5 Days in Rome with Kids: A Sample Itinerary

I can’t even count the number of hours I spent planning our itinerary for 5 days in Rome with kids. Between hours of paging through apartment listings, poring over other blogger’s posts, reading guide books (including Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents book), studying maps, scrolling through Pinterest, and examining menus — I’m just glad I started early. For all of you that might have Rome on your radar for a future trip, bookmark or Pin this post for future reference. Every family is different but hopefully my research can jumpstart your own planning.

I’ve included our itinerary as planned, but also noted when we went off schedule (because that is bound to happen in any trip) so you can see both options. If you find this useful, I’d love to hear about it in the comments and be sure to stay tuned for detailed trip reports! 

Itinerary for 5 Days in Rome with Kids

Day One (Saturday) Get Acquainted with Rome— arrive in Rome via Al Italia from Boston at 12:40 pm. Our apartment host had arranged a driver to pick us up at the airport and drive us to the Traiano apartment at Via Ruggero Bonghi, 38 near the Colosseum (use my Airbnb referral link to save $20 off your first stay!)

We needed to settle in and rest for a bit before going exploring. To introduce our daughter to Rome, we thought the best way would be to sign up for an Evening Stroll hitting Rome’s most scenic highlights.

5-7:30 pm Evening Stroll with Gelato Tour with Walks of Italy covering the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Area Sacra, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (Read all about our evening stroll on our first night in Italy)

What to do in Rome with Kids - Visit the Pantheon

8:00-9:30 pm Dinner at Alfredo alla Scrofa at Via della Scrofa, 104/A near Piazza Navona, famous for its Fettuccini Alfredo (I wouldn’t recommend it)

After dinner we planned to sample Piazza Navona’s Tre Scalini’s famous tartufo or have an espresso at Caffé Sant’Eustachio, in Piazza di Sant’Eustachio but we were too tired and needed to go back and call it a night.

Day Two (Sunday) Ancient Rome — keep in mind that many attractions and restaurants are closed on Sunday so plan accordingly.

9 am – 12pm Colosseum and Ancient City Tour with Overome (read all about our Colosseum tour with Overome)

Walk over to Capitoline Hill to take a shortcut to the Victor Emanuelle II monument without climbing all the steps (find the she wolf statue then take steps across from statue into the building behind S. Maria d’Aracoeli Church. Enter, turn right. Follow long corridor on left to Victor Emanuelle II terrace & café.)Overome tour review: Colosseum and Ancient City tour

Lunch at Vittoriano Café on terrace of VEII monument (the cafe here was full and very hot so we ended up eating at Taverna Degli Amici instead and had a great lunch)

Inspect Trajan’s Column, then walk over to the Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth) in Piazza Bocca della Verita. Walk across Palantine Hill to return to the apartment to relax, shower and change. (We couldn’t get near Circus Maximus and the Bocca della Verita because the Rolling Stones were playing there that night and roads were closed off.)

8pm dinner at Taverna dei Fori Imperiale, Via Della Madonna de Monti 9 (highly recommend, you must try the artichoke with white wine and lemon and the carbonara!)

Day Three (Monday) Exploring Trastevere & Food — Monday is a busy day to visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s and some restaurants and attractions are closed.

Stop by the market at Campo dei Fiori and pick up pastry at Forno Campo dei Fiori, 22 in the Piazza or 5 Via dei Baullari before heading to Trastevere (we elected to sleep in instead!)

10:45 am – 2:45 pm Trastevere Daylight Food Tour with Eating Italy — this tour gave us the opportunity to get a “real” taste of Rome and explore the energetic neighborhood of Trastevere. (Read about one of our favorite experiences in Rome!)Eating suppli on our food tour with Eating Italy

Head back to the apartment to relax, shower and change before meeting up with family friends that live in Rome for dinner.

