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The Best Family Tours in Rome

Visiting Italy with kids and looking for the best family tours in Rome? This guide covers favourite tours whatever your families interests, which hit most of the main tourist attractions and make them fun for kids and YOU!

The best family tour of all in Rome, in my opinion, is the Family Private tour with gelato, a treasure hunt, the Pantheon, where Julius Caesar was murdered and other lesser known parts of Rome with an authentic experience.

More details of this and other tours below!

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Fun Family Private Tour – Our Recommended Tour.

You’ll walk with the guide to some of Rome’s sites that are off the beaten path.  Enjoy chocolates from a local chocolate shop in the beginning, and gelato and a playground at the conclusion of the tour.

During the tour, you’ll stop by the Pantheon where the guide will give the kids a little treasure hunt.  You’ll all explore Piazza Navona, Campo Dei Fiori Market, and savor a delicious slice of Roman pizza! 

Experience some other sites along the way such as Largo di Torre Argentina, the Jewish ghetto, and Tiber Island. 

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 3 hrs

Meeting Point: Entrance of the Church of Sant’Ignatius of Loyola.

What To Bring:  Comfortable shoes

Price:  About 75 €  per person

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Coliseum with Rome Forum/Parthaneon (and either the Palatine hill, the core of the Seven Hills, or the Pantheon instead. 

Another family friendly tour with a scavenger hunt perfect for 6-12 year olds. Your tour guide immerses you in tales as you wander around the Coliseum where gladiators fought their legendary battles.  and then through old Rome which will include Palatine Hill, Seven Hills or the Pantheon. Just let your guide know!  If travelling with a toddler here are some other activities to do in Rome.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Meeting Point: The Metro Stop Coliseum, by the news stand

What To Bring:  Passport or ID, water, comfortable clothes and shoes, sun hat

Price:  About 40 €  per person

Family Tours in Rome: Vatican Tours

Vatican City is an extremely important destination for so many tourists, but especially for Roman Catholics. There is plenty of history here making it one of the most important religious locations in the world.

There are so many beautiful buildings and masterpieces to see when you take a tour inside Vatican City.  These family tours will give you the chance to experience the inside and outside of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and of course St. Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican Treasure Hunt by Rome 4 Kids

The Vatican can be quite a boring prospect for kids, but this tour makes it fun for them with a treasure hunt. With skip the line access, you are whizzed through, with age appropriate treasure hunts: one for 3-6 year olds and the other for 6-12 year olds. Fun topics covered are learning about the Ancient Romans and Greeks, religion and Michelangelo & the Renaissance and more!

Things to Know:

Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Availability of tour: every day except Wed & Sun and religious holidays

Meeting Point: Entrance of the Vatican Museums

What To Bring:  No bare shoulders, no shorts above the knees.No bulky bags, backpacks and long umbrellas as they need to be checked in

Price: From € 50

Family Tours in Rome: Roman Site Tours

Ancient Rome is one of history’s most talked about eras.  The city is unique because of all the ancient sites that preserved so well that we can still visit and admire them today. 

There are so many famous destinations in Rome that these tours will cover including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and the Catacombs.

Pantheon Tour

Come explore one of the most wondrous and well-preserved monuments from Ancient Rome.  The Pantheon is also home to the tomb of the famed artist, Raphael. 

Your live guide will teach you the history of the beautiful dome and how this engineering was even possible during the time of construction.

The Pantheon is known for its intriguing oculus, ancient marble floor, and Corinthian columns all the way from Egypt.  It is extremely well-preserved and its architecture has inspired many famous artists such as the great Michelangelo himself.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 45 minutes

Meeting Point: Fountain in front of the Pantheon entrance

What To Bring:  Passport or ID

Price:  About 22 €  per person

Catacombs and Crypts Tour with Roman Aqueducts

If you’re looking for a mysterious adventure, you must take a tour of the ancient catacombs.  This tour takes you to the different sites by air conditioned bus.

