Before we had children, Phil and I loved to travel. When we got pregnant, I did a LOT of research on traveling with kids. Surprisingly, I found out that it's easier than you would expect. We were really hoping to fit in "one last" trip to Europe so I aimed my research towards that. Everything I read said to go before they are walking so we looked at the calender, estimated that our kid would not be walking by 8 months old & we committed to a trip to Italy. Best. Decision. Ever.
Our first stop on our trip abroad was Rome. We took the late afternoon flight so that Fox could sleep overnight and landed at 9am (which was 3am our time). We quickly made it through customs because, if you weren't aware, Italians LOVE babies- we got to skip ahead of lines everywhere! We rented our car and got our trip started. (**Side note: a lot of people told us NOT to rent a car. Though the public transportation is amazing in Europe, having a car worked really well for us because we brought our car seat, pack n' play, stroller & our bags-- too much to lug around PLUS a baby!)
Our first hotel was Boscolo Exedra Roma. This place was super easy because it is right in the middle of the city and it was just for a quick night, plus we used our Marriott points to stay here. We took a quick nap to get ourselves on the right time zone and then went out for food and exploring. We were able to walk to the Colosseum from our hotel which was a major plus, especially since we only had a short time in Rome.
Pizza. Pasta. Prosecco. Repeat. The food in Italy is AMAZING. Everything is soooo fresh and delicious. Our goal was to get Fox on bites of food (as opposed to pureed food) before we left so that we didn't have to worry about packing jars/pouches. We were able to order him fresh steamed veggies at every restaurant, plus there are fruit/veggie stands on basically every corner so we were set.
GELATO GELATO GELATO. So much gelato. So much goodness. I made it my goal to try as many flavors as I could while there. How cute is this place?
Although we did not spend a ton of time checking out the main tourist attractions, we did a lot of wandering on our own. I loved stumbling across local painters, cute little neighborhoods, and even a big market called Campo de' Fiori. Loads of fresh produce, bread, flowers and more.
We also ended our trip in Rome so I figured I would include our last night in this post to keep it easy.
We spent our last night in Italy exploring a neighborhood called Trastevere because it came highly recommended. We absolutely LOVED it here. It was quaint and lively and made you feel like you were a local. I loved it because it didn't feel touristy at all.
A few restaurants that were recommended to us included Taverna Trilussa, Roma Sparita, La Scala, and La Frascetta. We didn't get a chance to eat at any of these places because we explored this neighborhood before dinnertime, but we walked by a lot of them and they all looked amazing. We ended up just grabbing some wine and nibbles at a yummy little place called Marco G which was fab.
Though Rome was a beautiful city with a LOT to see and do, it was more of a starting/stopping point for us. We didn't get to do as much as we would have liked here so I don't have TOO much to post about...but stay tuned...the rest of our trip was absolutely breathtaking and I cannot wait to blog about it!