautiful place to see formally,” he announced on his Instagram stories.
Wisely dressed to see all the scenes, Dean picked up a black bag as he smiled back at the camera and held his daughters’ hands securely.
On his whirlwind journey, Dean shared a photo of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the inside of the Vatican.
“Love this place,” Dean wrote in a photograph outside the famous Coliseum structure.
The family visited the world-famous Trevi Fountain at night and Dean asked his fans to “name the fountain”.
Dean – a devout Christian – shared many photos from inside the Vatican, including manicure gardens and a huge bath “that is the real gift of Cleopatra.”
He posed proudly with his youngest outside the Vatican, but covered his son’s face with an Italian flag emoji to protect his privacy.
“Me and the boy in Rome,” he captioned the picture of father and son.
The BBC journalist also continued to entertain the fans with delicious food in which they were enjoying cheese balls and gnocchi.
Along with sharing many photos from other famous Roman landmarks, Dean took the time to marvel at the Italian vending machine selling salmon sandwiches.
He noted the history of use on sandwiches and asked, “And surprisingly … how can this vending machine salmon sandwich run until March 10? It’s 21 days away !!!”
Dean also shared a heartbreaking note he received during his flight from some young fans.
Rhea, nine, and Asha, five, slide notes on the plane to tell Dean that he and his strictly dancing partner, Nadia Baichkova, were his favorites on the show.
The note read: “Dear Dean, my mom told me not to bother you because you are on vacation with your family. I recognized you and just wanted to say hello.
“We are big fans and think you are very good. We hope you have a good time in Rome. Best wishes, Rhea (nine years old) and Asha (five years old).”
The kids finished the note with a smiling face and Dean shared it on his Instagram stories.
He wrote: “And thanks to the beautiful Rhea and Asha who gave me this after sitting in front of us on a flight to Rome.
“It’s nice to talk to them and as promised I’ll tell adinadiyabychkova that we were your favorites.”
Nadia, 32, has just wrapped up a live tour, which Dean refuses to do because her faith prevents her from working on Sundays.
“I have been a Christian for a long time and my faith has always been very important to me,” he told The Sun.
“It’s at the heart of who I am, what I think, what I do.
“I know people talk a lot about me not working on Sundays, but if you allow it, the industry could be all around me. I’ve turned down a lot of amazing jobs because of it. ۔
“I don’t want to be taken over. My sister is a nurse, she works on Sundays and that’s great, but I have decided that Sunday will be celebrated as the day in which the church I will go and spend the day with my family. “
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