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VISIT ROME IN 2 DAYS WITH CHILDREN – WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO

Visit Rome in 2 days with your children and family will be a piece of cake. The Italian capital city offers its young visitors a lot of activities and places to see. There are many parks, museums and events that you will be able to fit into your itinerary.
If you wish, you can follow the 2 day Rome-with-children itinerary we have designed for you! This itinerary is only a suggestion: you can adapt and modify it according to the interests of your family and the time you would like to devote to each activity.
We advise you to use our Roma Pass for your visits. It will allow you to benefit from discounts and additional services while you visit museums and attractions in Rome.

FIRST DAY

Villa Borghese, the ideal place if you want to visit Rome with your children.

The first day of our 2 days Rome itinerary for a visit with children includes a stop at Villa Borghese. With its 80 hectares of green (roughly 200 acres), it is one of the biggest public parks in Rome, as well as one of the most famous. It is an oasis of serenity, offering several activities for families: it is possible to ride a bike through the park without having to worry about cars.

The park houses the Carlo Bilotti museum, very small but with valuable works of art. It hosts 18 works by Giorgio de Chirico and a portrait of Bilotti’s wife and daughter, performed by Andy Warhol. The admission is free and a visit does not take long so it could be a good idea to visit it, if the children are not too small. From the museum, go to Piazza di Siena, where horse racing and summer concerts are currently organized.

Near the square you will find the Casina di Raffaello, a playground for children from 3 to 10 years old. Here children can play and listen to animated readings and participate in one of the many activities organized by the toy library.

But the place that you will certainly enjoy the most is the Biopark, which hosts about 1100 animals from 200 different species and is definitely an attraction that your little ones will surely love. The biopark extends for 18 hectares and also organizes children’s didactic laboratories.

After the walk stop in the park for lunch
Refreshed and rested start your afternoon step of this itinerary to visit Rome in 2 days with children: EXPLORA, a museum dedicated to children from 0 to 12 years old.

It is set up as a child-sized miniature city, where everything can be experienced, touched, lived. The museum opens at 10am and the visit (not guided) takes about 45 minutes.

It is advisable to book on weekdays and it is surely necessary to do it on weekends.

Reserved tickets must be picked up at the ticket office 15 minutes before the check-in time, otherwise your reservation will be canceled. The museum is very engaging and your kids will love it.

The property is located at Via Flaminio at number 82. From the Bioparco you will have to take a half-hour walk.

Second Day

The Colosseum, one of the main attractions of Rome.

On the second day of our itinerary to visit Rome in 2 days with children, we propose a visit of the Colosseum (accessible to the disabled), the attraction that most of all represents the capital. It is undoubtedly the most fascinating of Rome’s monuments. It was in fact the place where the gladiators fought to their last breath and the condemned to death fought against the lions in front of an ecstatic audience.

It can be visited on two levels and most of the structure of the arena is still visible. Reserve about one hour for the visit. If you have the Roma Pass you can skip the queue and save valuable time, in addition to avoid getting the kids tired even before entering.
When you go out of the Colosseum continue the itinerary along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the end of which you can admire the Trajan’s Market and the beautiful Trajan Column, which describes with beautiful bas-reliefs the military campaigns of the Emperor Trajan against the population of Daci.

Get up to Piazza Venezia and climb the Vittoriano stairs.

If you do not want to be reprimanded do not sit on the steps (it is forbidden to sit down for respect to the tomb of the unknown soldier to whom the monument is dedicated and the controls are robust).

Enjoy the magnificent view by climbing up to the terrace with the elevator located to the side of the monument and then have a lunch in the area and rest.

After the break, you have two alternatives on this itinerary to visit Rome in 2 days with children: you can bring your children to the Wax Museum. It is the third largest in Europe for the number of collected characters. It contains a collection of 250 wax figures including, in addition to popes, politicians and poets, Barack Obama, Francesco Totti and, for the joy of the girls, Biancaneve.

Alternatively you can bring your kids to the Time Elevator, a 3D cinema inaugurated in 2005, where it’s worth seeing the show on three scenic screens, Time Elevator Roma, a virtual trip in a 45-minute flight simulator during almost 3,000 years of Roman history. The show start every hour.
The wonderful fountain of Trevi is among the things to see in Rome.

Continue the afternoon until you reach the fantatisc Trevi Fountain, another of Rome’s capital attractions around the world.

The sculptural complex of the fountain occupies almost the whole square. As a result of a recent restoration, the Trevi fountain today is visible in all its original splendor. Make the inevitable usual photos and then take the Via del Corso (the most important shopping street in Rome) where you will be able to shop for the whole family.

