We're going to Rome! For three and a half days. Hey, it's what we've got. We're staying in an apartment just east of the Colosseum. We're a family of three from New York City, with a seven year old daughter. We're very focused on wanting to see ancient Roman stuff and epic architecture. No museums, no waiting on long lines. (We have excellent museums here - what we don't have is ruins or historical architecture in its eternal place.)
Our major concern is where to eat. I'd love it if some people could suggest some inexpensive, non tourist trap places where they are at least kind to people who don't speak a word of Italian. I'm adequate in a few other languages, but it takes me a huge amount of time and effort to ramp up a language, and I simply don't have any facility with Italian. Our daughter has unadventurous tastes, but I'm pretty sure we'll be able to get a plain pizza or pasta almost anywhere, so we're not that concerned.
Can anyone give us a good list of restaurants to work from? Thanks so much.
Arrive at noon
PM - Colosseum, Forum
AM - Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese Park
PM - Campo di Fiori area, Castel Sant Angelo
AM - Museum of Roman Civilization at EUR for the scale model
PM - St. Peter's/Vatican (NOT museums)
AM -- Ostia Antica
PM -- Revisit places we liked (probably the Forum)