Travelling with kids can be difficult, but it shouldn’t stop you from getting out and exploring the world! If your wondering whether or not you should bring your kids to Rome – wonder no more! There’s plenty for kids to do in The Eternal City! Here are some ideas to help set you on the right track.
Exploring Rome’s Highlights
While age can definitely play a huge factor in your child’s interest at the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain – there are ways to make these must-sees more entertaining for the little ones. For example, Amazon sells a variety of books like “Kids’ Travel Guide: Rome” or “Mission Rome: Top Secret. A Scavenger Hunt Adventure” and more, which could add a little something extra for the kiddos.
Upon booking your Roman Holiday, do some research about any events that will be on during your stay. In addition to kid-inspired exhibitions, like the recent “Legomania”, Rome often has free festivals which offer a lively atmosphere and fun stuff for the kids. Websites like WantedinRome and Romeing post monthly calendars of events.
Fun for the Family
Yes, you want your children to have fun – but not at the expense of everyone else! Find activities that are fun for everyone. Explore Rome’s beautiful parks, like Villa Borghese, where fun vehicles like bicycles, quadracycles, and mini cars can be rented – or you could opt to ride the mini train! Visit “Bowling Brunswick” for some bowling and mini golf and try your hand at the arcade games. In the evening, scope out some of Rome’s more modern theatre’s, like “Teatro Olimpico”, for a variety of shows, including the occasional circus or dance-based performance.
Just for Kids
Explora Kids Museum
Via Flaminia 80/86
Centrally located, just for kids, and has a fantastic pizzeria on the premise!
Bioparco di Roma
Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20
Rome’s zoo is located in the heart of Villa Borghese, one of Rome’s most beautiful parks.
Via della Tre Fontane 100
Not so central, but reachable by public transit and has small rides for small kids.
Playgrounds & Piazzas
Some playgrounds can be found at Piazza San Cosimato in Trastevere or “Primo Sport 0426” at Viale Tiziano 68. Ask your AirBNB host or hotel concierge for recommendations near you. Otherwise, hoards of kids can frequently be found running around in open areas like Piazza del Popolo, where you can often find street performers and bubble blowers keeping them entertained.
Things to Keep in Mind
For tours and museum visits, children should never pay full price!
Hiring a babysitter is always an option! Facebook groups like “Rome Au Pair” are a well-trusted and reliable option for finding a babysitter to spend an evening at the hotel with your kids while you enjoy “adult time”. If you’re weary about the idea, reach out to the group administrator directly. You could also consider hiring someone to come along while you explore the city – a helping hand might offer you a chance to relax a bit more.
Rome is a culinary heaven – and what kid doesn’t like pizza and ice cream?! Check out our blog for the Best Gelato in Rome!
We hope our tips help you and your loved ones make the best of your time in The Eternal City! Contact us at www.whatalifetours.com for a customized, family-friendly tour!
Author: April Nicole
April is an American writer and photographer who has lived in Rome since 2013. She enjoys exploring the museums of the city, as well as indulging in authentic Italian cuisine!