Rome is a magnificent city with so much to offer families. However, it has a downside. Huge numbers of tourists flock there every year, making sightseeing somewhat difficult when travelling with kids.
Being a capital city, Rome will always be busy, no matter when you go there. We have just returned from six weeks in Europe of which we spent a wonderful four nights in Rome. From this experience and previous holidays to Rome, we have discovered ways to see the city without having to push your way through crowds.
Here are three things to consider for your next trip.
Best time for sightseeing in Rome
There is a definite bonus to having kids who wake early when you’re in Rome. You can get going before everyone else does.
Having flown in from Australia and trying to get over the eight hour time difference, everyone was awake early. So we would start sightseeing before 7.00am and come home after lunch for a rest. Rome has a special charm during the quiet of the early morning, and it’s well worth experiencing. Getting to actually see places like the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Villa Borghese with more than a handful of people around is absolute magic.
Unfortunately, when it comes to visiting the Colosseum there are restricted hours, but book a family tour and you’ll skip the lines (well most of them) and you learn so much more in a fun way. This is the review of the tour we went on.
Best days of the week to visit Rome
Rome is generally at its busiest on the weekend. Monday to Friday is your best options for a less crowded city. If you want to look at museums and art galleries, they are usually closed on Mondays. Checking opening times for anything you are interested in visiting before you arrive.
Pick your month to visit Rome
July and August are by far the busiest months in Rome. They are also the hottest with the average temperature in July being 32C / 90F. Most sightseeing in Rome can be done walking, and when it is hot, and you are surrounded by stone, it’s not that fun.
If you have school-aged kids like we do, it’s a bit harder to visit out of peak times, but it is well worth it to reduce costs and crowds. May, June, and September are a much better option if you can travel then.
We hope this has given you a few ideas for planning your trip to Rome, Italy. Let us know if you have any questions.