Travelling with children is a balancing act that is both challenging and extraordinarily rewarding.on the one hand, it is a challenge to keep the attention of young people and attract older children and teenagers.on the other hand, you want them to have a sense of place and absorb as much of the local history, culture and artistic heritage as possible.It is tempting to look for children’s games, family fast food logos and things that are like being at home. But your children are in Rome, so help them to taste where they are and do things that are special to that Eternal City.
The best activities for families with children in Rome
- Gladiator School – My new favourite thing to do in Rome:We did this on our last trip to Rome and both children and adults loved it.the instructors are great.highly recommended.book well in advance.
- Secret Tour of the Colosseum: excellent guided tour of Ancient Rome.jump the line to enter the three sites.very interesting for children.
- Pizza making and dinner: learn how to make pizza in a local trattoria, suitable for children and fun!
- Rome walking tour and ice-cream tasting (2.5 hours on the Italian walks): a fun night walk through the places of central Rome, less history and more gelato than the usual tour.
- Tickets without queues (highly recommended): tour of ancient Rome and the Colosseum (3 hours) – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s (3 hours) – Crypts and catacombs (3.5 hours)
- Day trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast: (13 hours on the Italy tours) – Transport and guide to Pompeii with stops at Positano and the Amalfi Coast
15 Best things to do with children in Rome
1.Explore the Colosseum
Tales of gladiators and fierce lions will put your children in the mood for a trip to the Colosseum.The busiest time is from mid-morning to about 2 p.m., so try to visit early or mid-afternoon. You’ll also reduce the waiting time if you book a tour without queues. As an alternative, get your ticket at the Palatine, a short walk from the Colosseum in Via San Gregorio Magno.In general, the ticket office is not much more crowded and, as the tickets cover admission to the Palatine, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, it will save you time.
2.Climbing the dome of St. Peter’s
With its priceless art treasures and silent museums, the Vatican can be a challenge for parents with children on their backs. But all is not lost. One way to keep your pincers happy is to climb the dome of St. Peter’s.», «This historic dome, considered Michelangelo’s greatest architectural achievement, dominates panoramic views from its 120m height above the Basilica.to reach the top, you can either walk up the 551st stairs or take a lift halfway up and continue on foot.whatever the route, it is a steep climb and not ideal for young children or those suffering from vertigo.tickets cost 7 euros including the lift, or 5 euros without.Once back on the ground, you can have fun taking self-portraits with the Swiss Guard on duty near the basilica.also, see if you can line up the columns in the square.to do this, you should stand on one of the two disks on the floor near the central obelisk.
3.A few coins at the Trevi Fountain
Children, like adults, love the Trevi Fountain.It is practically a rite of passage for visitors to stop at Rome’s largest and most spectacular fountain and toss a coin into the water. The custom is based on an urban legend according to which anyone who does so will one day return to Rome. Every day, huge crowds gather to put the myth to the test, tossing around £3000 on an average day.For years, this money was collected by a local homeless man, but the authorities finally stopped him and the coins are now collected and given to a local Catholic charity.
4.Best views of Rome
To impress your children, head for the Vittoriano in Piazza Venezia.this colossal white structure, actually a monument to Italy’s first king, Vittorio Emanuele II, contains a number of museums and galleries.More spectacularly, it also offers the best views of Rome.to enjoy these, take the panoramic elevator to the top from where you can see the entire city below you.the elevator tickets cost 7 euros for adults and 3.5 euros for 10 to 18 years old; children under 10 years old get in free.
5.Enjoy the park freely
Let your little ones run wild in Villa Borghese, the central park of Rome.Formerly the estate of a powerful 17th century cardinal, this 80 hectare oasis of green has a number of attractions for children including the Bioparco, the Rome Zoo and the Giardino del Lago, where rowing boats can be hired to paddle around a small lake.For something less strenuous, you can watch a movie at the Cinema dei Piccoli, the smallest cinema in the world, located near the entrance to the park in Piazzale San Paolo del Brasile.
