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Sights and Fun Activities for Kids

Educational and entertaining highlights of the Eternal City
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 11.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  If you're looking for a travel experience tailored to entertain, amuse and educate your kids while exploring the history-filled... more »

Tips:  Walking in the lush and relaxing Villa Borghese Park is a great way to take a break from Rome's chaotic traffic and street noise.... more »

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Points of Interest

This guide starts at the legendary "Mouth of Truth," an image of a man's face carved in marble that can be easily spotted by the large crowds gathered in front of it, waiting for their turn to prove that they are not lying.

Legend from the Middle Ages has it that if someone tells a lie after sticking a hand into the sculpture's mouth, the statue... More

Coming from the Bocca della Verità, a 15-minute pleasant stroll, you'll reach this busy crossing from the left side of an imposing white marble monument known to locals as the "typewriter" for its unmistakable shape. Wonder with your kids at its majesty before continuing your way through the Roman Forum and the Coliseum.

Perhaps Rome's most famous attraction, no trip to the Eternal City can skip a visit to the Coliseum. Large crowds of tourists and street vendors constantly populate the area around the monument, which can get very busy.

Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Coliseum was commissioned in A.D. 72 by Emperor Vespasian and completed by... More

Check out the nearly 1,000 animals, including reptiles, mammals, birds and even endangered species such as the Asiatic lion, in one of Europe's oldest zoos.

Rome's Bioparco, founded in 1911, resides in the idyllic setting of the Villa Borghese public park, where animals rest in their enclaves rather than behind cages or fences.

The zoo... More

This is the point in the tour when it's time to separate the teens from the kids.

For children 12 and younger, head to Explora, the city's only children's museum. It offers workshops, craft classes and hands-on experiences for kids from infancy to 12. Projects include teaching children how recycled paper is produced, how to play with colors or... More

If you're traveling with a brave kid older than 12, you may want to surprise him or her with an off-the-beaten-path visit to a creepy crypt.

Walk out from the Bioparco, turn left toward the Museo di Villa Borghese onto via Pinciana and get on bus 52 or choose a 30-minute walk through the park to reach via Veneto, just before it crosses Piazza... More

Now it is time to wind down and relax while still keeping your kids entertained. Give your feet a rest while you let fantasy fly and travel back in time with a sit-down journey at the Time Elevator.

This is a 45-minute 3-D ride and time-travel experience covers more than 3,000 years of Roman history, equipped with panoramic screens and moving... More