Rome is a great place to travel with kids. Its history dates back thousands of years, specializes in food that even the most picky eater will enjoy (pasta and pizza anyone?), and it’s incredibly fun. In a city with so much to see and do it can be hard to make a plan. We’ve put together a list of our favorite things to do in Rome for travel with kids!
What to See in Rome
The Sistine Chapel
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is the most famous ceiling in the world. It’s a masterpiece and a seminal work in High Renaissance art. It took Michelangelo four years to complete this work, including the large fresco, The Last Judgement. It’s important for kids to be exposed to this artwork at a young age. It’s an experience that that they will always remember. Taking a guided tour is one of our favorite things to do in Rome, and a good way to keep kids engaged and it helps to bypass the long lines!
The Trevi Fountain
Gather your family, stand with your backs to the fountain, hold a coin in your right hand, close your eyes, make a wish, and toss the coin over your right shoulder into the fountain— now all of your wishes will come true! This is a fun part of the lore for families to do together at the famed Trevi Fountain. Not only does it grant wishes, but is also an amazing example of baroque art.
While on your family vacation in Rome, your family must see the Colosseum. It’s the largest amphitheater ever built, which is quite the feat knowing that construction finished in the year 80! It’s a great place to travel with kids because they love to hear the stories of gladiator battles and other shows that the Colosseum used to host. Looking for something a bit unique to do in Rome? You can even go to “Gladiator School” to dress like and learn how to be a gladiator!
What to Do In Rome
Cycle Along the Appian Way
Every time you travel as a family you should plan activities that get the kids moving. Its a great way to keep them engaged throughout the trip. One of the best ways to do this in Rome is to cycle along the Appian Way. One of the first roads built in the ancient republic of Rome, its a blast to bike down. It isn’t a high level of difficulty, brings you past ancient ruins, and is tons of fun – making it one of our favorite family-friendly things to do in Rome.
Learn to Make Pizza
Why just eat pizza when you can learn to make it! Working your hands in the dough, spreading tomato sauce, and sprinkling cheese over the top is fun for kids of any age. With the guidance of a chef, you can be comfortable knowing that your pizza will be as delicious as it was fun to make!
Who doesn’t love sweets? After a day of sightseeing the beautiful streets of ancient Rome everyone will deserve a tasty and relaxing scoop of gelato. The most important thing to do when you travel with kids is to give them plenty of chances to love what they’re doing. It’ll make every day of your family vacation better.