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As adults we are able to view Rome’s ruins and spectacles in their historical context, and impose our own knowledge on them.

For children however, all that “old stuff” can be a little tough to enjoy, and the excitement and importance of what they’re looking at can be overlooked.

One way to avoid the sense that “it’s just a bunch of rocks” is to get your kids informed and excited by the city at the very beginning of your visit, which will allow them to get more out of it. Another way is to provide activities that directly appeal to children to help bring the city alive.

The great news is that Rome is a seriously child-friendly city. The people of the city absolutely love kids and really go out of their way to help out. 

Before visiting

Watch the movie Gladiator

It’s violent so make sure it’s age-appropriate, but it’s also hugely entertaining and gives the Colosseum in particular a huge boost in recognition factor. Other movies such as the old or modern Ben Hur may prove a little tedious.

Play Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

This is Renaissance Rome brought to life, again in a violent context, but on arrival your kid will be delighted to recognize familar sights such as Castel Sant’Angelo and the Pantheon.

In the city

Rome tour for children

Age guideline: 6-12 years old.
A specially-trained guide will take your youngsters (and you!) around the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine together with a fun booklet and lots of activities. Book now >

Gladiator Training & Gladiator School Museum

7 years and up.
Get absolutely hands on with this course that teaches your offspring – or yourself – to become the kind of warriors who fought for glory or death in the famous arena. Read more…

Eating with kids in Rome

Restaurants in Rome are super child-friendly. As long as you book ahead and mention you have a kid, all will be taken care of for you. There are no restrictions on bringing children of any age into restaurants at any time of the day – incuding babies – there is always a high chair (“seggiolone”) available, and the waitstaff will bend over backwards to make your baby or child welcome, even to the point of making and bringing the kids’ food even before the adults’ appetizers (“pasta al pomodoro” being the default dish), or sending to the kitchen to make special baby food (“pappa”). People are also very tolerant even if your kid starts acting out.

If you have a toddler, there are also places available with a play pen/ball pit etc. so you can release them into the soft play area and relax with a beer and a pizza. One such place is Bucky pizzeria at Via dei Duranti 152, just a few minutes’ walk from Monti Tiburtini metro station. Nice house wine, Great German pilsner on draft, friendly staff, and pretty good pizzas for a good price. The tables are arranged around the play zone so you can relax while still keeping an eye on your beloved playing.

If it’s raining

What if it’s a rainy day? Well there’s no need to despair. The Time Elevator above is indoors, and there’s also a museum that is aimed specifically at younger visitors.

The Time Elevator Experience

All ages.
A three-dimensional cinematic journey into Rome’s history, right in the heart of the city. At less than 45 minutes, it’s just the right length for kids. Book now >

Explora: The Children’s Museum

All ages.
A fun indoor space that gives kids of all ages hands-on experience with various tactile substances, from playing with water courses to driving a remote control train. There’s also a soft play area for toddlers. Each scheduled visit is one and a half hours long so it doesn’t get too crowded, and there’s a wonderful pizza restaurant in the lobby before or after you go in. Booking in advance is mandatory >

Outside Rome

Had enough of the city? There are a few really fun theme parks just outside Rome. These tickets also include transport where indicated..

Rainbow Magicland

A traditional theme park built around the concept of magic. Book now >

Cinecittà World

Rome’s newest and most exciting theme park, based on the output of the city’s famous movie studios where La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday were filmed but also exploring other fun themes. Very suitable for children of all ages. Book now >

Zoomarine Waterpark: Skip The Line

Marvel at the wonders of marine life, and enjoy spectacular aquatic shows. Book now >