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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



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.

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