Rome with kids · Family holidays in Rome

Rome with kids Hen house on the Palatine Hill
Hen house on the Palatine Hill

Here you will find my advice on family holidays in Rome with kids. We inform you about attractions, guided tours for the whole family, transport conditions and free entry.

So that the children after the holiday not only remember the fallen breakfast egg and the tomato in the face, we have a few tips for you.
It is important that you do not take too much for one day.
The children can not keep a packed program between sightseeing and shopping. They tire quickly and quickly lose their lust.

St. Peter’s · Pantheon · Viewpoints · Catacombs · Children’s playgrounds · Food · Ice cream parlor·Sanitary facilities · The sea · First aid

Rome with kids · Places to visit with kids in Rome

Plan only one activity for the morning and at most a second activity for the afternoon.

In any case you should avoid queues in Rome with children, at the cashpoints as well as at the entrances. In addition, you should avoid long walks and use the public transport or the hop on hop off buses.

On my site you will find suggestions for guided tours for the whole family, which you can book online.
Buy your tickets in advance and book preferred entry so you can pass the queues.

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Visit of the Imperial forums with quiz and award ceremony

For children up to 4 years, the hop on hop off buses are free. Up to the age of 15 there are reduced prices. If you decide for the Omnia Card, you can buy a reduced card for children of 6-9 years, thus enjoying all the advantages of the card.

The public transport of ATAC, bus, tram and Metro, are free for children up to 10 years.

All city cards based on the Roma Pass offer free transportation by public transport.

The museums of the municipality of Rome and the Vatican museums offer free admission for children up to 6 years, while the State museums, such as eg. the Colosseum, offer free admission for EU citizens up to the age of 18.

 

Rome with kids · St. Peter’s visit with children

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The throne of the Pope

The smaller the children are, the more giant it seems to them. If you visit a basilica like St Peter’s, restrict yourself to a few points, for example, the Pietà, the statue of Peter, his grave and the altar. Take a look at the dome and the papal throne with the mosaic of the Holy Spirit above.

The grottoes of St. Peter’s

The caves of St. Peter’s are located on the first underground level of the basilica.
For children the caves represent a mysterious world with corners and angles, the sarcophagi, statues and pictures of many popes.

Unfortunately, many Mass celebrations are done in the caves and they are then closed to the public, although official opening hours are published.

The access to the caves is at the corners of the basilica crossings. The exit of the caves (sometimes also used as an entrance) is at the cashpoint to the dome of St. Peter’s.

The dome of St. Peter’s with kids

Take the elevator to the dome and look down from the roof of the basilica to the city and from the inner dome gallery into the basilica. If you want to climb up into the dome, remember that you can not reverse on the road and that you may have to carry the smaller children.

Visit the St. Peter’s square with children

Relax after visiting the Basilica on St. Peter’s square. Take a look at the two ancient wells and cool off. Look at the obelisk, which also functions as a sundial. Around the obelisk you will find a windrose with name and characteristics of the winds. Find the center of the Bernini columns! If you stay on it, you can see all the columns in a row.

Center of the columns of Bernini
Center of the columns of Bernini

Take a look at the statues, Peter with the key and Paul with the sword.

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St Peter

Look for the balcony from which the Pope speaks the blessing!

From Porta Angelica you can go along the wall to Castel Sant’Angelo, in which the escape route of the popes from the Vatican to the Castel Sant’Angelo is located. At the Castel Sant’Angelo you will also find a children’s playground.

Rome with kids · The Pantheon

Pantheon dome with sunlight
The dome of the Pantheon

The Pantheon with its columns and the dome is impressive. Enjoy the shade and coolness in the building. Observe the sky through the dome and how the sun falls into the building. In the ground you will find the processes for the rain water!

Rome with kids · Viewpoints

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Pedal wheels in the Park of Villa Borghese

The viewpoints are exciting and interesting for children. Just above the Piazza del Popolo is the Pincio. In addition to the wonderful view over the city, you will also find an old water clock and bicycles. You can find there also different kinds of pedal wheels.

Rome with kids rowing boat Villa Borghese
Rowing boats on the Lake of Villa Borghese

From the Pincio you will come directly to the Park of Villa Borghese. There the kids can ride with the pony or you can turn a round in the rowing boat on the lake. With a little luck you will catch the little train that drives through the villa. Unfortunately, the timetable is unknown. Stops are at the Pincio, at the cinema coffee “Casa del Cinema” and at the Borghese Gallery. From there it is not far to the zoo. The round trip takes about twenty minutes and costs 3 euros.

Rome with kids Zoo Bioparco
Entrance to the Roman Zoo

At the end of the Park you will find the Roman Zoo, called Bioparco. The zoo was designed by Carl Hagenbeck and opened in 1911. The zoo makes every effort to teach nature to children. Admission is free for children up to 10 years and a size of one meter, above that they pay 13 euros, adults 16 euros. The train in the zoo costs 1.50 euros.

Rome with kids Rabbit on the palatine hill
Rabbit on the Palatine Hill

Interesting is also the Palatine. You will find not only ruins and beautiful views of the Colosseum, the forums and Circus Maximus, but also chickens, rabbits and a botanical plant collection. To visit the Palatine, the ticket for the Coliseum is valid. For adolescents up to 18 years the admission is free.

Rome with kids · The catacombs

The catacombs are particularly interesting for kids. Explore the corridors dug for the burials in the ground! In the catacombs it is cool all year round. This is a pleasant refreshment especially on hot summer days!

