When most people picture Rome, the Colosseum pops into their head. And rightfully so! It is in fact a world wonder and a piece of magnificent history. It is one of the most popular attractions in Rome, which is why I would suggest that you purchase the “Roma Pass”. You can select either a 48hr or 72hr pass which lets you in to several attractions and museums and also gives you access to public transportation. I opted to get the 72hr pass and was the lucky one that got to skip the lines at the Colosseum! You can purchase the Roma Pass here!
2. Trevi Fountain
Ah, the famous Trevi Fountain. Make sure you toss a coin over your left shoulder and make a wish. Legend has it that if you do the coin toss, you’ll return to Rome one day! I sure hope I do!
3. Villa Borghese
Are you looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a bit during your stay? Look no further! Villa Borghese is the perfect spot to unwind in the middle of the Roman empire. The moment you step into Villa Borghese you will immediately feel like you are no longer in Rome and instead in a smaller, quieter town. And if you have kids, this is a wonderful place to let them run free and get their energy out! The gardens are beautiful and the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic on a sunny Roman day. Be sure to visit the Borghese Gallery while you are in the area to see some of Rome’s most famous artwork. Sometimes taking a break from the craziness of the city reminds you to slow down and soak in your travels.
Welcome to Rome’s favorite little neighborhood. I felt like a local strolling around Trastevere and was pleasantly surprised by the authentic Italian vibe. I came across numerous quaint cafes, morning markets and even a playground for my little one. Bonus: prices are wayyy cheaper in this area!
5. Vatican Museum’s & St. Peters Basicillica
A trip to Rome isn’t complete without a visit to Vatican City. You could spend days discovering all the museums. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on seeing the Sistine Chapel! Buy your skip the line tickets here.
6. Traditional Pizzeria
The best pizza I ate in Italy was definitely in Rome, although I didn’t make it down to Naples which is arguably the best. Right across from my hotel was a little pizzeria/bakery called Roscioli’s. It was dangerously close. This place was packed with local Italians all day long so I clearly lucked out. They have traditional Italian pizza and I still can’t stop thinking about it. (drool) You tell them how much you want and they cut it right in front of you. They also gave my daughter a piece of pizza for free so they get extra bonus points on my behalf.
Why even visit Italy if you aren’t going to indulge in gelato? I probably ate gelato every day on my 2 week adventure in Italy with my toddler. Okay, maybe twice a day. Or three. Don’t judge me. Make sure you take the time to distinguish “real” gelato from “fake” gelato. Newsflash: The places with over flowing bins with neon colored gelato aren’t the real thing. Look for gelato shops with duller shades of color and that don’t look fluffy. It is also a good sign when you notice a line out the door filled with locals, then you know you’ve struck gold.
9. Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Wouldn’t it be cool to walk among ancient ruins? Well, now you can! Head over to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to get the experience of a lifetime. I would suggest going either before or after your visit to the Colosseum since they are practically next to each other. Plus, your Roma Pass will cover this attraction as well!
The Pantheon is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument. The most interesting part of the Pantheon is the open dome at the top. I happened to be there when it was raining, and yes, it did in fact rain right inside.
Rome with kids…
Rome has so much to offer for all ages. I did all the above activities with my toddler and had no issues at all! I skipped the guided tours at the museums and Colosseum so that we could go at our own pace, which I would highly recommend. I would also suggest investing in a carrier, like my Ergo, to easily get around the city without the hassle of a stroller. All in all, I found Rome (and the rest of Italy) to be extremely child friendly and I urge all my fellow traveling families to visit the eternal city!