Rome with children ★★

The Spanish Steps, Rome with kids, Rome, Italy (Photo by Martin Furtschegger)
The Spanish Steps, The Spanish Steps, Rome

What do do in Rome that will make the whole family happy—Sights, experiences, restaurants, tours, and more

Rome is a great place for kids—and you can really trust me on this one. I lived in rome from ages 10 to 13. So the sights and experiences I've included below are the ones that I truly enjoyed as an adolescent and early teen.

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Sights in Rome

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The Spanish Steps (Photo by Martin Furtschegger)
Free
Spanish Steps
Rome: Tridente

The Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti—by whatever name you call it, this is one of Rome's prime outdoor living rooms, an elegant gathering place for locals and tourists alike

 
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The laghetto with an 18C Temple of Aesculapius (Photo by Pierre-Selim Huard)
Free
Villa Borghese
Rome: Tridente

The Villa Borghese is Rome's version of Central Park—only with more museums

 
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Tiger (Photo by leastbutnotlast)
Bioparco
Rome: Via Veneto & Villa Borghese

Rome's zoo in the Villa Borghese

 
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The main doorway (Photo by Sonse)
Free
Palazzo Zuccari
Rome: Tridente

The monstrous details decorating Palazzo Zuccari

 

Experiences in Rome

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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Rome

 
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Gladiators duke it out (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Gladiator lessons
Rome: Outside the walls

Learn what it took to do battle in the Colosseum with a half-day Roman gladiator school

 
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Cruising the Tiber River (Photo courtesy of Viator)

Take a sightseeing or dinner cruise on the Tevere (Tiber River) in Rome

 
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Biking by the Colosseum (Photo Public Domain)

Guided bicycle tours of Rome

 
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Free

The puppet theater on the Janiculum Hill

 

Lodgings in Rome

A room at the Hotel Campo de' Fiori

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Rome can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
A bungalow at Campeggio Flaminio Village

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Rome

 

Dining in Rome

Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 
Italian road sign for picnic area (Photo by Gigillo83)

Where to get picnic pickings in Rome

 

Experiences in Italy

A hot-air balloon ride over Fontainebleau (Photo courtesy of Viator.com)

Weird, random, oddball, and just plain fun tours and activities you can sign up for in Italy

 
A private guide can bring the art, history, and city alive (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

How to hire a private tour guide in Italy

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Frescoed rooms in the 16C Palazzo Antellesi overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence (Photo courtesy of the property)

How to find and rent a vacation appartamento (apartment) from $40 in Italy

 
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La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte'w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it) (Photo courtesy of La Cascina del Monastero)

Stay on a working farm agritourismo and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services (Photo courtesy of Residence Arethusa)

Serviced flats, residence hotels, Aparthotels, and other townhouse suite lodging in Italy

 
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Villa Greve in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti wine region sleeps 12 (Photo courtesy of the property)

An Italian villa to call your own for the night or the week—renting a villa, house, or cottage in Italy

 
A family room can house the whole clan (Photo by John Hickey-Fry)

Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two

 
This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

 
This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

 
Camping Panoramico Fiesole is in an Etruscan town in the hills right above Florence (Photo courtesy of Camping Panoramico Fiesole)

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night while traveling

 

Dining in Italy

Tips to save money on dining in Italy and eat better for it

 
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Be your own chef and you can save money and add an extra cultural experience to your trip

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Advice, resources, & tours for families traveling in Italy

 
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Sightseeing discounts for children, students, seniors, families, and teachers

 
A private guide can bring the art, history, and city alive

Italy tours aimed at families