Will be in Rome with the family around end of October next year, kids will be 8, 6 and 4...we'll have about 5 days. Looking for advice on budget family friendly options for accommodation and food preferably walking distance from some of the major sights or public transport
I definitely agree that travelling with children you should better avoid public transport and ... transport at all, because traffic is crazy in Rome.
I selected for you some of the small family hotel in the centre of Rome I know, in a walking distance from the main sightseeing:
http://www.hotelborromeo.com - located in via Cavour, a really central street with shops, restaurants and cafés in a walking distance even from the Termini train station;
http://www.hotelraffaello.it - right behind Santa Maria Maggiore church and close to the station. Your children will be delighted to choose between 5 different type of pillow.
Write me back if you need further info. almost 7 years ago