Travelling with a baby
When thinking of Rome, baby travelling is not the first thing which springs into mind. However this is a baby friendly destination that we tested on two occasions – first with a 6 weeks baby and second time, when he turned 1 year.
Romans and Rome’s meltpot generally love babies and kids and they do try hard to be helpful. Of course this is a latin culture so they are not necessarily fond of routines and timing so not the most perceptive in terms of urgency when required and of course this is a fashion city so breastfeeding in public not necessarily the most popular or comfortable. Provided you bear these points in mind travelling and sightseeing with a baby is actually quite enjoyable.
The city has a great supply of flats family friendly on Housetrip and Airbnb, on both ocassions we found good value for money charming flats which could fit large families. First ocassion we stayed next to Vatican, a very nice old flat fully renovated by Tevere – great views from living area of Castello di Angello and v easy access with the pram given its ground floor location.
The grandmothers loved its proximity to Vatican and the piazzas but in the same time quiet residential neighbourhood with little gem restaurants, frequented equally by locals as well as priests and monks.
The second time we hired a very large flat, 4 bedrooms to fit two sets of grandparents and a separate room for the baby – old style elegant flat, high ceilings and piano, next to Termini – happy with the flat, less with the location – whilst everything is close by and convenient, the area gets quite dodgy in the evenings, piazzas and little streets sometimes populated by homeless and occasionally the odd crowd. If glamorous neighbours or residential feel are not a priority, than surely recommendable.
Despite the hordes of restaurants, Rome for some reason failed to amaze us with particular ones. The only restaurant where we went back few times it was a little gem next to Vatican, Peccato Divino – very suggestive name of its cuisine gourmande.
We tested otherwise a variety of places, some recommended by local friends, some just based on TripAdvisor ratings – and whilst the quality is good and can’t go too wrong, we didn’t come across anything else memorable.