The beauty and culture of Rome is vast with many places to explore. Specifically, the information provided will give your family a better idea of how to explore Rome without worrying about how to take care of your kids in a city that you are not too familiar with. Consider these four areas if you are looking to rent an apartment in Rome or you simply want to explore other areas of the city: Trastevere, Monteverde, City Center, and Testaccio. In these four zones, I will articulate which playgrounds, restaurants, and markets are best for you and your family. This information will give you a better understanding of each neighborhood of Rome, as well as provide insight to numerous family friendly locations.
Trastevere is a great family destination where there are delicious restaurants, bars, and street performers. San Cosimato is a great area to take the family. More specifically, Piazza San Cosimato is well known for its outdoor food market, with lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables. It is a colorful and lively place, a true heart of the friendly neighborhood that caters to families and children. There is a kids’ playground, as well as kiosks and market shops. If you are having a problem setting up a new number in Italy, there is a TIM store right next to San Cosimato that would be happy to assist you. Trastevere is also a great family destination where there are delicious restaurants, bars, and street performers. There is also a playground located in front of the Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. I recommend if you are looking to take a memorable family photo, take a hike to Gianicolo Hill that overlooks all of Rome. For families traveling in the summer months, the riverfront of the Tiber is transformed into restaurants, bars, theatre performances, antique shops, and games for the children.
There are a few parks that are worth mentioning to keep the kids occupied while you have a moments rest. Villa Sciarra is a delightful small park with a well-equipped children’s playground with swings, slides, and seesaws’. In addition, there is a pond and a peacock in a huge cage that kids are strangely attracted to. You can get to this park by taking tram 8 from Largo Argentina and get off at Ministero dell’Istruzione. Villa Pamphilli is also a huge park that can keep the kids occupied. In addition, there are both bars and restaurants in Villa Pamphilli for an afternoon family lunch. Vivi Bistrot and Café Fiorini are locations to sit down and relax. For all the dads that are craving a nice brew, there is also Finn Irish Pub located within Villa Pamphili. If your family is looking to do some grocery shopping, San Giovanni di Dio is a lively and local Italian market. There you can find fresh produce, as well as antique shops. If the weather is nice and hot, Monteverde Club might be the perfect family destination. At Monteverde Club there is a tennis club and spa that offers all manner of classes and water sports, like hydro-bike, aqua-gym, prenatal swimming, acqua-pilates and infant swimming for children between 6 months and 3 years. Beds and umbrellas are free; entrance fee: €10 the full day, €8 from 3:30PM; €5 from 1 to 3PM; Sunday €15. Open daily from 7AM to 11PM.
For all the moms that love to shop, tell dad to watch the kids for a couple hours while you can shop on the luxurious street of Via Del Corso. If dad can’t handle the kids that long, take your family to Little Big Town which is not far from Via Del Corso. Little Big Town is the largest kids’ store in Italy with over 1000 square meters of toys, games, and musical instruments on three floors. Bioparco is a great destination for kids that are intrigued by animals. The Rome Zoo within Villa Borghese perimeter has a fantastic Noah’s Ark-shaped playground with several ramps, rope bridges, slides and tunnels. This park does have an entrance fee and children must be taller than 3 ft. There is also bars and restaurants such as Casina del Lago and Santa Margherita. In the City Center, bars and restaurants are located on most streets. Colle Oppio Park is located in the heart of Rione Monti District, one of the most exclusive areas of Rome. The park covers approximately 11 hectares and is accessible from various entrances such as Via Labicana, Via Mecenate and Via Sette Sale. You can enjoy magnificent views of the most important monuments in Rome such as the Roman Colosseum, Via dei Fori Imperiali and the Arch of Constantine. Not only is it a great location to spend quality time with the family, but it is also has a historical element to the park features. There are some exceptional pieces from the Roman Empire including the remains of Domus Aurea and the Thermae of Traiano.
Testaccio is a working class neighborhood full of life. For families that are looking to shop for top quality Italian produce, there is Gastronomia Volpetti. Gastronomia Volpetti is full choices such as: pizza, sandwiches, cheese, and meats. Another option is to take the family to the open market in Piazza Testaccio. Here there is a center fountain surrounded by hole in the wall bakeries and Italian cuisines. The Piazza is also a great place to grab a bench and relax while the kids play in the spacious square. For an insider tip, Remo Pizza is another must eat location located in Santa Maria Liberatrice 44. It is considered by many to be the best Pizza in Rome. In Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice, there is a playground for the kids. Also, in Testaccio, there is a 15 minute walk up the aventine hill. You will find the “keyhole” and a lovely park called giardino degli aranci which has fantastic views of Rome. This can be a great hike with the family on a late afternoon to watch the sunset.
Overall if you are living in a luxury long term apartment rental in Rome, there are many locations to enjoy the Italian culture of Rome without having to worry too much about the kids. Hopefully these destinations can serve as help to make your stay in Rome to be an easy transition.