The Italian capital is a city where art and culture are present in every corner. This is just one of the reasons why discovering Rome with children can be fascinating . You just need to choose well what you want to see and play with the children to recreate each historical moment.
To help you prepare your trip to Rome with children, we offer you a list of the 10 essential places that you have to visit as a family. If you dare, and your children are old enough, you could rent some electric bikes to tour the city.
1. Roman Colosseum
Start your trip to Rome as a family by taking the children to a site where they will be immersed in the history of the city from the entrance. Without a doubt, it is one of the favorite visits for children, where they can pretend to be gladiators in the arena , fighting each other or with fierce animals. The dimensions, with capacity for 50,000 spectators, are impressive.
2. Mouth of the Truth
Another point that families visiting Rome with children usually love is the Bocca della Verita. Here you can play to ask some questions, and encourage them to put their hand into the opening in the rock . If they haven’t told the truth, the mouth will stay with her.
3. St. Peter’s Basilica
You cannot be in Rome with children and not visit Saint Peter’s Basilica. This is impressive both for its dimensions and for its famous dome . Remember that the ascent is through a spiral staircase where younger children may find it difficult. Part of the ascent can be done by elevator. But the last stretch, of 320 steps, must be climbed on foot. However, the view of the entire Vatican complex will be a very good reward.
4. The Pantheon
The Pantheon is another must-see in Rome. It is a monument built in the time of Emperor Hadrian at the point where, according to tradition, Romulus was carried to heaven by an eagle.
5. Trevi Fountain
Finding this fantastic fountain among the narrow streets is an interesting idea to do during your visit to Rome with children. You can even propose a game of clues until they find the source. And, of course, once there, flip a coin with them .
6. The Leonardo da Vinci Museum
A character that both the big ones and the little ones is Leonardo da Vinci. He takes the kids to visit his museum, where you will find replicas of the machines he invented and the sketches in his notebooks. There you can see more than 200 machines and more than sixty reconstructions underway. Children will enjoy looking at, and even touching and trying out, some of Leonardo’s inventions.
7. Villa Borghese
One of the most important green areas in Rome is Villa Borghese, with the presence of palaces and buildings of great historical value and beautiful gardens inside. An ideal area for a walk or a family picnic. Inside you can also visit Bioparc , the city’s zoo, and end up in Lake Aesculapius, a pond full of geese, ducks, turtles and boats, in case you feel like rowing.
Also in this park there is a new toy library for children from 3 to 10 years old, who can even dress up in dresses from the 17th century from the Opera House.
8. Gianicolo Canyon
On the Gianicolo hill you can find two interesting appointments to do with the family. The first is the cannon shot that takes place every day at 12 in the morning. The second is the free puppet shows that are held every Sunday.
9. Castel Sant’Angelo
The most intrepid adventurers will not forget the walk through this castle full of interior patios, balconies, secret passageways , stairs and canyons.
10. Techno Town
Technotown is the space dedicated to knowledge about new technologies . Indicated for families with children over 4 years of age, it has nine rooms where children can interact with technology through games and experiences that will give them the opportunity to learn in a fun way.