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.
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.
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.)
Lunch at Vittoriano Café on terrace of VEII monument (the cafe here was full and very hot so we ended up eating atTaverna 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