The Italian capital is one of the most amazing European cities. Such a concentration of monuments located in a relatively small space, which even small children’s feet can handle without any major problems, is not easy to see. If you want to show children something from history, take them to places that have spirit, atmosphere, charm. Here are the best things to do in Rome with kids.
A handmade guide of Rome
Book 3-4 days with the children for a tour of Rome and its monuments, if you want to enjoy the tour a bit. It’s definitely not worth rushing. Preparing for the journey itself is very important. Browse maps, tourist guides, internet links with children and draw up a travel plan according to the information obtained. Such a self-made guide to your journey to explore Rome. Let the children draw, write and glue pictures of the places you plan to visit. On the way, it will add sticky postcards, commemorative stamps from various places, new cartoons and notes, and when you return a few photos, you will get an interesting collage made up of just your experiences. No souvenir can match this.
Find out if it’s raining in the Pantheon
The Temple of the Gods Pantheon attracts at first sight with the absence of windows. Each visitor’s eyes rest on the ceiling, the only source of daylight in which a circular hole with a diameter of 9 m shines. Everyone probably has a question – Is it raining in here? Yes, this is really a through and through hole. And that is why the grooves for water drainage are built into the floor. Thanks to this, the beautiful decoration of the temple is still preserved even today. The children of the Pantheon have a lot of fun. If you’re “lucky” and it’s raining, you’ll have trouble getting them out of here.
Turn into gladiators in the Colosseum
A visit to the Colosseum is one of the complete foundations of what to see and explore in Rome. Tell the children what the Colosseum was for in the old days of the Roman Empire. May they, too, be able to marry for a while into the characters of gladiators fighting for life and death, into the characters of slaves fighting lions, all for the whistling and loud chanting of the spectators.
Become a speaker in Forum Romanum
The remains of the Forum Romanum buildings and archeological sites are just a few dozen meters from the Coliseum. In ancient times, there were temples, basilicas, a court, markets. The most important monuments of the Forum are the triumphal arches of Titus, Augustus and the North, built in honor of the victory in the war. That your children are not interested in excavations, are you afraid they will be bored? No fear. Fortunately, children have a wild imagination. Just hint and the game of speakers, traders, servants of the people and other ancient inhabitants of the city can begin.
Look for parks and playgrounds
Your kids love to learn and show off, but they also like to play and just run around. So don’t forget to look for parks and playgrounds when planning your day in Rome. The children have fun for a while without being restricted in their movements, and you can relax on the bench and enjoy good Italian coffee. This is one of the things to do in Rome, and not only in Rome, if you travel with kids, anywhere in the world
You just have to taste Italian cuisine. This is one of the must things to do in Rome, absolutelly. Getting to know foreign gastronomy is an integral part of traveling. Being in Italy and not tasting the thin, crunchy pizza that is sold in small shops in Rome by weight, pasta in a million ways, the famous ice cream? Unthinkable. Especially children would not forgive you. The dishes just mentioned, and especially ice cream, are among the most popular children’s meals. Italy will be a complete paradise on earth for them in this regard.
Try the ice cream in Fassi Palace
With 30 types of ice cream in the beautiful setting of the oldest ice cream palace in Rome, this is a dream come true for every child. A few metro stops from the center, you can taste both common types of ice cream and the atypical ones, such as rice. For five generations, ice cream makers have taken care of the satisfaction of the taste buds of all lovers of this frozen delicacy. It should be noted that they are doing very well, because it is always full.
Relax on the Spanish Steps
Within the One of the most photographed tourist attractions in Rome is undoubtedly the Spanish Steps. If you are in the city in the spring, their attractiveness rises sharply with a number of beautiful, pungent-smelling azaleas all around. The Spanish Steps are a place for romantic meetings, but above all for relaxation. Children, and not only those, can sit here in peace, relax, refresh, eat ice cream, read, draw or refresh themselves with water from the fountain located directly under the stairs. If you show the famous scene from the film “Holidays in Rome”, which takes place on the Spanish Steps, to the children before they leave for the trip, they will have the experience and a sense of importance that they have visited the monument that appears in the famous film.
Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
Near the Spanish Steps is the impressive Baroque Trevi Fountain. The fountain, in the center of which gods the sea god Neptune, will amaze literally everyone with its beauty and size. Children are probably most interested in the legend that whoever throws a coin over his shoulder into the fountain will return to Rome sometime in the future. Let yourself and your children secure your return to the beautiful Italian capital in this way. Just be careful and take good care of your wallet, so that the children, in the desire to fulfill other wishes, do not deprive you of all cash.
Walk among the angels to the Vatican
The Angel Bridge, which connects the banks of the Tiber River, leads from the historic center of Rome to Angel Castle. On the bridge there are statues of angels, apostles and evangelists, the church of St. Peter is in sight of him. Angel Castle is directly connected to the Vatican by a wall.
Basilica of St. Peter is truly monumental, his rich decoration changes his sight. The large square is literally covered not only with crowds, but also flocks of pigeons. Feeding and running after them are among the favorite children’s pastimes. To the dome of the Church of St. Peter, from where there is a magnificent view of the entire Vatican and a substantial part of Rome from the gallery, it is necessary to climb several hundred steps. Give the children the task to calculate them accurately. You can repeat this task practically wherever you come across stairs. The children will have fun and forget that their legs could hurt when they climbed out.
Whatever monument you visit, know that what you give to your children by visiting Rome is really important. You will awaken in them a love of history, you will ignite the flame of passion for traveling and discovering a world that will only grow stronger over the years. Sooner or later, they will thank you for that.