All roads lead to Rome, and all types of activities can be found in Rome. La Città Eterna has something for everybody, and families are no exception. Endless possibilities, however, can come with tired kids who just want to sit and fill their soul with gelato. Who can blame them?! However, with a little bit of planning, you can make your family vacation full of positive memories while nurturing your children’s imagination and love of travel. Some options are even free! To help you plan, here is our guide to Rome for Families!
1. Scavenger Hunt
Let your little wanderer explore and make a game out of your holiday. There are tons of symbols scattered and hidden throughout the city that can make for an interactive and exciting hunt for your family, regardless of the ages. The initials SPQR (“Senatus Populusque Romanus” – which means The Senate and the People of Rome in Latin) are engraved on buildings, benches, trash cans, etc. The figure of the Roman myth of two twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, and a she-wolf is another great option for a scavenger hunt. You can even buy a symbol of the two Roman classics in any souvenir shop for the winner.
2. Explora Kids Museum
Situated in the center near Piazza del Popolo, this museum is a champion in interactive and explorative kid-friendly activities. Your mini-travelers will have the opportunity to play “grown up” for the day with exhibits like a post office, bank, restaurant, and a variety of educational events on the first floor. Think of it as an art exhibit for kids! Buy tickets in advance – tours are not guided and last 1 hour and 45 minutes. First tour starts at 10am, last starts at 5pm *In August first tour starts at 12pm.
3. “Piazzas” (aka Squares)
What better place to let your kids be free than to run around an Italian square with likeminded Roman youngsters? They serve as a car-free dream land where you can say ciao ciao to the ants in your kids pants, and spend the afternoon like a local. Pop into a “casalinga” before, an “everything” shop, and pick up a soccer ball, water guns, or bubbles. Don’t miss Piazza del Popolo where there is always a “bubble master” entertaining the local munchkins.
4. Parks & Markets
Sightseeing + energy released = happy family! Check out Appia Antica, the first road in Rome, for a bike ride in the countryside. For a more central experience, go down to the bike path along the river or head to the two closest parks- Villa Pamphili and Villa Borghese. You can even make an entire day of it with a park picnic and boat ride in Villa Borghese.
Your kids can have a blast picking out fun picnic treats in any of the outdoor markets in Rome. The most central are:
Mercato Trionfale (Near Vatican)
Address: Via la Goletta 1 | Hours: Mon, Wed Thurs: 7am-2pm, Tues, Fri: 7am-7pm
Campo dei Fiori (Near Piazza Navona)
Address: Piazza Campo dei Fiori | Hours: Mon-Sat: early morning-2pm (although around 3 you can still find some stalls)
Testaccio Market (in Testaccio)
Address: Via Beniamino Franklin | Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-3:30pm
Mercato San Cosimato (in Trastevere)
Address: Piazza di San Cosimato | Hours: Mon-Sat: 6:30am-2:30pm
5. Family Friendly Vatican and Colosseum Tour
A historically rich tour is usually not on the top of kids’ list while on holiday, but that was before. We are now offering an interactive and exciting experience for both these unforgettable sites. See the Vatican and Colosseum/Forum in a new light- there will be games, treasure hunts, myths and legends, and the most impressive exercise of your youngster’s imagination.
Start sparking your mini-me’s interest now and learn about strange events and traditions in Italy!
After, check out our tips for the best family-friendly accommodation in Rome!
We want to make your family vacation as stress-free as possible, so get in touch and let us know what you need! Your job is too just enjoy. We can’t wait to see the memories you make! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+!