Traveling with children is a balancing act that is both challenging and extraordinarily rewarding. We are all concerned about the challenge to hold little people’s attention and to engage older children and teens.You want them to get a sense of place and to absorb as much of the local history, culture, and art heritage as possible. So while your kids are in Rome help them to savor where they are and do things that are special to that Eternal City.

That’s where this list can help. Here, you will find places to go and things to do that are uniquely Italian and Roman and that highlight Rome’s unique place in history, but will grab kids’ attention. And for good measure, there are other activities that are just plain fun. Who doesn’t like sitting on steps eating ice-cream-especially when it’s among the world’s best?

Plan your family travels with our list of the top things to do with kids in Rome.

The Old Appian Way and the Catacombs
More than 2000 years ago, the Appian Way (Via Appia) was a well-travelled road that extended from Rome to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. According to the law the Romans buried their dead outside the city along the Appian Way, putting up splendid monuments and tombs.

To see the actual Roman road Appia Antica, we leave the ancient city walls where you’ll see the huge smooth paving stones (basoli) on the road, shady trees and fields. The road was built in a remarkably straight line, wide enough for two carriages. As you walk along, you’ll come across bits of crumbly tombs and funerary monuments – just imagine the Appian Way in its heyday, the “queen of roads,” flanked with tombs in all shapes and sizes, as well as elegant villas, parks and gardens.

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Villa Borghese
The Villa Borghese offers a relaxing oasis in the city center. On the artificial lake, with a Greek temple on its peninsula you can rent a rowboat and enjoy watching the turtles swim. Furthermore, the Villa Borghese has a children’s cinema, allows the exploration of the park with rental bicycles, a children’s carousel and lots of other special highlights: the Bioparco, a zoo with a huge children’s playground and a petting zoo. A visit to the Borghese Gallery offers you a treasure of artworks and paintings of extraordinary beauty like Apollo and Daphne from Bernini.

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Ancient Rome – where gladiators fought in the Colosseum
How did the Romans used to entertaining? The answer will be given in a special tailored tour, which explains to children the everyday Roman’s life. In addition to the well-known Colosseum, where animal and gladiator fights were held, you also visit the magnificent Baths of Caracalla. which was one of the favorite places of the citizens of Roman Empire, built by Emperor Caracalla to spend time, doing business and taking care of one’s body! Romans believed that the baths had to heal the body and the mind!
Circus Maximus – The exciting chariot races took place in the nearby Circus Maximus, which at that time offered seats for 240,000 spectators.

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Ostia Antica – everyday life in ancient Rome
Ostia Antica is a beautiful tour for children because the extensive ruins provide an excellent introduction to urban life of the early Romans: the theatre, the temples of Mithras, the Roman baths, laundries, restaurants and even the public toilets are still visible.
Ostia Antica is an attractive location near the coast – a wonderful walk under umbrella pines and cypress trees.

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St. Peter´s Cathedral for children
Let’s explore the biggest church in Europe together with your children. Over the column decorated Square, past the Swiss Guards, it goes into the interior of the basilica, which impresses with its breathtaking decoration. Especially a climb to the dome, with a breathtaking view over the city, offers an experience for young and old.
This guide takes about one and a half hour and can be extended individually, for example with the Vatican museums, the German cemetery or the Castel Sant’Angelo.

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