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Rome with Kids

What to See and Do in Rome with Kids

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With its ruins, restaurants, and art, Rome is a fun and fascinating place to travel with kids. There are a ton of options for entertaining kids in Rome, including parks, piazza, and museums, and we've outlined some of these attractions in the following list. And, remember, if these suggestions don't win over your brood, there's always gelato!

Ancient Rome

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Young kids will be mesmerized by the size of the Colosseum while older ones (especially boys) will be impressed with its gory history. The Forum and the Palatine Hill boast ruins with great nooks and crannies. The Circus Maximus is today but a field – an excellent place to stretch the legs and/or have a picnic with the family.

Rome Eco Golf Cart Tour With the Roman Guy

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Kids love touring Rome in the golf cart. It's a great way to see the sights without worrying about the kids getting tired by having to walk between sites. This is a good introductory tour to do on your first or second day in Rome.

Pizza School for Kids

Eating Italy Food Tours offers a pizza making class designed for families in a pizzeria in the Testaccio neighborhood. While kids learn how to make their own pizza with a Roman pizzaiolo the adults get to kick back with an Italian aperitivo and wine. Everyone gets to enjoy pizza of course!

Scary Places in Rome

Older kids love the spooky aspects of Rome. So, why not treat them with a visit to a "bone church" or one of many area catacombs? Visit any of the places on our list of scary Rome attractions and prepare to be creeped out.

Eternally Young: Rome for Children

Eternally Young: Rome for Children is a 3 hour tour from Select Italy designed for families. It starts at the Trevi Fountain and includes Piazza Colonna, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant'Angelo. Another Select Italy activity suitable for kids age 7 and up is Become a Roman Gladiator for a Day.

Rome's Squares

Most of Rome's glorious piazze, such as Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo, are wide, car-free, and flanked by restaurants and cafés, allowing for travelers of all ages a chance to enjoy a stroll or just sit on a bench and people-watch. And where there are squares in Rome, there are likely to be beautiful fountains, which are often a delight to young kids. See our list of Rome's best fountains for more information.

Rome's Parks

Rome is bounding with green spaces, from the expansive and lush Villa Borghese Park, accessible from Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, to the Parco Colle Oppio, a park hidden on a hill overlooking the Colosseum. Several parks, including the Villa Borghese and the park along the Appian Way, allow you to rent bikes, ride horses, or take part in other fun activities that the kids will surely enjoy.

Explora: Museo dei Bambini

The Explora Museum (Museo dei Bambini di Roma or MDBR for short) is the only museum in Rome made especially for kids. Like other museums of its kind, Explora features pint-sized play areas, such as construction zones and test kitchens. Located just beyond the Piazza del Popolo, the MDBR is one place to take the kids if they need some exercise on a rainy day.

Bocca della Verita

The legend of the Bocca della Verita, an ancient manhole cover situated in the entrance of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, a few blocks from Piazza Venezia, is always an amusing way to engage children in the learning about the history of old Rome. The attraction is also one of the best places in Rome for a photo op, something you'll definitely be looking for while on vacation with the whole family.

A Day at the Beach

While Rome isn't on the coast, if you're in Rome with your kids during the heat of summer, they may appreciate a day out at the beach.

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