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What to do do and see with kids in Rome

Travelling with kids in a big city such as Rome can be quite stressful if you don’t know where to go. You have to walk a great deal, there are monuments and museums to see, and your children get tired and bored easily. That’s why we’d like to offer you a special guide to make your vacation in Rome with your kids as successful and memorable as possible.

First of all, you will need a place to stay. And where would be better than our apartment designed and furnished exclusively for families with kids just a few steps away from the Spanish Steps? It is located in via Francesco Crispi and close to not one but two metro stops, Spagna and Barberini. It has been furnished with plenty of things that will make both children and parents happy. For the littlest you will find toys, books in different languages, and video games, while the parents will certainly appreciate air conditioning, the bathtub with hydro massage, and free Wi-Fi.  

 

 dolce family living room 3

 

 

What to see

The monuments and sights in Rome are often crowded and have long lines at the entrance. Kids will grow tired of waiting in line quickly, so to avoid them getting cranky or capricious, why not take advantage of our guided tours with privileged entrance to skip the lines? Take a look at our dedicated offers and don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Boats at the Villa Borghese Lake

 

  • Many points of interest that attract you will also capture your kids’ interest. Take for example the many Fountains of Rome with their impressive architecture that could easily be movie sets. Often they come with fascinating legends and myths to intrigue the little ones, such as the ones surrounding the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi on Piazza Navona that were designed by Bernini, the Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain) in the Jewish Ghetto, or the famous Trevi Fountain near the Spanish Steps.

 

  • The city of Rome is blessed with plenty of sunshine throughout the year, as well as a variety of beautiful parks throughout the city – the perfect combination for you and your kids. The most popular parks located right in the center are Villa Pamphili near the Gianicolo Hill and the Trastevere area, Villa Torlonia with its unique Casina delle Civette, and of course, Villa Borghese. Directly behind the Spanish Steps you will find Rome’s park par excellence in the heart of the center. Here you can visit the Borghese Gallery, one of Rome’s most visited Museums, which hosts a remarkable collection of art from the 17th century, most notably by Caravaggio and Canova.

 

  • There are many other fascinating points of interest for your children. Have you ever heard of the Bocca della Verità (Piazza della Bocca della Verità, 18)? You can put your kids’ sincerity to the test by having them place their hands inside the stone mouth. If they haven’t been quite honest lately, ZAP! the mouth will close!

 

  • Magic will take place right in front of your own and your children’s eyes when looking through the famous Keyhole (Piazza Pietro d’Iliiria). The portal is located just a few meters from the Villa del Priorato di Malta, and when glancing through the keyhole you will enjoy an unforgettable view of St. Peter’s dome.

 

  • Wax museum – Piazza SS. Apostoli, 68/A – tel. +39 06 6796482. Located just a few meters from Piazza Venezia, this museum may not be able to compete with its larger cousins in London or Paris, but it will let you spend a few pleasant hours with your kids while introducing them to the most important persons in Italian history.

 

What to do

 

Elephants eating watermelon during summer 

 

  • Time Elevator Rome Experience - via dei SS. Apostoli, 20 – tel. +39 06 69921823.

This is the most entertaining and appealing way to introduce your kids to the history of Rome. The multisensory cinema will make Ancient Rome come alive via panoramic screens and moving platforms right in front of your eyes.

  • Explora, Museum for Kids – via Flaminia 80/86 – tel. 06 3613776 

The first Italian museum dedicated to the little ones. Here, children can take their first steps in learning about nutrition, recycling, mechanics and other sciences by actively participating in the exhibited activities.

  • Technotown – via Lazzaro Spallanzani 1 – tel. +39 06 06 08 

This museum of science and technology is hosted in the medieval cottage in Villa Torlonia. Within its 9 rooms, young scientist can dabble in numerous activities through technological instruments and their own creativity.

  • Cinecittà World - via di Castel Romano 200 – tel. +39  06 64009293 

This great theme park was inspired by Cinecittà’s scenographic movie sets. Between the Ancient Romans and Cowboys you won’t be spoilt for choice while passing a day outside. You can choose between a variety of attractions, incredible shows and themed restaurants.

