Visit Rome in 3 Days with Children. Where to Go, What to Do and What to See

If you plan to visit Rome in 3 days with some children you will have no problem to arrange a trip. The eternal city, actually, even if has the reputation of being a “destination for acculturated people”, has a lot to offer also to small visitors. Parks, museums, attractions, there are plenty of things to see and have fun with them.

Below we propose our itinerary to visit Rome in 3 days with children. This is a rough itinerary that you can adapt and modify according to the interests and the time that you want to devote to each attraction.

First Day

What Will you see:
Giardini di villa Borghese
Museo Carlo Billotti
Piazza di Siena

Our itinerary begins with a visit to an attraction that your kids will definitely adore: 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 (unguided) takes about 45 minutes. It is advisable to book on weekdays and it is absolutely necessary to do it on weekends. The reserved tickets must be picked up at the ticket office 15 minutes before the check-in time, otherwise your reservation will be canceled.To get to the museum go down to the Flaminio Metro stop and take Via Flaminio. The property is at number 82. After the visit go back to the metro station.
The gardens of Villa Borghese are a great idea if you need to visit Rome in 3 days with children.

By going through Viale Whashington you will find yourself in the beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese. Walk in the park where children can run and play at their leisure and stop there to eat.

After lunch, dedicate a stage for you adults at the Carlo Bilotti Museum. It is small and has only 23 pieces, of which 18 works by Giorgio de Chirico, including the famous sculpture “Hector and Andromaca”, located at the entrance. The free view will not take long. It will be interesting for you, and your children, unless they are too small, will appreciate it.

Continue the itinerary following the same road until you arrive at Piazza di Siena, where currently horse racing and summer concerts are organized. Near the square there is the Casina di Raffaello, a playhouse located in a beautiful palace of the 500, which offers fun shows and workshops for children from 3 to 10 years. Finally, you will arrive at the last stop of the day on this trip to visit Rome in three days with children: the Bioparco, which hosts about 1100 animals of 200 different species, it is an attraction to which your little ones will not say No.


Second Day

The second day of our itinerary to visit Rome in 3 days with children begins with the Colosseum (accessible to the disabled), the attraction that most of all represents the capital. Opened in the 80 AD by the Emperor Tito, has always had a function of celebrating public events, performances, fights of gladiators, and so on. It was and still is a show by itself. It can be visited on two levels and most of the structure of the arena is still visible. Reserve about an hour for the visit. If you have the Roma Pass you can jump the queue.
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. Stop there and spend some time looking at the bas-reliefs that, like in a film, describe the emperor’s military campaigns against the Daci population. Via dei Fori Imperiali ends with the Vittoriano that may be a great destination if you are planning to visit Rome in 3 days with children.

Piazza Venezia. Go up the steps of the Vittoriano (remember that it is forbidden to sit down for respect of the tomb of the unknown soldier to whom the monument is dedicated and that the controls are strict), take the usual pictures, and if you want to enjoy a nice view of the city, go up the terrace with the elevator located to the side of the monument.

Stay in the area for lunch. After having lunch and taking some rest, reach Piazza Santi Apostoli. You can bring your children to visit the Wax Museum, the third largest in Europe for the number of characters that have been collected. It contains a collection of 250 wax figures including, in addition to popes, politicians and poets such as Barack Obama, Francesco Totti and, for the joy of the girls, Biancaneve.
Alternatively, for a “more cultural” visit, you can go to Time Elevator, a 3D cinema inaugurated in 2005, where it is worth seeing the show on three scenic screens of Time Elevator Roma, a virtual trip in a lifetime simulator 45 minutes long through almost 3000 years of Roman history. The show starts every hour.

Going out of the cinema you can reach the Trevi Fountain, another of the attractions of Rome absolutely not to be missed. Take a moment here and make some pictures in front of this symbol of the capital. Then take the Via del Corso (shopping street) where you can 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 that was transported to Rome at the time of Augustus, to celebrate the Emperor’s victory over Egypt. Initially it was positioned at the Circus Maximus.

