Rome, the Italian capital, is an ideal place to visit with your children. While you may be wary of taking a city break with kids, you don’t need to be - especially in Rome! The city has so much to offer. From learning opportunities around every corner to the most delicious gelato in the world, you’ll be glad you brought your little ones to Rome and so will they. You can take most of our Rome tours with kids, too! Here are some ideas of things to do in Rome with little ones…
Head to the parks
For a capital city, Rome has plenty of green space to explore. If you are lucky with the weather, then take the chance for the kids to let off some steam as they run around one of the various parks across the city. The Orange Garden (Parco Savello) for example, is a popular park in Rome. Situated on Aventine Hill, it offers an incredible view of the city and is full of bitter orange trees that are truly beautiful.
Villa Borghese is another popular city park. There are various museums and attractions within the park, making it perfect for an entire day of exploration, but the landscaped gardens themselves are lovely enough.
And when your little travelers are getting restless in the bustling city, take a day trip out to Aqueduct Park (Parco degli Acquedotti). Accessible by train, it is a vast open space framed by ancient Roman aqueducts. Pack and picnic and a frisbee or soccer ball, and spend the day enjoying some fresh air away from the crowded city streets.
Rome tours with kids
As mentioned, you can do many of our Rome tours with kids. Most of our tours cater for small groups, and our Skip-the-Line access means that you don’t have to worry about waiting in line with impatient little feet. The tours are led by guides who are experts in Rome - they know everything there is to know about the art, architecture and history of this incredible city. Questions are encouraged, so your curious travel companions are welcome to ask away during the tour.
The Best of Rome Walking Tour is popular with families visiting Rome. Encompassing so much of the city, it will allow your family to tick off some bucket list moments for sure. And children particularly enjoy this tour, as it offers the chance to stop and eat gelato in a Roman piazza - or, if you’re visiting Rome in the winter, to enjoy a hot chocolate and warm up before continuing with the exploration of the Eternal City.
Another popular tour is the Colosseum Underground Tour with Arena Floor, 3rd Tier & Roman Forum. In terms of Rome tours with kids, this gets a thumbs up from the little ones every time as it gives them the chance to really get a feel for the Colosseum. Perfect for children with plenty of imagination, they can pretend to be gladiators and satisfy their curiosities when it comes to Roman history. The Colosseum is one of the most iconic structures in the world, and something that just oozes history. With a slightly gory history, it’s no surprise that kids love exploring it!
Pompeii is a great place to visit with kids. And it couldn’t be easier with our Pompeii Express Tour from Rome via High-Speed Train tour. At 6.5 hours, it isn’t too much of a long day but it’s enough to really feel like you’ve ventured out of the city and seen a cool new place. Exploring Pompeii gives children the chance to step back in time and follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans who lived there. Again with the chance to ask questions and see what life might have been like way back when, this is ideal if you’re looking for the perfect Rome tours with kids.
Venture into the museums
There are so many museums across Rome. Perfect for escaping hot weather and learning something new, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the perfect museum to take your kids to.
Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art is considered one of the best art museums in the whole of Italy. If you want to show your little ones some Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh then this is the right place to take them. There are over 5,000 pieces here, and kids get in free - there is even a lovely outdoor cafe to satisfy their post-art hunger!
Galleria Borghese, located within the aforementioned Villa Borghese, has plenty of older artwork on offer. If your kids are interested in history, this gallery is fantastic. Containing works by Caravaggio, Botticelli, Raphael and more, it truly is awe-inspiring. You need to book in advance but again, under-18s get in free!
The National Etruscan Museum has plenty of fascinating artifacts on display. They are pre-Roman and include pottery, jewelry, urns, sculptures and much more. There is a lot of variety here, sure to keep little eyes interested, and the mansion itself - as well as the gardens - is stunning. Children under 4 get in free, and for under-18s tickets cost under 5 euro.
Cycle down the Appian Way
If you are a family of keen cyclists, then you can hire bikes in Rome and cycle down the Appian Way. Create your own Rome tours with kids - they’ll love cycling along the cobbles, shaded by trees and surrounded by little pieces of history. There are plenty of points at which to stop and admire both nature and archaeology, and it’s a brilliant way to spend a few hours in the city. This is especially true if you have kids with a lot of energy to burn, or you just want to escape the crowds for a while!
Rome is an ideal location for a family trip. There is so much to see and do, and plenty of opportunities to take Rome tours with kids - they’ll definitely appreciate the chance to learn and explore.