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For your "normal" stuff, I strongly recommend getting a Roma pass (http://www.romapass.it/?l=en)
We picked ours up at the airport when we landed and it gives you free access to transportation but more importantly - free access to two of the sites, which can be the Coliseum and the Palatine Hill/Forum. At the Coliseum, there is a separate line just for Roma Pass holders so you can skip the massive line.
We found it paid for itself very quickly between using the subway, no further fees at the Coliseum & Palatine Hill and discounts for other places.
Sadly, we didn't spend enough time in Rome to get off beyond the highlights but I loved it, I hope you have a wonderful time!!
- Giolitti - Centro StoricoVia Uffici del Vicario 40, 00186 Rome, Province of Rome, Italyrecommended Giolitti - Centro StoricoGiolitti is a must visit when in Rome. They have the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted and their fresh squeezed juices are phenomenal.Brian Hickey
The kids will love this place for its pastries and famous hot chocolate. It is nicely located between the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.
- Parco degli AcquedottiVia Lemonia, 256, Rome, Italyrecommended Parco degli AcquedottiA great place to see one of the most impressive engineering feats of the ancient Romans. Its amazing to see them in person.Brian Hickey
A very cool area to explore, especially if the weather is nice. My friends and I visited the acquedotti on the last day of our trip and it became one of the highlights of our stay.
- Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IIPiazza Venezia 3, Rome 00187 Italyrecommended Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IIThe Vittorio Emanuele Monument is a pretty ugly building and is totally out of place next to the Roman Forum and other historical sites. Romans hate it. It is commonly known as the Wedding Cake. But ... read morethere is a very good reason to visit it. Take a glass elevator to the top terrace and you will get the best 360 degrees views of Rome. It’s like seeing New York from the Top of the Rock (except you don’t need to be that high to see Rome).
- New Testaccio MarketBetween Via Galvani and Via Alessandro Volta, Rome 00153 Italyrecommended New Testaccio MarketThe *real Rome* is arguably in Testaccio and Garbatella. At the Mercato di Testaccio, you'll definitely hear your fair share of the guttural Roman accent, whether spoken by Romans or Bangladeshis, ... read moreplus have the opportunity to buy great fresh food of all kinds.Julia P
One other thing you might enjoy is a stroll through the market.
- Pizzeria Leonina SncVia Leonina, 84, 00184 Rome, Italyrecommended Pizzeria Leonina SncIn Rome, certain restaurants and pizzerias are "approvato" - approved. A very Italian concept, it means that they are generally accepted to be buono (good), places where you can trust that "se manja ... read morebene" (you'll eat well, with a Roman accent). Eating well is the cornerstone of life in Italy and the topic of much conversation and analysis...but why am I telling you this? Because Pizzeria Leonina is "approvata."Julia P
Pizza is always good with kids, this little spot does it well. (You can eat very well in Rome, but to be honest you you have to find the non-touristy spots to really get the best of it). Here's a good place to eat Roman pizza.
- Capuchin CryptVia Vittorio Veneto 27, Rome 00187 Italyrecommended Capuchin CryptThis succession of rooms below the Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata at the base of the Via Veneto is one of Rome's best secrets. Capuchin monks unearthed the bones of 400 or so of their brethren and ... read morecreated this multi-room sculpture/meditation on the ephemeral nature of our earthly existence. Seeing pelvic bones arrayed in fan shapes and vertebrae in trailing borders is incredibly beautiful yet eerie.Julia P
Hey Carolyn. this is one of Rome's more weird and wonderful sights, I think really interesting to do with a family with slightly older kids.
- Saint Clement's BasilicaVia di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome 00184 Italyrecommended Saint Clement's BasilicaThe Basilica of San Clemente is one of Rome's more interesting and lesser known gems. It's an excavation all in itself. You enter at ground level and think, oh, whatever, baroque church, blah blah ... read moreblah. But then, you get to descend to a very well preserved Medieval church on the level below. Two churches, built one on top of the other! But wait...further down, you descend into a dark and cold 1st century Mithraic temple. So that's 3 churches, stacked right up. Apparently they were discovered by a priest in the Renaissance who peered through a hole in the wall in the top chapel. Fascinating stuff, and one of my favorite Roman sights.Julia P
Hey Carolyn, this is really special and definitely lesser known.
- Il Convivio TroianiVicolo dei Soldati 28, 00186 Rome, Italyrecommended Il Convivio TroianiThis restaurant is hard to find as it is located on a small side street that cars cannot get down. But the effort to find the restaurant is rewarded by fine dining in an elegant formal setting.Laurel W
This is frequently recommended as the best restaurant in Rome. Not really a child friendly restaurant, but you would know best if yours would enjoy this kind of dining.
- Santa Maria della VittoriaVia 20 Settembre, 17, Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
- Circus MaximusVia del Circo Massimo, Rome 00153 Italy
- Trajan's ColumnVia dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Rome, Italy
- Moro FountainPiazza Navona, Rome 00186, Italy
- Fountain of the Four RiversPiazza Navona, Rome 00186, Italy
- Piazza del PopoloPiazza del Popolo, Rome 00186 Italy
- Via dei Fori ImperialiVia dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00186 Italy
- Piazza del CampidoglioPiazza del Campidoglio, Rome 00186, Italy
- San Pietro in VincoliPiazza di San Pietro in Vincoli 4a, 00184 Rome, Italy
- Piazza VeneziaPiazza Venezia, Rome 00187 Italy
- Piazza di SpagnaPiazza di Spagna, Rome 00187 Italy
- TrastevereViale di Trastevere, Rome 00153 Italy
- Spanish StepsRome, Italy
- PantheonPiazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome, Italy
- Palatine HillPiazza Santa Maria Nova 53, Rome 00186 Italy
- Villa BorghesePiazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 00197 Rome, Italy
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggiorePiazza di S. Maria Maggiore 42, 00100 Rome, Italy
- Arch of ConstantineVia di San Gregorio, 00186 Rome, Italy
- Trevi FountainPiazza di Trevi, Rome 00187, Italy
- ColosseumPiazza del Colosseo 1, 00184 Rome, Italy
- Roman ForumVia dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00186 Italy