Rome has been a long-standing favourite for a European city getaway: boasting a wealth of history and heritage, excellent shopping, a vast selection of restaurants and cafes, as well as the excellent attractions on offer. It is also an emerging destination for families who want more from a holiday than the sunshine and a swimming pool.
Spring is the perfect time of year to explore the city; while Rome is always abuzz with tourists, the capital should be extra lively at this time of year, as thousands flock to the Vatican for traditional Christian Easter celebrations. For families looking to get the most out of Rome and their holiday, we take a look at five great attractions which will entertain all ages.
Covering over 5km of green space, the Borghese Gardens are perhaps the best-loved park in Rome, with plenty of amenities available to keep families entertained all day long. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful landscaped gardens, stop for a snack at one of the food stalls or enjoy a picnic with fresh bread and snacks, and keep yourselves amused with the onsite zoo and museums.
St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of Vatican City, will be Rome’s most popular destination this coming Easter, though it’s still a must-visit even if you’re not celebrating the religious occasion. The basilica stands as the world’s largest church building, with its rich history dating back to 64AD, with the Vatican’s vast museum and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, just a short walk away.
Ideal for families with children under 12, this museum offers a fun, hands-on approach to learning, covering a range of topics under the umbrellas of society, communication, environment and “I”. Visits to the museum must be booked in advance, so ensure you and your family put some time aside to discover this fascinating yet educational attraction.
Focused on educating its visitors on the importance of wildlife conservation and environmentally-friendly living, Rome’s zoo, Bioparco, was established in 1908 and has brought a host of interesting wildlife to the Italian public ever since. Today, the zoo is home to over 190 different species and retains some of its original features as well as modern features built to house the increasing number of animals.
Villa Ada is another of Rome’s vast and spacious parks, though it is quite different to Villa Borghese, boasting a greater diversity of natural beauty in the form of forests, a tranquil lake, and numerous nature trails, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a lazy evening or have a long afternoon picnic. The park is also a popular location for several musical festivals, such as Roma Incontra il Mondo, where both Italian and international bands entertain the crowds until the sun goes down.
Where to stay – Town House
This five-bedroom luxury apartment nestled within a historic Palazzo is ideal for families. There’s plenty of space for everyone, and you’re just a stone’s throw from the city’s best sights.