Though not your typical family holiday destination, a holiday in Rome can be enriching and even entertaining. Of course, the city may be dominated by its celebrated history; but there’s more to Rome than what you see in travel guides. Though long lines and historic attractions rank low when compared to beaches and Theme Parks, the grandeur of Rome’s attractions can take your family on a cultural roller coaster ride making it a surprisingly memorable holiday even for kids.
Dont forget to take pictures with gladiators in front of the Colosseum.
They will readily pose with you and charge a meager amount in return
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Once the Capital of the World, legendary Rome has lots of attractions for tourists; but when you are traveling with family, it’s better to take in the sights slowly instead of jamming too many sights in a day. Also make sure you know where to get great pizza and yummy gelati wherever you travel in Rome; this can make young whiners forget their complaints.
Top things to do with family in Rome
The Forum: The heart of ancient Rome with grand attractions like the Colosseum and the Capitoline Hill is a fascinating place to visit whether you are a child or adult. Take pictures with gladiators in front of the Colosseum and explore the ruins to find interesting pieces of history.
The Vatican: From Swiss guards to delightful fountains, there are several aspects of the Vatican City that can satisfy the interests of young tourists as well as their parents. The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Saint Peter’s Square are interesting places to visit here. However, be prepared for long lines if you haven’t booked your tours in advance. For older kids, this can be a great educational experience.
The Pantheon: The Temple of all Gods is a breathtaking sight to visit; with its spectacular dome and remarkable history, this is a favorite spot for locals and tourists. The Pantheon is on Piazza Della Rotunda, a bustling square with horse carriage rides, plenty of ice cream shops and cafes.
Time Elevator Roma: Close to the Pantheon is the Time elevator Roma, a 5-D movie theatre that transports you to ancient Rome through a simulator ride. Kids love this experience.
The Explora Museum: This is a hands-on museum especially for young kids; the interactive exhibits here are interesting and informative.
Parks and fountains: The Villa Borghese with its live puppet shows and the Cinema dei Piccoli is another kids-special destination in Rome. Families love the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps; these are bustling tourist places that also offer lots of other activities.
Bocca Della Verita: Be careful about what you say when you let the ancient Mouth of Truth swallow your hand. Though no liar has lost his hand till now, there’s always a first time.
These are not all. Older kids love to explore the Crypts and Catacombs of Rome; get underground to see this face of Rome. Of course, another major attraction for families traveling to Rome is the fabulous Italian food and rich ice creams that you get here. Make sure you don’t miss these fun stuffs when you visit Rome with your family.
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