Best Water Slides and Amusement Parks in Rome

If you have time to spend in Rome, and wish to score huge points with your kids, why not spend a day at a water slide park? Rome and its vicinities offer quite a number of these aquatic amusement and leisure parks.


Aquapiper – with a multitude of slides, lagoons and swimming pools, Aquapiper is considered as one of the best theme parks in Italy. Located in Guidonia–Montecelio, a district close to Rome, this aquatic park was the first water slide attraction built in Rome. There are restaurants, cafes, gift shops and other services distributed all over the park. Open Mon-Sat 9:00am -7:00 pm, Sunday and holidays 9:00 am – 7:30 pm. Admission is free for children under 10.
Via Maremmana Inferiore, Km 29,300 – Tel. +39 0774 326538


Hydromania – In a lush area planted with all manner of tropical vegetation, this water slide park features classic H2O rides like a wave-pool, jacuzzi, hydrospinning and fitness swimming pools, and a wide choice of extreme plunge slides, like the 33 meter drop “K2”. There are separate rides for kids, among which the fun lagoon with 3 pools fitted with games, slides, waterfalls and other amenities. Four food courts serve panini, gelato, pizza, hot dogs, burgers, beverages, fruit and desserts. Good deals if you book lodging in the park’s partner hotels. Open daily from June to September, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Vicolo Casale Lumbroso, 200 | Tel. +39 06 661 83183

Aquafelix – Located near Civitavecchia – which makes it a perfect destination during a cruise layover – Aquafelix has slides, swimming pools, attractions, shows, jacuzzis and waterfalls, including a fun stream for tube rafting. Services include pizzerias, restaurants, cafes and shops. Open from June to September 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Via Terme di Traiano, Località Casale Altavilla, 00053 Civitavecchia Nord | Tel. +39 0766 32221


Zoomarine – This large amusement park located in Torvaianica, 25 km south of Rome and near the beach, has water slides, roller coasters, playgrounds, restaurants, snack bars and shops, but its main focus is on dolphin and other marine life attractions, falconry performances and educational science presentations. Open April to October from 10:00 am to 5:30. On weekends and in summer the park closed at dusk. Round trip shuttle service from Termini station costs €10.
Via Zara, Torvaianica (Pomezia) | Tel. +39 06 91534

Rainbow MagicLand – Large and relatively new amusement park in Valmontone, just outside of Rome, offers a number of rides, including “wet and wild” ones like the naval battle and the spillwater “Yucatan” roller coaster. Open mid April to September and with limited admission on weekends through January, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and extended hours (until 11:00 pm) in summer. Round trip shuttle service from Termini station costs €10, kids ride for free but are not guaranteed seating.
Via della Pace, Valmontone | Tel. +39 06 953 18700


Pinoli Foraging in Rome

Between early spring and late fall, one thing you’ll see plenty of on the ground when strolling around Roman public parks – which are, more often than not, dotted with tall Mediterranean Stone pines – are pinoli, or pine nuts.

With freshly harvested “pinoli” all you need is a rock or a mallet, and a little patience. Photo ©EleonoraBaldwin

Encased in a single sticky and dusty scales of the pine cone, sit nearly 50 to 60 pinoli. Some scatter to the ground when the pinecones plummet to the ground, others have to be forced out of their home with great effort. The resin that saps out of the pinecones, and the unique burgundy powder that covers the scales as a natural moisture absorber, can stain clothes and fingers indelibly for days. A good tip is to rub any stains off with a dab of olive oil before scrubbing with soap and warm water.
Another good idea is to shake off the pine cone before prying them open for their hidden treasures. Disgusting black slithery Monsters Inc–type insects like to live among the tasty nuts. A good shake will dislodge any loitering bugs right out.

Save the pinecones in a large Ziploc bag and bring them back home with you. They’ll be excellent burned in the fireplace, with their perfumed burnt wood and resin bringing back fond Roman memories when snuggled before the crackling fire back home.
The nuts on the other hand can be consumed on the premises. The fun of gathering the pinoli snack is not so much in the real eating part (they are very tasty), as in the breaking of their hard wooden shell. Equip yourself with a large and heavy enough stone and snack like the Romans do. Here’s a recipe should you harvest more than you can gobble in one go (bearing in mind that un-shelled pine nuts have a long shelf life if kept dry and refrigerated).

Croccante di Pinoli ~ Recipe for Nonna’s Pine Nut Brittle
Break the pinoli shells open with a stone or a piece of rock the size of your fist, peel off the thin husks too.

Put the pinoli in a pot with 3 1/2 cups of sugar, a tablespoon of butter and call a grown up in the kitchen, tell him/her it’ll only take a few minutes.

Have the grown up light the stove, setting it on medium. Ask him/her to stick around while you stir gently with a wooden spoon until the mixture turns light golden brown in color.

Spread the gluey mixture on a greased cookie sheet about 1/2 inch thick and let it cool before digging your teeth in.

Just remember to brush and floss, after.

Best swimming pools in Rome

Rome can get fiercely hot in summer, and kids really need some respite from the city chaos with some well-deserved splish-splash.

If you’re visiting Rome, and the children need a break between sightseeing monuments; or whether you’re residing in the Eternal City and looking for a swimming day, here are a few among the best swimming pools in Rome.


Acquaniene (Parioli) Via della Moschea, 130 – Tel. 068084059
Gorgeous olympic-size outdoor pool in newly built sports facility, with huge parking lot, and winter swimming classes in the indoor pool. Open daily 10:30Am to 6:30PM. Entrance fee weekdays €15; weekends €20, includes sun beds and umbrellas.

Centro Sportivo Villa Flaminia (Flaminio) Via Donatello 20 – Tel. 063216484. Immense sports facility with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness and swimming classes, day camp activities, courses and club house benefits, plus large guarded parking lot.


Radisson SAS Hotel (Esquilino) Via Filippo Turati 171 – Tel. 06444841. Rooftop outdoor swimming pool with a special section for children. The restaurant also offers elegant poolside dining. Entrance fee: Adults €45 Mon-Fri, €55 Sat-Sun / Children 50% discount. Open daily 9AM to 7PM.

