Eat sleep breathe Rome – the not to miss on a lux family trip to Rome the eternal city! 

Eat sleep breathe Rome – the not to miss on a lux family trip to Rome the eternal city! 

Rome the eternal city is perhaps my favourite city in the world. A bucket list city full of hidden gems! I love the history, the culture and the food. So if you want to make the most out of a visit to Rome the eternal city here are our not to miss essentials so you too can Eat, Sleep and Breathe Rome:

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Best Places to Eat in Rome

If there is one place on Earth that can be guaranteed to find food for all the family to love, Rome is the place.

The staples of pizza and pasta are sure to be a crowd pleaser and is there anything better than gelato to end a meal?

And for the adults – why not indulge in the Italian coffee tradition. But don’t embarrass yourself by ordering the wrong coffee at the wrong time of day. Just remember that milky coffees are only for the morning!

Our go to place for a fab Italian meal in Rome has to be Spiriti e Formi. It is right round the corner from the Trevi Fountain but offers a proper rather than touristy Italian meal! If you find yourself in Rome on a rainy day this is a great place to take a long Italian meal.

Where do you think the best places to eat in Rome are?

For more Italian food inspiration check out this post

Best Places to Stay in Rome

When in Rome, there is only one place for meet that meets my expectations of a glitz and glam Roman hotel and that is the Westin Excelsior. Famed for being a haunt of celebrities and wannabe film stars, the Westin Excelsior brings back memories of the golden age of film. It perfectly combines a mix of luxurious decor with antique furnishings and offers one of the best locations in all of Rome. Perfect for families traveling to the eternal city! Conveniently located next to public transport and only steps away from one of our favourite spots in Rome – Villa Borghese Gardens.   For us – it is the only place to stay when visiting Rome.

Baby E enjoying the super comfortable bed at Westin Excelsior

Next time I am determined to visit their luxurious spa and onsite indoor swimming pool and their presidential suite is a definite bucket list hotel item for us!

For more information please see our full review of the Westin Excelsior 

Where do you think is the Best place to stay in Rome? 

Further Reading: why not check out this amazing two week itinerary across Europe that ends in Rome! 

Must Sees in Rome

Everywhere you step in Rome, you can breathe in history. Simply taking a stroll around Rome will have you breathing in the city. But our favourite spots in the city to truly experience Roman culture are:

The Colosseum and Forum



Though ruins, the Colosseum and Forum truly bring history alive. Our recommendation is to take a guided tour around the sites to be sure you get the most out of the sites. For more tips on visiting the Colosseum click HERE!

Villa Borghese Gardens

Temple and Boating Lake

My number one place for families to visit in Rome. If you book tickets in advance you can go into the museum in the gardens but even without this the gardens are a fantastic place to visit. Offering amazing vantage points across Rome and beautiful gardens filled with sculptures it is the perfect place for families to run around and have a picnic.

The Vatican

The Vatican City

The Vatican City

Ok, I know – the Vatican is technically not in Rome. But no trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican. Whether you just go to St Peters Square, the basilica or the museums, The Vatican is a must do when on a trip to Rome.

NOTE: Please remember that the Vatican dress code is strict and enforced. For a guide on what to wear in the Vatican check out our post. 

For more things to do in Rome check out this post

What are your recommendations to eat, sleep and breathe Rome on a lux family city break to Rome the eternal city?

Enjoy this post? Then why not check out our other posts on Rome  – essential information and top tips for families with babies travelling to Rome and our top reasons why Rome is the perfect city break for young families. Or why not check out are we nearly there yet’s post on what to do in Rome or this fab post for what to do with kids when you only have one day in Rome

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but as always all views are my own! 



  1. July 3, 2017 / 10:38 am

    We’re visiting Rome in a few weeks, can’t wait. Will definitely be heading to the Borghese Gardens. #Mondayescapes

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:54 am

      You will have a fantastic time. Lots of other stuff on the blog about Rome with babies. Borghese is a great spot

  2. July 3, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Rome is one of my absolute favourite cities on earth too! And because my hubby grew up there and still has family living there, we get to visit quite often. We always stay in the Porta Pia area, which is also near Villa Borghese. And even though it’s slightly embarrassing , I order latte macchiato at any old time of the day… 🙂 #mondayescapes

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:54 am

      Haha – I order that too and always get an eye roll from the hubby! Lol! Lucky you having family there!

