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Family-Friendly Things to Do in Rome

By Viator, July 2014

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A family trip to Italy is the sort of thing you hope your kids will remember for the rest of their lives. More than just the great pizza or gelato, however, you hope they'll understand some of the significance of what they're seeing so that they can put it into context later.

One way to help make sure that happens is by focusing on tours and activities that are geared specifically toward the younger members of the family to avoid restlessness and boredom. Here are a few family-friendly ways to explore the fascinating city of Rome that will have the kids talking about this trip long after they're back home.

Walk Like an Ancient Roman
Walking tours through Rome's ancient sites may be all well and good for adults who can imagine what life might have been like 2,000 years ago, but for kids it's helpful to be more explicit than just asking them to picture something in their heads. At Roman Gladiator School, kids of all ages will learn about the history of Rome's gladiator games by putting on a costume and getting lessons in weaponry and hand-to-hand combat from members of the Historic Group of Rome. It's all safe and fun with history thrown in for a lasting impression.

Go Back in Time
Rome isn't exactly an amusement park, but the history-inspired Time Elevator Rome's 3-D Movie and Simulated Ride makes for an exciting twist on the regular sites. Head for the large white marble Vittorio Emanuele II monument (also known as the Typewriter to Romans) to find the ride, where you’ll be seated in front of a huge panoramic screen. Through both visuals and a simulation you'll take a trip through 3,000 years of Roman history in only 45 minutes. It's a relatively quick way to give the kids an historical overview of a city as complex as Rome and to do so in a way that's fun from start to finish.

Avoid Waiting in Lines
You might think you hate waiting, but your kids hate it even more. Save them from the agonizing wait – and yourself from the whining about the wait – by making sure your Rome tours include a skip-the-line feature. The Skip-the-Line Family-Friendly Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour keeps you from the lines and features a guide who specializes in giving tours to kids. In addition to the usual sightseeing, this tour includes role-playing and challenges to keep kids (and, let's face it, adults) engaged the whole time.

Play to Your Kids' Interests
If your kids are a little older, choosing a tour may simply be simply a matter of picking attractions and activities that speak to their interests. Does your child like mysteries and haunted houses? Then the combination of history and chills on the Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour of Rome and the Skip-the-Line Tour of Rome's Crypts and Catacombs may be what you’re looking for. Maybe your child thinks he or she is too old to play-fight at Gladiator School but wouldn't mind watching an Imperial Rome Gladiator Show with Dinner. And if you've got a budding foodie in your midst, why not take a food tour or even a cooking class so the whole family can learn how to make a few Roman specialties together? Imagine the fun you'll have back home in the kitchen, recreating those dishes.

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Kids Pizza Cooking Class in Rome

Treat the family to a 2.5-hour cooking class, and discover the history of pizza and the science behind their creation from a local ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.80

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1265 Reviews

Discover Rome's hidden delights and quirky sites on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the underground catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente. The ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.15

Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

4.5 star rating: Recommended 416 Reviews

Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a genuine gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.53

Skip the Line: Family-Friendly Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Treat the family to a 2-hour Colosseum and Ancient Rome walking tour, led by a fun-loving, child specialist guide. Specially designed for kids between the ages ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.80

Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour of Rome

4.5 star rating: Recommended 510 Reviews

Tour the dark heart of Rome on a night-time Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour. When the sun sets over Rome, another side of the city comes to life - an older and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.33

Imperial Rome Gladiator Show and Dinner

3 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Spend a Spartacus-style evening in Rome, enjoying a gladiator show with dinner at Gruppo Storico Romano. While a gladiator school by day, the attraction puts ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.92

Time Elevator Rome 3-D Movie and Simulated Ride

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 133 Reviews

Time Elevator Rome combines education and entertainment in such a unique way that you will not seen Rome the same again. This is an amazing multi-sensory ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $16.48

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