Nowadays there is a world of opportunity available to families to experience something new. Regardless of the age of your kids, nothing will entertain them more than an outing where they can enjoy the sounds and sights of a country in the uncompromised company of their enthusiastic parents.
Most people select the museum-laden city of Rome as a family vacation destination, simply because it is a great hit with the young ones. With an array of fantastic tourist places to visit and an extensive range of homes in Italy to stay at, it is well nigh impossible to be away from some action or another, for any length of time. So forget the ancient ruins you want to visit in the Italian capital and include these five iconic must-do masterpieces. They are sure to offer tremendous fun and motivation for both the grown ups and even the ones who could fall asleep in your lap.
Explore Museo dei Bambini and di Roma
Once you have decided to take your kids on a Roman holiday, you would naturally wish that they gain some important knowledge on the way. So bypass the Vatican museums and instead take the children to these two absorbing kid friendly museums, situated near Piazza del Popolo and Piazzale Flaminio.
On the list of child friendly activities during a visit to Rome these museums are at the top of the table and with good reason too. With interactive play areas, like Explora and a child size bank, post office and a television studio as well, the toddlers can act like grown ups, while experimenting in these different settings. The museum also holds plenty of educational events from time to time on the first floor.
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If you are willing to take a trip into the third dimension, then Technotown is just perfect for your plus six year old, especially if he or she plans to be a techie. The place features a lot of scientific adventures coupled with interactive technology in some stimulating ways. There is a Time Machine, which takes visitors back in time to showcase the history of ancient Rome.
Situated in one of the most beautiful parks of Rome, in a medieval building, Technotown allows young minds to set out on their own incredible journey to discover the ancient sights and sounds of Rome, behind a pair of 3D glasses.
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Gladiator school and Museum
If there is one place where your tiny tots would tug at your trousers in an attempt not to leave, it is the Gladiator School. This special academy actually offers daily and weekly courses, especially for children, to hone their skills and become a gladiator. This one of a kind training school in Rome, encourages aspiring fighters to have their names inscribed at the Gladiator School of Rome.
So if your child wants to relive the memories of the gladiator era, albeit for a day, and feel the simulated emotions of these brave men dating back 2000 years, head to Via Appia Antica 18. Apart from a visit to a historic museum, your child will have a unique opportunity to have a first hand insight on the games these people played, and gain first hand knowledge of the city’s history as well.
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Revel at La Casina delle Civette
This home turned museum, with an architecture resembling a fairy tale setting, is a sure fire hit for the flagging young legs. The principal attraction for them here is the vast playground, complete with slides, swings and a gym in the jungle. Entry is free at all times, except when there is an exhibition taking place.
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Head to the Villa Borghese Gardens
The vast open air spaces within the Villa Borghese gardens, act as a welcome sight, especially for kids wishing to escape from the hustle and bustle of the urban side of Rome. This place hums with children at all times of the year, but more so during the summers.
Even though the Eternal City is bursting at the seams with ancient treasures, there is still plenty to see and do for any child from the toddler to the teenager. The plethora of youngster friendly activities available in this bustling city can confuse and exhaust the most energetic of children. However, with strategic planning, these shortcomings can easily be bypassed to make any kid fall in love with Rome, literally at first sight.
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Italy has so much to offer families and an experience that the kids will enjoy. There is so much more to Italy than just Rome though so make sure you get around and explore a little more. Venice is a favourite for most people, Milan and Tuscany high on the list of most travellers, don’t get me started on Lake Como if you are looking for a luxury experience taking in the views on the border of Italy and Switzerland. The options are endless and varied, not to mention the gelato and coffee for the foodies but that’s a whole other blog post!
Have you been to Rome, Italy with your kids? Leave me comment with your top tip for kids.
Sal & Co.