Rome With Kids 4 Days Extensive Guide

Going to Rome with kids was something we planned for quite some time. The city of Rome is a walk-through museum itself. This means… lots of walking (of course).

Children in the ages of 13 and 10 are somewhat easily getting tired, especially on summer days (end of July). We were surprised to see that our children exceeded our expectations and were not nagging much.

This was their first trip abroad and they were pretty amazed from the whole process.

Here is how we organized our trip in Rome with kids for 4 days and all the things we experienced.

How to plan for a trip to Rome with kids?

Traveling solo or as a couple is a completely different thing than having 1 or 2 kids (or more) with you. Your schedule can’t be the same. Kids have completely different needs, stamina and of course… different personalities too.

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Maria and kids overlooking from Castel Sant Angelo

Our kids do sports all year long so they are in a good health. Of course, any sport is different from walking around a city for multiple hours, even with breaks.

The psychological planning for the trip to Rome with kids

We started explaining the possible itinerary a couple of months before booking any tickets. That helped kids to understand that a lot of sightseeing and walking inside the city of Rome would be involved, with zero car driving time.

We explained the weather conditions (end of July 2018) and what they will need to have along. An explanation on why to travel light was given and to pack only the clothes and shoes they would use and no more.

Making sure they understand the walking/sightseeing part of Rome (and getting their approval) we went ahead to search the best options for getting to Rome with kids.

Budget for a trip to Rome with kids

Rome is not a cheap city. Even its “cheap” options are expensive, especially in hot tourist seasons (July, August). Plus, when you walk all day long you need the energy, so you eat (more).

Portions are not like in many countries. For example when you order a Greek salad in Greece you get a plate that can be a standalone meal by itself. It is usually a big salad.

The reason for that is that Greeks share their salad, so 1 Greek salad is good for 2-3 people, plus their main course.

In Italy (and in many other European countries), a salad is considered a single person plate, thus it is not that big.

A pizza is also considered a single plate for 1 person. Crust is thin (as it should be) and toppings are too thick. One person can eat a whole big pizza and feel fine. Pasta and spaghetti are not filling the full plate, which means one plate may not be enough.

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Add some drinks and sweets after that and a 4 persons family can easily exceed 70-80 euro per meal.

So budget wisely for lunch and dinner.

Taxi from airport to Rome center costs from 48 to 50 euro and you can book it ahead online to wait you there.

Gelato costs around 3.5 euro per serving on a cone (with a really big ball of ice cream), but costs around 8 euro (and more) if you sit down at a gelateria and is the same amount of gelato.

You don’t need a taxi or such inside Rome. Rome is to walk it through. Even the road starting in front of the Colosseum and going down until the Altare Della Patria is closed for cars during weekends, so you will walk anyway.

There are so many tourists that a car is useless if you plan to stay in Rome and there is always good public transportation. However, almost all walk, to really feel the city.

Clothes & accessories planning for summer walking

We followed the rule of less is more. Each of us got one pair of comfortable shoes/sandals they felt good with. We had 4+1(departure) days in Rome, so we packed an equal amount of clothes.

Summer clothes don’t take much space and we managed to have 1 large suitcase and a carry-on handbag, along with a small backpack for all 4 of us.

Where to eat in Rome with kids?

That was one thing we were not worried at all. We’ve been to Rome and in Italy in general quite a few times and we know that there are tons of options for lunch and dinner, every few meters. Not to mention the “gelato” options too…

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We tasted different flavors of Gelato

Yeah, we promised that in that trip the main eating theme would be pizza, pasta and gelato and we fulfilled our promise more than enough.

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We called that: The Weird Pizza. It had fries as a topping

For quick lunches we had different panini’s, also available in thousands of locations all around in Rome.

Most tasteful panini tasted. True.

To eat well in Rome simply follow this 1 tip: Totally avoid any restaurant that you see immediately outside a popular location. Just look further.

