Things to do in Rome with kids

Traveling with kids can be challenging as it is difficult to entertain them. 

We have got you covered if you are looking for ways to engage these little tourists. 

We have listed out the best things to do in Rome with kids. These activities will keep your little ones entertained throughout the trip.

Colosseum underground: see where the Lions lived

Colosseum underground
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Colosseum, the giant Flavian Amphitheatre, is Rome’s most popular tourist attraction. 

The Colosseum underground is called the Hypogeum, which held caged animals and where gladiators rested before the battle. 

Your little ones will be filled with curiosity after seeing the traces of history in the Hypogeum.

Only a guided tour of the Colosseum will get you access to the Colosseum underground. 

The kids will be intrigued as your live guide showers your group with tales, myths, and anecdotes from ancient history. 

A puppet show

A puppet show
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Many regions of Rome have a long-standing tradition of puppet theaters. 

There are two places where your kids can enjoy free puppet shows. 

Teatrino Di Pulcinella al Gianicolo is a traditional open-air puppet theater in the park. It is located near Janiculum Hill. 

The show depicts Pulcinella, a Neapolitan hand puppet best known to English speakers as the star of Punch and Judy. 

Half-hour shows are presented in the early morning and late afternoon on weekends. 

Even though admission is free, ensure the children have some money to put in the hat that will be passed around in the audience.

You will find a similar show depicting Pulcinella at the San Carlino theater. It is located near Viale Dei Bambini

Explore Villa Borghese Gardens in a golf cart

Kids will love riding a fancy electric golf cart as they explore the stunning greenery of Villa Borghese Gardens.

This activity is best suited for kids, as much walking may exhaust them. 

Take a break from walking for one to three hours with this rented golf cart tour.  

Roll gently around 80 hectares of a lush landscape near the famous Borghese Gallery at a comfortable and safe speed. 

Be the coolest tourists in Rome by hopping on this golf buggy ride!

Eat Gelato in Rome

Eat Gelato in Rome
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This activity will surely be your kids’ favorite!

Your kids will certainly spot the carts and shops selling the delectable Italian version of ice cream everywhere in the city. 

One fantastic thing about this is that it’s not just a pleasure for kids, as some flavors are more appealing to adult tastes. 

Refer to this table to pick the best one that suits your taste.

Flavors Description/ Taste
FregolaReal strawberries, not candy. 
LimoneLemon and a bit of tart. Refreshing. 
Frutti di BoscoMixed berries
BacioChocolate and hazelnut
PuffoBubblegum and licorice

Colosseum at night

Colosseum at night
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The Roman Colosseum is very different at night than it is during the day.

We advise seeing the Colosseum during the day if you haven’t already.

But, if time and money are not a constraint, visiting the Colosseum at night is worth it. 

The best way to enjoy the Colosseum in peace while avoiding the long lines, crowds, and heat during the day is to take a VIP Colosseum Night Tour.

You can enjoy a drink of Prosecco in addition to the well-lit setting.

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