Day Four (Tuesday) Exploring Lesser Known Rome –– We wanted to get outside of the city center and explore some of the lesser-known Rome highlights

9 am – 12pm Rome Driving Tour with Walks of Italy to see Appian Way, Aqueduct Park, Baths of Caracalla, Janiculum Hill, Aurelian Walls, and the Pyramid of Casius Cestius (read about the surprises we encountered on this tour!)Appian Way on the Driving Tour of Rome with Walks of Italy - tour review from We3Travel.com

1:00 pm Lunch at Trattoria Gigetto – Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 21/A in the Jewish Quarter for fried artichokes (no shorts allowed) (We heard this was very touristy and ended up switching to Piperno, which came highly recommended but we found mostly ok. I’d also try Ba Ghetto as this came recommended by Eating Italy)

4:45 – 7:15 pm Kid’s pizza making class in Testaccio with wine, antipasti and pizza with Eating Italy (I don’t think they are offering this tour any more but you may want to try Gladiator School as a kid-friendly alternative!)

Day Five (Wednesday) — Catholic Rome – Keep in mind that St. Peter’s is closed on Wednesday mornings for the Papal Audience. No shorts or bare shoulders allowed.

10 am – 1pm Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel Tour with OveromeSt. Peter's dome from the inside on Overome's Vatican Wonders tour

Lunch at Duecento Gradi (paninis) at Piazza del Risorgimento, 3 OR Pizzarium (voted best pizza) at Via della Meloria, 43

St. Peter’s Square / St. Peter’s Basilica & dome – open daily 7am-7pm except Wednesday mornings. 7 euro for elevator, 5 w/o to climb dome. To climb the dome, veer right before entering the basilica. (When our tour ended we were able to take the shortcut directly to St. Peter’s. By the time we were done we were too tired to climb the dome and if we left to eat and came back we would have to get back into a very long queue. We decided to skip it and go to Piazza Navona, have lunch, and get tartufo.)

Castel Sant’Angelo – open daily 9am-7pm except Mondays. Tickets 5 euro, audio guide 4 euro. (Skipped it)

8 pm dinner Ai 3 Scalini – Via SS Quattro 30 (We switched to go to Caffe Propaganda instead and had an amazing meal.)

Plan this trip!

Get Help Planning This Trip

PIN THIS FOR LATER

5 days in Rome -- a sample itinerary for family travel to Rome, Italy with suggestions on activities, tours, and restaurants

Note: Our tours with Walks of Italy were complimentary, as was our tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Overome. I received a free food tour from Eating Italy, with discounted tours for the rest of my family, and our family were guests of Eating Italy for the Kid’s pizza making class. This post contains affiliate posts. If you make a purchase through a link, I may receive a small commission. 

7 Comments on “5 Days in Rome with Kids: A Sample Itinerary

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. […] scheduled our tour for the morning of our first full day in Rome, which was a Sunday (see our full itinerary.) This worked best for us not just because it was top of our list of sights to see in Rome, but […]

    So glad I stumbled upon your posting! My family is going to Rome in December and we’ll be traveling with 3 kids aged 7 years, 4, years, and 10 months! So many things to see and do, I hope we can cram it all in!

      Have a great time!! I hope you found some of the other posts too about where to eat and books to read before you go. At least it won’t be as crowded in December. Rome is one of my favorite cities and I hope you and your family love it just as much.

    You mentioned your tours were complimentary, can I ask how you did that?

      Sure. Many times hotels, tour operators and others will offer complimentary or discounted services to journalists and bloggers to enable us to experience the service and write a review. Each time I receive a complimentary or discounted service, I note that in my post so that my readers have full transparency into my experience. However, this doesn’t mean that you are required to write a positive review. In fact, the expectation is that you write a full and honest review, pointing out the pros and cons where appropriate. This is what I always seek to achieve. If I have a truly poor experience, I may choose not to write about it at all, otherwise I describe our experience, what we liked, any downsides and what families should know before they go.

Get your free Family Vacation Planning Kit

Sign up for our newsletter and receive a Family Vacation Planning Kit with tips, questionnaires, budget templates, checklists and a planning timeline.