Traveling to Italy with an Infant: Our Family Travel Itinerary

International travel with an infant may sound crazy to some, but for my husband and I, traveling has always been a priority. We vowed to continue collecting passport stamps even after we welcomed our son Leo into the world.

It was a dream for us to travel to Italy as a family so we put together a plan to make a fun family vacation that would include our Infant son.

Here’s a glimpse at our family travel itinerary for 10 days trekking through Italy with a 10-month old:

day1

ROME: 3 Days

Hotel: Boscolo Exedra Roma, Autograph Collection (Part of the Marriott Group)

Hotel staff were very friendly and greeted Leo with bubbles. Our room was large with an internal balcony, which we used for picnic dinners while Leo slept. Eataly is located right next door, which was convenient for a quick and easy meal when we arrived. It was located within a 10- to 15-minute walk of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and other key attractions. Not only that, but there was a pharmacy and grocery store less than a five-minute walk away.

Train to Florence

We booked our transit the day of at the train station. Florence was only an hour and a half away, which was very easy—even with a baby, two large suitcases, and a stroller.

day2

FLORENCE: 2 Days

Hotel: Grand Hotel Minerva
With a great location in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the hotel was once part of the church. The majority of the hotel has been recently renovated, but we were in one of the few rooms that had not been. However, the room was a two-story suite with an extra bedroom and sitting room, with only the carpeting and furniture feeling outdated. The view from the pool was spectacular, and we enjoyed a complimentary drink at the pool while waiting for our room to be ready. The front desk was very helpful with reservations and found us a babysitting service (although pricey at 30 euro an hour).  

day3

Drive to Tuscany
We rented a car in Florence, and drove through the Italian countryside to join friends in Montalcino—a small town in Tuscany that prides itself on the delicious Brunello wine.

MONTALCINO: 4 Days

Our friends booked our villa through Emma Villas. We had a charmingly rustic house with air conditioning, a washing machine, and dishwasher. There was also a beautiful pool and workout room. Three bedrooms left us enough space for six adults and two kids. We would definitely go back again and immensely enjoyed our time cooking meals with our friends and wine tasting in the surrounding area.


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Photo Credit: Trevi Fountain, Spanish StepsPiazza Santa Maria Novella, Tuscany Villas, Tuscany

 



About

Dana Ringer is based in Chicago and works in business development for a healthcare start-up. Dana and her husband are avid travelers and are intent on sharing their love for people and new places with their son, Leo (11 months). Dana loves exploring new cities, and there is nothing she enjoys more than walking through a farmer’s market, finding a hidden family-owned restaurant and trying all the local desserts offered in a neighborhood bakery.


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