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.
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?
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
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