Aldrovandi Palace (Parioli) Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 15 – Tel. 063223993. Smallselect city-center boutique hotel, offers a sophisticated, outdoor swimming pool, shaded by palms and canvas umbrellas. Arrive early since space is limited around this mostly grown-up pool. Pricey entrance fees €40 per child, €80 per adult. Open Mon-Sun 10AM – 6:30PM.

Nuoto Belle Arti (Flaminio) at Circolo Sportivo Ministero Infrastrutture e Trasporti, on Lungotevere G. A. Thaon di Revel, 3 – Tel. 063241710. The sports club offers a very pleasant swimming pool for adults and children alike. Entrance fee: €20. Open Mon-Sun 8AM to 8PM.

Piscina Crawl 2000 (Prati Fiscali) Via del Gran Paradiso, 93 – Tel. 0687193752 – Indoor facility that organizes day camp activities, swimming classes and playtime. Open weekdays and Saturday 7:40AM to 11PM; Sunday 10AM to 1PM

Piscina delle Rose

Piscina delle Rose (EUR) Viale America 18/20 – Tel. 0654220333. Large olympic-size outdoor pool that offers swimming and canoeing lessons, and where loungers and folding beach chairs can be rented for €3 and €5 plus an entrance fee of €16 for the whole day, or €14 from 1PM to closing time. Open weekdays 10AM – 10PM; weekends 9AM – 7PM

Isola Verde (Casalpalocco/Ostia) Via di Casalpalocco 89 – Tel. 3931209894 Facility which offers an outdoor Olympic and two swimming pools for children, lined with palm trees and shady canvas parasols. Offers swimming, aqua-gym and water polo classes, plus beach-volley, ping-pong, and foosball. Open daily 9:30AM to 7PM.

Sport City (Spinaceto/Mostacciano) Via Alvaro del Portillo – Tel. 065061995. Spacious outdoor pool where entrance is free, and you can rent a sun bed for €3 and an umbrella for €2. Fun day camp activities for kids ages 4 to 12. Open weekdays 9:30AM – 7:30PM

Centro Sportivo Nadir (Balduina) Via Francesco Bonfiglio, 62 – Tel. 063013340. Beautiful 25-meter pool surrounded by lush grassy lawns and trees. Entrance fees: Mon-Sat €10; Sun. €12 plus sun bed rental €4; folding beach chairs €2,50. Open Mon-Sat 10Am to 5PM. Sunday 10Am to 6PM. Closes 2 weeks in August.

Mallia Sporting Club (Balduina) Via Pantaleone Rapino, 18 – Tel. 0635346493. Outdoor 25-meter pool, with a surrounding expansive sports club. PADI diving certification classes. Open daily 9Am to 6PM (weekdays) and 9AM to 7PM weekends. Fees: Mon-Fri €14 whole day, €10 half day; weekends €15 whole day, €12 half day; plus sun bed rental €5.

New Green Hill (Bufalotta) Via della Bufallotta, 663 – Tel. 0687133810. Chairs and umbrellas are free, while sun beds can be rented for €4. Entrance fee weekdays €10 for the full day; €7 if you arrive after 1PM; weekends €8 whole day; €6 after 1PM. Open daily 9:30AM – 6:30PM

Circolo Valentini

Circolo Valentini (Bufalotta) Via della Marcigliana 597 – Tel. 0687120207. Fiendly, family-run sports club that boasts a large outdoor swimming pool for children and adults. Entrance fees: weekdays €10 all day; €7 half-day; Sat-Sun €13 all day; €9 half day. Open weekdays 9AM to 7PM.

Monteverde Club (Monteverde) Via Santorre di Santarosa, 68 – Tel. 0655285662
Tennis club and spa that offers all manner of classes and water sports, like hydro-bike, aqua-gym, pre-natal swimming, acqua-Pilates and infant swimming for children between 6mo and 3Y. Beds and umbrellas are free; entrance fee: €10 the full day, €8 from 3:30PM; €5 from 1 to 3PM; Sunday €15. Open daily from 7AM to 11PM – Closed the week of Ferragosto (middle of the month).


Ede Nuoto Club Lanciani (Tiburtino) Via di Pietralata, 135 – Tel. 064181401
Gorgeous pool located in a lush tennis club, which offers lessons, free swimming and children’s summer camp activities. Loungers and umbrellas are free, sun beds for rent. Entrance fee: weekdays €10 for the full day; €8 half day. Weekends €14 all day: €10 half day. Open weekdays 9:30AM – 6:30PM / weekends 9AM – 7PM

H20 Fitness Center Via del Pigneto 108 (Pigneto) Tel. 062753877 A professional swimming pool which offers a great variety of water activities for babies aged 12 to 36 months, children and adults, including free swimming, aqua-gym and hydrobike classes. Free parking and Wi-Fi complete the scene. Open weekdays 8Am to 10:30PM; Sat 9Am to 8PM; Sun 10AM to 2PM.


If the kids get particularly ansty, why not head over to Hydromania? Located on Via Casal Lumbroso 33 in the Aurelio neighborhood; Tel. 0666183183, this is a water park that offers water slides, wave machines, outdoor pools (also one for younger kids), tropical thatched roof bars, shops and a mini-club. Entrance fees: Adults €19, children €14, half-day €14/€12. Open Mon-Sun 9:30AM – 6:30PM.

Another one of Rome’s acqua parks is Zoomarine in Pomezia, where besides dolphin shows, falconry, water slides and roller coasters, there is also a wave pool with sandy shores and floating rafts. Via Zara (Pomezia) – Tel. 06915341 – Admission fees: Adults €27; under 10 and over 65 years €20; kids under 3ft are admitted free. Open daily in summer 10AM to 7PM.

Best Pizzas in Rome

Kids love it. And you can never go wrong with pizza. Experts assert that the best pizzas are those crafted in the 200° dome cupolas of wood-fired ovens, employing well-leavened dough made with top quality ingredients and possibly water hailing from Naples. But that may be asking too much, especially if you’re not planning to visit Napoli with the toddlers in tow. Some of the best pizzas on the planet are indeed baked in the city of Naples, but a close match for equally tasty pies can be found in Rome. Where? Here is a list of child-friendly places for some of the best pizzas in Rome.


