Looking for some family attractions in Rome? You are in the right place. Here are our top tips but first a word of advise: Traveling with kids could be an exhausting as well as an expensive ordeal, unless you do your research and plan ahead!
First thing to know – and this is very important – Rome in summer could be very hot. Spending hours wandering the streets of Rome or standing in long lines for attractions such as the Colosseum or the Vatican could be exhausting and frustrating for all of you. The best solution is to book a guided tour that includes ʺskip the lineʺ entry for the main attractions and an air conditioned bus to take you between attractions. This will help you enjoy your first family vacation in this breathtaking city.
Travel in Rome with Kids
Food wise – Rome is the city for all things yummy for children! Pizza, pasta and ice cream! We suggest you visit Campo di Fiori, buy some nice food and just have a great picnic nearby. For older children why not try something special and book a short cooking workshop? And for all you ice-cream lovers: you really must visit the Pantheon and then pop for the best homemade ice cream in Rome at Grom’s or Giolitti next door.
Rome is packed with art and history. But to be honest, kids normally do not have the patience to explore all. Need a cool way to get them interested in history? Try a visit to the Gladiator school or the Time Elevator 3D movie for some history packed with entertainment. Check our kids offers for more information.
If you are in Rome for longer then just the weekend, why not try take a day tour outside of the city? Destinations such as Pompeii or Capri will allow you some rest time and are really popular with children. Check our tours offers for more information. Finally, if you need relaxation time during your hectic schedule, why not visit Villa Borghese. This huge park is beautifully designed with lakes, fountains, museums and other attractions, and the kids could enjoy a visit to the zoo, a ride on a paddle boat while you have a well-deserved coffee break!
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.
Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.
Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.
If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.
See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.
Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!
Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.
Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.
Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.