Six family friendly things to do in Rome (that aren't the Colosseum!)
You’ve come to Rome with your kids and have already planned to visit the ‘must see’ attractions but are keen to visit places that aren’t full of so many tourists, are off the beaten track, are a bit different and bonus points if they exhaust your kids out so they sleep well. Luckily for you, we’ve put together this exact list!
1. Appian Way
The Appian Way connects Rome to the Adriatic Port of Brindisi and is one of Rome’s ancient roads. When it was built over 2,000 years ago it was the highlight of Roman engineering. Today, it is a great place to take your family out cycling. You’ll skip the crowds at the popular tourist attractions whilst exploring some incredible Roman ruins.
The road to cycle is only about 4 miles - it should take about an hour to cycle with kids. Whilst the Appian Way is open everyday, on a Sunday the road is closed to traffic making it a more pleasant experience.
Some of Rome’s well known catacombs are near the Appian Way - be sure to check them out while you’re in the area!
2. Explora children’s museum
This museum is every family's heaven. It introduces kids to science and history but all through interactive play. Activities are split out by age ranges (0-3 years old, 3-6 years old, 6-12 years old), so the kids are sure to love the activities as they are made just for them! Kids are free to touch and explore on their own - from role playing in a mini supermarket and kitchen, allowing them to become a train driver in Italy’s fastest train (la freccia rossa) or have a play on big machines there will definitely be something fun for your kids to do!
The museum is currently open from Tuesday to Sunday. They have split entrance times into two shifts - 3pm and 5.15pm. Be sure to book in advance here.
3. Largo di Torre Argentina
These ruins are made up of the remains of different temples and were originally famous as it’s where Julius Caesar was assassinated nearly 2000 years ago. Today, it’s also known as a cat sanctuary! An organisation onsite helps to feed and care for the cats who we reckon have a pretty great life. If you love cats, it’s a must visit.
4. Keyhole on Aventine Hill
When we say keyhole, we literally mean a keyhole. Peering through the keyhole on Aventine Hill, you’ll be amazed at the view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, surrounded by garden hedges. Be sure to check it out - remember whoever finds the keyhole first is the winner!
5. Let the kids learn how to become a Roman gladiator
Give your kids the chance to dress up like a gladiator, wear a tunic, leather gloves and learn authentic gladiator swordplay! This two-hour class starts with a visit to the museum of Gruppo Storico Romano to see genuine artifacts and try replica armour.
The best part? The kids will receive a diploma to prove they are a gladiator to show their friends! Click here to find out more.
6. Make fresh pasta as a family
What could be more satisfying than eating fresh pasta you made yourself? There are plenty of companies who offer this service. You’ll often join them on a trip to the market to buy your fresh produce before returning to learn how to make pasta from scratch and different sauces. Cook with us in Rome and Cooking classes in Rome both cater to kids, so you can be sure they will be well looked after.