Rome is not a city you would traditionally consider a destination for children. However, with a bit of planning it needn’t be dragging them along to “boring” places and then making it up to them with copious gelati. Still, make sure you all have a gelato or two, click here for more information. A trip to Rome can be a coming to life of Latin classes, if your child is studying ancient languages, or simply a run through an archaeological site dressed in a centurion costume. (Just stop off in any souvenir shop to grab your helmets and swords). Below is a list in random order of some specialist attractions for the city’s younger guests.
Focus: Technology • Add: Via Flaminia 82, 00154 Rome • Tel: +39 063 613 776
Located at the foot of Villa Borghese, Explora is a child-sized play town. With the help of the staff, children are offered the opportunity to discover how things function through sight, touch and experiments. The attraction is the first of its kind in Italy and run on a non-profit basis.
Piazza Giovanni Agnelli, 10 • +39060608 • www.planetarioroma.it
The Planetarium is within the Museum of Roman Civilization and provides animated shows for children with a new technologically advanced projector. In adjacent rooms is an Astronomical Museum with models and multimedia stations.
Piazzale del Giardino Zoologico, 1 • +39063608211 • www.bioparco.it
The zoo hosts nearly 1.000 animals, which live in one of the most charming botanical gardens in the world. A highlight of the day is feeding time: 11:00 – Macaques, 11:30 - Lemurs, 12:00 – Elephants, 12:30 - Bears (they sleep in winter), 14:30 – Chimpanzees.
Focus: Ancient history in Multimedia
Via SS Apostoli, 20 • +390669921823 • www.timeelevator.it
A love/ hate attraction (see Trip Advisor) in the heart of Rome designed especially for children. Time Elevator is open every day from 11.00 am and shows run every 30 minutes. Commentary is in six languages.