Finally come to Piazza del Popolo, where you will find a 23.9 meters obelisk. It is the first obelisk to be transported to Rome at the time of Augustus, to celebrate the Emperor’s victory over Egypt. Initially it was placed at the Circus Maximus.

Our itinerary to visit Rome for two days with children ends up here.

 

ROME IN A WEEK – THE MUSEUMS

Are you crazy about museums and have you planned to visit Rome in a week? Then the capital is the best choice for you. In fact there are many museums where you can satisfy your desire for art. From the most important and famous to the smallest and most special ones you have only to choose.
If you are a workaholic you can try to visit a museum every day. Keep in mind that the visit will take you at least two hours. If, on the other hand, this timetable seems too difficult, you can decide to dedicate a few days to the museums.
After the visit, you can spend the rest of the day by exploring the area of the city that is located around the museum that you have chosen.

CAPITOLINI MUSEUMS

They are a must if you try to visit Rome in a week, but they should be put in the itinerary even if you visit Rome in 5,4,3,2 days … in short, they should be seen!
It is the oldest museum in the world and is housed in two spectacular buildings located in Piazza del Campidoglio. The origin of the Capitoline Museums dates back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated to the citizens some bronze sculptures, laying the foundations of what is today one of the greatest Italian collections of classical art.
The centerpiece of the collection are the ancient statues, but in the Capitoline Gallery you can also find masterpieces of many Italian and Flemish artists.
The Capitoline Museums are equipped for the disabled
Stop: Piazza Venezia
Opening time: every day 9.30-19.30, 24 and 31 December 9.30-14. The ticket office closes an hour earlier. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 31st.

PALACE AND GALLERY DORIA PAMPHILJ

Behind the façade of Palazzo and Galleria Doria Panphilij there is one of the richest private art collections in Rome, both for the number of works and for the importance of the authors who made them.
The galleries consist of ten rooms, arranged chronologically and filled with floor-to-ceiling paintings. Do not miss the Salome with the head of the Baptist Titian and Rest on the flight to Egypt of Caravaggio and alsol the portrait of Innocent X of Velasquez.
The gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Stop: Piazza Venezia (via del Corso)
Opening time: every day from 9.00 to 19.00. Last entry at 18.00. Closed on: December 25th, January 1st, Easter. Also open on November 1st, Easter Monday, April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd and August 15th.

VATICAN MUSEUMS

With its 7 km of exhibition space, the Vatican Museums are a truly unique experience, not just for art lovers. None of those who enter this museum complex can in fact remain indifferent to what is one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Masterpieces such as the Stanze di Raffaello and the incredible Sistine Chapel are already a reason to come and visit Rome.
Founded by Julius II they are found in the halls and galleries of the Vatican Apostolic Palaces.
Almost all the sectors of the Vatican Museums are accessible to the disabled.
Stop: Ottaviano San Pietro
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last admission at 4pm and exit from the rooms half an hour before closing).

MUSEUM AND GALLERY BORGHESE

This is another museum that you must absolutely include in your itinerary if you want to visit Rome in a week.
Defined as the “queen of private collections of art”, this museum boasts some of the most precious treasures of the capital. It contains works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raffaello, and the famous statue of Canova portraying Paolina Borghese as the winning Venus.
The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.
Stop: via Pinciana
Opening times: Monday closed, Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.30 closed January 1, December 25. Entry is allowed until half an hour before closing.

ROMAN NATIONAL MUSEUM: PALAZZO MASSIMO ALLE TERME

The museum is often overlooked, it is wonderful, wide and bright and contains spectacular classical art pieces (the resting boxer, sleeping Hermaphrodite), as well as extraordinary paintings and mosaics. The advice is to start the visit from the second floor so as to admire the most extraordinary works when you are still refreshed.
When you admire the frescoes you will get an idea of the interior of the sumptuous villas of ancient Rome.
The museum is completely accessible to the disabled
Stop: Termini
Opening time: Open every day from 9 to 19.45. Closed on Mondays (except Monday in Albis and during the cultural week), January 1st, December 25th. The ticket office closes at 19.00.

MAXXI

The MAXXI (National Museum of the XXI Century Arts) is the most important contemporary art museum in the capital. Designed by the Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, it was inaugurated in 2010. The geometric façade of the building, built on several levels, hides an interior of gigantic dimensions, full of light and crossed by suspended staircases and structures made of glass, concrete and iron. It consists of two sections, one dedicated to architecture and the other to contemporary art. It is very interesting to visit it on the occasion of exhibitions and installations.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
Bus stop: (line A stop Flaminio) by tram, Viale Tiziano for buses.
Opening time:Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 to 19.00, Saturday from 11.00 to 20.00, Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00. Closed every Monday, December 25th and January 1st. The ticket office closes an hour earlier.