Visiting Rome With Kids

Family-Friendly Attractions and Sites in This Ancient Italian City

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 if these suggestions don't win over your brood, there's always gelato!

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    Italy, Rome, little girl taking picture of mother and brother with smartphone
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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.

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    Child running past puddle with reflection of the Colosseum
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    Eternally Young: Rome for Children is a 3-hour tour designed for families that can be booked through Select Italy. It starts at the Trevi Fountain and includes the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant'Angelo. Another activity suitable for kids age 7 and up is Become a Roman Gladiator for a Day.

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    Lively atmosphere in Piazza Navona, Rome
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    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.

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    The cemetery of the Sacconi Rossi
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    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.

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    This 2 1/2 hour tour is aimed at kids using a magic book to introduce the history of the Colosseum and ancient Roman lifestyle. It's a private tour just for your family making it like a game so it's easier to hold the interest of kids. The tour also includes the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.

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    Rome's Parks

    Villa Borghese park.
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    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.

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    Little girl playing in 'Explora' at the Museo di Bambini di Roma.
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    The Explora Museum (Museo di 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.

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    Bocca della Verita

    Bocca della Verita
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    The legend of the Bocca della Verita, an ancient manhole cover situated at 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.

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    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.