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5 Cool Things to Do in Rome With Kids

by Silke Elzner

You have to see Rome at least once in a lifetime. And there is no reason why you shouldn’t start early: Rome is perfect for adults and kids alike. Yes, there’s a lot of history here, but it doesn’t have to be stuffy.

Myriad details await your exploration, which will be so much more fun when you take the kids. Treat them between the sights with classic Italian food like pizza, pasta, and gelato, and make sure you take some time explaining the significance of some of the most prominent monuments, like the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and the Vatican.

Don’t know where to start? Begin your research with this fantastic Rome: Things to Do article, and then continue with our family-friendly suggestions below.

Colosseum Rome

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The Salute of the Cannons on Gianicolo

Every day at noon, you can witness the cannons on Gianicolo hill in action. You will find them right underneath the statue of Garibaldi. This is a century-old tradition to ensure that all clocks in Rome are set correctly. The kids will be impressed by the loud cannon salute!

A Historic Zoo at Villa Borghese

Combine a visit to stunning Villa Borghese with a family-friendly activity by also paying a visit to the Bioparco. Located in the gardens of the historic villa, this 100-year-old Zoo was designed by famous landscape architect Carl Hagenbeck who also designed the Zoo in Hamburg, Germany. Meet the monkeys, giraffes, and elephants, and if you’re up for it, have a look inside the Zoological Museum next door.

Fresh Italian Food at Campo dei Fiori

Campo dei Fiori

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The historic market in Campo dei Fiori is a great way to start a busy Rome day with fresh smells and flavors. Romans are very child-friendly, and there’s no better way to engage with them than by taking your kids along. Many traders will hand out free treats, so kids can get a taste of Italian delicacies. Right next to the market, have a slice of takeaway pizza from Rome’s most famous bakery, Forno Campo de’ Fiori.

Truth or Dare at Bocca della Verita

Dare your children to put their hand in the Mouth of Truth and then have them tell a lie! The marble mouth can be found on the side of Santa Maria in Cosmedin church and is a popular tourist attraction. The story goes that if a lie is detected, the mouth will bite the hand off.

5D Cinematic Experience: The Time Elevator

All kids love going to the movies. Trick them into believing that they would be going to the pictures and amaze them with a trip down centuries instead. 5D cinema Time Elevator Rome explains 2,750 years of Roman history in a fun and exciting way with all its gore and glory. Your children will be taken for a ride they’ll never forget.

These are just some of the many child-friendly activities you can plan for your next trip to Rome. Of course, a city like Rome has many more things to offer. What are you favorite Rome activities for families?

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