How to survive trip to Rome with a baby
Traveling around the world with baby can be a tough challenge but we’ve always wanted to do that. We didn’t want to think that our little one will be an obstacle to travel, going out to restaurant, meeting with friends etc. Saying that having a baby could affect my career, trips, social life etc. is not for me. Of course I don’t want lie to you. My life is completely different now but it doesn’t mean worst. But OK we need to stick to our topic. I want to give you some tips how to explore Rome with a little baby and see as much as you can.
We spend there 4 days and saw the most important monuments. But to do that you need to leave the stroller at home and start practicing how to use carrier. It’s really hard to cross streets with cars parked on pedestrian crossing (I even don’t know how it’s possible:/). Anyway pavements are so narrow that most of the time you are walking on the street. Also main squares – piazzas are usually paved with brick or cobblestone so the ride is not really comfortable for baby. After all we decided to buy proper carrier to use it during our all future trips.
It’s also really important to have changing mat with you. We found it really useful especially when we couldn’t find any toilet with baby changing unit. Once we had to change our son in his pram. Even on airport we had to do that between sinks.
I don’t know how it looks like with baby formula because we took a can with us. But if your baby is eating solid food there is not a big range of it. In Carrefour we saw only Italian brand- Plasmon jar which were quite expensive. For two little jars (80ml) you have to pay about 2,80€. Anyway it was hard to know what you buying because there was no English on the label. Fortunately we found nestle fruit pouches (90ml) for 1€. I said fortunately because I was able to understand that was made in from 100% of fruits:D
OK that’s about most basic things now we can talk about exploring the city. First of all to enjoy your trip you need to planning ahead. Before your departure check in Internet what do you want to see and how long it will take. We decided to spend our first day in Vatican. Second day we were in Forum Romanum and Pantheon. Third day we left for Colloseum, Fontana di Trevi and Spanish steps. Last day we decided to go again to Vatican and see the view from the Dome.
If you really want to go somewhere with stroller do that when you visiting Colloseum because they have lifts. I really would not do that in Forum Romanum. We did it ant it was a madness. Never, ever again 🙂 There is a lot of brick, holes, stairs and no lifts. What is really worth to know when you going to Vatican Museum family with kids are not waiting in a ques. The same with St. Peter’s Basilica (we were with a stroller and there was a different queue to cloakroom where we had to leave the stroller what was good because we didn’t wait in loooong
Now a little bit about ticket prices. You don’t pay for visiting St. Peter’s Basilica but if you want to check view from the Doom you need to pay 8€ for lift+stairs or 6€ for stairs. And once again if you are with baby take your carrier and a lift:) Vatican Museum cost 16€ for adult. To see Colloseum, Forum Romanum and Palatine hill you can buy one ticket which is valid for two days. The price for all is 12€.
If you are going to Rome and have some questions please feel free to ask in comments:)