Rome is a stunning location for travel, no matter who is traveling with you! When traveling to Rome as a family, there are a number of fantastic things to do! Families will love exploring ancient ruins through the Forum or Palatine Hill. Looking for a little adventure? Families can check out to the Gladiator School of Rome. Maybe religious history and museums are more your style? If so, you’ll find endless exhibits, from the Sistine Chapel to Raphael’s Transfiguration, at the Vatican City. No matter what is on your ‘must see’ list, Rome is sure to have it!
Planning a vacation to a city with such a rich history, as Rome has, can be a daunting task. There’s just so much to see, do, and taste (pizza, pasta, and gelato, anyone?)! Here, the Families Love Travel team has rounded up the best kid-friendly itineraries for visiting Rome. We hope these amazing itineraries help you plan your amazing, family-friendly Italian getaway!
2-3 Day Kid-Friendly Itineraries for Rome
Exploring Rome with Kids in 2.5 Days, Itinerary by Gone with the Family
Lisa, the mom behind Gone with the Family, shares her concise list of things to do in Rome with kids over a couple of days. This itinerary is perfect for anyone who is in the city for a short amount of time, as it’s more than enough for you to get a taste of what Rome has to offer! Families can start exploring Rome by going to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain – all within walking distance of each other. Next, families will love spending the day at the Vatican. Here, consider a family tour (Lisa shares her recommendation) to help kids get acquainted with the Vatican’s large collection of art and artifacts. Finally, don’t miss Lisa’s tips for enjoying a short visit to Rome. We love her gelato tip. It’s definitely a must when in Rome! Cute family pictures make Rome come alive. Read more here.
2 Days in Rome: The Perfect Rome Itinerary for Your First Visit, Itinerary by Earth Trekkers
The family behind Earth Trekkers spent two days in Rome. Out of their visit, they wrote this handy itinerary. It is ideal for those traveling to Rome for the first time. First, the Earth Trekkers visited the Borghese Art Gallery. Here, families can see works by famous artists like Titian and Raphael. Remember that this is definitely a place you need to book advance tickets! In addition, they visited the highlights of Rome via a walking tour — sites included the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain, to name a few. Don’t miss their tips for how to avoid crowds at the Colosseum (not an easy feat!). We love this blog for its “pro tips”, and its inclusion of pricing and hours for each location. Finally, interactive maps and great family pictures will help families visualize their own travels to Rome. Read more here.
4-5 Day Kid-Friendly Itineraries for Rome
Rome With Kids Best 4 Days Travel Guide, Itinerary by Mindful Travel Experiences
Chris and Mary are the travel bloggers and parents behind Mindful Travel Experiences. They spent four days in Rome with their kids (ages 10 and 13). This extensive blog covers a number of helpful tips and insights. It’s a great read for families going to Rome, no matter the length of stay. They cover everything from preparing kids for the experience to budgeting to safety to food – and much more! It’s a lengthy read, but an important one. Through this itinerary, visit the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Sistine Chapel, Castel Sant’Angelo and a number of other fantastic locations. Each section also includes hours and pricing. Finally, don’t miss the section on free museums toward the end of the blog. Read more here.
5 days in Rome with kids: the best things to do, Itinerary by Kids & Compass
The family behind Kids & Compass spent five days in Rome. With young kids in tow, they visited many fantastic kid-friendly tourist attractions. For this reason, this is a great blog for those traveling with toddlers or young kids. Through this itinerary, families will explore the Colosseum, the Forum/Palatine Hill, the Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, and Castel Sant’Angelo, to name a few. Kids will love exploring Castel Sant’Angelo. The view from the top of the castle is stunning and not to be missed. Looking to explore one of Rome’s iconic catacombs or crypts, Kids & Compass recommends the crypt of the Capuchin Monks. Here, older kids will love learning about this fascinating place and group of monks. There are super helpful tips, as well as hours and pricing for sites, throughout the blog. Finally, don’t miss their tips for shopping and family-friendly tours at the end. Read more here.
5 Day Guide: Rome with Kids, Itinerary by Tapped Out Travellers
Tapped Out Travellers describes their five days as a family in the city of Rome. They offer a lot of helpful advice for families traveling to Rome (especially those with strollers in tow!). In addition to outlining their activities each day, they include a number of great tips for planning a beautiful vacation to Rome. Through this itinerary, families will explore the Piazza del Papolo, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain, to name a few. Looking for a day-trip out of Rome? Check out their day-trip to Ancient Ostia. Here, kids will love exploring ancient ruins and a break from the bustle of the city. Ditch the stroller for a baby carrier on this day-trip. Don’t miss their recommendations for hotels and family-friendly tours at the end. Read more here.
5 Days in Rome with Kids or Tweens [Day-by-Day Itinerary], Itinerary by We 3 Travel
The Grubers are the family behind We 3 Travel. Long-time travelers, they love sharing their advice and insights on world-wide family travel. They spent five days in Rome. Their blog includes two possible itineraries: their original schedule and what they did when they went off-track (which can happen when traveling with kids!). Both options allow for flexibility in planning your own Roman holiday. Their daughter was 10 at the time, which makes this a great read for those with older kids or tweens. Start by learning where to stay and with an introduction to Rome. Through this itinerary, families will explore ancient Rome (the Colosseum), a few tourist-favorites, and some lesser known sights (the Jewish Ghetto and a Jewish Synagogue). Considering a pasta or pizza making class? Don’t miss their recommendation for a great option! Finally, check out the other Italian cities they recommend visiting. Read more here.
7+ Day Kid-Friendly Itineraries for Rome
A 7-Day Rome Itinerary for Active Families with Young Kids by Family Can Travel
The Family Can Travel blog is written by a Canadian family of four. They describe Rome as one of the world’s most iconic cities, “bursting at the seams” with cultural attractions. If you have toddlers, this is a great article to read. They include a number of great insights, such as information about car seats and tips for walking around Rome with toddlers. Their seven-day itinerary includes a variety of amazing locations. Through this itinerary, families will see the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Largo di Torre Argentina (an archaeological site featuring the ruins of four temples), Campo de’ Fiori (a Roman street market), the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, and much more. Kids will love exploring the Aqueduct Park. Here, kids can run through the meadow and explore ancient ruins dating back to 52 AD. Adorable family pictures make Rome with toddlers a reality! Read more here.
2 Weeks in Italy with Kids: A Family-Friendly Itinerary by Our Next Adventure
If you’re planning a longer stay in Italy or multiple city stops, this two-week itinerary is perfect for you. Laura, the mom behind Our Next Adventure, discusses the relative affordability of a two-week vacation in Italy with toddlers. While this itinerary isn’t Rome-centered, it is a great read and includes a number of helpful tips. In Rome, they visited attractions like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Next, Laura shares her love for Villa Borghese. Here, kids can enjoy a large area with lush grounds and a small lake. Families will love renting a paddle boat and relaxing on the water. Finally, don’t miss Laura’s neighborhood recommendations for your home away from home in Rome. Read more here.
We hope you enjoyed our top finds for the best kid-friendly itineraries for visiting Rome! With so much to offer, Rome is sure to delight the whole family. Whether Rome is your only stop or part of a full Italian itinerary, you’re sure to have a fantastic time filled with ancient history, iconic art, culture, and amazing food! Looking for more information on Rome? Check out our top picks for the Best Blogs on Visiting Rome with Kids.
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