In popular locations restaurants seen in a few meters proximity from popular locations are usually 20-30% more expensive on everything. Why to pay for that? Many times food is not that good either. We are speaking from personal experience from our trips, Rome included.

For short lunch breaks you can get a panini. They are really tasteful and most of the kiosks/stores selling them have panini’s with decent amount of meat in them.

The water issue in Rome

There is no drinking water issue in Rome! Summer in Rome translates to a really hot experience. But the municipality of Rome makes sure that you will meet different potable water fountains with free water in multiple locations around the city. Just have a bottle to refill.

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Water fountains are everywhere in Rome

There is free and cool water. There are many sellers of water in popular locations too, but why to buy such since there is free? There is a clean cool water pipe even inside the Colosseum.

Water is literally everywhere, so you can’t be thirsty while walking around.

Even house water is potable, so no worries.

Planning with a tour agency or not?

Our primary thought was to book with a travel agency, in order to travel to Rome with kids. However, we noticed that most of the tours there covered the usual: airfare, hotel and transportation from airport to hotel. All museums fees and such were excluded.

After doing some research and getting some offers we eventually booked the whole thing ourselves. We have done hundreds of trips (twice in Rome) and the total amount for airfare and accommodation was eventually a bit cheaper than going with a travel agency.

We also managed to book a flight that was not in a “normal” time and not i.e. in 6am. We have Gold status (Miles and Bonus), so we also used the airport lounge to have some breakfast prior each flight.

Our advice…? If you are familiar with trip planning, always book yourself. Tours organized from travel agencies are fine when lots of transportation is involved to go from place to place. There the cost is lower as you skip all the driving time and car rental fees.

What to book ahead your trip to Rome with kids?

You need to book all sightseeing options you plan to visit. Make sure you book “Skip the Line” tickets, otherwise you may end up waiting under the hot sun for 1 to 2 hours… That is not good for your health, time, nerves and the patience of your kids (and yours).

Definitely book ahead (online) at least one week before your trip, for:

  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Castel Sant Angelo
  • Capela Sistina
  • Vatican Museum

Keep in mind that your online tickets are not going to be the tickets you will eventually use. You will need to get at the tickets register of each location and give your printed vouchers (or pdf with QR code stored in your smartphone/tablet) to get the actual tickets you are going to use to get through the control points.

Weird? Yes, but that was the case up until July 2018.

Time planning for your Rome itinerary

Important note: You need to plan your visits, lunch and resting breaks as best as possible, especially when having kids along. As lots of walking is involved, resting time between different locations is a must. There are parks and places with shade if you don’t want to sit at a restaurant or a gelateria but not so many as -for example- in London.

If your tickets mentions a specific entrance time (or time slot) for a location, then do respect that or you may end up not getting in at all.

You will see many looking for some shade and a break. Better to end up the day feeling nicely tired than totally exhausted.

In our case, we wanted kids to enjoy their first trip abroad and love traveling and learning new destinations. We didn’t want them to get bored or totally exhausted and dislike traveling. That can be a good approach to plan correctly, yet each family is of course different.

Where to stay in Rome?

Better to stay as close to the historical center as possible. This means the area after the Colosseum, towards the Altare Della Patria and around that.

The best deal we found was through Booking.com. We looked in different sites, even AirBnB but in Booking.com we found what we were looking for.

However, prices rise when you move towards the center. If you don’t mind walking a bit then don’t book in the very center of Rome. We managed to find a nice apartment no more than 10 minutes walking time from the Colosseum in a really good price with 2 rooms and full kitchen (not that we used that one), a relatively big bath and really quiet.

A couple of points to know are: Make sure you define what air conditioning means in Roman accommodation understanding. There are some rules about air condition units not to be visible outside of the houses, thus some apartments (and stores) use some kind of bulk air conditioning units. Such are mentioned in sites like i.e. booking.com as “Air Conditioning” but they are not exactly that. They are effective but really noisy. You don’t want all that noise when you want to rest.

