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Friday, February 18, 2011

Things to See and Do With Kids In Rome, Italy

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By Aidan Fitzgerald

Rome for younger children
You may not think it, but Rome can actually be fun for the very young as well as the older culture buffs amongst you. Located in Via Flamini is Explora, the Rome Children's Museum. This is a must visit for the young ones. The trip through the museum is set up in four sections, Me, Society, Environment, and Communication. Children can learn about the world around them through games and activities under the watchful eye of the museum staff. The museum also has a soft play area for very young children.
The Teatro San Carlino is a puppet theatre in Borghese Gardens, on Viale dei Bambini (Children's Way). Colombina can be seen clubbing the head of Pulcinella for having eaten her master's supper. Children will delight at the antics of the misfortunate Pulcinella. There is also a little train, which can transport the little ones around the park, leaving from Viale Goethe.
Bioparco which is part of Borghese Gardens also includes Rome Zoo which is must stop for families. The park has lots of special areas and exhibits just for children. The Zoo itself hosts nearly 1000 animals from over 200 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.

Rome for Older Kids
If you would like your kids to experience 3000 years of Roman history through an interactive movie, then the Time Elevator is just the ticket. Travel through the rich history of Rome on a simulated ride, from its origins through the Roman Empire, the Renaissance and culminating in a flight over present day Rome.
The Parco Dei Mostri (Monster Park), about an hour's drive north of Rome is a definite favourite of kids. The park has huge stone sculptures of animals and 'monsters', which kids love climbing on.
Head back into town and visit the Trevi Fountain. Kids will love the excitement around this attraction as they toss coins into the water, ensuring their return some day.
Rome for Teenagers
All teenagers will simply love LunEur (Via delle Tre Fontane), one of the largest and oldest amusement parks in Italy. Known locally as Luna Park, this attraction has been in existence since 1953 when it was created for the agricultural exhibition in the neighbourhood of Eur.
Entry is free, simply pay for any rides. The park opens from each evening till late and in the mornings on Sundays. How to get there: Magliana and EUR Fermi (Metro B) Buses n. 706, 707, 714, 717, 765, 771.
For teenagers brave enough, a visit to the bone crypt and catacombs at the Santa Maria della Concezione Church (Via Veneto 27). In the basement of this church is an exhibition of bone sculptures from almost 4000 Cappuchin friars buried here. Creepy but worth visiting.
When in Rome, any mad football fans amongst your family will be eager to visit the team shops of Rome's biggest Football teams, AS Roma and Lazio. The AS Roma Store is located in Piazza Colonna whilst the Lazio shop, Original Fans, is located near the Termini train station on Via Farini 34.
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