Sharing a recap of our time in Rome! We had been capable of spend 4 days in Rome along with our Mediterranean Disney Cruise. Since these posts are tremendous prolonged, I cut up the recaps into two posts and can share a Disney cruise submit 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 had been final in Rome, I dreamed of the day that we might take our infants to see one among my favourite locations on the planet. It was so thrilling to lastly be capable of do it! It ended up being good timing as a result of they’re the perfect ages for a bit longer journey and plenty of exploring.
We ended up doing two crimson 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 may nap for 5 hours earlier than our subsequent flight from JFK to Rome.
The TWA lodge was superb; I extremely advocate it when you have an excellent lengthy layover at JFK and wish to sleep! The rooms had been darkish, clear, and comfortable, that they had a cute meals courtroom with tons of choices, and all of us cherished 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 had been good to go. It was just about the one time reset we wanted, since adrenaline and pleasure kicked in.
The ladies had been blown away by the attractive historic buildings, the purchasing, 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 last time we were in Rome! They’re a smaller boutique lodge with a captivating inside and lovely rooftop patio. Whereas it did really feel a tiny bit dated this subsequent time – I don’t suppose 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 value mentioning right here that each the Lodge Marcella and Lodge 77 had been booked utilizing bank card factors with Amex Platinum. We LOVE our Platinum card for month-to-month offers, lounge entry, and journey perks. Each time I e-book by means of 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 thing on our bank cards (Amex Platinum, Chase Enterprise, and I exploit Southwest for all enterprise bills) and pay them off each two weeks. For those who’re involved in a platinum card, I have a referral link here.*
The place we ate:
The breakfast at Lodge Marcella was EPIC. It had every thing you would ever want for: eggs, deli meats, cheese plates, make your individual pancakes (with Nutella, jam, and honey), pastries for days. Most of the breakfast buffets had been just like this one, together with the stunning choice at Lodge 77.
The buffet on the Hilton (airport location) was truly the most effective one! They even wheeled round a gelato cart afterwards haha.
Pizza Mediterranea x 2:
I’ll dream about this pizza without end and ever. They modify the flavors every day and it was proper exterior Lodge 77. It’s a little bit of a thicker crust than Napoli pizza, however nonetheless crisp on the skin, mushy on the within, and the flavour combos had been so savoy and satisfying.
My favourite was this tuna pizza. AHH.
Two extra standout spots had been Fuocolento and Al Viminale for conventional Italian fare:
cheese plates, prosciutto with melon, pasta Carbonara, lasagna, gnocchi with bolognese, salmon, steak, dessert, every thing. We didn’t maintain again on the ordering, and fortunately, we traveled with associates who additionally cherished sharing plates of scrumptious meals. 😉
+ the mandatory each day stops at espresso and gelato retailers. You actually can’t go flawed 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 recent, vivid, 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 shocked by the price! We ate like KINGS in Rome and Greece, and our most costly invoice was 150 Euros. That was with a number of appetizers, bottles of wine, entrees, and dessert. It might hav simply been $500+ right here… and never practically as satisfying.
We didn’t wish to overdo it on the excursions/sightseeing as a result of our time in Rome was on both aspect of our 7-night Mediterranean cruise. As a substitute, we used it as time to benefit from the meals, tradition, and informal exploring. Whereas we had been there, we spent a lot of time strolling and purchasing, consuming (in fact), and in addition obtained to see the Colosseum,
the Trevi Fountain,
and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which was beautiful.
I feel I answered the entire questions from IG within the submit (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 had been sporting sandals or white low-top sneakers and sundresses or skirts and tank tops.
I wore my white Vivobarefoot Court sneakers in all places, and in addition wore these Steve Madden sandals. Each had been very snug and splendid for strolling round. The ladies additionally wore low-top sneakers and sandals with straps whereas we had 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 wish to do Paris and Spain subsequent.