Discovering the magic of Rome with kids in tow? Here are our 5 favourite activities in Rome for tiny travellers.
Rome with kids can be pure magic, but keeping kids engaged, entertained, and stimulated is key to an unforgettable family vacation. With so many things to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. These five kid-friendly activities will have your kids talking about Rome for years to come.
1. Take a hop-on hop-off tour
With so many incredible attractions to see in Rome, a hop-on hop-off bus is the easiest way to get a much needed overview and orient yourselves upon arrival. Hop-on hop-off buses are the best way to get from point A to point B without dealing with cabs or navigating through crowds on foot. Choose from 24-, 48-, and 72-hour tickets and you can use the bus as your main form of transportation around the city while learning interesting facts as you go. It’s as simple as hopping off when you get to a site that piques the kids’ interest!
2. Tour the Colosseum
Seeing the iconic and absolutely massive Colosseum is a must during any trip to Rome with kids. Families should go for the underground and panoramic view tour, which gives access to the Colosseum’s subterranean caverns where animals and prisoners were kept long ago. Post-tour, check out the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, which your tickets also grant access to, and let the kids stretch their legs a bit while exploring the surrounding ruins and taking in the views.
3. Channel your inner artist
Move over, Michelangelo. It’s the kids’ turn to unleash their creativity in Rome. ARTandSEEK offers interactive English-language workshops in Rome’s incredible museums just for kids. Upcoming activities include a trip to the National Gallery of Art to study myths, legends, and portraits, drawing lessons right in front of some of Rome’s most famous works of art, and a visit to a working artist’s studio to learn drawing and painting techniques. Original artwork made by your kids in one of the world’s most famous cities for art will be a treasured souvenir for years to come.
4. Discover the magic of the movies
The magic of the movies gives families a chance to visit a variety of different places without ever leaving Rome. Tour Cinecittà and you can visit 19 indoor sound stages, plus numerous outdoor sets depicting ancient Rome, the Temple of Jerusalem, and 14th century Florence. Family tickets, which can be purchased in advance or at Cinecittà’s ticket office at the time of your visit, are good for up to two adults and two children. Guided tours in English are offered at 11:30 and 15:15 daily, except for Tuesdays when Cinecittà is closed.
5. Make your own gelato
What’s better than enjoying real Italian gelato in Rome? Well, not much, but learning to make your own gelato and recreating the delicious treat at home is a sure-fire way to make sure the good stuff doesn’t become a distant memory post-vacation. Family Twist’s gelato making class will have kids aged 6 and up whipping up their own gelato in no time. From choosing their favourite flavour to whipping the cream, kids will tackle each step of the gelato making process under the supervision of their own private chef. Buon appetito!