Well Hello There!
I am back with the other half of my trip to Italy, you can read the first half here, which includes Florence & Leaning Tower of Pisa. So Let’s continue this travel journey, shall we?
I couldn’t believe I was in Rome, surrounded by all the history & gorgeous architecture. If you have been to Rome, you probably know how overwhelming it is to be on the streets. Every street has a monument or structure that you would want to see & read about. Literally, whenever we saw a monument or ruins the more we wanted to research “what happened here?” We spent three days and two nights in Rome which was enough to see what was on our list.
So we booked two tours the Colosseum & the Vatican City, on alternate days. but when we went to attend the Colosseum tour the first day, they canceled it, due to rain. Therefore, it was shifted to the next day, So basically now we had to do Two tours in one day and one day to roam around the city. We didn’t stress & were totally okay with it. It just meant that we will be more tired but oh well, cant control the weather. I was glad that we get to attend both the tours & didn’t want to miss either one.
Colosseum: Colosseum was built for entertainment purposes, which was in short: bloodshed. There were Gladiators fighting each other or wild animals. The poor wild animals were kept in dark & hungry to make them more aggressive. Gladiators were often kidnapped or bought from poor families. More than 400,000 people & nearly 1000,000 animals died in 390 years of Colosseum. Our guide was superb, make sure you buy your tickets beforehand.
Vatican Museums: History always fascinated me, & to get to see so many beautiful paintings & monuments. Indeed, it was a great experience. We took a guided tour of the Museums because there is no point in just looking at the paintings without actually knowing what is the story behind it.
The 3d Illusions: It’s a Flat Ceiling
Famous Jesus Tapestry: The Eyes follow you, no matter from what angle you look at them.
Sistine Chapel was definitely our favorite with Michelangelo’s Renaissance painting. We were not allowed to Click photos or talk in the Chapel, out of respect. The frescoes on the ceiling were painted by Michelangelo, almost completely unaided by an assistant.
Photo Credit: Amazing Wallpapers (I didn’t click any photos in here as per the Rule) This is the Famous Michelangelo Painting.
Trevi Fountain: It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and the most beautiful in the world. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. ( We didn’t do this though)
Spanish Steps: The Spanish step’s unique design and elegance have made it a popular place for artists, painters, and poets who were attracted to the place which inspired them in return. At the lower end of the stairs, you can find an early baroque fountain called Fontana Della Barcaccia, or “Fountain of the Old Boat”. We didn’t go on top of the stairs but instead loved roaming around this Posh area with all the branded stores.
Must See & Do in Rome:
- Don’t forget to grab a Map
- Guided tour for Colosseum
- Guided tour of Vatican Museums ( If you want to know about the paintings )
- Trevi Fountain
- Spanish Steps
- Piazza Venezia
- Don’t forget the Gelato from Venchi– It’s delicious.
- & Yes Cannolli
- Espresso is a must.
- And Most importantly, if you indulge in some branded shopping than don’t forget to ask for TAX Return at the airport and the whole procedure.
- Always beware of your belongings. There are pickpocketers looking for unattentive shoppers.
- Above all: Just roam around, have fun & enjoy the street music at night.
Must-Pack With a Baby:
- Keep an Umbrella Stroller (because of the lighter weight stroller, we were able to go up and down the Sistine Chapel & Colosseum)
- Keep Baby Snacks (Cracker/Chips) in sandwich bags to keep them lightweight.
- Extra Water/ Extra Milk
- Always keep a warm sweater, blanket, and hat.
- Umbrella & Water Proof Poncho
- Baby Wipes (They are amazing for everything)
Hope this post was helpful & can give you some tips for traveling to Rome with a baby! Don’t forget to Pin and Share.