In some apartments that unit uses an exhaustion tube which may get through an open window. Open window in summer time and air conditioning doesn’t match…, right?

Rome is hot and without proper air conditioning you will have troubles sleeping. Make sure you clarify that as it is an important part of having a good time.

Etiquette for visiting monuments of Rome

You know that Rome comes with tons of history. Many of the locations are related to the suffering of people. Others relate to religious aspects of Catholicism.

Better to have this in mind when -for example- visiting the Colosseum or Capela Sistina (which is actually a magnificent chapel).

Religion is taken really seriously in Rome. There are hundreds of churches and Vatican St Peter’s place is in fact the center of religion for all Catholics, not just another monument.

We even noticed police officers stepping out from their cars and instructing a guy who took out of his shirt being naked from the waist up, to dress again. He was just walking at the street outside the Colosseum…

Is Rome safe?

There is police and army(!) in many places in the city, so you feel really safe.

The apartment manager mentioned to be aware for pickpockets but that was all, yet we didn’t feel any kind of threat during a 4 days trip walking up and down the city.

We hope you found all the information about planning your trip to Rome with kids, to be really useful.

Here is our itinerary on the things we saw and did during our family trip to Rome.

Important note: Opening time and ticket fees/options mentioned are prone to change during different seasons. Make sure to visit the official links mentioned on each landmark to get the latest updates on visiting schedules, terms and fees.

Rome with Kids – Day 1

Our apartment was 10 minutes walking time from the Colosseum but that was not what we had planned for the first day. Our plan was about getting the kids familiar with the city of Rome, while visiting some free and open monuments:

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is a roman temple dedicated to all pagan gods of Rome. The whole structure of the temple is different from other traditional Roman temples. The most impressive thing is its interior architecture which emits a unique kind of symmetry and balance.

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The Pantheon interior

A series of arches rest on eight piers. The latter support eight round-headed arches. These  run through the drum from its inner to its outer face. The arches correspond to the eight bays on the floor level that house statues.

On the top center sun comes through slowly moving from arch to arch during the day. The building interior is rather minimal and hugely impressive at the same time.

Opening hours for the Pantheon, Rome: Every week day from 9am to 6pm, except Sunday: 8.30am-7.30pm
The Pantheon Tickets: Free entrance.
Tip: Remove hats and glasses when entering as it is a temple (they will ask you to do so)

Fontana Di Trevi

You can’t be less than amazed when you turn around a corner and stop on your tracks seeing this glorious marvel of water and sculpture in front of you. It is located in the Quirinale district of Rome.

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Fontana Di Trevi

Words can’t describe this magnificent synthesis of beauty. However, here are a few things you may not know about the fountain.

  • Trevi means: Three roads. Thus, this is the fountain at the junction of three roads
  • Its dimensions are: 85 feet tall and almost 65 feet wide
  • It spills around 2,824,000 cubic feet of water each and every day
  • The fountain was built at the end of an aqueduct, so the fountain was one of the oldest water sources in Rome
  • It’s made from the travertine (means from the Tiber river) stone, the same material as the Colosseum
  • Around 3000 euro in coins are dropped in everyday by people who like to make a wish
  • It is a crime to steal coins from the foutain
  • The Trevi fountain has been famous through movies: The most famous is in La Dolce Vita movie, when Anita Ekberg jumped into the Trevi Fountain with her clothes on. Moreover this amazing monument was featured in a variety of films like: Roman Holiday, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Lizzie McGuire Movie and more.

Opening hours for Fontana Di Trevi, Rome: 24/7/365
Fontana Di Trevi Tickets: Open space without ticket cost.
Tip: Don’t try to get into the water; guards watch closely

Get this All-Rome-Piazza’s Tour! Seems really interesting.

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Sistine Chapel (Capela Sistina)

That was a mind opening experience for us. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City.

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Sistine Chapel (Capela Sistina)

This is the chapel where the conclave meets to elect the new Pope.

