Top Reasons Why Rome is a Perfect City Break for Families

We recently spent some time in the beautiful Rome. Rome stole my heart when we first visited ten years ago so I was really keen to take Baby E to visit our favourite city. Part of me did wonder if we would have such a good time as parents. but Rome really is the perfect city break for families . So here are my top 6 reasons why Rome is the perfect city break for families:

Top 6 Reasons why Rome is the perfect City Break for Families

Family Friendly Food in Rome

Food in Rome is amazingly child friendly. Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love Italian food?! And with Italian staples such as pizza, pasta and gelato even the kids will love it too. For the parents there are plenty of more sophisticated dishes. The perfect food for all the family.

Family Friendly Accommodation in Rome

There are lots of family friendly accommodations from AirBNB to luxury high end hotels. We chose to stay at the Westin Excelsior, (you can read a full review here), a 5* hotel on the lovely Via Veneto which was absolutely great for a families, even those like us travelling with a small baby! The rooms were big (I’ll admit we way overpacked so needed a large room) and the staff were very accommodating with the Baby.

Baby E enjoying the super comfortable bed at Westin Excelsior
Baby E enjoying the super comfortable bed at Westin Excelsior

How accessible is Rome for families?

Many people say it is impossible to do Rome with a stroller. I am sure in some places such as the colosseum and Metro this is true. But if you are anything like us and enjoy walking, Rome is actually a very easy place to get around with a pram or stroller. We managed to visit the Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain all in one day walking with a stroller. However if you want to go into places like the Forum then it is definitely worth having a stroller with you aswell!

Rome also has quite a good public transport system in case any little legs get tired and there is a hop on hop off bus tour that drops you off near all the major sites?

We found Rome very stroller friendly

The Piazzas of Rome

Many of the Piazzas are pedestrianised which means that you aren’t worried about safety. It also means that if your child is at the toddling stage, there are plenty of safe places to give them a run around in the city. Most also have a fountain, a Bernini one if your lucky ! It’s also a great place for weary parents as most Piazzas are filled with restaurants and bars to sit and rest your tired toes!

Are there any family friendly parks in Rome?

For me all great cities have at least one great park. In Rome this is Villa Borghese Gardens (you can read a full review here). It is filled with plenty of places for kids to run around, suitable playgrounds and even a small boating lake. There is also plenty of shade if you need to escape the summer sun.

But for me the top reason to visit Rome is …

Italians love kids

I know its a cliché but Italians really love babies! There was no where we didn’t feel welcome. From small cafes to 5* hotels Baby E was literally welcomed with open arms. Waiters would keep  her amused which gave us the rare chance to eat a meal somewhat together and helped with any request. Everywhere we went our Principessa or our Bella Bambino was showered with attention and love. It was like going on holiday with a celebrity. Baby E loved the attention and we loved the welcoming family atmosphere.

For me Italy really is one of the best places to take a baby on holiday. Looking for more advice on travelling to Rome with a little one? Then why check out our  advice on travelling to Rome with a little one take a look at our Essential Information Guide for Travelling to Rome with a Baby! 

If you enjoyed this post you may enjoy our practical guide for parents visiting Rome including top tips about where to buy baby products, changing facilities and getting around in Rome.

Travelling to Rome with kids that are slightly older? Why not check out this guide of things to do in Rome with kids by our friends over at Learning Escapes

If you are looking for other family friendly city break inspiration  then why not check out the following destination guides:

Nell Heshram will revisit Oslo, one of her favourite cities, this summer. On her blog the Pigeon Pair and Me she’s put together a round-up of the top family-friendly museums in the Norwegian capital. 
Samantha from North East Family Fun has visited Barcelona on numerous occasions with her three children and highly recommends the Catalonian capital as a fantastic city to visit with the kids. Did you know that Barcelona is one of the few cities in the world with it’s very own beach? Find out why Samantha rates Barcelona so highly and recommends as the perfect option for a family city break her
 Emma from A Bavarian Sojourn is well qualified to recommend a family trip to Munich having lived there up until recently for the past five years. This city is surprisingly child friendly, and really does have something for everyone. Explore Munich’s green spaces (look out for the surfers in the Englischer Gartens!), visit a local museum, swim in a nearby crystal clear lake, or explore the biggest science museum in the world. Emma’s list of things to do and see here goes on (and on)…

Parentshaped shares a treasure hunt in Amsterdam, for this family travel carnival, a city packed with invitations to play and new things to discover and learn as a family.

Joanne and the eldest take you on a tour of Brussels, Belgium and show you the essential stuff to do, what to eat, and where to stay.

Lisa from Travel Loving Family shares her five must see sights in the capital of Madeira, Funchal. Her recommendations include a scenic cable car ride to a view point at an incredible 1,800 feet overlooking the whole island, a thrilling toboggan ride in a wicker basket and a visit to Blandy’s Wine Lodge to taste the famous Madeira wine.

With three hundred days of sunshine, six theme parks and miles and miles of golden sandy beaches, Jane Batt from Taking 5 says you should definitely consider Benidorm when planning your next family holiday. Pop over to Taking 5 and have a look at Jane’s recommendations for what to do and where to stay in Benidorm as well as her family’s top ten Benidorm activities.

