Italy had been on my wish list for years, so when I had the opportunity to spend a week in the country of my dreams on a limited budget (£500 total, excluding food) I couldn’t wait!
This blog covers our general costs and itinerary. Flights and accommodation took a large proportion of our budget, I didn’t include food as that’s a standard daily cost, when travelling or at home.
Flights (Skyscanner): £195.06
Accommodation (Air BnB): £217.34
We arrived late due to flight delays and bad weather so arrived to our Air BnB, ordered pizza and crashed.
I booked last minute return tickets to Rome from Naples. We slept on the train and grabbed a quick breakfast in Rome while getting our bearings.
We spent the morning walking past the Coliseum and the Forum, the queues were far too long for us to go inside. The impressive architecture was enough to appreciate the legacy of the Roman Empire.
Stopping for lunch near Pantheon, which is free to enter. We then headed to the Spanish Steps for the photo op and the Trevi Fountain to toss a coin.
I find that traveling with kids requires a lot of patience and realistic expectations. We all needed a break from the sightseeing so spent our last few hours in Rome at Villa Borghese, a park with amazing views over the city and just a short walk from the river.
Train tickets: £33 return (1 adult, 1 child, under 5s go free).
After an intense day of travelling to and from Rome, I decided that a hop on/hop off bus day was needed. We could see the sights from the comfort of our seats.
There are two main routes to choose from in Naples. Route A takes you around the city centre while Route B takes you along the coast. In between the information shared, some classic Italian songs are played which a few of our fellow (older) passengers would enjoy singing along to. Belting out classics from the top of the bus much to everyone’s enjoyment.
Towards the end of our journey, I was able to purchase discounted return tickets for a bus to Pompeii.
Hop on/hop off 24 hour tickets: £20 (adult) £10 (child 5+)
We walked down to the port after a quick ‘street’ breakfast, to take the bus to Pompeii. It was no more than a 45 minute drive at most.
Once we got there, the queue was long but moving. If you want to skip the line then purchase your tickets online, there were official tour guides offering their services. I decided not to go with a tour guide as they asked me to pay €20 for each of us (€60 total) even though it was free entry for under 18s.
After visiting Pompeii I would highly recommend getting a guide. There’s only so much information one can retain from Latin lessons in school! It was difficult to tell what exactly we were looking at due to an absence of signs.
Bus tickets: €13.50 return
Pompeii tickets: €15 (adult, under 18s feee)
We spent the day getting to know the neighbourhood around our Air BnB. I hadn’t anticipated the mess the boys would make of their clothes, so we visited a local laundromat where we could leave our clothes and the owner washed, dried and folded them for us to collect.
There was a local market we walked through and the stall holders would pinch the boys cheeks while stuffing their hands full with treats from their stalls.
Wash/dry laundromat: €9
I bought a Naples city travel ticket so we could take a break from walking in the rain. We visited Cemetery Fontanelle (free entry) which was the perfectly eerie atmosphere, human remains stacked high against the walls from Plague victims, for the time of year (Halloween).
After a lunch we explored Quartier Spagnoli and stopped off for a spot of afternoon tea at one of many the Leopoldo locations.
Travel ticket: €4.50 (valid for multiple journeys in one day on all modes of transport around Naples)
I had hoped to take a trip to the Amalfi Coast & Capri/Procida, but the terrible weather had put a stop to any boats leaving the port.
We spent the morning (window) shopping along Via Chiaia, before meeting up with a fellow worldschooling parent who wanted to introduce us to the best of Naples and some of her friends.
We were introduced to the famous rum baba dessert, and shown amazing views of the bay of Naples twinkling below Mount Vesuvius at sunset. Ending our evening with gelato as we walked back to our Air BnB soaking up the bustling late night atmosphere.
Naples was amazing but unfortunately the weather put a dent in our plans as I wasn’t prepared for the heavy rain and extreme weather which affected all transport during the week. I would definitely visit the city again, but with another adult in tow and during better weather. I also found the locals to be extremely friendly and welcoming, happy to help with any of my queries. I would highly recommend a slow travel experience with children in this amazing city.
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