This guest post has been submitted by Euan McTear, a travel writer for Open House Group. He’s based in Barcelona, but has first-hand knowledge of several cities across the Europe.
5 Baby Friendly Places In Rome
Rome is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, although not always for families (as we discovered in Paris). Many travelling families avoid the big cities on their travels and they don’t get much bigger than Rome, the fourth largest in Europe!
Rome is, however, a very baby-friendly city if you know the right places – so read on to find some top places to convince you to visit the Italian capital.
The Explora Children’s Museum, Via Flaminia, 82
Il Museo Dei Bambini Di Roma – also known as the Explora Children’s Museum – is a great place to pass an afternoon in Rome. The museum has something for children of all ages. The older children will be fascinated by the miniature supermarket and the bus that they can pretend to drive.
And there is just as much for the younger children and babies as well, from hands-on interactive games to a soft play area. Unlike many other educational museums, this one is very well maintained and all the exhibitions actually work!
Paneolio, Via del Casale della Crescenza, 25
If looking to eat out with babies, this is one place you have to try. For starters, this restaurant is pretty big with very large rooms so there is plenty of space for prams and pushchairs.
And unlike a lot of Rome restaurants, there are several highchairs available for the little ones and they can even heat up some baby food for you – you’d be surprised how many places in the city don’t!
Then once the little one – or ones – is all settled and fed, you can look forward to a relaxing and tasty Italian meal. With a huge selection of authentic Roman wood-stove baked pizzas and a range of creative toppings, this is one Italian meal you won’t forget.
Ristorante Maccheroni, Piazza delle Coppelle, 44
This is a truly Italian restaurant as well. The chefs use only fresh and locally produced (as possible) ingredients, which may be the least you’d expect, but is unfortunately not commonplace in Rome.
There are several traditional Italian dishes on the menu and some great steaks as well for you to tuck in to while the littler ones enjoy the child-friendly and child-sized options on the menu. There is no separate children’s menu, but there is plenty to appeal to younger diners and fill up those hungry stomachs after a day out and about sightseeing. And for even littler ones there are highchairs available and the waiters really don’t have any issues with hosting babies, even if they are a little noisier than their usual customers.
The restaurant is popular with local families, as well as tourists, which says a lot about a place. And Michelle Obama even paid a visit when in Rome for the G8 summit!
Pagus, Via Carlo Emery, 4
Pagus is the last restaurant on the list that is particularly welcoming of families. Every Sunday from around 1pm to 4pm, there are several child entertainers on hand to let you enjoy a relaxing meal. These entertainers are there specifically to keep the children and babies entertained and happy and will be willing to listen to any odd requests you may have, though don’t expect them to go and get you a glass of wine!
One thing to consider, however, is that the place can get very busy because of this and it isn’t the largest restaurant in Rome. It’s advisable, therefore, to get there earlier than 1pm to get a table.
Your Local Baby Equipment Store
OK, so this one isn’t exactly in Rome, but it’s just as useful and deserves its place on this list. Rome can be very baby-friendly and accommodating to families, but it helps to be prepared! As one of the world’s most ancient cities, Rome is not very wheel friendly and you will be worn out if you try to take on its cobbled and narrow streets with a pram or stroller. So it makes a lot of sense to purchase a baby sling or carrier before you leave. That way, you can leave the stroller behind and get around the city a lot more easily.
And if you don’t want to travel with a lot of extra equipment then you can rent the baby gear when you get there from companies like Baby Riders.
Unfortunately, baby-friendly places like Paneolio, Maccheroni and Pagus are hard to come by in Rome and when you do find a good place that’s accommodating to children, they tend to be extremely busy for that very reason. Therefore, you may well struggle to find a place for every single night of your trip.
It makes sense, then, to avoid a hotel and stay in a self-catering apartment instead. There you’ll be able to cook some meals at home the nights when you don’t go out to taste the famous Italian cooking. Oh-Rome.com has a range of apartments in all areas of the city, so you’ll be sure to find somewhere you like with them in one of the city’s quieter parts.
Have you traveled to Rome with an infant? Do you have any travel tips or advice?
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