Daisy over at Dais Like These Family Travel Blog shares a few ideas on how to keep kids entertained during 24 hours in Bruges, Belgium.

Ting from My Travel Monkey spent a week exploring snow covered Iceland and discovered there was so much to see and do in Reykyavik – even for young children…

If you have visited all of the bigger London icons and are looking for Alternative things to do, hop over to Like Love Do. Donna shares 10 hidden gems in London

Check out POD Travels if you’re looking to visit Berlin in the near future. Charly shares the top 30 places to visit with kids and where you can explore without them. With posts on the Berlin Wall, East Side Gallery and Wall Museum, a round up of the top Christmas markets in the city and a look at the Berlin street art scene, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied

If you are planning to visit the UK during your European break, Zena talks about why her family loved their visit to Liverpool  and why it’s worth visiting if your looking for a vibrant and cultural city outside of London.

Pop over to Mums do travel to find out why Gretta Schifano and her teenage daughter think that Belfast is a great place for a family city break.

Susanna from A Modern Mother tells us the 12 reasons that families should visit Costa Barcelona.

And 

Over on Space in Your Case Penny visits Bologna, few people realise it is the foodie capital of Italy. Bologna also has lots to keep children entertained, as Penny discovered on a weekend break courtesy of Bologna Welcome.

92 thoughts on “Top Reasons Why Rome is a Perfect City Break for Families”

    1. Haha yes the rain was severe. Couldn’t have used carrier even if I’d wanted to in that weather! The stroller was excellent. We did 10 miles in a day so evidence I think that despite popular belief Rome is stroller friendly

  1. I really can’t believe I haven’t taken my daughter to Italy yet – I do love it (Rome included) and it seems SO child-friendly… plus it’s one country where I can guarantee she would eat pretty much anything. Lovely to see that even cities and major cities known for their art and history at that are still so good with little ones too. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
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  2. I agree – Rome is VERY family friendly! Our babies aren’t such BABIES anymore – but tweens and teens, but it is such a walkable, delicious beautiful place with something for everyone! Loved this! Cheers from Copenhagen! Erin #CityTripping

  3. How unfortunate to visit the beautiful Castel Sant’Angelo on a rainy day. However, Rome is beautiful at any time of year, even in the rain. The first time I’ve seen it it was on a cold winter day in January, and still fell in love with the city.

  4. I first went to Rome as a teenager and we are now looking to take our teenagers for a city break to Rome early next year. I am sure a lot has changed but I do remember how easy it was to walk around as you say and to enjoy all the sights by foot. Shame about the weather but looks like you were all smiles regardless. #MondayEscapes

  5. I love Rome and would love to go back. We had a stressful holiday to Lisbon earlier this year which has put me off foreign travel. But you’ve re-inspired me and I would be really tempted to go to Rome now. It’s great that they loved having your baby and welcomed her. In Portugal my toddler felt like a burden and was not accommodated well (probably just a bad experience but still…). Thanks for sharing your experiences – looks like you had a great time too! #MarvMondays
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    1. Oh no! What happened in Lisbon. She definitely was not considered a burden anywhere. We felt completely relaxed and welcome! I would recommend it and hope we’ve inspired you to consider traveling again soon 😃

    1. I know Rome very well. Hubby and I went all the time before kids which did help but it is very doable. Have some more posts coming up – one a week for the next couple of weeks which should help anyone thinking of going with kids

  6. Oh I love Rome too and keep promising to take the children there – I’m going to pop it on my long to do list! Sounds like you had a great time. Great photos – despite the rain – and I adore the one of you three at the end – your daughter’s face is just gorgeous!! #DreamTeam

  7. I’d never think of going somewhere like Rome with the kids but you are definitely making me rethink! Adore Rome. My OH worked there for a while when I was pregnant with our first and I have some fabulous memories of visiting him. Looks like you had a lovely time. Beautiful family! #MarvMondays #DreamTeam

  8. I am hoping to get to Italy next year, I have never been anywhere in Europe and we are excited to be planning a trip YAY so it is garret to hear your thoughts. Being from Australia everything is so far away #dreamteam

  9. We went to Rome before I had our daughter but I absolutely loved it…there’s something quite magical about seeing the sights that you’ve seen a thousand times before in films and on TV. And the food, well I didn’t even realise how amazing Italian food could be before we went on that trip. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam
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  10. I really love this and I love Rome. We went when I was pregnant with my first and I would love to return. We have mostly written city’s off with a 1 and 2 year old but you are so right. There are lots of parks, we walk everywhere and there are lots of pedestrian places they can toddle. Also pizza/pasta is a massive hit with my kids so they certainly wouldn’t go hungry. Thank you for sharing this with us at #familyfun and inspiring me! Xx

  11. That’s great to hear that Rome is family friendly. I went when I was 16 it’s really is a brilliant place. So much culture. I totally agree with you about Italians loving babies, we went to a restaurant the other day and our little man was entertained and fussed over the entire time! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

  12. I absolutely love Rome! It’s on my bucket list to go back there and take our kids this time – I think they’d love it. They are old enough now to understand the history and appreciate the architecture and beauty. #ThePlacesWeWillGo

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