Discovering  Rome with children

Rome Piazza Foro Traiano

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The gladiators, the Colosseum, the „Bocca della verita“, the Bioparc, The Trevi Fountain…there is so much to see in this eternal city, that has over 2000 years of history. For century Rome was called „Caput Mundi“, the centre of the earth, where power, richness and culture melted together to create one of the most beautiful and historc city of the world.

Rome is so famous, that surely every child has already heard about it and would be happy to finally discover this city and all its mistery!

I recomend you to plan at least a full week to see the city, but if don’t have so much time, here you can find the most interesting things to visit with the whole family. Don’t be afraid of the size of the town! You can actually visit Rome completely by foot or by bus and underground.

The only thing you should keep in mind, is to go already in the morning to the most famous spots, since in the afternoon could get really crowded.

Colosseum and Fori Imperiali

You can not say you have been in Rome if you didn’t see the Colosseum! This is the most famous spot in Italy, and surely one oft he most known in the world. In the ancient Rome the Colosseum was a sort of arena, where instead of playing football, the gladiators challenged each other or had to battle against big animals, like lions and tigers. Really curious is the fact that one in a while the Colosseum was also used for battleship! To do that, the romans filled the arena with water and had ships navigate on it.

From the Colosseum you can take a pedestrian road, overlooking  the famous Fori Imperiali.

Bocca della Veritá

From the Colosseum you can walk towards the Tevere (Rome’s river) and go tot he „Bocca della veritá“. This is a must when you are in Rome with your children! Once you are here, you have to put your hand inside the giant mouth and the legend says that it will eat your hand if you are a liar! Looking at your scared children expression while they put their hands inside the mouth will surely be really funny!  Will they have the courage to do that?

Near the Bocca della Veritá there is the Circo Massimo. The romans used this arena for carriage-race. Now has become a large parc.

 

Fontana die Trevi

There are plenty of movie, where people throw a coin inside this enormous fountain. So you already know what you have to do when you are in front of it! If you do this, you can be certain that you will come back to this city once again. Beside this, this fountain is just a masterpiece to look at and is for sure one oft he most beautiful spring in the world.

The 6 meter tall statue represent the God oft he ocean, which is carried in a large shell by two seahorse and tritons. This place can be really crowded, but make you sure you find a quite spot to admire the fountain and of course to throw the coin inside of it! Just to make sure that you will come to Rome again.

 

Piazza di Spagna

If you are not tired yet and want to discover more about the city, you have to go to Piazza di Spagna. You can reach this place by walking along Via del Corso, a famous shopping road (here you can find also a Disney Store!). Here you will see another famous fountain: the Barcaccia of Bernini and the iconic stairs with the Trinitá die Monti on his back.

 

The Pantheon

Visiting the Pantheon is really nice and you can show your children a real engineering masterpiece. This is a relly big round temple with an hemispheric cupola. And this is the magic of this place: the only light inside the temple come from an opening at the ceiling, which is called „oculus“. This opening measure 9 meters of diameter.

The legend says that this oculus was created from the devil, trying to escape from God. But legend apart, we surely ask ourself what happen when it rains. Well, the floor of the temple is slightly convex and when it rains the water is also captured from holes on the floor.

 

Bioparco

Every city has a big bioparc or a zoo, so also Rome has one. The parc is located in a big green area inside the Villa Borghese and was created in the year 1908 with the purpose of protect endangered species.

This parc ist he perfect spot to recover from the walking in Rome and spend some quite time with the children. If you go here on Saturday or Sunday you can also feed the animals, a really interesting experience for the children.

If you are to tired to walk, you can visit the parc on board of the „Bioparco Express“, a little train that will bring you along the parc. If the weather is good, I also recomend you to bring something to eat and to have a pic nic with the whole family!

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