It is the most famous chapel to visit, decorated with spectacular wall paintings depicting scenes from religious allegory themes.

A series of artists worked to create this marvel:  Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli.

The Capela Sistina is part of your Vatican Museums visit.

Book this Skip The Line ticket from here. If you want a Guided Tour then click here.

Some intriguing things are:

  • It was built both for defense and worship.
  • Many scholars say it was made to match the dimensions of Solomon’s Temple (Jerusalem).
  • Michelangelo also worked here and didn’t paint lying down.
  • The original ceiling was a blue sky with gold stars.
  • The ceiling (painted by Michelangelo) took 4 years to complete.
  • You aren’t allowed to take photos inside the chapel.
  • You may surprised but Mexico revealed a full-size replica of the Sistine Chapel (Vatican approved).

Opening hours for Capela Sistina, Rome: There are 2 things to know.

A. From Monday to Saturday
09.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. (final entry 4.00 p.m.)

B. Free Entry on every last Sunday of the month
09.00 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. (final entry 12.30 p.m.)
Provided this does not coincide with Easter Sunday, 29 June Sts. Peter and Paul, 25 December Christmas Day, and 26 December Feast of St. Stephen.

Capela Sistina Tickets: Fees vary if you go solo or with skip-the-line options or with guide or with a group. Skip the line tickets are around 30 euro p.p.
Tip: Respect the holy place and premises

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Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

They are more than one, all under the same buildings complex inside Vatican city. Here is the list of museums to visit. No worries, there are refreshment areas and cafe’s to take some breaks.

  • Pio-Clementino Museum: Hosts the most important Greek works in the Vatican.
  • Apartment of Pius V: Flemish tapestries, medieval ceramics and mosaics.
  • Gallery of the Chandeliers: Replicas of Roman and Greek  enormous chandeliers.
  • Ethnological Missionary Museum: Art from all papal missions in the world (Tibet, Indonesia, India, the Far East, Africa and America).

Vatican Museums

  • Gallery of Maps: Beautiful huge painted maps on the walls depicting Italian regions and  church possessions.
  • Historical Museum – Carriage Pavilion: Coaches, saddles, cars, and the Vatican City´s first locomotive.

Vatican Museums

  • Gallery of Tapestries: Flemish tapestries (1523 – 1534).
  • Pio-Christian Museum: Christian antiquities (statues, sarcophagi,  archaeological ruins from 16th c.).
  • Pinacoteca: Pinacoteca has 18 rooms, dating from the middle ages to 1800.
  • Sobieski Room & the Room of the Immaculate: Paintings originating in the Italian “Ottocento”.
  • Egyptian Museum: Egyptian sculptures, besides the sarcophagi from the third century B.C.
  • Etruscan museum: Artifacts from the Etruscan civilization.

Vatican Museums

  • Chiaramonti Museum: Sculptures including portraits of emperors, images of the gods and some funeral monuments.
  • Gregorian Profane Museum: Greek and Roman sculptures from the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D.
  • Borgia Apartment: Apartments of Pope Alexander VI Borgia, They present the Collection of Modern Religious Art.
  • Raphael Rooms: The apartments of Pope Julius II decorated by Raphael and his assistants.
  • Sala Della Biga: A monumental figure of marble of a chariot drawn by two horses. It is huge.

Vatican Museums
The famous Vatican stairs: Bramante Staircase

Book this Skip The Line ticket from here. If you want a Guided Tour then click here.

Opening hours for Vatican Museums: Every week day from 9am to 4pm, except Sunday (closed)
Vatican Museums Tickets: Usually they are part of the Capela Sistina combo ticket (around 30 euros p.p. for a Skip The Line ticket)
Tip: Allocate plenty of time. You can spend more than 3 to 4 hours even by moving relatively fast, as there are lots of museums, rooms, paintings, artifacts, etc and usually lots of people moving along.

