An Evening Stroll in Rome With Kids
Activity: Evening Stroll to The Spanish Steps. Metro Stop: Flamino and walk south to Piazza del Popolo. Cost: Free. Hours: 5-7 pm.
This is a walk that will help you appreciate Rome as the Romans do. The walk starts in a beautiful area to explore, filled with tourists and locals alike, all dressed in their best outfits. Start in Piazza del Popolo with the big Egyptian Obelisk (brought to Rome by Augustus after he conquered Egypt).
Santa Maria del Popolo, the big church in the square is worth a visit if you start your walk in time. There is a Raphael painting and two Caravaggio paintings inside. Walk down Via del Corso and people watch. Strolling is a national pastime in Rome, so observe all of the people doing just that.
As you complete this stroll, I recommend stopping for dinner at Ristorante il Gabriello. You can either use the menu or ask your waiter for “Claudio’s Extravaganza” for €45 if you are feeling rich (can always take food home for lunch tomorrow). Warning, shellfish is thought of as an extreme delicacy so if you aren’t a fan, let your waiter know.
Ristorante il Gabriello: Via Vittoria 51
You can stroll down Via Condotti to the Spanish Steps which is a fun place to let kids run free and people watch. Another option is to stay on Via del Corso and walk the half-mile to the Victor Emmanuel Monument. Climb the stairs back to Capitoline Hill and watch the sun go down and all the cats come out and prowl the Roman Forum. The cool thing about Rome is every attraction is worth touring during the day, and then seeing all lit up at night.
Don’t forget to get more gelato as you stroll! Guess what's nearby... GIOLLITTI'S! Time to try more flavors.
Giolitti's: Via Uffici del Vicaro 40