St. Peter’s Basilica is the only site we had to see twice on our recent trip to Rome with baby. We visited it when we went to the Vatican Museum and because it is so beautiful we had to return once more before we left Rome. This is a must see, must go, don’t miss it stop.
Stroller Vs. Babywearing at the Basilica?
You don’t have a choice.
They make you check your stroller after going thru security.
You will have to exit the way you entered if you check your stroller. (You can also check any other large bags you have – they’ll probably make you). We travel light with the baby, so our little backpack didn’t have to get checked.
Climbing to the top with Baby?
The first day we went was sunny, warm and beautiful for January in Rome. I opted out of climbing the 500 odd steps with my 22 lb baby. That was a mistake. You can take the elevator, but really the first couple hundred steps are easy. You’ll climb them to one part of the roof where you can take a break and relax before going up the dome.
If you like to back carry, I’d best suggest a front carry for up the dome. The dome gets narrow and short and on an angle. It’s easier to protect the baby head and hold on when the baby is in front. There will also be a spiral staircase with a rope. Don’t worry, you can do it. My husband saw someone carry their toddler to the top, so you can carry your baby. The view is worth it. Keep going. You got his.
When you get to the top it’ll be crowded. There are a few places to sit and have a relax (feed the baby). But enjoy the view and enjoy your baby enjoying the view. This climb is totally worth it unlike visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The climb down was even more precarious. But that’s because down means faster and it’s hard to slow down. Again we stopped on the rough for a cappuccino and a break. There is a bathroom, and possibly a change table, but we changed him before going up, so we didn’t have to worry.
You’ll exit your climb inside St. Peter’s in the middle. This is amazing, it gives you an amazing view of the building and everything to see.
St. Peter’s Basilica with Baby
Take your time and take in the sights. Michelangelo’s Pieta is worth taking in multiple times. There is so much detail, glory and beauty in this building, I can’t say enough. Wrap that baby, hope he takes a nap, and savour the beauty.
You can’t really sit down in the building if you need to feed the baby or take a break, but there is a water fountain and a few areas to sit where you buy your tickets to climb up the dome.