One of the city’s best places to find excellent Napoli-style pizzas is pizzeria La Gatta Mangiona, in Monteverde, where the dough for the base is made with organic flous, natural starters and left to rise a minimum of 72 hours. This makes them light on the digestive system and tasty on the lips. La Gatta Mangiona is known for its gourmet pies, like the bizarre yet very tasty “fumo verde” added with smoked bufala, sauteed zucchini and smoked speck; or the Scottish, made with potatoes, Scottish salmon, pistachios and scallion; or the unique “Gallurese,” topped with tomato, Fiordilatte cheese, spicy pepperoni, Greek olives and aged Pecorino. ~ Via Federico Ozanam, 30 – Tel. +39 06 5346702


Same goes for co-owned pizzeria Sforno in the Tuscolano neighborhood, whose gourmet pie listing includes a “Cacio e Pepe pizza” which like the pasta dish is topped with pecorino a cracked black pepper; there’s also the “Greenwich pizza” that comes topped with Blue Stilton cheese and a sweet Port wine reduction. Grownups may enjoy the “Testarossa” made with soppressata (sausage made primarily from leftover pork cuttings–cartilage, snippets of meat, and so on), mozzarella flavored with Campari and potatoes; or the pizza “Iblea” that comes garnished with sweet bell peppers, and aged Sicilian Ragusano cheese. ~ Via Statilio Ottato, 114 – Tel. +39 06 71546118


Another great expression of traditional Neapolitan pizza-making in Rome can be experienced at pizzeria Tonda, in Montesacro. The dome shaped and wood-fired oven is hand crafted by master pizza oven-maker Stefano Ferrara, a name whose fame has traveled across borders. ~ Via Valle Corteno 31 – Tel. +39 06 8180960


The name is a guarantee in itself: 96 hours. This is how long the pizza dough is left to rise after careful kneading and before a quick pop in a wood-fired oven. Top quality ingredients and toppings make pizzeria 96 Ore near the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo, a go-to for well loved Napoli-style pies. Pre-dinner musts include fried veggies, rice balls, croquettes, stuffed olives, zucchini blossoms, which come served in a paper cone called “cuoppo” of which kids are huge fans. ~ Via della Giuliana 31 – Tel. +39 06 39726218


In the Parioli neighborhood, great pizzas can be found in the child-friendly pizzeria La Pariolina, where patrons are welcomed by heaps of homemade chips and coloring books, before orders are placed. Besides the excellent pizzas, the menu offers delicious daily specials, pasta dishes, meat and poultry (don’t miss the grilled chicken steak!) and assorted delicacies, like burrata with semi-dried tomatoes, cod and potato croquettes and all manner of craft beers and natural wines for mom and dad. ~ Viale dei Parioli, 93 – Tel. +39 06 8086002


Looking for a place that serves quick pizzas at lunch, on your way to visiting the Explora Museum, the mighty Colosseum, or catching an animated movie at Cinema dei Piccoli? Here’s a place for you. No seating here, you nudge your way to the front of the counter and are dazzled with the variety of choices, to be eaten at small shelves, or outside, leaning on someone’s vespa. Gianni and his well-oiled team of bakers shell out pinsa (an oval shaped medium sized pizza) with expert timing to satisfy the long snaking line that crowds lunch hour at pizzeria Pinsere, near Termini. Toppings vary according to season, but there’s always a wide selection of vegetarian options, soups in winter and all manner of salads, couscous and pasta salads year round. ~ Via Flavia 98 – Tel. +39 06 42020924


If you still don’t know about Trapizzini you might want to remedy that, asap. Head over to pizzeria 00100 in Testaccio, or the newly opened branch in Ponte Milvio and prepare for family ecstasy. Trapizzini are triangular pockets of baked pizza dough, which come stuffed with cucina Romana specialties, like braised oxtail, meatballs with tomato sauce, chicken cacciatore or with bell peppers, cuttlefish & peas, “picchiapò” (boiled meat which is slowly braised with herbs and tomato), or even tripe, tongue with green sauce, “garofolato” (meat sauce with cloves), “coratella” (lamb offal) with artichokes. There’s also pizzas sold by the slice, and a handsome selection of gourmet supplì (fried rice balls), my 8 year-old and I personally favor the ‘Frascati and Porchetta,’ or the saffron ones studded with prawns, mint and butternut squash, or the wildly tasty Amatriciana supplì. A definite must. ~ Via Giovanni Branca 88 – Tel +39 06 43419624 || Trapizzino ~ Piazza Ponte Milvio, 13 – Tel. +39 06 33221964

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Italian-American Moms rock, says the WSJ

The Italian “Io donna” lei Web magazine reports the dispute raised by the Wall Street Journal, in which it is Italian American moms that end up making the best Mamma-podium. You can read the article in Italian, HERE

Back to School in Roma!

You’ve crossed off crayons and HB pencils from your checklist, but are you really ready for the new school year abroad? Between trips to the open-air market and soccer practice, have you forgotten anything? Here are some helpful guidelines to make sure you’re ready to approach school as the Romans do.
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Visit the pediatrician (see the list in childcare services)
Make an appointment for a check-up and find out whether your child needs vaccinations or a physical exam certificate to participate in school activities. Several Italian regions do not require mandatory immunization.

Plan transportation and after school pick-ups
International schools in Rome offer bus service. But if you’ve enrolled your kids in Italian public school, you may want to arrange a carpool and/or after-school care for your child. Even if you don’t plan to carpool, it’s wise to gather contact information for neighbors and other parents who may be able to help when needed. Create a network with organized shifts to take the pressure off your work schedule and reduce traffic! Provide the school with a complete list of persons who will be taking and/or picking up your child in your absence, and provide xerox copies of their id.

Mark school events on the calendar
Create a master family schedule and add each person’s appointments and activities. If you have children at more than one school, plan ahead to make sure a parent, visiting relative or caretaker is always available to attend each open house, meeting and holiday pageant.

Stock up on school supplies
Visit your neighborhood cartoleria (stationery store) and stock up on notebooks, pens, paperclips, highlighters, stickers and colored pens, crayons and pencils. Besides buying the supplies on the list provided by your child’s teacher, get extras of items your child is likely to misplace, like glue sticks or scissors. Think about the items your child may need while doing homework and keep them in a central location. Italian elementary school kids normally always carry an astuccio (pencil-case) and a diario (homework journal) in their zaino (backpack). These all come in a myriad of styles, sizes and prices.

