Travelling with a baby
While at 6 weeks Raphael ticked off all the crowded key sightseeing places, at one year we have seen a different side of Rome. Compared to London, parks and playground areas not all in the best shape but still many enough to keep us entertained and on a discovery mode for a week.
Villa Borghese by far the largest and nicest green area, includes a Zoo, several playgrounds, a couple of cafes and nice restaurant. We celebrated Raphael’s first birthday in here, very nice Sunday lunch buffet at Cinecaffee Casina, next door to few playgrounds. Under the August scorching sun in Rome this is one green oasis and certainly the best kept and groomed in the City. Lots of picnic areas, alleys and couple of Roman villas sprang around, quiet, refreshing and beautiful.
Few other parks we’ve been to:
– playground next to Castello di Angello next to the Castel and Vatican, occasionally next to a market with local refreshments and goodies. Some green areas and of course lots of sightseeing around for large families that could organize themselves and share the toddlers entertainment and grown up agenda;
– playground next to Colloseum. Parco de Colle Opio. Under August scorching sun, it was yellow hot and uninviting. Its been our least favorite but still has been fun as we socialized with very friendly father and daughter, lots of tips on Rome and fun playing for the little ones.
– Parco del Celio/ Villa Celimonotana, just above the Colloseum, 15 minutes with the pram. Green, quiet and with nice surprises such as turtles in a pond and ponneys next to the playground. Our favourite after Borghese.