- By Kevin
- On Aug 18, 2017
- Travel Tips
Traveling with children is a balancing act that is both challenging and extraordinarily rewarding. Rome guide for you to help you visiting Rome with kids. On one hand, it's a challenge to hold little people's attention and to engage older children and teens. On the other, you want them to get a sense of place and to absorb as much of the local history, culture, and art heritage as possible. It's tempting to look for playgrounds, familiar fast food logos, and things that are just like home. But your kids are in Rome, so help them savor where they are and do things that are special to that Eternal City.
Watch a Puppet Show
Puppet theaters are a long-standing tradition in many parts of Europe, and Rome has two different places where your kids can experience these. The first, Teatrino di Pulcinella al Gianicolo, is a traditional open-air puppet theater in the park on Colle del Gianicolo (Janiculum Hill), near Piazzale Garibaldi. It features the Neapolitan hand-puppet Pulcinella, familiar to English-speakers as the main character in Punch and Judy shows. On weekends, half-hour shows are staged in the morning and late afternoon. They're free, but be sure the kids have a few coins to put in the hat that will be passed around.
At the San Carlino theater, you'll find Pulcinella in a somewhat different setting and format, where the puppets interact with the puppeteers and other performers and musicians in a lively and imaginative show.
Row a Boat or Ride a Bike through the Borghese Gardens
Rome's second-largest public park gives kids a chance to burn off energy, and you'll be joining Romans in one of their favorite spots. There are all sorts of ways to explore the park. Rent a rowboat on the lake, pedal around in a surrey, rent a bike, or ride a Segway. There's more: playgrounds, pony rides on weekends, gardens, and a very good zoo. You can ride around the zoo - the Bioparco di Roma - on a cute little train.