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St. Peter’s Basilica & Square

It is one of the largest churches in the world and one of the holiest ones. It took more than 100 years to complete. A good number of architects work and designed this temple, among which are the names of Bramante, Michelangelo and Maderno.

The dome inside the Basilica stands 136mt (447ft) tall! Three masters worked on the dome: Michelangelo, Giacomo Della Porta and Maderno. You need to know that the dome was an inspiration for other buildings like the Capitol (USA) and St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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St. Peter’s Basilica

Do allocate some time to get to the top of the Dome (needs good strong feet after some point).

Book this Skip The Line Guide Tour ticket from here.

St. Peter’s Basilica hours: October – March: 7am – 6:30pm, April – September: 7am – 7pm. The dome opens at 8am and closes one hour before the Basilica.
St. Peter’s Basilica Tickets: The entrance to the Basilica is free . Climbing to the top of the Dome comes with a fee. That is: With a lift to the terrace plus 320 steps, the cost is: 8€. Climbing 551 steps by foot: 6€.
Tip: Allocate lots of time for the waiting line too (around 1 hour or more waiting time).

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Musei Capitolini (or Museo Capitolino)

This museum spreads into 2 buildings that communicate with an underground corridor. It was created in 1471 after a donation of bronze statues from Pope Sixtus IV. These statues -also seen in the museum- have great symbolic value.

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Sculpture depicting The Ocean

Imagine that one of them is statue of Romulus and Remus getting fed by a female wolf. A story that relates to the birth of Rome.

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Statue of she-wolf feeding Romulus and Remus

This museum is really interesting and important for the history of Rome.

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To book a small group tour, use this link. To get in without a guide, get this ticket.

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Musei Capitolini hours: All week days, 9:30AM–7:30PM
Musei Capitolini Tickets: Adults: € 15,00 to 16,00 – Concessions: € 11,00 to 13,00 – Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00. Free admission is granted to children under 6 years. There are even more options for ticket scenarios.
Tip: We had no issues on waiting for the ticket. No need to book ahead.

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The Colosseum

One of the most important landmarks of Rome, closely related to suffering and human sacrifices but also to spectacles like ancient dramas and mock (famous) battles.

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The Colosseum from outside

Some very important things to know are:

  • It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Colosseum was a statue located outside the ampitheatre (Colossus of Nero). That gave its name to the landmark.
  • That huge work took 9 years to complete. It is made out of stone and concrete.
  • More than 400,000 people died in it along with 1,000,000 (estimation) animals.
  • Some events lasted 100 days.
  • Some of the pieces were used to build St Peter’s Basilica.
  • It could host 50,000 spectators.
  • Free food was provided to the spectators. A famous phrase related to that was: Give food and spectacles to the people to forget anything else.
  • As a visitor you will be able to see the underground corridors structure and all the setting as the place is kept in a really good state despite vandalisms and earthquakes of the past.

To book a Combo Ticket for Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill, click here

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The Colosseum and the underground chambers

The Colosseum hours: All week days, 8:30AM–7:00PM
The Colosseum Tickets: Around 20 euro for adults (Colosseum/Roman Forum combo ticket) and around 12 euro for kids (0-12). There is an option for open time ticket for after 2p.m. You can use it to enter Colosseum any time after 2p.m and before closing time, of course.
Tip: Have water prior entering the Colosseum. There is 1 (maybe 2) water pipes and people make long lines waiting to refill their bottles. There are 2 free water fountains at the sidewalk across the street of Colosseum.

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Roman Forum

Getting out of the Colosseum we visited the Roman Forum area. It was discovered by Carlo Fea and took around 100 years to be fully excavated.

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Roman Forum

Forum (Foro in Italian) was the central square of the urban settlement.

Some of the temples in the Forum are dedicated to gods, while others are dedicated to people(!). The latter comes from the superstition that if you build a temple and dedicate it to… you, you become a deity.

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Roman Forum Temples

That is not the only Forum in Rome but since the Senate House was included in it, it was elevated to the most important one.

