While Rome is a fantastic place to visit for those who are interested in history, art, and architecture, it is not usually the first choice of location for families. Parents are often wondered that this city does not have the right sort of attractions to keep children entertained during a vacation. However, there are plenty of things to see and do in this diverse and interesting city that children will love. Here are some of the top activities to enjoy with children when visiting Rome.
Visit Where the Lions Lived
The Colosseum is one of the most historically and architecturally significant structures in Rome but tell this to children and a visit there may instantly seem boring. On the other hand, tell them you are visiting a place where lions lived and the gladiators fought and a trip to the Colosseum suddenly sounds a whole lot more appealing. The animals were kept in an area called the hypogeum which was below the main structure and this was once off limits to members of the public. However, it is now possible to take a guided tour if you book in advance.
Watch a Puppet Show
In a technology-oriented world, children don’t often have the chance to enjoy the experience of a live performance. Very few places in the world have puppet shows on the street but this is something you will find in Rome. These are equally entertaining for younger and older children alike. One of the best places to visit to watch a puppet show is the Teatrino di Pulcinella al Giancolo. This is an open-air puppet show located within a park on Colle del Gianicolo.
Become a Gladiator
The gladiators are some of the most interesting figures in history who often had celebrity status and children will love to learn more about their lives and their roles. If you visit the museum of Gruppo Storico Romano, children can enjoy a two-hour lesson on how to become a gladiator. Not only will they try on replicas of the armor, they will also see genuine artifacts.
Italy is famous for its delicious ice creams and there are many stalls selling a wide range of flavors. Children will love choosing their favorite flavor, especially if you are visiting during the warmer summer months.
Visit Borghese Gardens
Borghese Gardens is the second largest public park in Rome. There are plenty of things for children to do there, including a zoo, a lake with rowing boats, a play area, and a mini train ride. If walking around the park is a bit too sedate for the children, there is the option to hire bikes or Segways.
Travel Back in Time
The Time Elevator Rome is a three-dimensional ride that takes visitors back in time. Riders can enjoy learning about the rise and fall of Rome, find out more about the emperors, and see Rome at its darkest days while under the fascist regime of Mussolini.
Visit the Catacombs
The Catacombs of Rome are a good choice if your kids like spooky things. There are two great places to visit in this city; the Catacombs of St. Callisto and the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. There are many notable people buried in these tombs.
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