Review the rules
Get a copy of the school’s guidelines and go over them with your child. If the school does not have an English version, have a trusted bilingual friend translate it for you. Make sure your kids understand all the rules they’ll be expected to follow.

Check in regularly
Ask your child how she feels about starting school in a foreign country. If she’s nervous about making new friends, the new language and general back to school anxiety, consider arranging a play date with classmates. I always throw a back to school party, just to warm up post-vacation blues. Keep the conversation open on issues your children may be concerned about, such as bullies, cliques, peer pressure and love.

Evaluate extracurricular activities
Talk with your child about extracurricular activities. Select fun activities that teach new skills or that can better integrate your child in the Italian culture, but avoid over scheduling your family or your child. Taking on too many activities can cause anxiety and distract children from schoolwork.

Meet teachers and staff, and visit the school before classes start
Call the school to arrange a time for you and your child to meet his new teacher ahead of time. Also meet with the class representative parent, and exchange contact numbers and e-mail. Usually this parent will be the one informing you in the event of strikes, field trips, special expenses, etc. Another good idea is taking your child on a tour of the school so he knows how to find his classrooms, lavatories, cafeteria, and so on.

Talk with the teacher
Let the teacher know about things in your child’s life that may affect her performance, such as health issues, a recent relocation, or family changes. You might also mention your child’s hobbies or special interests. It’s a good idea to bring along someone who can translate for you, just in case.

Learn about school resources
Find out which professionals the school has on staff and what services they provide. Ask about the best way to get in touch with the principal, school counselor, or other staff members you may need to contact. Inquire if anyone on the staff offers Italian language lessons you and your child can attend after school.

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School lunches
Italian public school is a free service, but lunches are the only expense. These can be paid at the post office through monthly slips made out for each child. Costs are calculated on family income and you’ll have to get help figuring that out at a neighborhood CAF (free financial counseling office). The information gathered at CAF is then handed in at your municipal Ufficio Scuole, that works out your fee and posts your pre-marked payment slips.
But this is a small price if you consider the quality. By law, Italian school menus have to be designed seasonally by a team of nutritionists, dietitians, pediatricians and organic alimentary experts.
Lunches in Italian public schools are in fact 100% certified organic and fair trade. All staples, including bread, olive oil, cheese, juices, free range poultry & eggs, grass-fed bovine/ovine meats are biologico and absolutely no GMO foods are present in Italian school kitchens. Guaranteed fresh produce is served within 3 days of harvest, and children are fed raw vegetable antipastos, seasonal specialties of the Lazio region; and the only afternoon snack is fresh fruit. There’s also a mid morning snack served at around 10 am, and it’s usually a healthy sandwich of homestyle bread and prosciutto (or mortadella), or a chunk of dark chocolate. Once a month, school kitchens cook a typical menu of the foreign communities present in Rome to introduce kids to their non-Italian schoolmates’ eating traditions.

Make contact with other parents
In Italian schools there is no PTO or PTA, but if your child will be attending International school, these groups will have lots of information, including nuances and tips that aren’t written down anywhere else. Make an effort to meet all of your child’s classmates and parents, and exchange telephone numbers.

Discuss safe travel routes
Make sure your child knows how to get to and from school safely. If your child walks or rides a bike to school, review the route with her until you’re sure she knows it. If she rides a bus, have her bus pass always updated and paid for, and remind her where the bus stops and where to get on the bus after school. No matter how your child gets to school, remind her of safety issues she is likely to face, such as how to cross the street.

Go over after-school plans
Remind your child where he will go after school, whether it’s home, to an extracurricular activity, or to an after-school program. If you’ve signed up your child to soccer, swimming or any other sports activity, besides the necessary equipment and gear, parents are asked to provide a certificate of physical fitness signed by a medical practitioner.

Children’s Clothes Shopping

Mamas on a budget flock to Oviesse (a subsidiary of Coin) Zara or H&M for their children’s everyday wear and bulk clothes shopping. For the occasional spree, exquisite and wildly expensive designer item, or for just plain window shopping and fairytale fantasies, here are some of Rome’s favorite children’s clothing boutiques, listed in alphabetical order.
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Age d’Or | Beautiful and always stylish high street clothes, but quite expensive. On the adjoining Viale Parioli a few blocks south, the boutique owns a separate store that sells only children’s shoes.
Via Nino Oxilia 6/b {Parioli}
Tel. +39 06 8079609

Baby Moda dal 1940 Nannarelli | Shoes for kids, many brands for both formal and sporty footwear.
Via Appia Nuova 249 {Appio}
Tel. +39 06 7016621

Bonpoint | Rome branch of the precious French couture house for children.
Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 25 {Via del Corso}
Tel. +39 06 6871548

Bulli & Pupe | Elegant and modern items for kids 0-14
Via G. Carini, 32 {Gianicolo}
Tel. +39 06 5803095

La Cicogna | Stylish chain of stores that sell children’s and maternity clothes, cribs, strollers, etc.
· Via Frattina 138 {Spanish Steps}
Tel. +39 06 6786959
· Via Della Croce, 48 {Via del Corso}
Tel. +39 06/6793932
· Cola di Rienzo, 268 {Prati}
Tel. +39 06 6896557
· Via Gregorio VII {Vatican}
Tel. +39 06 6381120
· Viale Libia, 50 {NE Rome}
Tel. +39 06 86398157
· Piazzale delle Medaglie d’Oro, 61 {Cipro-Vatican}
Tel. +39 06 35347659
· Piazza Gondar, 19 corner of Via delle Valli, 1/3 {NE Rome}
Tel. +39 06 8601668

Clayeux | French designer clothing line, 2 Rome citywide locations and online.
· Via Cassia 927/L {Tomba di Nerone}
Tel. +39 06 88543288
· Mall at Porta di Roma on Via Alberto Lionello, 21 {Bufalotta}
Tel. +39 0687070976

ioBimbo | Great value finds in cribs, strollers and related items; a little more extravagant in the clothing department.
Via Tiburtina 522 {across the street from film Studios}
Tel. +39 06 43580096
Via Ostiense 119 {Piramide}
Tel. +39 06 5583949

Linoceronte | Lovely children’s fashion boutique near the Foro Italico.
Via Pinturicchio 188/190 {Ponte Milvio}
Tel. +39 06 32600384

