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Beginner's guide to ROME: The top attractions your family must not miss

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Has your family ever dreamed of visiting Rome, Italy? From the old world sights and cultural experiences to the authentic cuisine, Rome is such a popular European destination for families.

If you have never visited Rome before, there are certain attractions that you must not miss during your family's first visit!

The Colosseum


Take in a tour of the Colosseum that makes you feel part of history! Built by Emperor Vespasian around A.D. 70-72, the Colosseum was a gift to the people of Rome and soon housed spectacles and games as well as wild animal and gladiator combats.

Pro tip: Did you know that a limited number of guests can pre-arrange a special tour that takes you through the Colosseum underground?

Tour the streets of Rome

Stroll the streets and ancient byways of Rome and visit the spectacular destinations you've always dreamed of seeing. Explore the city center home to the famous Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Parthenon and the Trevi Fountain. Stop along the way and taste some authentic gelato. Yum!

Vatican City

St. Peter's Square

Marvel at the Basilica via St. Peter’s Square - one of the largest churches in the world and a renowned example of Renaissance architecture. Initially constructed by Constantine in the early 4th century, it was rebuilt in the 16th century by Bernini, Bramante and Michelangelo. It stands on the site where the apostle Peter was crucified. Considered the first pope, he is buried under the main altar along with other popes who followed. Michelangelo’s iconic dome dominates the skyline of Rome.

Experience a guided tour of the Vatican Museum - home to masterpieces by the greatest artists in history in a collection spanning 4000 years. No visit to the Vatican is complete without a visit to the Sistine Chapel where you can get an intimate look at Michelangelo's magnificent achievement.

Tip for the Exclusive Rome Experience

For the ultimate Rome experience with exclusive access and hassle-free touring, take your family on an Adventures by Disney vacation. With an Adventures by Disney vacation, you can enhance your Rome experience with an after-hours privately guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Plus, your tour includes a stay at the Gran Melia Rome Hotel, located on the banks of the River Tiber, featuring contemporary Italian elegance and spectacular views of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Lissa Ryan is a Senior Travel Advisor with Kingdom Destinations specializing in luxurious family vacations. Lissa helps busy parents who want to create travel memories with their families through luxury travel experiences, but are too busy or overwhelmed with all the effort and research that is required to plan that perfect vacation.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss a trip to Rome or any other luxury family vacation, please contact

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