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New Experience - Rome & Traveling with Baby-Help!

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We've scheduled a quick 3 day jaunt to Rome from Germany via Ryanair with my nephew, his wife, and their 9 month old (crawling/standing now, may be walking by March) because they really, really want to see Rome, especially the Vatican.

My husband has never been to Rome either and never felt the urge to visit before now. It has been 40 years since I've been to Rome--I remember very little of it other than it was busy and noisy. We travel a lot and loved our visits to Pisa and Venice, but never have traveled with a baby. It will be our family members' first time visit to Europe, but they won't be jet-lagged, are highly motivated and at least are young and in good shape; us, not so much.

I found this posting but it is pretty dated and was under different circumstances.

It will be a whirlwind-hit-the-essentials for my nephew and his wife; for me and hubby, more like strolls & gelato with baby. We will arrive late on Friday night and our return plane departs at 18:00 Monday night, so we have almost 3 days. We have rented a 2 bedroom apartment with elevator just off the Piazza Navona.

Our plan is to book a shuttle from the airport. The apartment is already charging us a 30 euros fee for having to meet us after hours and does provide a shuttle service for 50-85 euros more (not sure if baby counts as person # 5 or if having a stroller will bump us up to the 5-8 person 85 euros fee). The apartment is one block off the #64 bus route apparently, but 4 + baby+luggage/stroller+in the dark, I'm thinking shuttle vs. taxi.

Question #1: If shuttle over taxi, should I book the shuttle through our apartment or look for a cheaper company? Is so, which one do you have experience with to recommend?

More background information: My husband and I have little to no personal agenda. We are going to spend time with family and to enjoy mainly the atmosphere and get a feel for Rome (we have the luxury being able to return again if we want). My husband's only request was he thought he'd like see the Sistine Chapel. I have seen the Vatican/Sistine Chapel. I am interested in, but not set on, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Campo dei Fiori (morning market not available Sunday). Young couple interests are primarily the Vatican (Museum and St. Peters), Scavi Tour, and not sure what else. Baby is easy going I'm told (as babies go) and will have lived the last week 24/7 with us (the foursome), so hopefully can be left with us (the duo) to babysit some of the time (either at the apartment or for walks in the stroller, while his mom and dad visit sites where infants are not allowed or go out for a romantic evening alone.

Question #2: We have a good, heavy-duty Freddie Bauer stroller for the baby, but it's not tiny. If we have to leave it outside museums and/or restaurants, is it still going to be there when we come out, or how does that work? They will also bring a back-pack style infant carrier. Will one work better than the other, specifically for Rome? suggestions?

Question #3: Any tourist sites, especially at the Vatican, that you know of that specifically don't allow toddlers?

My husband and I are foodies, but realize we may have to curtail 3 hour gourmet restaurant meals this trip. Planning on breakfast for sure and perhaps lunch or dinner at apartment IF we are in the vicinity. We're hoping baby can/will nap in stroller, but only time will tell if this is going to work out or if we have to return to apartment for nap. (this would not hurt my hubby's feelings at all to have to take his own little siesta :) )

Question # 4: Can anyone suggest toddler-friendly eateries they've eaten at and liked in either area (Navona/Pantheon or Vatican)? What's the word in Italian for "highchair" or "booster seat"? We have always found the Italians to be very friendly and loving towards children, but have no experience personally with Italian restaurants and babies/toddlers .

Question #5: Is there a site were you can google/take a walk around your Rome neighbood? I loved a site I found for Venice where I could take a virtual walk from the vaporetto to our hotel. It really made finding the hotel on foot so much easier, and it was an enjoyable trip "appetizer".

Any other thoughts or suggestions on this topic are welcome.

Grazie Lei!

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