The Milk Bar | Nursing supplies, maternity and breastfeeding wear, new parent education, and infant gear. Store is now online too.
Via di San Martino ai Monti, 34 {Monti/San Giovanni}
Tel. +39 06 97276418

Mini Me | Sportswear, classic, cashmere and exclusive brands like Dior, Aspesi, Vintage 55, etc.
· Vicolo della Torretta, 17 {Campo Marzio}
Tel. +39 06 6893224
· Via dei Pompieri, 26 {Campo de’ Fiori}
Tel. +39 06 96038684

Natinudi | Colorful little shop with quirky brands and curious finds from around the world.
Piazza San Cosimato, 65 {Trastevere}
Tel. +39 06 58340014

Petit Bateau | French classic line of children’s clothes, the best in cotton undergarments; at much lower prices than overseas.
· Via di Campo Marzio, 10/b
Tel. +39 06 6792348
· Via Cola di Rienzo, 311 {Prati}
Tel. +39 06 39722928‎

Prénatal | Chain of children’s department stores specialized in casual maternity and baby fashion, as well as cribs, strollers, car seats, etc.
· Via della Croce 48 {Spanish Steps}
Tel. +39 06 6793932
· Via Nazionale, 45 {Repubblica}
Tel. +39 06 4881403

Pure | Beautifully decorated boutique selling high street fashion brands for kids.
Via Frattina, 111 {Spanish Steps}
Tel. +39 06 6794555

Pure Gold | For girls only, ages 5 to 12, the store’s kitsch design suits the showcased over-the-top items to perfection.
Via del Babuino 150/d {Piazza dle Popolo}
Tel. +39 06 3235464

Rachele | The 0-9 handmade wear is crafted in the store’s backroom workshop, tucked away in a hidden alley
Vicolo del Bollo, 6/7 {Campo de’ Fiori}
Tel. +39 06 6864975

Guided walks for kids and young adults

In the city of Rome, almost every museum, archaeological site, art gallery and exhibition prides on internal educational services with guided visits and workshops designed for groups and schools. However, if you’re looking for a special guide who knows how to appeal to children with the correct words and timetables, someone able to suggest places and itineraries that also offer kids games and curiosities, the following are the most qualified associations operating in Rome:

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Rome Private Guides
Licensed guides with vast experience and in-depth knowledge of Italian history and culture. They are experts in designing tours specifically for children, teens and their families. Of particular interest are the Treasure Hunts, the Rome Underground Tour, Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tours, the one by golf cart and Vatican museum visits geared for the little ones, with iPads with 3D apps and overlay books.
Tel. +39 334 8077626 –

Casa Mia Italy Food & Wine
Co-founded by and guided by many years’ experience working with kids, the Rome city walks by the Casa Mia team draw on sensory approach and on-site learning, thus crafting amazing experiences for both parents and children.
Tel. from abroad: +1 718 510 0358 (this is a U.S. number that rings in Italy)
Tel. within Italy: +39 320 720 4222 –

Mirabilia Urbis
Comprehensive dual language guided visits with special programs designed for families and children.
Tel +39 06 45433723 –

Art historians and archeologists introduce kids to art, architecture and history through a fun on-sight weekend teaching visits. Italian language only.
Tel./fax +39 06 68581545 – Cell. 348 3185335 –

Il Treno a Vapore
Child-specialized service offering guided visits of the city, summer camp, teaching camp, field trips, party planning, private lessons, baby sitter services. Italian language only.
Tel/Fax +39 06 23248687 –

La Serliana
Specialized in-depth museum and sightseeing visits for children and adults. Italian language only.
Tel. +39 06 452215171 –

Best Museums to Visit With Kids in Rome

Asking a child to visit a museum can be a daunting task. Historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural exhibits are to a child’s unaccustomed eyes often obscure and mysterious places, filled with boredom and unreachable artifacts, too much information, and incomprehensible terminology.
Why not try to attract our children’s attention with a more playful and less academic approach? Few Roman museums provide didactic or multimedia areas that speak directly to younger visitors; but it’s also true that Rome offers a rich and articulate choice of fun themed and child-enticing museums. It is our job, the parents, to alternate the more scholarly ones, to the simply playful and educating for a more thorough and enjoyable cultural experience of the city. Here are a few favorites.

Zoology Museum | Museo Civico di Zoologia (Parioli)
Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 18 | Tel. +39 06 6710 9270 | | Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Closed Mon. | Entrance fee: €6,00, free admission for kids under 18 and over 65!
Rome’s natural history and animal kingdom museum. Located next door to the Rome Conservation Zoo (Bioparco) the museum can be accessed by either the main Museum entrance or through the Zoo. There are five million specimens in total (molluscs, insects, birds, mammals and fossils). The displays are newly rearranged following modern criteria, with over 3200 square feet of multi-sensorial and interactive exhibitions and 3D reconstructions. Kids love to compare the chimpanzee, orangutan and human skeletons, as well as marvel before the giant elephant one. The lifesize giraffe is always a hit. A biodiversity display includes sections on the significance of reproduction in the animal world; adaptations in borderline environments and ecosystems.

Mineralogy Museum
(Via Veneto) CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. Stay tuned for reopening news here.
Largo Santa Susanna 13 | Tel. +39 06 481 9747
The origin of this Museum is connected with the foundation of the Italian Geological Committee (1869) that in 1873 moved to Rome from Florence. The items on display include fossils, rocks and minerals. The palaeontological section includes organisms belonging to the flora and the fauna kingdoms from the Palaeozoic to the Neolithic age. Another very interesting area is the lithological section, which includes marbles and materials used for decorations and constructions.

