- 1 Rome Places to Visit with Kids
- 2 Things to do in Rome for Kids – Street Entertainment Galore
- 3 Rome Attractions for Kids and Families- Seasonal Christmas Market
- 4 Rome for Kids – Toy Stores in Rome
- 5 The Inside Scoop – Rome for Kids
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Rome Places to Visit 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)
The main 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.
Piazza Navona has two other fountains. The fountain at the southern end is the Fontana del Moro with 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.
Things to do in Rome for Kids – Street Entertainment Galore
There’s lots of street entertainment, buskers, portrait painters, and the Piazza Navona is filled with stylish people to watch so grab yourselves a (small) gelati icecream cone, unless of course, you are planning to indulge in the world-famous dessert “Tartuffo” at Tre Scalini. Death by Chocolate sounds SO good! (This is one of the top things to do in Rome for foodies but not sure how kids go with it.)
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.
Rome Attractions for Kids and Families- Seasonal Christmas Market
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 Piazza Navona Christmas Market and the atmosphere there. Go for the food and vibe, and you won’t be disappointed by the lack of original art or the cheap Chinese imports. The kids will love picking out a Christmas souvenir or two though!
Rome for Kids – Toy Stores in Rome
If you are in Rome with kids visiting Piazza Navona, do stop by the Al Sogno Toy shop at one end of the piazza. In this dreamlike store, there’s stuffed animals, teddies, fairy dolls, wooden puppets, porcelain handmade dolls, and marionettes. It’s like the Aladdins Cave of Toy Stores in Rome.
The Inside Scoop – Rome for Kids
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Opening Hours at Piazza Navona
- Open all hours
Entry Fees at Piazza Navona:
- Entrance to the Piazza is free.
Location and Map:
Address: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma, Italy
- 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 Piazza Navona via the Pantheon.
- There is no Metro station nearby.
- 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
- Piazza Navona is easily accessible by taxi or Uber.
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