  3. July 3, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I was fortunate enough to spend 6months studying in Rome. Its such a magical place! I love the food for sure. i cant wait to bring my kids!

    • July 3, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Lucky you – I would love to spend 6 months in Rome

  4. July 3, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    I’d love to visit Rome. It is on my wishlist for when we make our way to Europe with the kids. #mondayescapes

  5. July 3, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    I’m off to Rome at the end of the year – super excited!

  6. July 3, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Oh, I really loved Rome when I was there!! I went there on my honeymoon and anything Rome brings a smile to my face 🙂

  7. July 3, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    I love Rome, one of my favourite cities. We went sans kids last time, it would be great to take them now. #Mondayescapes

  8. July 3, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I did Rome as a High School student on a budget. Would love to go back with and experience it with a bit more luxurious budget.

  9. July 3, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Rome is such a wonderful city, and it really is so good for kids. I’m trying to convince my friends to take their kids to Italy when they go! I’d add that wandering the streets of Trastevere in the evening is good fun. Also, kids will enjoy throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain!

  10. July 4, 2017 / 3:25 am

    I heart Rome too! There are so many places I still need to visit. Looking forward to visiting the Eternal City soon. #MondayEscapes

  11. July 4, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Rome is such an incredible city. Would love to take the boys there. Never been to Villa Borghese Gardens – it’s now on the list! Good to have a place to run around and balance all that ancient culture. Is there a playground there? #citytripping

  12. July 4, 2017 / 10:27 am

    I can not get enough of Rome!
    I need to go back very soon. Great post x

  13. July 4, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Rome is always a good idea! One of my fav cities in Europe!! Great post! #CityTripping

  14. July 4, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    I’ve been to Rome just once and missed a lot of these spots that you recommended. Thanks for listing them all out, will definitely have to make it out to Rome for a second time! I definitely want to visit the Villa Borghese Gardens

  15. July 4, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    We have never visited Rome but I would love to!!

  16. July 5, 2017 / 9:24 am

    I do love Rome – I never get tired of visiting this wonderful city, but I always get a bit overwhelmed by which hotel to choose, so it’s great to have a recommendation.

  17. July 5, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    I thought I did it all in four days in Rome but looks like I missed out on Villa Borghese Gardens. Will add it to my list for my trip to Italy next year. Thanks for the tip! =)

  18. July 5, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    I dunno, I think the Italians are doing coffee wrong – I don;t need milky coffee in the morning! That hotel room looks fab!

  19. July 5, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Wow! What a fancy place to stay! Looks like a great trip! Would love to return to Rome!

  20. July 5, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I’m looking forward to revisiting Rome with the family. Never been to Villa Borghese Gardens so will have to check that out. The bed in the Westin looks very comfy! Thanks for linking #citytripping

    • July 5, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      It really was! Hardly felt the earthquake we had that night

  21. July 5, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    I love Rome and this hotel looks fantastic.

    • July 5, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      I love Rome too and it was made all the better by being in a fab hotel

  22. July 6, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Didn’t manage to make it to the Borghese gardens while in Rome, but they look absolutely gorgeous! Next time! #FarawayFiles

  23. July 6, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    We stayed at the Westin when we visited a few years ago, and had Christmas there! We set our little tree up on the hotel desk! Lovely post! #citytripping

  24. July 6, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I love love love Rome. It was over 10 years ago when I last visited but this post brought back some wonderful memories

  25. July 7, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Italian gelato rocks and we loved taking the underground tour at the Colosseo! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  26. July 8, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    This sounds absolutely fantastic!!! You had me salivating at the idea of the Westin hotel!

  27. July 8, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Love Rome! Really want to go to Villa Borghese next time, and the Appian Way. Thanks for the tip about a hotel ?

  28. July 9, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Rome is certainly one of my favourite cities too. I love the history and romance in the air. #citytripping

  29. July 11, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I did not know that about the coffee……… actually explains some confusion…… :0 Love, love, love Rome!!!!

  30. July 11, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    I love Rome it has so much to offer, there is just that buzz in the air that gets to me every time I visit x

  31. July 12, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Rome is great. There is so much to see and do and you have highlighted some good things. I’d love to return one day.

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