This is our third visit to Rome and third time is a charm. Perhaps it’s our old age or being here as a little family but we fell in love with Rome after not liking it so much after our last visit.
We arrived to our quaint little hotel called the Tritone Top House located between the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Everything was on our doorstep and when you’re travelling with a small human that goes from cheery and delightful to psychotic and scary in 0.60 seconds location is key.
We spent most of our time exploring cobble stone alleyways with Eleanor strapped into the Ergobaby. We saw hordes of tourists struggling with prams on crowded, uneven footpaths and thanked the good lord for baby carriers.
Rome was extremely hot so we took Eleanor out of the sun during the hottest part of the day by having a siesta or visiting some fun indoor attraction or eatery.
Some of the highlights
Explora Children’s museum – Explora has a Powerhouse Museum vibe but aimed at a younger audience. The section for babies is soft and filled with interactive games and musical instruments. Eleanor loved it.
Dawn Sightseeing – Part of the reason we weren’t sold on Rome when we visited in the past was the millions of tourists standing in front of everything cool you wanted to see (ughh how annoying are tourists). At 21 years old waking up early to beat the crowds was unimaginable so thank you miss Eleanor for being such a foghorn we have had to get up before sunrise.
Picnic’s in the park – Staying in Italy for four months means we need to eat on a budget. For us sitting in a park eating cheese and bread has been one of the highlights.
That horrendous 5am wake-up call your baby insists on giving you makes for a perfect start to your touring day. No, seriously, to get a local’s perspective in a busy city like Rome it’s best to explore at sunrise.
Start your day with the most popular tourist attractions. You will get the best travel photos before 7am, when very few tourists have hit the streets with their selfie sticks. Plus, the morning sun warms your photos with perfect lighting; after your early start good lighting is your friend.
Keep an eye out for busy cafes, local Romans’ know good coffee. This is not a lingering affair in Rome. Get in, drink your coffee at the bar and get out. Perfect for those of us with babies attached to our torsos.
When your baby starts getting grizzly stop by the supermarket to pick up breakfast and lunch. On the menu for us this morning is a ham and cheese panini. Head back to your hotel for baby’s morning nap and enjoy your store-bought brekkie (unless you have kid like ours where you’ll eat to the sound of a small banshee protesting nap time).
Lunchtime is a picnic in a local park to give baby some space to roll around on the ground and connect with nature. This is a calming meal for mum and dad too, who get a break from carrying/pushing your little tourist. One restaurant meal a day is enough for our little lady, who doesn’t enjoy being strapped in.
Afternoons in Rome are hot during the summer. To protect baby from the burning sun head to a museum or indoor attraction. It’s best to carry baby in a baby carrier as prams are restricted in some museums. Galleries and museums are nice, quiet hosts for baby’s afternoon nap.
If you subscribe to the ‘dinner, bath, bed’ routine like we do, you might want to continue this with a twist. Feed and bath baby in the hotel, dress her in pyjamas and pop her in the pram. Book dinner at a restaurant for around 8pm, arrive to your dinner location with half an hour to spare and walk around the area until baby is asleep then pretend she isn’t there and enjoy a grown-up meal. Bliss.