10 things to do in Rome with kids

Travelling to the Eternal City with children can be a great plan: take note of this list of things to do in Rome with the little ones.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

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10 things to do in Rome with kids

Children playing in a square in Rome | ©David Ramírez

Rome can be like an amusement park for kids, especially with a bit of context about the history of the Empire and with the right visits and activities. Luckily, the Eternal City has plenty of options for them to enjoy an unforgettable trip.

Here's a list of 10 things to do in Rome with kids, with activities that even you will want to do. But sorry, you only get to be a kid once in a lifetime!

1. Visit the Bioparco, a very special zoo

The Rome Zoo

Rome Bioparco Tickets

Animals of the most diverse species await you in a zoo in a unique environment.

Book your skip-the-line tickets to the Bioparco, the zoo located inside the wonderful Villa Borghese.

Bioparco, also known as Giardino Zoologico di Roma, is a zoo with more than two hundred different species of animals located in the Villa Borghese park. There you can find lions, monkeys, elephants, tigers, giraffes and some endangered species such as the Egyptian tortoise.

It offers a very pleasant walk and unlike zoos in other European capitals it is a natural environment that fits in very well with a stroll through the Borghese Gardens. However, I recommend that you buy your tickets to the Bioparco in advance to avoid queues at the zoo entrance.

2. Experience a day in the life of a gladiator

Fight like one of the others

Rome Gladiator School and Museum

Gladiator School will put you in the shoes of these ancient Roman fighters.

With a training session in this school-museum you and your children will have a fun day out.

The Official Gladiator School of Rome, located on the ancient Appian Way, offers a unique experience for young travellers visiting the city: become a gladiator for a day.

With an authentic gladiator training session in which you will learn the fighting techniques that raised cheers in the Colosseum, this is a way to learn an aspect of the history of the Roman Empire in a different way. The school uses special tunics, swords and shields to faithfully recreate the experience of a gladiator.

3. Search for hidden treasures around Rome

For the intrepid

Rome Exploration Game

Discover the city in a different way with the exploration game

Wandering through the centre of Rome deciphering the codes and solving clues will make you feel like a true explorer of the Roman Empire.

Sometimes it's hard to get kids to be willing to spend a whole day walking around a city at its best, especially if it's on a typical tour full of facts and history. Luckily, there is a fun way to tour Rome, and that is by turning the walk into a game of hidden treasure hunt.

You have a few different options when it comes to this type of game; you can book a game of exploration through the old town of Rome and take advantage of it while the younger ones are entertained to see Rome's most famous sights.

When you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email which will indicate a meeting point. Once there you will enter the code from your email on the website and you will receive a password to open a secret box and receive your inventory to start the adventure. Take your time and you will discover Rome's best kept secrets, which will blow your mind!

4. Discover the Vatican on a guided tour for kids

A must-have

Kid-Friendly Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Let your children enjoy Rome's great attractions with an expert guide.

Visiting the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in an enjoyable way is possible thanks to this guided tour for the whole family.

Another treasure trove, such as the Vatican Museums, can overwhelm even the oldest visitors. But knowing beforehand that it is one of the top places to visit in Rome, don't miss it if you are travelling with children, as there are tours specially designed for them.

With the guided tour of the Vatican for families, the tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica will be much more fun. The guide will tell anecdotes, invent interactive games and make sure the little ones don't get bored and learn about history. Tickets are included and you will avoid the queues at the ticket office.

5. Discover Leonardo Da Vinci's machines in operation

Discovering Da Vinci

Rome Leonardo da Vinci Museum Tickets

Don't miss the original inventions of the multifaceted Florentine painter.

Avoid the queues at a unique museum not to be missed if you're travelling to Rome with children.

The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum, at Via Conciliazione, 19, is the only museum in the world with more than 50 certified Da Vinci inventions, as well as a place where you can see some of his most famous paintings.

Here you can discover how the mind of the Renaissance genius worked by operating his machines and learning about mechanics and physics, something that can be very interesting for adults and teenagers alike. With tickets to the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum you will also have access to the underground pond.

6. Explore the Catacombs of Rome

The subways of Rome

Rome Catacombs of Callixtus Guided Tour

Take advantage of the explanations of a guide to get to know the most visited catacombs.

Discover the Crypt of the Popes and the whole network of tunnels under the ground of Rome.