Rome with kids · Children’s playgrounds

The city of Rome offers 471 children’s playgrounds with a size between 200 and 500 square meters.

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Children’s playground at the Castel Sant’Angelo, above the “escape route” of the Popes

One is located right behind the Castel Sant’Angelo. You can find playgrounds also in the villas and parks.

At Villa Borghese there is a playhouse for 3 to 10 year old children. It is called Casina Raffaello and is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm,  on Saturday and Sunday until 7pm. Should you happen to be there, you can have a look, the entrance fee is 7 Euro.

Well-known is also the Explora Children’s Museum on Via Flaminia 82, but to be honest, my children were not really excited about it when they were that age. The entrance to the Explora costs 8 euros, the maximum stay is 105 minutes.

In Rome there is also a park called Luneur with many rides. It is located in the south of the city in the district EUR on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The opening times in winter are from Wednesday to Friday 2pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm, in the summer daily until midnight. Details can be found in the calendar of the website of Luneur http://www.luneurpark.it/calendario/ . Admission is 2.50 euros, the day ticket for admission and all rides 18 euros. Buses are the lines 30, 170, 714 and 791 stop Colombo / Agricoltura. From there it is a half mile to the entrance at Via delle Tre Fontane 100. It is less than a mile to the Fermi metro stop of line B. At the metro stop is also an artificial lake and a swimming pool, “La piscina delle Rose”.

 

Rome with kids · Food

Spaghetti and pizza, which child does not want that? In Rome you will find pizza and pasta almost every second street corner. The quick fix for the small appetite is the pizza al taglio – cut pizza – you can ask to cut off as much as you want, and it will be paid by weight. my favorite is “Pizza Rustica” in Via Flaminia 24, next to Piazza del Popolo, open from Monday to Saturday 7am to 8:30pm. In addition, there is also a branch of the coffee roaster and delicatessen Castroni. From there you can climb up to the lake at Villa Borghese. Worth mentioning is also the “Pizzeria Romana” in the Via del Governo Vecchio on the way from Piazza Navona to the Vatican, open Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm.

The pasta specialist can be found between Navona and Vatican in Via della Vetrina, a side street of Via dei Coronari. At “Solo Pasta” you can select your preferred pasta variety and combine it with the daily offer of typical sauces for 5 euros including a bottle of water, the large portion for 7 euros. The opening hours are Monday – Friday 11:30am to 6 pm, on Saturday until 4pm, Sunday is closed. In Via dei Coronari you will also find the Gelateria del Teatro, one of the best ice cream parlors in Rome.

A very cozy typical restaurant with pizzeria in the same area is “Il Fico” in via di Monte Giordano 49, open from 10:30am to 4pm and 6pm to midnight, closed on Sunday.

For sweet pastries my insider tip is the Pasticceria Cinque Lune. It has a small, inconspicuous entrance on Corso del Rinascimento 89, just off Piazza Navona. The small sweet particles like “Monte bianco” – meringue with chestnut cream and cream – or Cassata Siciliana made of green marzipan and ricotta on a biscuit bottom are charged according to weight. The pastry shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 9:30pm.

Rome with kids · Ice cream parlors

In Rome there are many ice cream parlors with their own production. The ice is made from natural raw materials and partly using organic products. These ice cream parlors offer changing varieties depending on the season.

Sweety Gelato Rome self service ice cream parlor
Sweety Gelato Rome Self service ice cream parlor

We therefore strongly advise you not to buy ice cream on the mobile sales van, which is mostly made of industrial production – it is a pity of money. Likewise, you should make a bow around sales points where the ice lights up in all possible neon colors.

An attraction is Sweety Gelato Roma. Here the kids can assemble their own ice cream and it’s paid by weight. The ice cream parlor is located in Via del Biscione near the cinema of Campo de ‘Fiori.

For more information, please visit my post ice cream parlors in Rome

Rome with kids · Sanitary facilities

In the museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, you will usually find a very good sanitary situation. The situation is often more difficult in bars, in the metro and in some stations.
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Rome with kids · With the kids to the sea

From Rome you can easily take the train from the Pyramid Metro Station to Ostia. This line belongs to the city and there is no extra to charge.

The station Lido Centro is centrally located and you can walk from there to a viewpoint that reaches into the sea (Pontile di Ostia). The three other stations Stella Polare, Castel Fusano and Cristoforo Colombo bring you to the southern coastline of Ostia.

Rome with kids · Children’s hospitals in Rome · First aid

Not every hospital in Rome has an emergency department for children. These hospitals are not allowed to treat or accept children.

The three following hospitals enjoy a good reputation. The services are covered for EU citizens by the European Health Card EHIC. Without a health card the services have to be paid by tariff.

Bambin Gesù

Bambin Gesù is the internationally acclaimed children’s hospital of the Vatican. The emergency department is located at the entrance to Piazza di Sant’Onofrio No. 4 on the ascent to Gianicolo, opposite the Gianicolo car park terminal.

First aid is always busy and depending on the urgency of your case, you sometimes have to wait longer.

Ospedale San Camillo

Also the public hospital of San Camillo has an excellent children’s department and the waiting times are not so long.

It is located on Circonvallazione Gianicolense 87 and is easily reached by tram line 8. The entrance to the emergency room is just opposite the stop. The hospital was completely renovated a few years ago, but unfortunately there is no control and some patients think they have to take a souvenir.

The University Clinic Gemelli

Gemelli is also under the ecclesiastical direction. Here, the pope is treated in an emergency, too.

The hospital is located on Monte Mario on the Via di Pineta Sacchetti and can be reached by bus or train.


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