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FAMILY TRAVEL: Rome with the bambino

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, January 6th, 2008 at 11:57 am in Family Travel.

Rome is che bella for any traveler, but a family with bambino in tow? Yep, it’s che bella for them too, say the Oreizys of Seattle. Here’s their scoop on where to go, what to do and how to do it … plus links!

THE TRAVELERS: Software engineers Debbie Dubrow (who also writes the wonderful DeliciousBaby travel blog) and Peyman Oreizy, and their son Everest, age 1.

TREK IN A SEC: This Seattle trio spent a month traveling in Italy, visiting Rome, Bologna – where much of Italy’s food is grown – and Umbria’s scenic hill towns.

FAVORITE FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTEL: The Oreizys stayed exclusively in short-term apartment rentals, which gave them the convenience of a kitchen, a dining area and “most importantly a washing machine,” says Debbie. “But we also love the FortySeven hotel for its excellent location, great breakfast, and kid friendly restaurant.”

The Villa Borghese Park – “This 148-acre park is the second largest in Rome,” says Debbie, “and one of the few green spaces easily accessible from the city center. Filled with statues and fountains, the park also includes a merry-go-round, a mini train, a zoo, a puppet theatre, and a small lake with swans and boats. Our favorite way to visit the park is to rent a multi-person bicycle (seating as many as six people) from one of the stands stationed throughout the park. Don’t skip the excellent Galleria Borghese museum, which is so richly decorated that even the most museum-averse kids will be drawn in.

“The Explora Children’s Museum is a great place for the kids to just enjoy being kids for an afternoon. The museum is a child-sized play town where kids can explore hands on. Our son loved the grocery store and the chance to ‘drive’ a truck.

MOST MEMORABLE CAFE: “The takeaway Pizza Bianca at the Forno Campo de Fiori is among the best in town. A daily ritual for us was to pick up a few slices, watch the bakers in action through big glass windows, and then sit in the market and take in all the colors and sounds. Some days, we’d even bring along an inflatable ball to kick around in the square. Our son also love playing in the water fountain.”

BEST GELATO: “Our favorite Gelato is at the famous Giolitti at Via Uffici del Vicario 40. Brave the crowds inside to order a cone for takeaway, or sit at one of the pleasant tables outside and enjoy one of Giolitti’s fancy ice cream creations while watching everyone pass by.”

dubrow2 TRAVEL TIPS:
1. The best selection of diapers and baby foods is in pharmacies, says Debbie, though larger supermarkets also carry a limited selection, “but finger foods and unsweetened cereals are not widely available as kids are expected to eat small bites off grownups plates at mealtimes.”
2. “Public transit in Rome is notoriously sparse, making it difficult and time consuming to get from one destination to the next with small children. The easiest way to get around town is on one of the double decker red tourist buses.”

Has your family been somewhere wonderful? Share your photos, favorite hotels and outings, and travel tips by e-mailing us. Or click “comments” and share your Roman travel tips right here.
Looking for more family travel tips? Check out these blog posts too:
Colonial Williamsburg with the Kids
Cancun Family Adventures
London with Teens
New York City and DC with a Theater-Going Family
New York City with a Baseball-Loving Family
California Beach Towns
Paris avec le bebe
and Vancouver with the Kids

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  1. Jenny Voighth Says:

    I really love your blog!!

    Can anybody tell me what´s the best Hotel in Paris for my honey moon? I going to married next month..

    Thank you

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