Once inside you’ll explore the crypts and catacombs of Ancient Rome.  Skip this destination if you have toddlers or infants because the dark areas and content may be a little too scary for them.

Your guide will show you labyrinthine Roman Catacombs, the burial ground for many persecuted early Christians.  You’ll experience the well-known “Bone Chapel” where the walls are decorated with the bones of ancient monks.  Finally, you’ll visit the Roman Aquaducts and enjoy the impressive view.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: just over 3 hrs

Meeting Point: Piazza Barberini, by Bernini’s Triton Fountain

What To Bring:  Long pants and long sleeves.  Note the catacombs are not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

Price:  About 70 €  per person

Tours of the City

Sometimes your family does not need to focus on just one attraction during a day of their trip.  It can be just as fulfilling to go on a guided tour that goes through multiple destinations. 

Whether you want an easy workout or a very kid-friendly way to see the city’s popular sites, these tours have you covered.

City Center Highlights Tour by E-Bike

A bike tour is an excellent way to see a great variety of sites with the family.  This tour is a fun active way to fully explore Rome. 

It is jam-packed with exciting sites that you can’t miss, and you can experience them all while still moving at a leisurely pace.  Perfect!

You’ll gaze at the Colosseum and Roman Forum and travel to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.  Imagine checking out Piazza del Popolo, Park of Villa Borghese, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. 

The grand finale will conclude with a stunning view of the Roman forum.  Take some amazing pictures to help you remember the sights, sounds, and feelings from taking this tour!

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 4 hrs

Meeting Point: Via Labicana 49

What To Bring:  Comfortable shoes and water bottle.  Make sure everyone in your group can ride on the bike.  Children 1-4 can travel in a child seat.

Price:  About 76 €  per person, kids 4 and under are free

Workshops or Classes

Activities on a holiday don’t always have to revolve around a famous site or attraction.  A class or workshop can be an authentic way to learn about a new culture and make some fun family memories. 

These experiences consist of a gladiator workshop, where you learn how to be an Ancient Roman gladiator, and a Pizza/Pasta class, where you can create your own meal to enjoy!

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza, or Pizza Napoletana. Ingredients must be Italian and coming from a specific area such as San Marzano tomatoes. Italy
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza, or Pizza Napoletana. Ingredients must be Italian and coming from a specific area such as San Marzano tomatoes.

Pizza and Pasta Cooking Class

Anyone who visits Rome looks forward to relishing the flavors of delicious Italian cuisine.  In this cooking class, you make your own pizza and pasta, and then of course eat it. 

If your family loves cooking or even just eating, this is the perfect class for you.

The chef who leads your class will teach you how to prepare your dough, put your pizza together, and cook it to perfection.  You’ll wind up with a Pizza Margherita or Capricciosa to consume. 

Then you’ll learn how to make 10 different shapes of pasta.  This tour is all-you-can-eat, so your appetite is a must!  Bring your hungry family.

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 4 hrs

Meeting Point: ​​Metro stop Laurentina

What To Bring:  Your appetite and enthusiasm

Price:  About 74 €  per person, Kids 3 and under are free, but can’t participate in cooking on their own.

Gladiator School

Want to become a gladiator for a day?  This is a unique experience in which both kids and adults will have a blast! For 2 hours you’ll get lessons on how to be an Ancient Roman gladiator.

This gladiator school is located on the Via Appia Antica in Rome so the experience feels authentic.  You’ll learn about the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, but the real highlight is actually learning to wield a sword and fight like a warrior. 

This is definitely a day your kids will remember!

Things To Know:

Length of Tour: 2 hrs

Meeting Point: ​​Gladiator School of Rome, Via Appia

What To Bring:  Comfortable shoes and clothes

Price:  About 116 €  per person

If you want to truly take advantage of this amazing city, do consider some of the best family tours in Rome and make the most of your trip.  They won’t disappoint! After your tour, head back to your hotel and relax and if the weather is raining then try one of these hotels with indoor pools in Rome.

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