Some travel websites have just one word of advice about taking children to Rome: Don’t. While it’s true that many of the historical attractions that fascinate adults won’t hold much interest for young children, it’s also true that there are plenty of activities and Rome tours for kids visiting the city. If you’re trying to think of something for your children to do in Rome Italy, consider these suggestions.
Explora – The Rome Children’s Museum
In a city where most of the displays are strictly hands-off, Explora gives kids provides for plenty of hands-on play opportunities including simple science projects and make-believe banks, ATMs and grocery stores. The museum is designed to entertain young children. Older children and teens won’t find much to enjoy here.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
The largest public square in Rome, the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II features a garden at the center where kids of all ages can run, play, and burn off some energy. It is also located very close to some terrific shopping areas that feature beverages, snack foods, and the latest styles in children’s clothing.
Largo Argentina Cat Shelter
This no-kill cat shelter, where you can enjoy the antics of cats and kittens playing among ancient ruins, is a big hit with kids, especially since the shelter staff gives free tours in English. Because the cat shelter is completely funded through donations, don’t be surprised if you are hit up for a contribution. Older children may be interested in hearing that Julius Caesar was assassinated near this very spot.
The Capuchin Crypt and Catacombs
Older children will love the catacombs because of the elaborate arrangements of bones decorating each room. During walking tours, they can also learn about the history of early Christianity in Rome Italy when Christians were persecuted and viewed as members of a bizarre cult.
Most Rome tours include the Coliseum, and it’s one historic place that appeals to children of all ages. Little ones will be fascinated by the size alone – in the days of its glory, the Coliseum could hold up to fifty thousand people, and its elliptical shape ensured that everyone had a good view. Older children will be fascinated by gory stories of gladiators fighting for survival.
Rome Private Tours Are Comfortable
Another option when you are traveling with children is to book Rome private tours. A private tour ensures that you will be taken wherever you want to go in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. You can select the sites that you want to see and bypass those that are less interesting to little ones.
There’s no reason at all why your children shouldn’t enjoy a trip to Rome. Just make sure that you plan activities that are both educational and interesting.