mom-mode post #142- on traveling to Rome with a toddler, part two

June 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Our trip started with a long car ride to Istanbul and from there we took a short flight to Rome. We followed all the usual tips for traveling with an energetic boy. We had plenty of snacks, new small toys to be unwrapped in case of extreme boredom and Blue’s Clues. At the airport, we found an empty area and just let him run off all the wiggles. This time he found those moving walkaways and learned how to go on it backwards. It was a great workout! The flight went smoothly, although he never fell asleep until we were about the land. Overall, O behaved like the seasoned traveler that he is.:)
Italy welcomed us with open arms, our immigration official didn’t even look at us, as he kept talking with his co-worker in that lovely italian cadence and stamped our passports. Probably the easiest entry I’ve ever had in any country. Even my own. There were not even any lines!
We hopped on our shuttle and just took in the scenery as we rode to our hotel. Some Michael Buble playing on the radio, the beautiful green trees turned into beautiful designer stores and soon we arrived at our modest yet family friendly hotel.
We stayed at a great location, near the Spanish Steps. The hotel, more like a pension, was a humble but quant little place with a friendly and helpful staff. They had a travel crib ready for O (we checked before we left) and were overall very accommodating of anything we needed. We could either walk or take the metro to anywhere we  wanted to go. It was just right!

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Spanish Steps, late afternoon

Spanish Steps around 5 o’clock is the busiest time. Wake up early and you get a great empty shot.

We dropped our things off at the hotel and went for a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. This time of day, late afternoon, our area was very busy and crowded. We found the Fontana di Trevi, but it was impossible to even get a shot, that’s how crowded it was on a Friday afternoon. We found a restaurant nearby and ordered our first wonderfully carb-filled meal (of many more to come). O couldn’t have enough of the fettuccine bolognese. The beauty of most roman restaurants is that they always have outside tables, which made it easy to take O for walks while we waited for our food. He loved exploring every little inch of the streets of Rome!

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First taste of italian food, success!

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Spanish Steps, early morning

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Area near our hotel, great shopping

 

all photos were taken by my talented husband: www.flickr.com/photos/nineteen80one

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