5 Reasons You Need to Take Your Kids to Rome- Flashback Friday

Truth be told Rome is one of my FAVORITE cities in the world. It has absolutely everything- culture, history, architecture, art and some of the BEST food on the planet!! So, it is no wonder I would highly recommend families to travel to Rome with kids in tow. And, with so many ancient buildings still standing it is one of the few places you can visit where ancient history meets modern day times right before your eyes. This spectacular clash will fascinate and excite your children igniting a lifelong love of learning. Plus, the fact that pizza and gelato are available on every corner works great when you need to bribe them for one more picture in front of the Colosseum- ha!

5 Reasons You Need To Take Your Kids to Rome


1 Teach Your Kids to LOVE History

Gorgeous photo of the side of the Colosseum in Rome. They newly refinished it by cleaning the soot off of it and it is beautiful

The eternal city was founded back in 753 BC although some will claim it existed nearly 100 year prior to that. Walking amongst the ruins today allows us to imagine what life was like when this magnificent city was the epicenter of civilization. Kids will be fascinated to learn that the Romans were the ones responsible for things like paved roads, concrete, arches, the Julian calendar, sewers, aqueducts, newspapers and welfare for starters.

To get the most out of this incredible experience with your kids I recommend taking a guided tour. Both Walks of Italy and Overome have wonderful family friendly tours that will educate your kids on the expansive history that surrounds them while in Rome. I still am amazed by what my kids learned from our trip 18 months ago! There is just something special about hands on experiences. They take children way deeper than those pages on their textbook ever could.

Checking out the Pulley System that was used at the Colosseum

Colosseum Pulley(14)

Exploring the Aqueducts



2 A Lesson in Culture

Families will love all the pizza just another reason Rome with kids is always a good idea | Global Munchkins

That look from the waitress in the background… it says everything. The Italians they are loud, proud, happy, passionate people who happen to LOVE KIDS!!! I don’t think we visited any shop, museum and restaurant where my kids did not receive preferential treatment. It practically behooves you to bring them just for that reason alone- ha! And, the Italians love for living the “dolce vita” is so captivating your kids will totally soak it up. I think just hanging out listening to music in Piazza Navona is one of my all time favorite memories with my kids. Check out a glimpse of that experience in the video below.

I also believe that transitioning into the Italian culture is one that is quite easy for children. Most Americans are familiar and actually quite fond of Italian food. Kids most likely have some idea of what Rome looks like thanks to movies like Lady & the Tramp and several others like Lizzie Maguire and the Olsen Twins that were all set in Rome.

3 The Food is Fantastic & Kid Friendly


Unlike traveling to places like Ethiopia and Vietnam where your kids will turn their nose at almost every dish. Italy is filled with your kids favorite dishes. And, the best versions of them at that!

Fresh Handmade Pasta in Trastevere (read about my family friendly food tour in Rome  here)


Tons of Pizza 

Delicious Pizza found in Rome | Global Munchkins

Adults will enjoy their Pizza with a traditional Orange Spritz (cocktails are always helpful when traveling with kids)

Aerial flat lay of Authentic Pizza in Italy- Global Munchkins

Gelato on almost every corner (great for bribes)


I mean really… kids and adults can’t get enough!!

Loved this gelateria I came across near the Spanish Steps.

4 Teach them about the Arts

Gorgeous Chalk Art on the streets in Italy | Global Munchkins

As you walk through the streets of Rome with kids in tow you will find that art is EVERYWHERE. Home to many Renaissance artists your children are familiar with such as  Michaelangelo, Raphael, Da Vinci and Donatello. Rome is an easy place to ignite a love for art within your children.

Especially, given that so many schools in the US these days have made massive cuts to their arts programs. The ability to expose your children to this important element is crucial.

Checking out an ancient mosaic that once lined the walls of the Colosseum

Find art like this mosaic found in the Colosseum when you travel to Rome with Kids | Global Munchkins

Admiring Street Artists

Kids checking out the street art while in Italy. Things to do in Rome with Kids | Global Munchkins

5 And… Rome is SUPER FUN!!!

I mean overall Rome is an incredible family friendly destination. All the ancient ruins, works of art and incredible food make visiting Rome with kids in tow an incredible experience. I will never forget watching my son’s admiring the massive scope of the colosseum or attempting to drink from the many fountains around the city. Seeing my daughters face when she first noticed the engraving of Romulus & Remus on the trash cans around Rome and listening to her tell me all about the story she had learned in school about those two famous twins who are known as the founders of Rome. And, eating our weight in the best pizza and gelato of our lives!!!

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5 Reasons to Visit Rome with Kids | Global Munchkins

ps- if you enjoyed this article check out our travelogues from Rome here & here + learn how to pack a carry on for 2 weeks in Europe here.

What is your favorite family friendly destination??


  • Renata says:

    Totally pinning this for our trip to Rome in future! I love Rome!!!!

  • Ivana says:

    Lovely post, Rome has so many great stuff to visit, and also lots of things can be learn xoxo


  • I can’t wait to have kiddos to take to Rome! That is still our favorite city, we have been there twice and can’t wait to go again! So much amazing history and true haha kids do love pizza and gelato!

  • Erin says:

    I went to Italy when I was 14! I still remember it fondly. I’ve wanted to take the kids to Europe and this post makes it look SO possible!!!!

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      That is SO great to hear! It was about 18 months ago when we visited and my kids talk about it all the time. We actually toured Europe- London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona that summer and I would HIGHLY recommend it. Staying in Air BNB apartments helped on lodging and food costs. And, we traveled by train once over the pond which was also cost saving. That and some cheap flights through WOW and Ryan Air. I hope you get the chance!!

  • Rachel says:

    Great post! I don’t have kids but I also haven’t made it to Rome yet – hoping to soon!

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      I’ve visited with and without kids and both experiences (while very different) are incredible. I hope you have the chance to check it out someday! Thanks for stopping by!

  • I would love to travel to Rome with my kids. My daughter loves history and researching other countries. This is one place she would be excited to visit. I pinned for later!

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      Great! Thanks SO much for pinning. It helps me a ton with blog traffic 😉 And, yes sounds like Rome would be an indeal destination for your daughter!!

  • Natalie says:

    Rome is really, really high on our bucket list of places to take our little ones. My older is only 3 though, and our younger is due in November, so I think we might have to wait a few years for at least my daughter to get some goodie out of a trip. 🙂 We are thinking about doing a trip to London next year with her since she’s been obsessed with castles since our Germany trip, so maybe Rome will have to be the next big vacation after that!

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      How exciting that you are welcoming another bundle of joy!! I have two November babies too. London is incredible with kids. The Tower of London was really fun and they open the Tower Bridge usually around 1pm which your daughter would probably enjoy too!

  • courtney says:

    I 100% agree with these points! I went to Italy -rome included- when I was in highschool and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

    La Belle Sirene

  • Chanel says:

    I am starving now after looking at all these amazing food pictures. Once our kids our older, we definitely want to vacation with them overseas!

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      Ha! Thanks… your photos from Saltwood looked incredible as well. I need to head to Atlanta. And, yes definitely take them to Europe when they are older it is such an incredible experience to expose them to new cultures, food and incredible history rich sights!

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