Looking for things to do in Rome with kids?
This is one of our favourite things for family travel adventures ever.
The Rome Villa Borghese is home to a Hire Cart Stand, called Bici Pinico.
This hire cart stand has electric-powered ‘riscios’ or rickshaws for hire, along with bicycles, and mountain bikes. The pedal car Riscios come in two sizes – the two-person standard for 12 Euro per hour, or the Riscio Max which seats four, for 20 Euro per hour.
Elsewhere in the Rome Villa Borghese you can also hire stand-up ‘Segway’ scooters too.
Hire a Pedal Car at Rome Villa Borghese.
We hired a two-person pedal car Riscio, and Jack and Roam the Gnome sat up front in the small carriage seat, while Ned and I peddled.
Both seats on the two-person Riscio have a driver’s steering wheel, although only the left-hand side driver’s wheel works to steer.
The Riscio’s electric power kicks in as you begin to pedal, so you don’t have to do much at all.
Thankfully, as the wide paths and roads that meander throughout Rome Villa Borghese are long and you can travel long distances in no time at all.
But be warned!
These Riscio’s don’t stop once you’ve turned them on! Stopping the Riscio involves one person keeping their foot on the brake at all times. Forget, or let go, and you’ll have a runaway Riscio tearing down the streets into oncoming tourists!
I only risked this once, leaving Ned on brake duty, while I hopped off for a quick pic of the view over Piazza del Popolo.
One hour’s hire was plenty of time for us – we had time to:
- scoot around the outskirts of the park
- spot the playground
- find the Bio Parco zoo entrance
- spy the building housing the kid-friendly old-fashioned pinball games arcade and the amusement rides
- race other Riscio-driving families
- laugh and wave at our compadres whizzing about on Segways, AND
- take in the views over this magnificent old Roman city.
This adventure is definitely one of our top three things to do in Rome with kids!
Our Tip for visiting Rome Villa Borghese
Choose which end of the day you’d like to visit.
The early morning and the late afternoon are less crowded, so you’ll have less bodies to navigate on your drive.
We visited these Rome attractions in the afternoon around 2.30pm which gave us plenty of time to take a ride on a Riscio, AND take a pony ride, play a small number of quaint arcade games and ride the miniature rally cars, and run off steam on the timber playground nearby.
The Inside Scoop
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates.
- 10am to sunset
Entry Fees and How to Book:
- Electric pedal cars (2 persons) – 12 Euro for one hour
- Electric pedal cars (4 persons) – 20 Euro for one hour
No booking needed. Please note, cash only.
- Phone: Servizio Giardini 06 6710 9312 – 06 6710 9315
Location and Map:
Address: Piazzale Napoleone I
Entry points to the Rome Villa Borghese Park: Via Aldrovandi, Via Raimondi (2 inputs), Via Pinciana (2 inputs), Piazzale San Paulo, Piazzale Flaminio, Piazzale Cervantes
How to get to Villa Borghese in Rome
- 5 -10 minutes walk uphill from the Spanish Steps, and Piazza Del Popolo.
- Metro Line A (Flaminio and Spain) stops
- FS station (Rome-Viterbo) to Piazzale Flaminio
- Bus stops in via Fiorello La Guardia and square S. Paulo: 490,495,89,160,61
- Bus stops in via Pinciana height Galleria Borghese: 223, 910, 53, 63, 83, 92, 360.
By Taxi or Uber
- Villa Borghese is easily accessible by taxi or uber.
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