The Eco City Tour of Rome has got to be one of the best ways to view the major tourist attractions of Rome when you are travelling with kids. This October my husband and I travelled with our three kids (age 2, 3 and nearly 6) to the Italian capital (staying at Camping Fabulous with Eurocamp) to spend a week immersed in culture, history and food, indulging ourselves as much as our children.
We booked the Eco City Tour for the day after we arrived, giving us time to settle into our accommodation and find our way around first. The tour began at 2pm at their usual meeting point at the top of Via Vittorio which was helpfully photographed and emailed to us in advance, along with a map and written directions. We were greeted warmly by Tasha who was holding a yellow-ish (more of a peach colour) umbrella with angels on it and she introduced us to Valentina who was our driver for the tour. We had decided to take a baby carrier for our 2 year old and a cheap little pram for the three year old and we were able to fit these on board the golf buggy, along with our bags, relatively easily. Tip: I don’t think it would be easy to achieve with a large pram.
We clipped ourselves in and we were ready to go! Now for tourists of a nervous disposition you may find the prospect of traveling on the main roads around the city on a golf buggy completely bonkers, however the benefits soon became apparent. We were able to duck down side streets and away from the traffic then park up in the tiniest of spaces to walk our Mini Travellers minimum distances to see spectacles like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the President’s house, Circo Massimo, etc, etc, etc! There really are too many places to list.
Tasha took the time at the start of the tour to find out exactly what we wanted to see. We said, “Everything!” And we really feel we did see everything that we could think of and so many more that we hadn’t considered. Plus we enjoyed being able to visit different areas of town and find out which was the best shopping area, which is the most popular area to eat out, which was the historical city centre, etc. It helped to give us ideas about where to focus our time for the remainder of the week. Tasha was so knowledgable about every area we visited, we felt by the end of it we really understood Rome and the Italian culture a lot more. I am completely sure we could not have replicated this tour ourselves – bus tours can’t get to the attractions down little side streets, they don’t present in a child friendly way or repeat themselves when you can’t hear them! They don’t help you find a loo when your little one is bursting (lack of public facilities is an issue in Rome), or recommend the best ice cream shops!
We also couldn’t have possibly seen this much on foot in such a short space of time – Rome is a big place and the metro/bus doesn’t necessarily take you to close to where you want to be (it only covers the right hand side and top of the city so you can end up walking many miles to see things).
Prices for the tour are €85 an adult and €40 for children over 6. As all our kids are under 6 this tour would’ve only cost us €170 for 3 hours and in our opinion it is money well spent. Thank you Angel Tours!
NB. I do feel it is important to discuss the issue of car seats and seat belts – our children sat on the golf buggy seats without car seats but with seat belts on. The tour does involve travelling on busy main roads and this was a risk with the 2 and 3 year old but we drove past many police officers who did not have an issue with it – they did tell our 3 year old to tuck his foot in so they definitely saw us! If you are considering this tour and are travelling with a baby/young child I would definitely recommend using a car seat with an adult sat next to the child as the journey can be bumpy along the cobbled streets. Our nearly 6 year old was absolutely fine with wearing the seat belt and was sensible enough not to mess about, this meant that we could each sit next to the 2 and 3 year old and hold on to them. This is important to do as there are no sides on the golf buggy. Please consider how you will ensure your kids are safe on the buggy and I would also check your options with the company at the time of booking to make sure you are completely happy with it before you spend your money.
Emma and Ian received this tour in exchange for this review, but all opinions are their own.