A selection of places and activities in Italy’s Capital for young travellers.
14 Dec 2020
Travelling with children and teenagers is a fun and exciting experience that can benefit from a little dedicated planning... and a series of useful tips for an unforgettable holiday. Carefully choose what places to visit and in which order, keeping an eye out for special family-dedicated tours and recreation areas at museums, outdoor gardens and theme parks. With so many things to do for children and young people, there’s no place like Rome for spending a holiday with the whole family. If you’ve got the time and the curiosity, we’ve got the list of places to visit!
A guided tour of the Colosseum
Everyone knows that the Colosseum is the number one symbol of Ancient Rome and Roman history. Even if children may at first find the idea boring, the monument hides so many amazing things that will make your visit memorable: things like the holes the lions came through when the fierce beasts were used to stage bloody battles, and the 350 different species of plants that have spontaneously taken root in the Colosseum’s ruins, including plants of exotic origin? And did you know that the Colosseum used to have its own elevators?
To find out more, book an authorized guided tour at https://www.il-colosseo.it/visite-guidate.php.
The Waxworks Museum
From Napoleon Bonaparte, who was crowned emperor at Notre Dame, to men of letters Oscar Wilde and Giacomo Leopardi, from Stalin and Mao Tse Tung to Francesco Totti and Brad Pitt... Rome’s famous waxworks museum has nothing to envy London’s Madam Tussaud’s. Indeed, it has the largest number of waxwork statues in Italy, and the third largest in Europe. Introduce your kids to a hundred or so statues of famous people and reconstructions of famous historical scenes and events, on a visit guaranteed to fascinate the entire family!
Explora: the Rome children’s museum
Who said science isn’t fun? At Explora, Rome’s Children’s Museum, young tourists try their hand at games and interactive exhibits on science, the environment, new technologies and educational activities of all kinds, from mechanics to physics, biology and much more, in a 2,000 m2 pavilion with fifteen different themed areas. But that’s not all. Throughout the year, Explora runs a busy activities programme and, when schools are out, it becomes a summer campus, welcoming kids during the holidays.
To find out more: https://www.mdbr.it/.
Museo Civico di Zoologia
Giant skeletons with long fangs or tapered necks... Vast numbers of species, from common creatures like ducks, seagulls, or colorful parrots to rarities like exotic insects and curious creatures like the platypus... Not forgetting quizzes, riddles, puzzles, mysterious cases to solve, plus creative, sensorial activities. Rome’s Civic Museum of Zoology is a great stop-off on your kid-proof tour. Over the years, the museum has become more and more family-friendly, with interactive routes and guided tours for adults and children from three up.
For info and times, check out https://www.museodizoologia.it/.
Where to stay in Rome
We have the perfect hotel for your family tour in Rome’s historic centre: UNAHOTELS Decò Roma benefits from an incredible location, a stone’s throw from Metro stops A and B, near Termini station and close to Rome’s main attractions, which are easy to reach on foot. The property benefits from an evocative architectural design and an art deco interior for a truly Italian welcome.