10 Things To Do In Rome With Kids

So you have planned a trip to Rome with kids and are worried about them having a good time. Here are some great things to do and many can be free.

Things to do in Rome with Kids (Most are free)

Rome Metro (Subway) - Children under 10 travel free and do not need a ticket.  This is a great way to get around.  We stayed in Fiano Romano, so we bought the BIRG pass.  That allowed us to take the train into the city and then ride any bus or metro for the day.

To Do in Rome
The Roman Pantheon –  (Free) This is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome.  There are brick stamps on the side of the building which show it was built and dedicated between A.D 118 and 125.  It has been used as a Tomb, where Popes and famous painters were buried.

To Do in Rome - Pantheon
Saint Ignatius’ Church - (Free) It is always a good idea to pop into a church or cathedral with the kids.  It is an opportunity to cool down and quiet down.  Have them count the number of windows or make up a quiet “I Spy” type game for them.  Saint Ignatius’ Church has some interesting painting on the ceilings that are optical illusions.  The ceilings and cupola only give the appearance of their three-dimensional forms, so fun for the kids.

To Do in Rome with kids - Saint Ignatius' Church
Trevi Fountain - (Free) This is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.  Remember to throw those coins in the fountain.  It is a great place to cool off and there are plenty of places near by for pizza or gelato (ice cream).

To Do in Rome  - Trevi FountainClimb Steps (Free)  There are plenty of opportunities to climb up and down steps.  Of course you can’t go wrong with visiting the Spanish Steps, but there are plenty around the city with good views.

Capitolino Hill Steps Rome with Kids

The Roman Forum and Colosseum – Walk the exterior with the kids and let them run around.  This is your free option and you can get a good feel for the ruins and how things were back in the day.  Of course it is always good to go inside and see it completely, but on a hot crowded day your kids will like the free option.

TThe Roman Forum and Colosseum
Capitolino Hill  - (Free) Walk the many steps of this hill and you are sure to get a good work out.  This is a good option for older kids, but the views from the top are just wonderful.  There is a plaza at the top so the kids can run around a bit.  If you are there on a Sunday, chances are you will see a few Brides and Grooms Roaming about.  Of course the museums atop are not free, but it is nice to see the view.

Capitolino Hill - Rome
The double-decker tour buses are always a good option with kids.  While this is not free, it helps cut down on all of the walking required to see the sights.  We had our car with us on this trip, so we didn’t ride the bus.  However, we did intentionally follow the bus several times, to get to the next sight.  We figured they know where to go.  We even picked up one of their maps to use.  It worked out great for us.

City Sightseeing Tours
Take Photo’s –  Let the kids take some pictures!  These days you can’t go wrong with this.  Just go into a plaza, church or any location and let them snap some photos.  As many as they want and let them feel like they are capturing the moment.  You may get some good shots, but you will also see what really interests them and they will become more interested in looking around.

Let the kids take some photosPeople watching is probably my favorite thing to do anywhere!  There is no shortage of plaza’s, fountains, stairs, parks or gathering spots in Rome, so take a moment to sit down and take a load off of those feet.  Just relax and watch the people.  Make up stories about people’s lives.  For the kids this is almost as fun as finding shapes in the clouds.  Let your imagination and creativity flow.Capitolino Hill People Watching - Rome

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About Heidi Wagoner

Heidi loves to travel and has experienced more than 38 countries, as well as all but 5 of the U.S. States. She has a wonderful husband and 2 children that also have a passion for travel. In Aug 2012, they sold their house and all of their possessions and moved to Spain to soak up the culture. She loves to write about their adventures and shares it all.

14 thoughts on “10 Things To Do In Rome With Kids

  1. Oooh I’d never thought of handing the camera over to the kids. Sure would be interesting to see what sorts of things capture THEIR attention if they have the freedom to catch anything that they want to. I’ve got to do that.
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  2. I’m a big fan of the hop on- hop off buses and letting the kids take pictures. Both help keep the whining to a minimum.

  3. It has been too long since I have been to Rome- and have yet to take my daughter there. Hopefully on our next family trip back to Italy we will make it– my other favorite place is Castel S’Angelo. It is such an interesting place with so much history.
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  4. Rome is a wonderful place for the kids. Ooh We will need to check out your other fav place. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Oh you bet it does Monique. They don’t always listen to the recording on the bus, but they do get to see the sights and we adults get to listen. The camera is a great tool. So glad you came by to read and comment.

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