What to do in Rome with kids: Villa Borghese Gardens

Villa Borghese Gardens are one of the many places to see in Rome. It’s difficult to decide what do do in Rome in few days because there are so many activities and attractions that it’s hard concentrate them in a weekend. But if you visit this city in summertime I think that the Villa Borgese Park it’s one of the “must do in Rome“.

Located in the heart of Rome the Villa Borghese gardens are a green area in the middle of a marvellous city. There you can visit some museums or spend some time outdoor. But if you are traveling with kids there are many things you can do with your little traveller in the park of Villa Borghese: you can enjoy a rickshaw ride, a bike tour, a race with the pedal cars or the classic boat rides on the lake.

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Villa Borghese Gardens – Biological Parc entrance
If your children are old enough, you can also rent the segway and set out to explore the park with a segway tour. If children are smaller ducks and gulls of the pond will be a funny stop for them or you can go to the zoologcal garden (named “Bioparco di Roma” literally “Biological Parc of Rome”). However, if you are traveling with small children as in our case, my advice is to head immediately to the uilding named “Casina di Raffaello” (Raffaello’s House).

Outside of this building you will find a nice playground made entirely of wood, with sheep and tractor on which your children can climb. On the other side you will find the entrance of the Casina di Raffaello, a day care center for children with a small library, a bookshop and many toys.

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Villa Borghese Gardens: Museum
The entry in this space game located in Villa Borghese Gardens is free of charge and inside there are three rooms: a first space used as a shop and two play areas, one dedicated to children with pillows and soft play and accessed barefoot. In the playroom – in addition to wooden toys, colored chalks and balloons – are also many books available for all ages and it’s nice to get in and hear the voice of parents who read stories to their children. Throughout the week (except Monday) are then organized many workshops of creative activities and animated reading in which you can access without reservation.

In short, we spent a few hours at the “Casina di Raffaello” between drawings and cooking and we had fun.
So if you plan to spend a few days in Rome with your children and you want to switch between visits to museums and the beauty of the city with a few hours of play I will point out, it might be an idea for a stage more! 🙂

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L’ingresso della Casina di Raffaello a Villa Borghese – Roma

Practical information for visiting Villa Borghese Gardens with children

How to reach Villa Borgese Gardens

The Villa Borghese Park is just a few steps from the center. One of the entrances is near Piazza del Popolo, you can take the subway and stop at “Flaminia” or the bus. The park is moving quietly with the stroller even if we made a long climb to get in (but we were wrong entrance !!) and get to the rooftop terrace from which you take beautiful photographs in Piazza del Popolo.

What to do at the Raffaello’s House

In addition to games are organized workshops for children that can be used even without a reservation (of course if there’s room!) Every day except Monday. More information can be found on the website: www.casinadiraffaello.it

Where to eat in the Villa Borghese Park

In the park you will find many restaurants, bars and kiosks even if an alternative is to bring a packed lunch.

Where to stay in Rome

We stayed at Hotel Pulitzer a business chic hotel “loaned” to the tourists with a strategic location for sightseeing and gargantuan breakfasts.
It is located to the metro Marconi four stops from the Coliseum and comfortable as if we arrive with Italo train to Rome Ostiense.

How to reach Rome by train

Many times we found very convenient and cheap the train ticket (with Italo carrier). The journey from Milan to Rome is direct, tales less than 3 hours and arrives in the town center.

So far our advice, of course, however, Rome is always worth a visit and that I never tire of repeating it … with or without the kids! And if you need by following these links you will find some practical tips for places to see in Rome but also what to do in Rome with children.

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