Visit Rome with kids

Visit Rome with KIDS

Rome, the Eternal City. What a glorious destination. Some have the misguided opinion that it is not for families, not for children. They are so mistaken.

The Educational Tourist and family Vatican City, Visit Rome,

We took our then 5 and 7 year old chickadees to Rome for a week. They were amazed, fascinated, and we all had a marvelous time – sharing experiences, and making memories.

Visit Rome with KIDS: What do kids love about Rome?

Visit Rome with KIDS: The Trevi fountain

The Trevi fountain is the largest fountain in all of Rome. Look for some of the 30 different type of plants carved into this giant statue. Can you find the lizard?

Trevi Fountain, Visit Rome,

Throw a coin in so you’ll be sure to return one day. What happens to all the coins? They are collected each day – about $4500 and delivered to a grocery store for the needy.

Visit Rome with KIDS: Vatican city

Laocoon and His Sons -Remember the Trojan horse? This is the man, Laocoon, the man who knew it was a trick. He and his sons ran through the city trying to warn everyone. The gods of the sea, who were clearly on the side of the Trojans, tried to silence Laocoon and his sons with this creepy sea monster.

Laocoon Statue, Visit Rome,

The Sistine Chapel – The paintings are overwhelming, even for adults, unless you know the story behing the painting. My kids were quietly fascinated while staring up at it while I relayed the information. If you are visiting Vatican City with the kids, or just want the Cliff Notes version of history, be sure to buy The Educational Tourist’s eBook on Vatican City.

The Last Judgement painting Sistine Chapel, Visit Rome,

Visit Rome with KIDS: The Colosseum

Looking into the spot where lions and tigers and gladiators ( Oh, my! ) once battled – awesome! Kids LOVE the colosseum. Imagine sitting where thousands sat to watch the most wonderful entertainment of the time!

Rome's colosseum, Visit Rome,

Visit Rome with KIDS: Gelato 

I scream, you scream we all scream for gelato!!! Gelato is Italy’s answer to ice-cream and is a taste treat. The colors are so pretty! Italian ice-cream comes in so many flavors. Each night, join the locals in the evening to stroll the city while snacking. What’s not to love? Experiment and find your family’s favorite flavor.

gelato, Visit Rome,

You CAN travel with kids, impart a love of history and art, and even enjoy the process. My books have everything you need to help the kids understand what they are seeing and keep them engaged. Shhhhhh….they also serve as Cliff Notes for adults.  Rome is available now!

The Educational Tourist's book The Kids' Travel Guide to Rome, Visit Rome,

Happy Travels!

Natalie, The Educational Tourist


The Educational Tourist logo, Visit Rome,



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12 Responses

  1. Kristi says:

    It’s funny you mention “Cliff Notes for adults” because I have been fascinated by all of the stories and information in “The Kids Travel Guide to Rome”! I bought 2 copies for my 8 year old and almost 4 year old and have learned SOOO much through Natalie’s book! She has such a gift for pulling out the details that make an impression on kids! My 2 boys love the stories! The pictures and activities are engaging on so many different age levels!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thank you! I think Spain is going to be fun, too! The history and culture is soo very different than from the Rome book. My kids loved Spain!

  2. Jennie Kerley says:

    I would love to visit!! What beautiful pics and great ideas for the kids!

  3. Your posts are always so helpful! My sister has young kids and struggles traveling with them so I’m going to send her a link to your blog 🙂 Thanks for all of the helpful info!

  4. sarahandjustin says:

    Great ideas for how to engage in a cool city with your kids. And I mean, who doesn’t love gelato!!!

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