Rome Week: Rome Travel Tips and Guides

Welcome to Rome Week! Given that we know Italy so well, we’re excited to add Rome to the other family vacation destinations we’ve spent a full week covering including Paris with kids, Washington DC with kids, New York City with kids, and Hawaii with kids.

Photo of Trevi Fountain by Nancy Solomon

Rome travel tips and guides. Walking tour giveaway!

We’re kicking the week off with recommended Rome travel tips and guides to help you started planning a visit to Rome with kids.

In addition, one of our favorite walking tour guides for families, Paolo Lenzi, is giving away a free two-hour tour of Rome to one lucky winner. Paolo specializes in ancient Rome and is an amazing resource that manages to share an unbelievable amount of information and engage kids. Read more about Paolo on our new Italy kid-friendly guides list.

To enter, just comment about a favorite Rome and/or Italy travel resource on today’s post and we’ll have a drawing on Sunday, April 11th at Noon PST (tour subject to availability and valid for one year from drawing.)

Rome is an exciting destination and provides and a rich cultural experience for both adults and children. The ruins bring history to life, especially when coupled with family activities like Gladiator School. Add in the mouth-watering food, awe-inspiring art and wonderful parks full of families, and you have the setting for an unforgettable family vacation. Now, Rome is certainly busy, but quite manageable when planned thoughtfully with a realistic approach to what you can do each day with kids-in-tow.

Photo of Gladiator School by Nancy Solomon

Paolo Lenzi’s contact details:

+ 39 347 [email protected]

www.romanpaths.it

Reading and history for kids:

Before you head to Rome, explore great history books and sites with your children. Think about printing out some pages and attaching them to an itinerary to give the kids some background information.

Nancy’s Kids Travel Book List for Rome is a great place to choose some pre-trip reading. This is one city where I highly recommend reading ahead of time so the kids have some idea of what they are seeing.

History for kids is a site that provides historical information in a kid-friendly digestible format.

Family travel tips and websites:

Italia Kids is a great resource for all kinds of kid-friendly information.

Delicious Baby has great coverage including 32 things to do in Rome.

Life in Italy highlights different activities than other posts.

Rome for Children lists information specific to babies

Travel for Kids lists travel ideas for Rome and other nearby cities nearby

3 Days in Rome by ItaliaKids.com for Divine Caroline

In Italy has a fun recommendations

Activity suggestions by Viator (site that offers great activities around the world)

Top 10 Rome with kids ideas on My Little Nomads

Context Travel offers excellent Family Walks in Rome

Ciao Bambino articles and information on Rome with kids:

Top things to do Rome

Introduction to Rome with kids (book by the Tourist Office)

Tips for visiting Rome sights with kids (written for WhyGo Italy)

Customizable favorite kid-friendly activities in Rome (written for NileGuide)

Our guide to kid-friendly walking tours of Rome

Need help planning a trip to Rome or anywhere else in Italy? Our Family Vacation Planning Service can help! Request assistance on My Trip Planner.

Relevant Links:

Ciao Bambino recommended family hotels Rome

Ciao Bambino recommended family hotels Italy

52 things to know before traveling to Italy with kids

Kid-friendly tour guides in Italy 

Villa and apartment rentals Italy

Florence with kids

Tuscany with kids

Veneto with kids

Italy travel tips – creating a family-friendly itinerary

Lucca attractions

Amalfi Coast sightseeing

Italy Art Camp

9 Comments

  1. I am thrilled to have found your website! I will be traveling with my kids for a month and will rely on your suggestions! Wonderful resources, thank you!

  2. I love the Life in Italy site. It is nice to know about other options for things to do in and around Rome. Great list of links, thank you!

  3. Your site is a wonderful resource. We’ve found the perfect hotel in Rome for our upcoming trip with the children on your site. I have recommended the site to others. Thank you!

  4. Thanks to your recommendation, my family and I are booked at Internazionale Domus, right by the beautiful Spanish Steps and within walking distance to so many sites. It looks like the perfect “base” for our trip to Rome in late May. We have a beautiful apartment for our family, plus my sister and a friend. We are so excited….thank you!

  5. Thank you for the link to My Little Nomads at the FamilyTravel website which outlines the Top 10 Rome with kids ideas– great tips! We will be in Rome the first week in July with our 14yr. old daughter and 8yr. old son so all ideas and suggestions for maximizing our 4 days there are very welcome.

  6. What a fantastic site! We have another trip planned for Europe next summer. Your site will be will be bookmarked on my computer and refered to often on my iPhone.
    Grazie!!!

  7. Love this whole week on Rome…thanks for all of the great links and resources. I especially love the very thorough list of reading suggestions for Rome. We already have some of the books, but we are always eager to expand our “library”. Reading about where we are traveling always makes our trips more interesting. Headed to Naples and Pompeii this week and hoping to make it back to Rome soon.

  8. Gladiator School?? Wow…talk about experiential learning! Thanks for sharing. My 3 boys and I will be in Rome next month as part of our family’s year of travel school. Looks like I’ve missed the contest, but I’m so glad to have found your blog and these great resources on discovering Rome and Italy with kids. Take care, B.

  9. We have another trip planned for Rome next month and thanks to your recommendation we’ve found the perfect hotel in Rome for our upcoming trip with the children on your site..

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