INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the best things to do in Piazza Navona with kids.
One of the must-do tourist attractions in Rome is the Piazza Navona.
Built on the Stadium of Domitian back in the 1st Century AD, the Piazza Navona is an example of Baroque architecture with three famous fountains in the open space in the centre of the stadium-like piazza.
While it’s definitely a cultural hotspot and an architecture lovers dream destination, the Piazza Navona is interesting enough for kids, especially on a sunny day! (Unlike the day we visited)
See below for a list of the top things to do in Piazza Navona with kids.
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- 1 7 BEST THINGS TO DO IN PIAZZA NAVONA WITH KIDS
- 2 No.1: See the Famous Fountain in Rome – Bernini Fountain of the Four Rivers at Piazza Navona
- 3 No.2: See the Famous Roman Statues at Piazza Navona
- 4 Fountain of Neptune Piazza Navona
- 5 No.3: See the Stadium of Domitian Piazza Navona underground
- 6 No.4: Fun Things to do in Rome for Kids at Piazza Navona!
- 7 No.5: “Death by Chocolate” – Try the World-famous dessert “Il Tartuffo” at Tre Scalini.
- 8 No.6: What to do at Piazza Navona? Visit Piazza Navona Christmas Market
- 9 No.7: The Best Toy Store in Rome for Kids and Families is Al Sogno Toy shop at Piazza Navona
- 10 The Inside Scoop – Rome Places to Visit with Kids
- 11 Map of this famous Roman Square
- 12 How to get to Piazza Navona
- 13 Where to eat at Piazza Navona with kids?
- 14 Toadstool Rating: Ancient Rome for Kids, Piazza Navona Fountains
- 15 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit in Rome for kids?
7 BEST THINGS TO DO IN PIAZZA NAVONA WITH KIDS
The main Piazza Navona fountain in the centre of the Piazza Navona is the world-famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or “Fountain of the Four Rivers” (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
This fountain is topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, and is a sight to see.
The fountain at the southern end is the Fontana del Moro.
There’s a basin and four Tritons sculpted by Giacomo della Porta (1575).
To which, in 1673, Bernini added a statue of a Moor, or African, wrestling with a dolphin.
The fountain at the northern end of the Piazza is the Fountain of Neptune (1574).
Also created by Giacomo della Porta.
The Statue of Neptune, by Antonio Della Bitta, was added in 1878 to create a balance with La Fontana del Moro.
Explore the only stadium ever built from masonry in Ancient Rome.
Take a skip-the-line audio guide tour of the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
See amazing reconstructions of the former site of the ancient Olympic Games, located 5 meters beneath Piazza Navona.
There’s Street Entertainment Galore
Be prepared for lots of street entertainment, including:
- portrait painters
- silent human statues
The Piazza Navona is filled with stylish people to watch so grab yourselves a gelati icecream cone and find a seat.
Image credit: Tre Scalini
No.5: “Death by Chocolate” – Try the World-famous dessert “Il Tartuffo” at Tre Scalini.
Unless of course, you are planning to indulge in the world-famous dessert “Tartuffo” truffle cake at Tre Scalini cafe-restaurant and ice cream parlour.
Death by Chocolate, created in 1946 by the found of the Ciampini family, is a local speciality and must be tried at least once.
This is one of the top things to do in Rome for foodies.
If you happen to visit Rome on a family vacation during December and up to the first week of January, you’ll be delighted by the Christmas Market in Piazza Navona and the atmosphere there.
Go for the Christmas food and the vibe, and you won’t be disappointed by the lack of original art, or the array of cheap Chinese imports.
The kids will love picking out a Christmas souvenir or two though!
Image credit: Al Sogno toy store in Rome
If you are in Rome with kids, do stop by the Al Sogno Toy shop in Rome at one end of the piazza.
In this dreamlike store with a Gladiator and Pinocchio by the front door to greet you, there’s:
- stuffed animals
- fairy dolls
- wooden puppets
- porcelain handmade dolls, and
It’s the Aladdins Cave of Toy Stores in Rome.
The Inside Scoop – Rome Places to Visit with Kids
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Address: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma, Italy
Opening Hours at Piazza Navona
- Open all hours
- Entrance to the Piazza is free.
Map of this famous Roman Square
- Walking is the best option.
- You can do a fab tourist loop by starting at the Piazza del Popolo, down to the Spanish Steps, walk to the Trevi Fountain, and arrive at the PN square via the Pantheon.
By Metro: There are no Metro stations nearby.
By Bus: From the Termini, take bus 64, 70 or N15 and alight at the C.So Vittorio Emanuele/S. A. Della Valle stop.
By Taxi or Uber: The square is easily accessible by taxi or Uber.
Head up to second level to sit in the courtyard.
- Via Arco della Pace, 5
- Telephone: 06 6880 9035
- Open from 10:00 am-9:00 pm.
Need a sweet treat?
Visit Gelateria Tre Scalini.
Hot Tip: We’d suggest finding elsewhere to eat your family meals as the prices here are tourist-level and not so family-friendly.
If you are up for Pizza, our favourite pizza shop is just 400 metres walk away.
Another ancient square in Rome full of beauty and history.
Stop by on your wanders.
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