Thursday, 14 February 2019

Visiting Rome with Children

This is a collaborative post

In 2015, we were lucky enough to enjoy a day in Rome. We were on a cruise which stopped off at Civitavecchia, from which you can get to the city, relatively easily, and we had a great day. So, I thought I would do a bit of research and come up with a few suggestions to help you to plan a few days there with children.

Introduce them to a little culture 

Rome has been a centre of culture for hundreds of years. So it is a great place to introduce your kids to the arts. While staying there you and your children can enjoy classical concerts, the ballet and operas, which you can find out more about here.

Each year, various performance groups put on special shows that are specifically designed for young fans. They are well worth checking out if you have fairly young children, for them sitting still for a full performance may be too challenging. The older they get the more likely it is that they will enjoy a full-length opera or ballet.

Visit the Colosseum and the Forum 

Both of these places are different enough for kids to enjoy visiting them. There are plenty of tours you could take. But, it might be best to download a guide and make your way around at a pace that suits you and your kids the best.

Family visit to Rome

Join the Gladiator school 

For adults and older kids the gladiator school is a fantastic activity. Kids as young as 6 can participate, but, you have to bear in mind that this is a fight-focused school. The idea is you have fun while you learn about the gladiators of Rome and how they used to live. You can find out more and work out whether this is a good option for your family by clicking here.

Learn to make pizza with your kids 

If you love pizza, why not attend a pizza making dinner. It is a fun and interesting way to sort out a meal for the day. Several of the city’s restaurants offer you the chance to learn how to make pizza the traditional way. Many of them welcome kids, but you will need to ask what the age or height limit is before booking.

Gelato tasting tour 

While we are on the subject of food, a gelato tasting tour is another excellent idea. A lot of these tours take place in the early evening making them a great way to round off the day.

Climb St. Peter’s Dome 

If you really want to make sure the kids are tired enough for bed let them climb the 551 steps to the top of St Peter’s Dome. The view from the top is amazing. If that seems too much, consider taking the lift, instead. It reaches about halfway up the dome, leaving you with fewer steps to climb.

Visit the Trevi Fountain 

No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain. It is fun for both kids and adults to throw money in and make a wish. Just be sure to have some low-value coins in your pocket. If you do not do so, following this special custom could work out expensive.

Trevi Fountain, Rome
Photo credit Christopher Czermak via Unsplash

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