Sharing a recap of our time in Rome! We have been in a position to spend 4 days in Rome along with our Mediterranean Disney Cruise. Since these posts are tremendous prolonged, I break up the recaps into two posts and can share a Disney cruise put up subsequent week!
The place to even start?! It’s been two and a half weeks since we’ve been again within the states and I’m nonetheless lacking Italy each.single.day and doubtless will till we make it again once more. We had probably the most magical time and I’m nonetheless over right here wishing for a Nutella croissant and espresso.
Since we have been final in Rome, I dreamed of the day that we might take our infants to see one in every of my favourite locations on the planet. It was so thrilling to lastly have the ability to do it! It ended up being good timing as a result of they’re the best ages for a bit longer journey and many exploring.
We ended up doing two pink eyes on the way in which to Italy, which I’d not advocate for anybody lol. Our first flight was an in a single day from Phoenix to JFK, and nobody slept on the way in which there. We ended up getting a day cross on the TWA lodge at JFK airport so we might nap for 5 hours earlier than our subsequent flight from JFK to Rome.
The TWA lodge was wonderful; I extremely advocate it when you’ve got a brilliant lengthy layover at JFK and need to sleep! The rooms have been darkish, clear, and cozy, they’d a cute meals courtroom with tons of choices, and all of us liked the classic vibe.
We checked out of the lodge, ate dinner and chilled within the Delta lounge, after which boarded our subsequent in a single day flight.
The following morning, we arrived in Rome! We checked our baggage on the lodge and truly ended up going to our associates’ lodge for one more lengthy nap.
After that, we have been good to go. It was just about the one time reset we would have liked, since adrenaline and pleasure kicked in.
The ladies have been blown away by the beautiful historic buildings, the procuring, the entire new sights to see, and naturally, the FOOD.
A recap of Rome
The place we stayed in Rome with youngsters:
Lodge Marcella Royal
That is the lodge the place we stayed final time we have been in Rome! They’re a smaller boutique lodge with a captivating inside and beautiful rooftop patio. Whereas it did really feel a tiny bit dated this subsequent time – I don’t assume they’ve up to date a lot within the 10 years since we’ve been – all of us loved it.
We favored the lodge even higher; it was a 15-minute stroll to the Coliseum and surrounded by cute eating places and retailers. It was a bit extra trendy, however nonetheless had that boutique really feel.
When our return flight was canceled: Hilton Rome Fiumicino. The room was okay, however the lodge breakfast was out of this world.
*It’s price mentioning right here that each the Lodge Marcella and Lodge 77 have been booked utilizing bank card factors with Amex Platinum. We LOVE our Platinum card for month-to-month offers, lounge entry, and journey perks. Every time I ebook by Amex journey, we get complimentary room upgrades, early check-in, late checkout, and usually some kind of free breakfast or resort credit score. We put every part on our bank cards (Amex Platinum, Chase Enterprise, and I exploit Southwest for all enterprise bills) and pay them off each two weeks. In case you’re excited by a platinum card, I’ve a referral hyperlink right here.*
The place we ate:
The breakfast at Lodge Marcella was EPIC. It had every part you could possibly ever want for: eggs, deli meats, cheese plates, make your personal pancakes (with Nutella, jam, and honey), pastries for days. Lots of the breakfast buffets have been just like this one, together with the stunning choice at Lodge 77.
The buffet on the Hilton (airport location) was truly the very best one! They even wheeled round a gelato cart afterwards haha.
Pizza Mediterranea x 2:
I’ll dream about this pizza ceaselessly and ever. They modify the flavors every day and it was proper outdoors Lodge 77. It’s a little bit of a thicker crust than Napoli pizza, however nonetheless crisp on the surface, mushy on the within, and the flavour combos have been so savoy and satisfying.
My favourite was this tuna pizza. AHH.
Two extra standout spots have been Fuocolento and Al Viminale for conventional Italian fare:
cheese plates, prosciutto with melon, pasta Carbonara, lasagna, gnocchi with bolognese, salmon, steak, dessert, every part. We didn’t maintain again on the ordering, and fortunately, we traveled with associates who additionally liked sharing plates of scrumptious meals. 😉
+ the mandatory day by day stops at espresso and gelato retailers. You actually can’t go fallacious with a day espresso and gelato cone or Nutella croissant.
The meals in Italy actually is is a thousand instances higher than meals right here. It’s contemporary, shiny, zesty, flavorful, not as processed, and whereas I’ll eat issues like dairy and gluten for days whereas I’m there, it doesn’t make me really feel sick. I don’t really feel like taking a nap after a bowl of pasta. It’s a stark distinction to the brown and greasy meals we see right here so usually within the US.
I used to be additionally stunned by the price! We ate like KINGS in Rome and Greece, and our costliest invoice was 150 Euros. That was with a number of appetizers, bottles of wine, entrees, and dessert. It will hav simply been $500+ right here… and never practically as satisfying.
We didn’t need to overdo it on the excursions/sightseeing as a result of our time in Rome was on both facet of our 7-night Mediterranean cruise. As an alternative, we used it as time to benefit from the meals, tradition, and informal exploring. Whereas we have been there, we spent a number of time strolling and procuring, consuming (after all), and in addition received to see the Colosseum,
the Trevi Fountain,
and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which was beautiful.
I believe I answered the entire questions from IG within the put up (please lmk if I missed something), however I did get a few questions on shoe suggestions!
Streets in Europe are cobblestone, uneven, and you’ll die in heels. Consolation and elegance are key; the entire ladies I noticed have been carrying sandals or white low-top sneakers and sundresses or skirts and tank tops.
I wore my white Vivobarefoot Court docket sneakers all over the place, and in addition wore these Steve Madden sandals. Each have been very snug and splendid for strolling round. The ladies additionally wore low-top sneakers and sandals with straps whereas we have been out and about.
It was the proper introduction to Rome and Italy for the children, who already can’t wait to return.
Have you ever taken your kiddos overseas? Any favourite spots?? We need to do Paris and Spain subsequent.