Chocolate Museum | SAID Società Azionaria Industria Dolciaria (San Lorenzo)
Via Tiburtina, 135 | Tel. +39 06 446 8210 | | Free admission
This ancient chocolate manufacturer founded by Aldo De Mauro in 1923 was severely damaged during the July 1943 bombings of the San Lorenzo housing development. It was recently brought back to life to house a small museum dedicated to the princess of sweet delights. Kids can enjoy the ancient chocolate machinery, the steel tabletop used to cool the molten caramel, the heating tunnel used for the molds; and also the plant’s library, a to-die-for confectioner’s store, the drawing-room where visitors can read, attend classes, and taste a cup of Brazilian chocolate with organic whipped cream, or some delicious pizza bianca with dark chocolate and excellent chocolate pralines made with soft ricotta filling in the SAID restaurant. For the parents, a nip of the house rare cacao liqueur is a must…

Geology Museum (San Lorenzo-University area)
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5 – First Floor Earth Sciences Department | Tel. +39 06 4991 4825
Founded by the Roman doctor and scientist Giuseppe Ponzi (1805 – 1885), this University Museum is famous for the “T. Belli” collection of ancient marbles, formed by 550 marble-chip floor tiles, discovered during archeological excavations. Another important collection is the “Dodwell” one, constituting about 1000 marble chip floor tiles, coming from various localities in Europe.

Centrale Montemartini | Classical art in a converted electric plant (Garbatella)
Via Ostiense 106 | Tel. +30 06 0608 | Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9.00 am-7.00 pm- Christmas and New Year’s Day 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (the ticket office closes 30 minutes earlier) | Closed Mon. |
The history if the new exhibition space for the Rome Musei Capitolini in the former Giovanni Montemartini Thermoelectric Plant, is an extraordinary example of industrial archaeology converted into a museum. When hundreds of sculptures were transferred during the remodeling works carried out across much of the Roman complex, a temporary exhibition was created in 1997 in the newly restored rooms of the first public electricity plant in Rome. Despite its temporary onset, it was decided to turn the building into a permanent expo location. Free admission for kids under 12 on Sundays. Drawing and painting materials are available for reproducing the sculptures on display, and guided tours for children are furthermore available. Visit the website for tour info, entrance fees and discounts.

Dario Argento Horror Movie Museum (Prati)
Via dei Gracchi, 260 | Tel. +39 06 321 1395 | Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3.30-8 p.m. | Closed Sun.
Scene reconstruction and special effects from famous films by Italian horror director icon Dario Argento. More suited for older kids, as some artifacts can get quite gory.

National Pasta Museum
| Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari (Trevi Fountain area)
Piazza Scanderbeg, 117 | Tel. +39 06 699 1119 |
Opening hours: 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. | Entrance fee €7.75
Utensils and objects documenting the history of pasta, from the Etruscan era to the present day.

Museum of Musical Instruments | Museo Strumentale dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Vatican area)
Via della Conciliazione, 4 | Tel. +39 06 328 171 | Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Closed Wed. | Free admission
The collection includes 255 musical instruments, including a 1690 noteworthy Stradivari violin.

Museum at the Owl House | Museo della Casina delle Civette (Nomentana area)
Villa Torlonia on Via Nomentana, 70 | Tel. +39 06 4425 0072
Opening hours: winter 9 a.m. -5 p.m. in summer 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Closed on Monday | Entrance fee: €2.58
A fanciful building on the grounds of the stunning Villa Torlonia park, graced with several splendid Art-Nouveau stained glass windows produced between 1908 and 1930.

Fire Brigade Museum (Testaccio)
Via Galvani, 2 | Opening hours: 9.30 – 12.30 p.m. and 4.30 – 7.30 p.m. | Closed Mon. a.m. | Free admission
The museum shows the history of Rome’s fire-fighting service, starting from the age of Emperor Augustus to the present day. Kids will love seeing the many pictures on display as well as the many videos, or participating in experiments with special optical and sound effects.

Antique Chariots and Stagecoaches | Carrozze d’Epoca (Ardeatina/Cecchignola area)
Via Andrea Millevoi, 693 | Tel. +39 06 5195 8112 – 06 507 3500 | | Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3.30-6.30 p.m. Sat and Sun. 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. and 3.30-7 p.m. | Entrance fee: €7,00 (children between 6-12 €5,00) Free admission for kids under 6
In a 10,000 square-foot space, the Carrozze d’Epoca permanent display of ancient vehicles features 160 models of antique carriages, complete with saddles, harnesses, paintings related to the subject, valuable porcelain, suits of armour, saddlecloths, period weapons, antique equipment and toys, accessories and peculiarities. Kids can also enjoy the majestic official carriages used by governors, magistrates, princes, popes and knights of Malta, the chariots featured in the films Ben Hur and Gladiator, several antique stagecoaches, the Egyptian chariot of Aida, a horse-drawn omnibus which carried 15 passengers for the price of 5 pennies, coupés, convertibles, a caravan of the Far West, work carts, two-wheeled Sicilian carts, firemen and of farmers’ wagons, oriental carriages, and much more.

Prehistoric Museum | Museo Pigorini (EUR)
Piazza Marconi, 14 | Tel. +39 06 549 521 | Opening hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. – Sun. and holidays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Free admission for the disabled and EU citizens under 18 and over 60 | Entrance fee: €3,00-€6,00 | Closed Mon. |
The first floor exhibits an ethnographic section, divided by continent. But kids love the second floor, where the prehistoric and protohistoric items are displayed. These sections are constantly brought up to date thanks to findings coming from all over Italy. The paleontology and Africa sections are equipped with a CD guide for the visually impaired.

Tecnolandia (EUR)
Via della Pittura | Tel. +39 06 591 4484 | Opening hours: Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat, Sun & holidays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Free admission for kids under 6
Not a real museum per se, rather a hands-on area where the laws of physics can be tested with the help of stimulating experiments: squared soap bubbles, boats navigating uphill and all sorts of other curious science oddities.

Museum of Roman Civilization | Museo della Civiltà Romana (EUR)
Piazza G. Agnelli | Opening hours: Tue-Sat 9 a.m. to 6.45 p.m. and Sun 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. | Closed Mon.
The museum retraces the history of Rome and its civilization all over the world. The approximately 4,000 items on view in the museum include plaster casts of statues, busts, bas-reliefs and inscriptions as well as reproductions of objects of everyday use. The magnificent model of Imperial Rome in 1:250 scale is not to be missed. In this hands-on museum, kids here are free to touch the statues without parents getting fined for vandalism.

