Things to Do in Rome With Kids - Al Fresco Holidays
Are you thinking that Rome is the sole preserve of romantic couples and history buffs? Think again! The evocatively dubbed ‘Eternal City’ not only offers atmosphere and antiquities in abundance, but also caters very well for smaller tourists too, making it a great option for those looking for a fun-filled, yet cultural trip with the family.
If you’re considering booking your next break in Rome, then here are just a few suggestions of activities to keep the kids amused, whilst you enjoy the remarkable sights of this wonderful European city.
Favourite Family-Friendly Activities
Go Exploring in ‘Explora’
Rome’s most interactive, hands-on museum tends to be a big favourite with visitors with kids, thanks to its firmly family-friendly focus. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the activities, which are spread over two floors, and younger children are catered for too, with a soft play area, and water play zone. Thinking of staying the day? There is also a great café on site and a whole host of facilities for those with babies.
Set Imaginations Free in the Colosseum
Whilst it may be true that the ancient, crumbling ruins in the Roman forum may test even the most patient of kids, the same cannot be said for the impressive Colosseum. The dramatic surroundings are sure to get even the most bored young brains whirring into action. Make sure to take a particularly colourful guidebook, and bring history to life for your children, walking through the remains of the building and imagining the exciting (if not somewhat gory) gladiator matches that were held there.
When in Rome, Eat Like a True Roman!
If there’s one aspect of Rome that the whole family are sure to love, it’s the excellent food. From deliciously cheesy pasta dishes to pepperoni pizza, the world-renowned Italian cuisine is sure to please even the most fussy of youngsters, and a special meal in one of the city’s many restaurants, sitting in the sunshine and watching the world go by, promises to be a delightful experience, and perhaps, even a relaxing one! (You never know…)
Learn Some Gladiator Moves
Children above the age of 6 will be thrilled to attend Gladiator School, a fun afternoon of light-hearted ‘training’, dressing up as a gladiator and learning how to do battle in the arena. The active, action-packed sessions are sure to get even the shyest of children wielding their (pretend) swords enthusiastically, for an afternoon they won’t forget in a hurry.
Unleash the Chocoholics
Located in the heart of the San Lorenzo area of the city, the irresistible Said Vintage Chocolate Factory is a restaurant with a twist. Built in an old chocolate factory, the menu, unsurprisingly, has a strong leaning towards flavours of a cocoa-based nature, and the cakes are very much the stuff of legend among locals and visitors alike.
For a great way to while away an hour or so, head to the Janiculum Hill and watch I Burattini del Gianicolo, the city’s most famous puppet show. Set outdoors, watchers can enjoy the hilariously slap-stick antics of the hand-crafted puppets, and most excitingly, every performance is started with ear-splitting cannon fire!
For older kids with a real passion for all things technological, the inspired Technotown museum is a must-see. Play virtual football on a digital floor, create your own television performance in the studio and check out some seriously clever robots in this fascinating, truly 21st century establishment.
Test Your Nerve
One of Rome’s most unusual attractions is the mysterious La Bocca della Verita, or the ‘mouth of truth’. The huge marble face, located on the wall outside the Church di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, has an equally large mouth, and according to legend, if you slip your hand in the mouth and tell a lie, your hand will be bitten off. Have great fun challenging one another to place your hands in the mouth, and tell a lie, if you dare!
Taste the Gelatos
Rome is celebrated across the world for its incredibly tasty gelatos (ice creams). From creamy chocolate and tasty strawberry, to some more exotic flavours; its great fun to try as many different gelatos as possible whilst on your holiday.
Family Friendly Accommodation in Rome
If you want a truly family friendly experience whilst in Rome, then an excellent option to consider is a holiday park. Buzzing holiday parks such as Family Park I Pini provide laid-back, comfortable surroundings, whilst also boasting a wide range of activities to keep the kids happy, even after a long day exploring the city. Facilities such as a swimming pool, tennis and table tennis courts and live entertainment also allow the parents to kick back, relax and enjoy a well-earned break!