As in Greek Agora, there was a platform where orators spoke to the people of Rome. You may heard the funeral speech of Marc Antony (of Ancient Rome) to Julius Caesar.

You can walk the Via Sacra. Roman armies walked this road when they returned home and Emperors did the same for their coronation.

Around 4.5 million sightseers visit this place…

To book a Combo Ticket for Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill, click here

Roman Forum hours: All week days, 9AM–7:00PM. You will combine this with your Colosseum visit. The entrance is just a few meters away from Colosseum exit. Same for Palatine Hill. All these 3 are each next to the other.
Roman Forum Tickets: Around 20 euro for adults (with the Colosseum/Roman Forum combo ticket) and around 12 euro for kids (0-12).
Tip: This areas hosts a variety of the history of Rome and is a major part of the way Romans functioned regarding their deities and politics.

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Palatine Hill

This place is also names as Sun Hill. Rome started here and then expanded to the other 6 hills, named: Aventine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian. A total of 7 hills.

Romulus and Romus, the founders of Rome were believed to live in the Palatine Hill inside a cave. The word “Palatine” means palace and is the origin word for the English word of “Palace” and the French “Palais”.

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Palatine Hill aspect

Caligula was assassinated on the Palatine. On the other hand, the first private botanical gardens were built on the Palatine. Some parts of the garden can still be seen.

We went up the Palatine to enjoy the view towards Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. It is the perfect spot and we felt like being part of the history.

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Palatine Hill aspect from the Colosseum

Palatine Hill hours: Same as the Roman Forum.
Palatine Hill Tickets: Same as Roman Forum (combo ticket with the Colosseum)
Tip: Enjoy the view and magnificent wall paintings.

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To book a Combo Ticket for Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill, click here

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Altare Della Patria

Also called as “Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II”; “Il Vittoriano”. It was built  in honor of Victor Emamnuel, the first king of unified Italy. The movement related to the unification was called Risorgimento and there is a museum inside the monument that relates to that.

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Altare Della Patria exterior

We walked around 10 minutes from the Colosseum and we reached Piazza Venezia. There you see this massive building that is so big, you can see it from different distant locations in Rome too.

It is the largest national monument in Italy. The Altar of Fatherland (Altare della Patria) that is hosted there, gave its name to the whole building. Here is the “Tomb of the Ukknown Soldier”. That kind of tomb is common to many countries that have been engaged to wars. Climbing the steps towards the tomb is very emotional.

It is entirely made of marble (Botticino) and by the way it is very cool inside so it can be both a history lesson and a cool break from the heat.

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Fancy a Day Trip in Rome that included Altare Della Patria? Get it here.

Altare Della Patria hours: Monday –Sunday: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm (last admission at 6:45 pm). 25 December and 1 January: closed. But… there are 2 different areas to visit. The first area closes early. Around 12 o’clock. The other area (the bigger one) is open until 7pm.  There is also a lift option that gets you to the roof of this massive building.
Altare Della Patria Tickets: Free for the museum. The Panoramic lift ticket is 7 euro.
Tip: Some halls have a 5 euro ticket fee to enter. Just check from the open door if there is a point to pay that. One or two of them just had a few paintings and 1 big statue, so we just saw them by passing in front of the door.

Castel Sant Angelo

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Castel Sant Angelo exterior, approaching it from the bridge

Looking from outside, it looks like a simple castle but make sure you don’t miss this one. It has been featured in Angels and Demons book (Dan Brown) and movie as having a secret corridor (Passeto di Borgo) that leads to Vatican. Well…, yes there is one.

In that movie just a few things are shown from the castle, but this landmark has plenty of halls to reveal, each related to amazing aspects of the history of Rome. It was originally a Mausoleum for Emperor Adrian.

The castle got its name from Archangel Michael who -allegedly- appeared over the castle to end plague.

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Archangel Michael at the top

It was also used a papal residence, a military building and a prison for special “guests”. Caliostro was a prisoner here.

