Discover Rome with Kids

Family at the Colosseum
Rome is a fascinating city that kids love! Visit the Colosseum, the Vatican, and its museums, plus the sites of Ancient Rome, all at your kids' pace. 

The Vatican is fun for children but interesting enough to keep the whole family engaged as you explore the Pio Clementio Museum, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, and the magnificent Raphael's Rooms, ending in the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. At the Colosseum, find trap doors, secret passageways, and hidden corners where Romans once fought! Let the kids tap into their creative side in one of the art and history capitals of the world as they invent stories and reenact Roman gladiators. 

Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill & Pantheon with Kids
  • Colosseum: The Colosseum is fun for kids, but not as interactive as some other sites. Still, you can enjoy learning about the history and visit the Parco Del Colle Oppio afterward to burn off any energy! This playground is very close and features swings, a jungle gym, a slide, and more.
  • The Roman Forum: Suitable for very young kids and even toddlers, as they can enjoy its vast open space. On the other side of the forum, at the bottom of Palatine Hill, lies Circo Massimo, the old Roman stadium. Nowadays, the stadium is just a large, car-free open-air space and is perfect for letting kids loose for a while. 
  • Palatine Hill: It's best to go early in the morning, as kids can run around this well-treed natural area without worrying about the usual hordes of tourists.
  • The Pantheon: The horse-drawn carriages will certainly keep the kids entertained! Very close to the Pantheon, you'll also find another iconic square, Piazza Navona. Kids love the fountain and the famous toy shop that sells life-size stuffed animals. Close to the Pantheon, you'll find the Bartolucci home of Pinocchio, which still produces all their products by hand with wood. There's a section of the store called “Geppetto’s workshop,” where kids can see how artisans create these toys.
Child-Friendly Museums for Rainy Days
  • Explora Interactive Museum: Let your kids forget the “no-touch” rule for a while and take on odd jobs for a wage, spend hard-earned money at the supermarket, recycle waste, and do chores around the house.
  • Centrale Montemartini: This is an old industrial space converted into a museum with ancient Roman statues, mosaics, and more.
  • Welcome to Rome: Explore virtual reality and 3-D reconstructions of Ancient Rome at the center in Corso Vittorio. The visit is short but impressive. 
  • Time Elevator 5D Unique Experience: Take a trip through the history of the Eternal City and learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus, the assassination of Julius Caesar, Nero, and Michelangelo during the implementation of the Sistine Chapel. You can also watch the virtual reconstruction of unique monuments in the world, such as the Colosseum, the Temple of Vesta, and the Baths of Caracalla, all the way up to the splendor of the Renaissance and Baroque Rome!
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Itineraries with Discover Rome with Kids

Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Naples - 14 Days

Take two weeks to explore Rome and some of Italy's most popular coastal cities with this itinerary designed to make traveling with babies and toddlers simple. Private tours to Roman highlights like the Vatican, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill will make sure you can move at your own pace before you head to the coast. In Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, plentiful free time allows for maximum flexibility and time to lounge on the famous beaches. Finish your trip in Naples, where everyone can enjoy making pizza and exploring the ruins of Pompeii.

Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento & Naples - 10 Days

Parents who want to travel with small children without disrupting their fellow explorers can turn to this 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Rome's archaeological and religious sites on private tours, with plenty of time to relax in the parks, then head to Sorrento for some time on the beach and boat cruises. Wrap up the trip in Naples with a pizza-making class and visit the islands of Ischia and Procida before you head home.

Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome - 10 Days

Take your young ones on the experience of a lifetime as you travel through Italy. You'll start in Venice, where you'll explore on a slew of scavenger hunts. Follow it with Florence, where you'll learn to craft your own gelato, before you make your way through the markets and museums of Rome while engaging in interactive activities. The activities throughout this trip are specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, allowing you to experience many of Italy's highlights while keeping the little ones entertained.

Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome & Naples - 14 Days

With two full weeks, your family can embrace what Italy has to offer on this tour, focused on kids aged 5-12. You'll craft Carnival masks and follow engaging clues through the canals of Venice, then experience the Renaissance arts of Florence. Tour ancient sites, extensive art collections, and fruit-filled markets in Rome before you end your trip in Naples, home of both ancient Pompeii and some of the best pizza you can find.

Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice & Rome - 7 Days

This week-long Italian excursion is ideal for families, with plenty of interactive activities. Start by cruising the canals in Venice, where you'll learn how to craft your own Carnival mask and explore the halls of the Doge's Palace and islands within the lagoon. Then head to Rome, where you'll visit top sites by golf cart, taste your way through the markets, and learn the hidden secrets of the Vatican's museums. With activities specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, you'll hit the highlights of Italy while keeping the little ones entertained.

Italy with Small Children: Rome & Sorrento - 7 Days

This week-long trip will take you to some of Rome's most popular spots, then let you unwind on the beaches of Sorrento, while leaving plenty of wiggle room to accommodate the less-predictable petite family members. You'll start by cruising around Romes's highlights on a golf cart tour, then follow guided tours of the main sites that can be customized to your interests while being speedy enough to keep the smaller, fussier members of your party engaged.