Third Day

Our advice for the thitd day of your itinerary to visit Rome in 3 days with children is to go and visit the Vatican City. Take the subway and get off at Ottaviano-San Pietro stop. From there go through via Via Ottaviano and reach Piazza San Pietro, one of the largest public spaces in the world.
Visit Rome in 3 days with children: St. Peter’s Basilica

Take some photos and let yourself be impressed by the vastness and magnificence of the place. Then visit St. Peter’s Basilica (pay attention to the clothes you wear, because shorts, skirts and bare shoulders are not allowed) and allow yourself to be astonished by the enormity and richness of its interior. Stop to admire the moving Pietà of Michelangelo, which is protected behind a bulletproof glass. The artist sculpted it at the age of only 25 and it is the only work to bring his signature (you’ll find it engraved on the band that surrounds Maria’s chest).
When you leave the basilica, take Via della Conciliazione until you reach Castel Sant’Angelo and visit it inside. If you have the Roma Pass you can skip the queue by going to the special turnstiles for direct access to the site. We recommend that you do not leave without going through the Terrace of the Angel, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.

When you finish your visit stop for lunch. Be aware that in the area around the Vatican there are many trattorias and pizzerias that have no problem with serving poor food at prices far from cheap.

The fountain of the four rivers of Piazza Navona

After having some lunch and resumed some strenght reach Piazza Navona with its beautiful baroque palaces and the wonderful fountains (including the one of the four rivers by Bernini) .The square is characterized by a crowd of tourists, street artists and portrayers invading it every hour of the day and night.
From here keep going along Via del Governo Vecchio until you arrive in Campo dei Fiori with the famous statue of Giordano Bruno, a heretic monk condemned to the stake during the counterreformation period, in the shadow of which the famous market full of colorful stalls is held. The square is one of the main points of the Roman life, during the day with its market, in the evening as a place to drink something. If children are hungry, there is a bakery called the”Ancient Oven” in front of the Giordano Bruno’s statue, which offers white pizza and very good focaccia breads.

Our itinerary to visit Rome in 3 days with children ends up here. If you want you can end the day by dining nearby.

Opening times

January to July, September to December
1st Round 10:00 – 11:45;
2nd Round 12:00 – 13:45;
3° Round 15:00 – 16:45;
4th Round 17:00 – 18:45.

1st Round 12:00 – 13:45;
2nd Round 15:00 – 16:45,
3rd Round 17:00 – 18:45. 24 and 31

1st Round 10:00 – 11:45;
2nd Round 12:00 – 13:45,
3rd Round 15:00 – 16:45.

12-36 MONTHS € 5,00
from 3 years € 8,00
adult 8,00
Thursday afternoon (excluding holidays) € 6,00.

Museo Carlo Bilotti:
October – May
from Tuesday to Friday 10.00 – 16.00 (entrance allowed until 15.30);
Saturday and Sunday 1 10.00 – 19.00 (entrance allowed until 18.30)
24 and 31 December 10.00-14.00.
Closed Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1. Free entry.

June – September
from Tuesday to Friday from 13.00 to 19.00 (entrance until 18.30),
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 19.00 (entrance allowed until 18.30).

Casina di Raffaello:
11 to February 29 from Tuesday to Friday 9.30-15.30
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00-18.00;
from March 1st to June 30th from Tuesday to Friday 9.00-18.00,
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00-19.00.
Monday closed. € 7,00 for ALL children, free of charge for disabled and accompanying, € 5.00 reduced

St. Peter’s Basilica:
1st October – 31st March every day 7.00-18.30
1 April – 30 September every day 7-19.00.
Free admission

Castel Sant’Angelo:
daily 9.00-19.30 (ticket office closes at 18.30).
Full € 10, reduced € 5.

every day except December 25 and January 1 9-17.
Until 15 February 8.30 – 16.30;
February 16th to March 15th 8.3 – 17.00;
from 16 to the last Saturday of March 8.30 – 17.30;
from the last Sunday of March to 31 August 8.30 – 19.15;
from 1 to 30 September 08.30 – 19.00;
from the first to the last Saturday of October 8.30 – 18.30.
Last entry one hour before closing.
Full € 12, reduced € 7.50, free under 18 years.
Included in the Roma Pass.

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