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Artifacts from the inner yard and museum halls

Many of the paintings of the building interior relate not to christian symbols but pagan and fantasy animals and scenes.

Isn’t this weird for such a building? Castel Sant Angelo also hosted the regular and the secret papal archives, in two different rooms.

It has a terrific terrace and cafe where you can enjoy a snack or a refreshment enjoying the surrounding view.

Castel Sant Angelo hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
Castel Sant Angelo Tickets: Adults: 10,50 euro – EU citizens (aged 18 – 24): 7€
Tip: Don’t leave without taking a break at the top area cafe, with a fantastic view and shade. Alternatively go to the nearby park. The kiosk there makes great pizza. There are water fountains in and out of the Castel Sant Angelo.

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Get tickets here. You can book Combo Tickets, or for the Castel Sant Angelo only.

Piazza Di Spagna & Spanish Steps

We saw thousands of people here. Many sitting on the stairs and other just walking in the Piazza or passing through. A good crowd was around the boat shaped Fontana della Barcaccia (designed by Bernini), filling up their bottles.

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Spanish Steps

Walk up the Spanish stairs (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti), a real architectural marvel themselves. A work of art we may say. At the top you will see the Church of Trinità dei Monti.

The Spanish Embassy resides in the square. This places is one of the most popular of Rome and we admired the impressive 17th and 1th century villas at the high streets of Via dei Condotti and Frattina.

From here you can easily arrive at Piazza del Popolo which hosts one of the tallest obelisks in Rome.

Get this All-Rome-Piazza’s Tour! Seems really interesting.

Piazza Di Spagna & the Spanish Steps hours: 24/7/365
Piazza Di Spagna & the Spanish Steps Tickets: Open space, free entrance
Tip: Fill your water bottle from the Fontana della Barcaccia. There are 2 springs on each side of the fountain. Don’t dip your bottle in the fountain.

Piazza Navona

This Piazza was originally a… stadium called Circus Domitianus. Nothing now reminds of that. You will see 3 fountains and one of them is considered Bernini’s greatest work (La Fontana Dei Fuimi).

A huge obelisk stands in the middle of the square in the middle of Fountain of the Four Rivers. This Piazza has been featured in many movies.

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The Obelisk

Perhaps we come back for Christmas in Rome as this piazza hosts a grand Christmas market each year, that is very popular to children.

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Aspect of Piazza Navona

Get this All-Rome-Piazza’s Tour!

Piazza Navona hours: 24/7/365
Piazza Navona Tickets: Open space, free entrance
Tip: Sit at one of the numerous restaurants/gelateria’s around this huge Piazza.

Museums with free admission in Rome

  • Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco
  • Museo delle Mura
  • Villa di Massenzio
  • Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina
  • Museo Napoleonico
  • Museo Carlo Bilotti
  • Museo Pietro Canonica
  • Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi

Different ways to tour around Rome

You can also tour through Rome with Hop-on Hop-off buses and Segway vehicles. You can book a Best of Rome Pass, or you can take a Roma Pass.

Conclusion on our family trip to Rome with kids

Rome with kids is a fantastic experience. If you want to introduce your kids to traveling and culture, Rome is a good case for that.

It has many facilities along all routes to different landmarks, so you can break down your walking with resting time, eating time, etc.

Kids will not get bored.

We were a bit worried on how kids will perceive all this walking for hours (with breaks, but still…) and they were just fine.

They had a good number of questions on different landmarks to ask along our walk, and we were explaining them different things about this “open museum” city. They had a ton of photos to send to their friends when they were online.

We wanted them to use their time to get in as much as possible from their trip and their first experience abroad. Now they are thinking and planning the options for the next trip, throwing ideas for different destinations.

As a parent, I call this a success and maybe a travel budding process, don’t you think?

We believe all this info gives you lots of help to plan your trip to Rome with your kids (or without them).

Do explore all our posts for Italy and Sicily. There are plenty of ideas for trips!

Have fun!

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