Your children will like this city as much as you will. You will just have to be a bit careful and organize yourself very well, as this city is beautiful but caothical as well. However, it offers many spaces and events that are children-friendly, especially over the weekend as well as many parks where they can run and play safe with other children .
In case you need to use a stroller, you should be aware of the fact that the access to the subway has often no elevators and that the public transport in Rome tend to be overcrowded. If this is your first time in Rome, you would probably enjoy a tour on the tourist bus 110 that starts in Piazza dei Cinquecento (Termini Station) and runs from 08:40 a.m. to 07:40 p.m – tickets are valid for the whole day. A cheaper way (which most children enjoy) is the trambus, number 19 (Piazza Risorgimento – Piazza Porta Maggiore) or number 3 from Valle Giulia (near the Zoo) to the Stazione Trastevere. Near Piazza Venezia, in Largo SS. Apostoli 59/65, you can take a nice break at the book store Mel Ragazzi, a heaven for children, as you can find here all kinds of literature for kids( including a travel guide for Rome in English that will be also useful for the the adults). And don’t forget to relax with your children eating ice creams and pizza: they are so good in Rome that you will your children win over!
Activities for kids in the Centre
Get your children ready to set out for our unconventional tour through the city center of Rome, where your children can become little detectives for animals 🙂
Rome is a city that has many parks and even in the historic centre, you’ll be able to find a few places to let your children run around. A favorite activity of little boys and girls is running after the pigeons in front of the St. Peter’s Basilica or at the square in front of the Pantheon. In the middle of the archeological site located in “Largo Argentina” you can admire a lot of cats living within the ancient ruins: as also cats here are laid back and used to have people around, it will be too difficult to approach them, stroke them and even feed them. Within the external walls of Castel Sant’Angelo, there’s a little playground, with stairs on the right and on the left side to get down there. You and your kids can relax here before or after visiting the monument.
Or alternatively, you can spend the whole day in the EUR-Quarter’s Luna Park , in Via dell’Industria (reachable by bus and metro) with lots of attractions for younger and older children.
The “ ecological Sundays” are sundays when the centre of Rome gets shut down to traffic and does not allow access to cars: the wide street of “Via dei Fori Imperiali” ( that connects the Colosseum with Piazza Venezia) therefore becomes a great playground for the kids, with events and entertainers.
Every Sunday morning there’s a little open-air theatre performance for children (only in Italian language) on the top of “Gianicolo hill”, where you will enjoy a superb view all over the city. There is also a little playground and ponies and this will make the younger children happy.
Near the Gianicolo, in Viale Trastevere, every Sunday there is the Porta Portese flea market: older kids will like it( teenagers won’t miss the chance to buy t-shirts or a pair of cheap but cool sunglasses) while you will have to pay a bit more attention to little children because the market is really crowded.
And when it’s raining?
Near Piazza del Popolo there is the first Italian interactive museum for children called EXPLORA( located on via Flaminia 82). The visits last for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, taking place at 10.00 a.m. 12.00 a.m. 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m, all days, except Monday. You can book your visit calling the number 063613776.
Inside Villa Torlonia park (Metro B “Bologna” o “Policlinico”), there is the technical museum “Technotown” , perfect for kids from 11 to 17 years. It’s open every weekday (except Monday), from 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m, every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7.30 p.m and every Sunday from 09.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Or, you may spend your time at the little indoor playground Casina di Raffaello inside the beautiful park of Villa Borghese, where they organize activities( each lasting about 2 hours) for children between 4 and 11 years. It’s better to book them in advance (0682059127).
Another attraction, mainly for older children (and we are sure that also their parents will enjoy a visit here!) is the Planetarium, in EUR; in the same building, in Piazza G.Agnelli 10, there’s also the museum della Civilta Romana, where the more curious kids will learn more about the Roman Empire and where it will be possible to take a look at many ancient ruins and reconstructions of ancient buildings, including the reconstruction of the Ancient Rome at the time of the Emperor Adriano.
Before getting over to Rome, you may as well take a look at the events at the Auditorium, as they offer sometimes special kids-events.
Outside the Centre…
Little explorers will enjoy Ostia Antica, the ancient seaport and archaeological site near the city. You can get there by metro or (and that’s the nicest way) by boat making your reservation at the info point located near the Tevere river, in front of Castel S.Angelo. You can reach the beach of Ostia too by metro. It can also be very pleasant to take a walk at the new harbour of Ostia, called “nuovo porto di Ostia”: you are very near the beach here and there is a lot of space for your children to run around, not to mention many shops where to buy sweet treats or a slice of pizza, always a children’s favourite. On the coast near Rome, in Torvaianica, you may enjoy Zoomarine, a marine entertainment park where you can spend the whole day watching animals as protagonists. If you want to visit the lake “of Bracciano”, located in the north of Rome, don’t miss the Playpark, an open air playground with swimming pool by the Lago di Bracciano shores.
- Entertainment in Rome
Restaurants, clubs&bars, nightlife, culture in Rome.