Rome is a hugely popular tourist destination, and it packed with historical and educational things to see. But like so many places in the world, it can be a totally different experience when you are travelling there with kids. That is why I have put together this little guide on how to see the highlights of the city in a way that your little ones will enjoy as much as you. Read on to find out more.
A word to the wise here. While it might be tempting to run around the new city, especially if you only have a limited amount of time like a weekend to spend there. When you have the kids with you, it’s always worth pacing yourself.
That means interspersing big activities with small chances for rest and recuperation. This could be a break in a park somewhere or used as a chance to sample some of the delicious foods that are on offer.
Just ensure that everyone stays hydrated, fed, and is not too tired. As this can nip a lot of possible problems in the bud before they have even begun. So order your days similar to the examples below, and you will be sure to get the most out of your trip.
While the kids might be looking forward to getting away from school for a bit, you will probably find that they won’t mind this one too much at all. As it’s a chance for them to learn all about those noble warriors of the past the Gladiators.
Not only will they get to hear all about the typical day in the life of a gladiator back in Roman times, but they will also get some training on how they use to fight. Along with a certificate saying that they have completed their training. If you are convinced of the value bringing history to life on your trips, then this is an activity not to miss!
Of course, once the kids have tired themselves out fighting gladiators then you will probably want to stop for a refuelling break. Why not use this as a perfect opportunity to sample some genuine, authentic Roman Pizza?
You may be aware that pizza, while popular all over Italy, is different in each region. So you can expect Roman pizza to be thin and crisp with tomato sauce, cheese, and anchovies.
Why not take the kids to Sforno Via Statilio Ottato, 110/116? Where you will find that everything is homemade, including the delicious desserts on offer.
Or you could give In Fucina a try when you order a single pizza at a time. Then share with your tablemates. Perfect for if the kids are keen to have what mummy and daddy are eating, but won’t eat a whole pizza to themselves.
Of course, one of the most visited places in Rome is the city-state of The Vatican. The seat of the Roman Catholic Church.
Home to all sorts of historical and artistic treasures the best way to see this site is to take an Afternoon Vatican Tour as a family. There is much to see for adults and kids alike such as the famous Michelangelo masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel, the Museum and the Gallery of the Tapestries, which contains one with an optical illusion for the kid to spot. As well as the Gallery of the Maps for any mini cartography enthusiasts out there.
The best thing about doing a tour like this is that a good one will give you a rating of how hard it is before you book. This means you can tailor it precisely to the age range, and ability of your kids. Without worrying that they will be stuck walking around for hours on end, getting ratty and tired.
Once you have finished in the Vatican, then it might be a good chance to take the kids of a little treat. You can even promise this as a reward for good behaviour during the tour.
The perfect treat for the little one to have in Rome is some delicious gelato or Italian ice cream. It comes in all sorts of flavours like sweet and delicious coconut and hazelnut. Or refreshing lemon, which is a particular favourite of the Roman natives.
Of course, you will want to ensure you are getting the best quality possible so why not try Gelateria del Teatro at Via Dei Coronari, 65/66? Where you will find the traditional flavours for the kids. As well as trendy ones like chocolate and basil, and fig and almond for the adults to sample.
Then there is the famous Grom, which is perfect for those that are allergic to dairy as they offer delicious and refreshing sorbets and that Italian favourite granita. Which is a granular iced treated usually featured with fruits.
Now as the kids have already spent the morning learning about gladiators, then another good stop off on your tour of Rome is The Colosseum.
This massive open-air amphitheatre built around 70AD is one of the most iconic images of ancient Rome that remains standing today.
Even if the sheer size of the thing doesn’t impress the kids, the fact that they will get to use their experience and imagination to picture the gladiators and their foes battling it out in the ring will.
Book tickets online before you travel to save queuing, and if you don’t want to pay for a guided tour, there are free audio ones available for your smartphone device.
Obviously, after all of that walking around, you are all like to be a little tired. So you can retire back to your lodgings for a nap before you head on out to dinner.
Now there is an embarrassment of riches in term of places to eat in Rome. As the Italians are known for producing delicious, high-quality food no matter what price point you are at.
However, if you fancy a change from pizza or pasta, you can try Flower Burger Roma. Which Offers homemade vegan burgers in deliciously flavoured buns.
What do you think? Are you ready for a Roman holiday family style now?
*Photo source. This is a collaborative post.