6.Investigating the Catacombs
Dark, spooky and full of skeletons, the catacombs of Rome are wonderfully spooky.The first Christians used the underground tunnels to bury their dead and many thousands of people were buried in them, including popes, saints and martyrs.in total there are considered to be up to 300 km of catacombs in Rome.the most famous lie lies underneath Via Appia Antica, including the second century Catacombe di San Callisto, the official cemetery of the early Roman Church, and the Catacombe di San Sebastiano, a long network under the basilica of the same name.», «The visits to the catacombs, which are not suitable for children under seven years old, are guided tours only … as you will not want to get lost there.
7.Bicycle route and aqueducts
For a family bike ride, head south to Via Appia Antica, also known as the Appian Way.This legendary road, the most famous of the consular roads of ancient Rome, is flanked by tall pine trees and lush green fields dotted with woods and ruins.sections such as the section near the Basilica of San Sebastian are free of traffic and are ideal for relaxed but bumpy bike rides.you can rent bikes at the Appia Antica Regional Park Information Point on Via Appia Antica 58-60.Bank at $3 per hour or $15 per day.To get to Appia Antica, take bus 660 from Colli Albani metro station (line A) or bus 118 from Circo Massimo station (line B).
8.Its main features include a beautifully preserved theatre and bath complex, the Terme di Nettuno, adorned with mosaics.
There are also many amusing details, such as an ancient cafeteria with an al fresco menu on the wall and a public bath with open latrines on a stone bench.To reach the site from Rome, take the Ostia Lido train from the Porta San Paolo station next to the Piramide metro station. Get off at Ostia Scavi.
9.Experts instructors from the Gruppo Storico Romano
(Historical Group of Rome) will equip your budding gladiators with training robes and swords, and teach them a number of basic fighting techniques. Pass the two-hour lesson and be rewarded with a certificate of participation. The school, located just off Via Appia Antica, also has a small museum with a cache of replica uniforms, armor and lethal-looking weapons.The courses, which can be booked through the school’s website, are best for children over 8 years old.
10.Walk around an underground house
When exploring the ancient ruins of Rome, it is often difficult to know what you are looking at.The houses come to life with video projections and sound effects that illustrate what they would have looked like before.
Similar: Nero’s Domus Aurea + Colosseum
11.Fast food party
Roman style fast food, i.e. instead of burgers and fries, think pizza and gelato.», «Sliced pizza, known in Rome as pizza al taglio, is a popular local specialty and there are hundreds of takeaways served throughout the city.one of the best is Pizzarium (Via della Meloria 43), a few steps from the Vatican Museums.another favorite Roman dish is supplì, a fried croquette filled with rice and mozzarella.for something sweet, stay tuned for the local gelato.The Romans take their ice cream very seriously and the city is full of excellent ice cream parlours such as Venchi (Via degli Orfani 87), famous for its decadent chocolate creations, and Fatamorgana (Via Laurina 10), which serves unusual and innovative flavours along with more classic offerings.
Counting a fib can be an expensive business in Rome.According to a popular Roman legend, if you put your hand in the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) and tell a lie, the mouth will slam shut and bite it.the mouth in question belongs to an old man whose image is engraved on a round marble disc.this was probably part of an ancient fountain, but is now found in the portico of the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin.In preparation for your visit, take a look at the famous scene of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
13.Beware of cats
You don’t have to go to the zoo to see animals in Rome.The Largo, a sunken area of the ancient ruins of the temple where Julius Caesar was murdered, is off-limits to humans but is home to a thriving community of feral cats. These feline residents are cared for by volunteers from the cat sanctuary on the northeast corner of Largo.Look carefully and you will find lions, horses, bees, wolves, even an elephant near the Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.
14.For more toys, head to Piazza Navona
Where Al Sogno (Piazza Navona 53) is a historic emporium known for its extravagant window displays and extensive inventory of stuffed animals.
15.Visit a museum
There are few attractions for children in Rome, but one is Explore , a museum dedicated to children, a few steps from the Flaminio metro station.Aimed at children under 12, it has interactive exhibits, water features and interactive displays.a particularly popular feature is its life-size model of a train driver’s cabin.there are also workshops where your children can get things done.tours are held at two hour intervals, so try to book in advance and set an entry time.»]