When I was a kid, my favourite holiday of the year was Halloween and my favourite thing to do with my friends was to play Dungeons and Dragons, so if my parents had taken me to visit the Catacombs of Rome, it would probably be an experience I would never forget.

OK, maybe it's not an activity for all children as it can be a bit scary, but as long as you take a tour of the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano, you won't find human remains or tombs made of bones. These are two of the most popular in Rome, of which the former may be the most interesting due to its historical importance and size.

If you feel like enjoying this experience as a family, be aware that they can only be visited on an organised tour. For more information about visiting the Catacombs of Rome, I recommend you read this article: Rome Catacombs Tickets: how to buy and prices.

7. Ride a Segway and tour the Borghese Gardens

Rome on wheels

Rome City Center and Villa Borghese Segway Tour

Have a great time touring the city on a Segway.

This tour is one of the most popular ways to discover the cities without tiring yourself out, suitable for all ages.

The gardens of Villa Borghese are a delightful place to take a stroll, before visiting the fascinating Borghese Gallery. But I suggest something a little different for the whole family to enjoy, and that is to rent a bicycle, rollerblades or a Segway to ride through the flowery paths of this park. Around Villa Borghese you'll find shops and stalls for rent.

You can also hop on the miniature train that takes you around all the sights of Villa Borghese, from 10:30 in the morning until sunset, non-stop. It's a fun way to tour the gardens and see the beautiful sculptures in passing.

8. Get your adrenaline pumping at the Rainbow MagicLand amusement park

Rainbow MagicLand
Rainbow MagicLand

Rainbow MagicLand is a theme park located one hour from Rome, in the village of Valmontone, where you can find a wide range of 40 attractions and shows, perfect for a day of thrills and spills with the family.

Much of the amusement park is set in the Winx Club universe, with a recreation of Alfea Castle and Fairy Lake, where you can ride roller coasters, shuttles, water rides and enjoy performances and musical shows. There are also areas dedicated to the legend of King Arthur, with horseback tournaments, arena battles, and medieval-style dining (spoiler: no silverware).

To get to Rainbow MagicLand amusement park, the best way is by train or bus, both of which leave from Termini Station. As this is a full-day excursion, I recommend doing it only if you are in Rome for five days or more.

9. Visit the Largo di Torre Argentina Cat Shelter

View of the ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina square| ©gérard
View of the ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina square| ©gérard

Largo di Torre Argentina is the name of a group of ruins from the time of the Roman Republic, and includes four temples as well as part of the Senate building in Rome. Most visitors come here for its historical interest: history claims that it was here that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.

But on the other hand, Largo di Torre Argentina is home to hundreds of abandoned cats who live in a shelter in the square itself, and wander peacefully among the ruins of what was once an important site in ancient Rome. If you go with children, the experience of being able to learn about the history of the place while petting a cat or watching them walk around can be very endearing and beautiful.

10. Buy wooden toys at Bartolucci


After a hard day of walking and sightseeing, you can buy a nice souvenir for the little ones at Bartolucci on Via dei Pastini 96-99. This is a wooden toy shop where you'll find cuckoo clocks, pinocchios, planes and horses, all made with great taste and as they are hard to find any more.

Another option is to visit Al Sogno, in Piazza Navona, 53, known for its endless catalogue of stuffed animals. Here, your children can take home a unique souvenir of their visit to Rome.

Tips and tricks for travelling to Rome with children

I can't finish this article without telling you some tips and tricks to travel with your family to Rome and save some money and time, as many attractions and museums have free admission for children or special advantages. Here are a few things to know before your trip:

  • The metro and bus is free for children up to the age of 9, and the train is free for children up to the age of 3, with 50% discounts for children aged 4-11.
  • Admission to the Catacombs is free for children up to 6 years old and children between 7 and 15 years old have reduced admission.
  • Similarly, for the Vatican Museums admission is free for children up to 5 years old and reduced admission for children up to 18 years old.
  • Rome is not the most stroller-friendly city, so I recommend carrying your child in a baby carrier. It's also a good idea to bring nappies and baby food from home, as the brands sold in the supermarkets there will probably be unfamiliar to you.
  • With a Roma Pass, your children have free admission and access to everything included in the pass.
  • I advise you to prepare your children a little in advance of the trip, documenting them even superficially on the history of Rome and the places they are going to see.