When we were planning our trip to Rome with the children we wanted to make everything run as smoothly as possible and to be as easy for the children as we could manage. We knew that we’d have to organise a way of getting from Rome airport to central Rome and looked at every option available – from pre-booking a transfer to a taxi and finally the Leonardo Express.
A structure that dominates the banks of the Tiber in Rome is Castel Sant’Angelo, which is in a prominent place right outside the Vatican City and it’s a must see attraction when travelling with children to Rome. There is so much Castel Sant’Angelo history, it was initially commissioned by a Roman Emperor Hadrian and there has been a structure of sorts on the site since 134 AD. It has been evolving ever since and was even used by the Pope as a castle and a fortress. There are secret tunnels that directly connect The Vatican City and Castel Sant’Angelo. It was used by the Papal state as a prison and executions were often carried out in the courtyard. Dave and I visited years ago, before children, and were keen to see if it had changed and what the children would think of it on our recent trip to Rome.
Having just got back from a family trip to Rome I thought it would be good to put together a few ideas of family friendly things to do in Rome with kids if you’re thinking about visiting at any point.
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We absolutely loved visiting Rome, Italy with the children and it’s such a different experience to going as a couple – which we did quite a few years before. But, travelling anywhere with children as a family vacation requires a lot more planning than travelling without them so I thought it might help to put together my tips for a family friendly break in Rome with kids.
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When we were planning our trip to Rome as a family we spent quite a lot of time investigating hotels. I wanted the hotel to be perfect for us as a family, one that ticked all the boxes. It had to have a seperate sleeping area for the children, be within walking distance of Rome’s main sights and have breakfast included. You would not believe how hard these few requirements were to meet – but then we found Hotel California and booked it immediately.
Quite a few years ago, after Dave and I got engaged but before we got married, we went to Rome. It was for four days, three nights and it was a gift to ourselves for having paid for our wedding and having not had a holiday in a couple of years it was the best treat we could have had.