Out-of-town bonus trip:
Roman Vessel Museum | Museo delle Navi Romane di Nemi
Via Diana, 15, Nemi | Tel. +39 06 939 8040 | Opening hours: every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Closed New Year’s day, May 1st and Christmas.
The museum in the lovely town of Nemi (33 Km south of Rome View Map) houses two ancient ship hulls belonging to Emperor Caligula’s laker fleet, recovered between 1929 ans 1932 at the bottom of Lake Nemi. Each ship was 70 meters long and were used by the emperor as floating party venues, following the Greek custom of building “floating palaces.” What you and the kids can visit today are however smaller replicas of the original vessels. In May 1944 an arson attack destroyed the precious ships and the entire museum. In 1953 they were reconstructed in 1:5 scale; and in 2001 the museum was fully remodeled to display them.
During the first Sunday in June, the museum visit can be followed by a taste of the delightful local wild strawberries called fragoline di bosco, at the Sagra delle Fragoline, where the fresh fruit is showcased and sold all across town.

Sightseeing Rome for Kids: the fun stuff

Ciao, Kids!
Are you enjoying the city, with its majestic monuments, shiny cobblestones and great food? Are you having fun discovering ancient Rome?
But do you get to choose, and have your say in where to go and what to see?
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If you’re tired of grown-ups deciding your itinerary, bored of hearing them read dates and facts off guidebooks, maybe you should suggest visiting some places they might not be familiar with; and become the guide yourself for the day.

In addition to the remarkable artistic, historic and architectural wonders your parents will want to share with you–to bring more variety to your Rome experience–here are a few more sites you might like to tell them about.

Big Bambù in Testaccio ©EleonoraBaldwin

Big Bambù | Suspended Bamboo Forest
The iconic symbol for the flourishing Testaccio neighborhood is 33 meters high and is located within the stockyards of the city’s former slaughterhouse. The project designed by brothers Mike and Doug Stern required the efforts of 15 American and 10 Italian rock climbers, who built the elevated space in 2012, and which is integrated within the flexible bamboo framework. Big Bambù, with its double helix staircase and various labyrinth paths that lead the visitors up over two ‘living rooms’, allows 80 to 120 visitors at a time, who are free to wander and relax in the suspended rest areas, terraces and intricate paths. The thousands of bamboo rods are connected and interlocked with a traditional yarn bombing-like weaving method, which generates a wonderfully chaotic network of unpredictable intersections and outlooks.
Access to Big Bambú requires signing a waiver and adequate shoes (no heels, no sandals, and possibly with a non-slip sole). No admittance in case of rain. Open daily from 4 to 9pm.
MACRO Roma – Piazza O. Giustiniani 4 | Tel. +39 06 671070400 | Free admission

Planetario e Museo Astronomico di Roma | Rome Planetarium and Astronomical Museum
The Planetarium is a fascinating place. To get there, you need to travel south, away from the city center. You can do this by taking the subway Line B, and getting off at the Laurentina stop. You’ll find yourself in a perfectly modern and geometric part of the city, this is the Ancient Rome-inspired fascist era district called EUR. The Rome Planetarium observatory sits under a spectacular 46-foot dome and seats 100 people in comfortable reclining padded chairs. These recline so that when the show starts, you can relax and enjoy the projection of 4,500 stars on the dome’s inner screen. It takes five slide projectors to simultaneously beam the planet images, and twelve for the background constellations. Besides visiting the Astronomical Museum, the Planetarium organizes shows for groups and schools and combines visits to the neighboring Museo della Civiltà Romana. Shows last 20 minutes.
Planetarium – Piazza Giovanni Agnelli 10 | Tel. +39 06 0608 | Free admission for children under 6

Cripta della Chiesa dei Cappuccini | Skulls and bones galore
Older kids will love this place, but younger ones may get scared, so tell your parents about this visit before dragging the entire family there.
The Capuchin Crypt is a small space made up of several small chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto, near Piazza Barberini. It is the final resting place for over 4,000 Capuchin friars, who died between the 1500s and the 1800s, as well as several Romans. Curiously, many of the bones are nailed to the walls in intricate patterns, many are piled high among many others, and some hang from the ceiling as functioning light fixtures. The rooms in the crypt feature unique displays of human bones. The thousands of human skulls and bones are arranged in fact in many different and impressive decorating shapes reproducing everyday objects and furnishings, which make this a must on your Rome visit. The crypt is structured in a line of six adjoining room; this makes it easy to visit without running the risk of getting lost. Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 12 noon – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Closed Thursdays | There is no entrance fee, but you can make a small donation. No photography is allowed. Be sure to buy some postcards to bring back home and freak out your friends.
The Church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini sits across the street from the Via Veneto exit of the Line B subway stop “Barberini,” and only a few steps away from the Hard Rock Cafe… jussayin’.

Bocca della Verità | Ultimate “Truth or Dare”
Walk along Via del Teatro di Marcello from the Campidoglio, and before hitting the grand Circus Maximus, on the left you’ll reach the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, which is famous for its special mosaics, Romanesque bell tower and the Bocca della Verità, the Mouth of Truth. This is, plainly, a lie detector. The Mouth is located in the courtyard outside the church, and you will recognize it immediately. It is a large, round stone face with its mouth open. Ready to put your hand in the mouth? If you haven’t told any lies, everything will be fine… otherwise, the Mouth will know it and chomp off your hand! But don’t worry, this mouth was actually – along with Via del Babuino’s, and Piazza Pasquino’s famous armless tenants – one of Rome’s many “talking statues.” Roman tradition prescribes that protestors may place a written complaint referring to religious or governmental officials by lodging an accusatory poem on the base of the statue, or in this case in the Bocca’s open mouth. If you look closely at the Bocca della Verità, you can see there are two claws, similar to a crab’s, hidden in its curly hair. The mask represents the sea-god Neptune and we all know he prefers to eat fish!
Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin – Via della Greca, 4 | Tel. +39 06 6793609 | Open daily until 5pm

Knights of Malta | Peeking through a Keyhole
>High on the Aventine Hill, via di Santa Sabina and Via Porta Lavernale both open onto the quiet Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. Bordered by a high wall, decorated with obelisks and military trophies, it leads to a famous and fascinating broad and dark wooden door, which is always shut. Known affectionately as the “hole of Rome” the enduring attraction draws visitors to this empty piazza. No key is required: all you have to do is put an open eye to the keyhole, and focus. A vision of St. Peter’s dome perfectly in perspective, framed by trees in the foreground, opens up. The glinting white dome – often wrapped in a thin mysterious mist – looks like it’s standing at the end of the garden path, just beyond the door; when it is instead several miles away. The huge doorway famous for the keyhole is the mighty entrance to the headquarters of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta.
Leaning forward and taking a peek at il Cupolone, simply the dome – as we call it here – through one of Rome’s most prohibited locations, is a definite must on your Rome visit. The show through the keyhole is one hardly forgettable. 
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta

