Kid-friendly Travel: Top 10 Things to Do in Rome

Kid-friendly Travel: Top 10 Things to Do in Rome

Beautiful Rome is home to myriad tourist attractions and activities. As a traveller in the city, you will be faced with the problem of having too many things to do, and too little time on your hands. Vacation makers travelling with their kids will have to fit in the demands and interests of their little ones as well. This makes it an even greater challenge to plan a fun-filled and well-scheduled trip…until you discover these ten travel attractions and activities!

1. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

Hop on a bus, and discover the sounds and sights of Rome on four wheels! Starting from €25, these tours allow travellers to hop on and off the buses for an entire day. You and your little ones will enjoy cruising along the roads of Rome, keeping your eyes peeled for fascinating sites in the Vatican City, Pompeii, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum.


2. Learn to Cook Italian Dishes

If you and your family have an insatiable appetite, joining in a cooking class in Rome is a must-do on your travel itinerary. You will gain intriguing insights into the food and culture of Rome, and learn a wealth of cooking tips from your cooking host. Reap the fruits of your labour at the end of the session, by sitting down to enjoy a delectable meal together. The best part about this experience is that you can replicate the dishes and flavours in the comforts of your home, long after you have returned from your sojourns abroad.  

3. Indulge in Gelato

A smooth and creamy gelato is a universal treat, ideal at all times of the day, perfect for the young, young-at-heart and the not-so young-at-heart. Find out where to have the best gelatos in Rome, and make your way there to savour a serving (or two) of this decadent treat!

4. Explora: The Kids Museum

Let your little ones have a taste of what it is like to be an adult, filled with grown-up responsibilities. There are four sections in the museum displaying different activities and games for children up to the age of twelve. 

5. The Pantheon

Cultural buffs will not want to miss out on a visit to the magnificent Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the gods of Pagan Rome. You will set sight on an array of intricately-carved statues, beautiful Roman architecture and imposing pillars. A tour of the grounds of the temple will take about an hour, making it an ideal spot to slot into gaps within your travel itinerary. 

6. The Piazzas (Italy’s City Squares)

Cities throughout Italy are filled with a variety of vast piazzas, or city squares. Arm yourself with a picnic basket, grab a cup of coffee from one of the nearby coffee shops or bars, and enjoy a leisurely picnic session at the piazza. Once your kids have had their little tummies filled up with a spread of Italian delights, let them run free and play around in the commodious piazzas. 

7. Technotown

Similar to the Explora, Technotown is an appealing attraction for your children to explore and play at. In this innovative technological environment, the young and young-at-heart can try their hand at playing virtual football, watching 3D animation, as well as constructing and flying a motorised airplane. 

8. La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth)

Venture near the Church of Santa Maria, and you will find a huge marble face called the La Bocca della Verità. Play the game of truth by slipping your hand into the open mouth, and voice a statement aloud. Legend has it that individuals guilty of telling tales will have their hands bitten off by the highly perceptive marble face.

Regale this tale to your little ones, and watch as they nervously slip their hands into the hole. However, fret not, for there is little cause for worry – we have not heard of any cases of unfortunate visitors who have had their hands bitten off…yet. 

9. The Trevi Fountain

Holidaymakers cannot miss out on the oft-performed routine of tossing a coin into the sparkling waters of the Trevi Fountain. A note of caution – keep a wary lookout for pickpockets lurking around the Spanish Steps. Travellers, young and old, visiting this renowned site during the summer will enjoy the cooling breeze as they relax by the fountain area. 

*Update: As of June 2015, the Trevi Fountain is under renovation works. 

10. Eat With a Local

Make this trip your most memorable one yet, by joining in a social dining experience with the locals. Step into a Roman’s home, and tuck into a feast in an authentically Italian setting. A night of food, fun and engaging conversations await, leaving you with fond feelings and deep insights into the city. 

Travellers venturing to Rome in the summer should not miss out on a picnic by a picturesque castle, while a meal offering a classical selection of Roman dishes is perfect all year round. Your kids will love the experience, and delight in striking up a conversation with the affable hosts.

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Travel Guide: Must-Do Activities in Rome

Travel Guide: Must-Do Activities in Rome

A holiday in Rome is not complete without these must-see travel attractions and activities!

The vibrant outdoor markets of Campo dei Fiori provides a lively scene, filled with throngs of eager shoppers, friendly vendors and plenty of colours, flavours and scents. Holidaymakers on a budget will find a plethora of stores selling fresh produce perfect for a picnic lunch, or for cooking a delicious dinner back in their vacation rental.


Art lovers should not miss out on a visit to Gelleria Borghese. Housed in a villa in the middle of the Borghese family estate, the impressive collection includes works by neoclassical artists such as Antonio Canova, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. 

An exploratory stroll is one of the best way to discover the beauty of Rome. Venturing from vicolo to vicolo, piazza to piazza, you will set sight on an array of charming streets and quaint shops. Make time for a fascinating two hour stroll that will take you across Ponte Sisto and the magnificent Tiber River.  

Starting off from Piazza Navona, you will venture southwards through the lively markets of Campo dei Fiori, before arriving at Piazza Farnese. From there, head towards Ponte Sisto, where you will cross Tiber River to arrive at the captivating neighbourhood of Trastevere.

Now a state of ruins, the Roman Forum was once ancient's Rome majestic centerpiece, a striking district of temples, basilicas and public spaces. Countless of events, ranging from grand processions and key elections, to criminal trials, gladiator fights and prostitution have occurred at this historical site.

An exploratory walk along its cobbled streets is an activity not to be missed. Start off your expedition from the Capitoline Hill, before proceeding on to other points of interest within the site

The Fontana di Trevi, Rome's largest and most famous fountain, definitely earns a spot on any list of must-do travel activities related to the city. The fountain depicts a fascinating scene of Neptune's chariot being led by Tritons with sea horses. Extremely busy during the day, the attraction is crowded with hordes of visitors keen on following the belief that tossing a coin guarantees a return to Rome. If you do not plan on performing the conventional coin toss into the fountain, jostling with the crowds ceases to be a problem. Instead, sit back, relax and spend your time people watching at one of Rome's renowned sites. 

  • Eat a Roman Feast

Round off a memorable tour of Rome with a delectable feast of Roman delights. If you are an off-the-beaten-path traveller who is not keen on eating at touristy joints, you will enjoy eating as the Romans do at restaurants and food haunts frequented by the locals. Otherwise, you might want to try eating with the locals of Rome, for it is a unique travel experience that provides deep insights into the culture and cuisines of the Italians

You will not go wrong with opting to dine on a spread of Roman classics. Travellers in a mood of grandeur will find that a meal of imperial Roman fare will suit their palates to a T, while those with a taste for wholesome dishes will be sure to enjoy a vegetarian feast

Do not miss out on eating with the locals in Rome! Take a look at our selection of dining experiences in Rome here

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