Lazio is a region that oozes history and is in fact one of the oldest regions in Italy. Are you ready for a trip to Lazio with children?
When we think of Lazio, Rome immediately comes to mind with all its beauties. An image is not enough for this splendid city where history, art, culture intertwine and where each building has its own past to tell. How long would it take to visit Rome with children? Perhaps in a weekend you could start with a smattering of the city from outside, get lost in the streets, look as much as possible and walk, walk a lot. Because Rome is also and above all this, getting lost in the streets of the center, finding a bar where you can have a coffee, eat an ice cream at Giolitti’s and run in the pedestrian squares. But let’s see what cannot be missing in a first trip with children.
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Lazio with children: Rome
Rome is the main city for ancient history. The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Castel Sant’Angelo and still many things to see.
Children like ancient Romans, soldiers, gladiators and wild beasts. Visit the Colosseum (free up to 18 years) and remember to show him the holes from which the lions came out!
Maybe the churches don’t attract many children, but the idea of climbing the “dome” could make the adrenaline rise
The Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona with its three fountains are absolutely not to be missed. Then remember the inevitable toss of the coin!
The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Since they are very extensive, family tours are organized on an itinerary suitable for children. An audio guide and a colorful map are given to start a real treasure hunt.
The mouth of truth
Another perfect place for the little ones. Try to get them to put your hand inside and let’s see if they won’t have a few moments of fear!
Lazio with children: trips out of town
It is one of the cities of the Popes, including Bonifacio VIII. A long street lined with period buildings leads up to the Palazzo del Comune. Do not miss a visit to the cathedral with the crypt included.
The village overlooks Lake Albano, the deepest lake of volcanic origin in Italy (168 m). In fact, along its banks you can admire important and numerous archaeological remains, such as the Villaggio delle Macine, a pile-dwelling site dating back to the Bronze Age. Lake Albano and Castel Gandolfo Walk on the shores of Lake Albano. The area around the lake is well equipped: there are establishments that rent umbrellas, deck chairs and pedal boats. Absolutely not to be missed is the historic center. There is a real panoramic terrace from which you can enjoy a wonderful view!
Anguillara is a delightful village on Lake Bracciano. Here you can visit the famous Orsini-Odescalchi Castle with its towers and gardens, where on Sundays there are animated visits designed for children.
The Sacro Bosco or Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo
Known as the forest of the fairies, the Sacro Bosco is a magical place that fascinates both adults and children. Among the paths you will find fantastic and grotesque sculptures surrounded by greenery.
Civita di Bagnoregio
The peculiarity that makes this village unique is the pedestrian bridge that must be crossed to reach it. Civita di Bagnoregio is also known as the town that dies as the tuff and lava hill on which it stands is gradually eroding. During the Christmas period the village becomes even more evocative with the Living Nativity.
Educational parks and farms
In Rome there are many parks where to take the children.
Being a very large park, it can be accessed from multiple entrances. Close to the main entrance there is a large play area surrounded by greenery. Beyond this space, however, there is a delightful artificial lake, at the center of which stands the suggestive Temple of Aesculapius, where it is possible to rent boats.
Villa Doria Pamphilj
It is the first of the largest public green parks by extension in Rome.
About an hour from Rome is the Bioparco, the perfect place to spend a day of fun with the little ones. In all, the site is home to more than 200 animal species, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians from the five continents, from Sumatran tigers to orangutans, from Komodo dragons to the smallest monkeys in the world.
In Lazio there are many educational farms to spend a day in contact with animals and nature.
Campogelato Farm – Rieti
An ancient farm, born in 1930 that has been cultivating fields and raising animals for almost 100 years. Today Fattoria Campogelato is a farm, agritourism and educational farm. Children can visit the farm, get to know the animals and caress them, and participate in organized workshops.
La Fattorietta – Rome
In the heart of Rome, this particular farmhouse has a special view: the dome of St. Peter.
Iacchelli Farm – Velletri
The Iacchelli Farm organizes educational tours for children. Inside there is a Biopark, a playground, a restaurant and a barbecue area.
Disclaimer: some places and attractions mentioned in the article may be closed or have undergone time changes due to the Covid-19 emergency. Always consult reference sites to check before traveling with children. Our intent is to reveal hidden places in Italy, villages and unknown places to travel in the vicinity when it can be done more lightly. This is why we will continue to give advice on families who can’t wait to start over!