Rome with a toddler

It’s taken me a month to write this post, but I’m finally getting round to it! I wanted to share more of our Rome trip with you including where we stayed and what we got up to whilst there.

We had major holiday blues (or rather I did) when we got back from Kos in May and I decided to treat us to a city break. Rome has always been somewhere we wanted to go and when I found a great deal on Jet2, I booked it straight away. We booked a 4 night break travelling from Sunday to Thursday (Freya’s 2nd birthday) from Leeds Bradford airport. We stayed at the YES hotel which despite coming up as a 3*, had TripAdvisor reviews of 4.5*.

We arrived at the hotel after a private taxi transfer and once unpacked, started mapping out our route for that afternoon. We knew in order to fit in as much as we could, we needed to start straight away and walked around Rome visiting sites along the way including; the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Basilica’s. Prior to venturing out, we nipped to a nearby supermarket and stocked up on biscuits, fruit and water so that we could keep Freya amused along the way. I had packed some Sistema snack pots in the suitcase so these were ridiculously handy for the fruit we carted about each day for her.

When planning each day we tried to incorporate quieter corners of the city so that Freya could get out of her stroller and walk about. This included piazza’s and play parks which Freya loved. We also decided to stroll through the grounds of Villa Borghese on the first day, confirming we definitely wanted to come back a second time that trip as Freya loved all the green space.

On the second day we ventured over to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Whilst we didn’t go into the Colosseum due to the sheer number of people, we did go into the Roman Forum and despite having to lift the stroller a few times up and down, it was a lovely walk round. We also visited the Pantheon on our route back to the hotel.

On the third day we had a 3 hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel which I had won a few weeks earlier on a Twitter Competition. City Wonders were fab and the guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He even commented on how well Freya had done during the whole tour despite not having the stroller to fall back on.

Our last day consisted of a trip to BioParco, Rome’s zoo located in the grounds of Villa Borghese. This was a special treat for Freya as she was actually fantastic throughout the trip. She loved seeing all the animals and playing in the park. We enjoyed lunch in the grounds for a very reasonable price and then ventured back for our last meal in the city.

Our last meal in the city was a bit of a fluke. We found a great place but they didn’t accept credit card so we ended up wandering round. We thought we had found a place and headed towards it but weren’t blown away by the menu. We crossed over the road and went for the first restaurant we saw which ended up being incredible. We had amazing pizza and the staff were great with Freya.

We had the most fantastic trip to Rome and a city break with a toddler certainly wasn’t as hard as we expected it to be. Yes you have to factor in play parks and regular stops but our first family city break was a smash and I can’t wait to do more in the future.

Laura x

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