Don’t go to the Vatican on the last Sunday of the month. Don’t be cheap. Just pay the admission fee and go when it’s slower. You are crazy for thinking that’s a good idea, even in January. Can you tell I thought that was a good idea? We went the next day, Monday. The line up was modest. Had we waited, maybe 20 minutes.
Stroller Vs. Babywear
As a baby wearing loving mom, there is an obvious answer. But as a baby wearing mom on vacation my back was sore. So here’s what you need to know before you go.
Stroller: With the stroller in hand we snuck past the line up and went thru the easy access doors (wheelchair friendly). We beat the line up. **BABY PERK ALERT**
Babywearing: If you want to admire and enjoy some fine art and history, this is often easier done with a child on your back versus a screaming child who wants to know why the ride stopped.
Stroller: Perfect for carrying all of your stuff, just like going to the mall in North America.
Baby wearing: You can just follow the rhythm of the museum. We never did hunt down an elevator, instead the boys lifted the stroller with Walter and we conquered the stairs. But I have no idea where many of the elevators/lifts are.
Stroller: Unlike many parts of Rome, the museum is a beautiful flat smooth surface for a lovely stroller ride. If you’re stroller reclines, this is a perfect opportunity for a well deserved baby nap.
Baby wearing: Way easier to maneuver crowds and when baby is hungry, way easier to sneak in a feed.
On Sunday, when we arrived to the massive line. We had only wraps in tow. Walter was on my back. I had planned to conquer the museum with just him on my back. But, we weren’t waiting in line with a small infant. Talk about trouble. We weren’t that cheap. So we headed out of town and explored something else. The next day I was tired, my back sore, so we brought the stroller for Walter.
We ended up doing a little of both. Sometimes in the stroller, sometimes on my back, sometimes on Eric. This work great. Our umbrella stroller is really light and easy to roll around. Depends on how YOU are feeling. The vatican museum can be a long day. We were only there for 3 hours, but could have easily been there longer.
Words of Wisdom
Going to the Vatican Museum with children can be overwhelming. It’s a long busy day. Don’t forget to pack snacks and water (rookie mistake). There are change tables in the bathrooms (win) and highchairs in the cafeteria!
If we did it again, I would read up more and make a list of what I wanted to see. I regret not enjoying the Sistine Chapel more. It was hot crowded and at the end of the day. Walter was hungry, (and me too). I attempted to feed him in the Sistine Chapel, that meant I wasn’t enjoying the beautiful work of Michaelangelo because I was admiring my beautiful child. Yes. You can breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. The pope said so.