Pantheon - Rome

Pantheon The Pantheon’s round interior is shaped like a large cylinder, and it is covered by an enormous dome, the largest and widest ever constructed without support! Look up at the center of the dome, see the large open hole? It’s a huge eye, or oculus, that looks up to the sky.
When it rains (or snows) the sloped marble floor and small hidden drains gather the water that falls through the oculus. When the sun shines, the beam of light entering through the oculus hits the walls of the Pantheon in different spots at different times of day. You could actually use it as a huge clock. As you look around the inside of the monument, you can see seven large alternating niches (indented rooms) and one large one at the back. All the niches – semi-circular and rectangular – are chapels decorated with wonderful art. Although this place of worship started out as a temple where Romans could celebrate every deity (the Greek root pan– means ‘all’), today the Pantheon is a Roman Catholic Church. The niches house funeral monuments and tombs. Let’s take a look at some of them. The tomb of Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy’s first King – is in the middle. To the left of it are the tombs of Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia, more royalty. In fact, from 1870, the Pantheon was the burial-place for the Savoy family, the sovereigns that ruled Italy until 1946. On the left, there is another celebrated tomb, but the person buried here is not a king, rather a wonderful Renaissance painter, his name was Raffaello Sanzio, or Raphael. His burial monument portrays a beautiful woman, “la Vergine del Sasso,” the Virgin of the rock. It was Raffaello himself who asked his friend Lorenzetto, to sculpt her for his burial monument. During the Catholic celebration of Pentecost, rose petals are dropped through the oculus… a pretty sight!
Piazza della Rotonda.

La Barcaccia | The Sinking Boat
The fountain in Piazza di Spagna is called the Barcaccia (“ugly old boat”) because it portrays a sinking launch that is taking in water from stern to helm. The sculptor, Pietro Bernini (Gian Lorenzo’s father) created it under the commission of Pope Urban VIII in 1627. Bernini was purportedly inspired after seeing how the boats in the nearby port of Ripetta (one of Rome’s river moorages) had been washed up after a disastrous flood. The Barcaccia fountain has a double basin: one is the drowned boat, while the other is the river it is sinking in. The aqueduct that provides water to the fountain is the Acqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct still functioning today, bringing water to this part of the city. The pressure is so strong that water springs up naturally, without any mechanical device. The water shoots up high from a middle spout, and also fans out from the mouth of the solar figures on both ends of the boat. It also flows from jets into the bottom part and even spurts from the sides. The natural spring water is always icy cold and refreshing, proof of this are the many overheated tourists and locals drinking (or sometimes even dipping in) the water during summer.
Piazza di Spagna, at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

Palazzo De Cupis | The Ghost Hand
If you are lucky enough to be Piazza Navona on a moonlit night, and if you are a close observer, you could see a mysterious woman’s hand reflected in a dark window. The hand belongs to the beautiful Costanza De Cupis, who was famous during the 17th century for her splendid hands. Her hands were so famous and so beautiful that an artist her contemporary made a plaster cast of one of them, and people would visit the palazzo just to admire it. However, one day while embroidering, Costanza pricked her finger with a rusty needle, which caused an infection and soon after her death. From that moment on, according to legend, when the moon shines on the window of her room, the light that reflects on the glass reveals the shape of a small pale hand. Truth or illusion? Find out by looking closely at the windows of the Palazzo De Cupis…
Piazza Navona.

Corazzieri in Palazzo del Quirinale ©EleonoraBaldwin

Corazzieri in Palazzo del Quirinale ©EleonoraBaldwin

Piazza del Quirinale | The Towering Corazzieri
All the climbing to get here will remind you that you are on one of the seven hills of Rome. This particular one, the Quirinal, takes its name from an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the god Quirinus. Perched on the summit of the Quirinale hill is the Presidential palace. It is huge! The Palazzo was built as a private residence for the Pope; later inhabited by the King of Italy who settled in, and now the President of the Republic lives here. Take a good look at the Presidential guards, the Corazzieri. They wear beautiful uniforms, sport elaborate swords and don strange golden helmets with long horse’s tails streaming down the back. The Corazzieri are a special police unit, who are all very tall and guard the Head of State. They must be over 6 feet tall to qualify! Generations of Corazzieri have been guarding the Palazzo del Quirinale, home to the various dignitary tenants for more than 500 years. If you are lucky, you might get to see the Corazzieri pass by on horseback, that’s when they are at their tallest! Stop in front of the Palazzo’s main entrance on the open piazza, and wait for the changing of the guard everyday around 3:30 p.m. It’s quite a show.
Also, be sure to take a look at the other two famous giants and their horses in the middle of the square, the white marble ones standing above the fountain. They are the mythological twins Castor and Pollux. Piazza del Quirinale.

Giardino Botanico | Rome Botanical Gardens
In this magical garden and its forests, paths and rolling hillsides, you can find a collection of more than 3500 species of rare plants, and discover amazing colors, shapes and perfumes. By walking down the many snaking gravel paths, you’ll encounter extravagant cacti, a bamboo forest, incredibly tall palm trees and tiny little dwarf palms, and some others that creep along like giant snakes. There is even a Soap Tree with leaves that lather up if you wet them and rub them between your hands.
If you want to see the oldest plant in the city, go past the Mediterranean Flora garden and look towards the big staircase. Here you will find a wise and beautiful sycamore (or plane) tree that is 400 years old! There are also two greenhouses that you should not miss. The first houses carnivorous plants, always hungry for insects and bugs; and the second holds flying orchids that are lighter and more delicate than butterflies. Finally, you can head over to the Rocky Garden, or the Japanese Garden to find bonsai trees. These trees are so little and so perfect in every detail, that you will look like a giant standing next to them. And before exiting, be sure to quietly tour the magic Garden of Aromas, where you can close your eyes and try to recognize plants by using only your nose! 
Botanical Gardens Rome – Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24 | Tel. +39 06 49912436