  • Zoology Museum – via Ulisse Aldrovrandi 18 – tel. +39 06 6710 9270 

This antique museum keeps about 5 million different specimens, even though due to the limitation of space a lot less is actually displayed. While following the museum’s path children will be introduced to the biodiversity of animals.

  • Bioparco - viale del Giardino Zoologico 20 – tel. +39 06 3608211 

Founded a long time ago in 1908, the zoo of Rome has been transformed in the “Bioparco” in 2008, with the purpose of offering a home to abused and maltreated animals, as well as protect species that are close to extinction. Currently, the Bioparco hosts about 200 different species.

 

Near Rome

 

Dolphins show at the Zoomarine Park

 

  • Rainbow Magicland - Via della Pace, Valmontone – tel. +39 06 95318700 – 1 hour from the center of Rome (54 km or 35 mi)

The biggest amusement park in central Italy is located only a few kilometers from Rome. There are attractions for all ages, from the rollercoaster called “Shock” to the dizzyingly high tower “Mystica” and the easy-going Tazze Pazze (Crazy Cups) or Ronny il Ragno (Ronny the Spider).

  • Zoomarine – via dei Romagnoli, Torvajanica – tel. +39 06 91534 – 1 hour from the center of Rome (38 km or 23 mi)

This water park offers various attractions for all ages. You will find water rides in large pools and many spectacular shows in which the little ones can see the animals from a close range, as for example during the show “Dolphins’ Island” or at the pinnipeds’ bay.

 

About food

 

pizza romana margherita

 

  • Pizza Romana

All kids are mad about pizza!

As a candidate for becoming World Cultural Heritage, pizza is our country’s symbol par excellence. In Rome you can taste the kind known as “Roman Pizza”, which differs from the famous “Neapolitan Pizza” by having a thinner and crunchier crust. Our favorite pizzerias can be found in different places all over the city. In particular we suggest you “I Marmi” at viale Trastevere 53 (tel. +39 06 5800919), “Pizzeria Nuovo Mondo” in via Amerigo Vespucci 15 in Testaccio (tel. +39 06 5746004) and “Baffetto” in via del Governo Vecchio 114, just a short walk from Piazza Navona (tel. +39 06 861617).

  • Ice cream in Rome

What could be better than a delicious gelato to make your kids happy? We recommend avoiding industrial ice cream parlors and instead discover ice cream of own production, or gelato artigianale, for which only high quality ingredients are used. We suggest trying “San Crispino” in Piazza della Maddalena 3 (tel. +39 06 97601190) at just a short walk from the Pantheon, “La Romana” in Via Ostiense 48 in Testaccio (tel. +39 06 57302253) or the famous and antique “Palazzo del Freddo” in Via Principe Eugenio, 65 (tel. +39 06 4464740) in the Esquiline.

 

Curiosity for Kids and Parents

 

 

gatti roma largo argentina

  • Bestiario Romano

While walking through the streets in the center of Rome you can stumble upon numerous unusual animals. For example, two salamanders decorate the church of San Luigi dei Francesi while a deer with a cross in between its antlers can be seen in Piazza Sant’Eustachio. Obviously, these animals are symbols for the fascinating stories and legends that are up to you to discover. To learn more visit the website dedicated to the Roman Bestiary.

 

  • The Cats of Rome (Torre Argentina)

The streets of Rome have always been home to many feline colonies, which are lovingly cared for by voluntary associations and women called “gattare”, or “cat ladies”. Some of these colonies have become downright tourist attractions, as for example those that have made the archeological excavations in Largo di Torre Argentina their home. It is highly entertaining to look out over the temple ruins and try to find as many cats as possible, hidden between columns and stones.

 

For more information regarding our suggestions or to discover other points of interest for your Roman Holiday with kids, please visit the City of Rome’s Official Website, which is entirely dedicated to tourism.