The Roman Forum and The Monti District With Kids
Activity: The Forum. Metro Stop: Colosseo. Cost: €14, also covers The Colosseum. Hours: 9 am - 7 pm
One of the best pieces of travel advice for Rome I've ever gotten was to do the Forum and the Colosseum on separate days. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance (see booking checklist)! They are both packed with tourists and are relatively exhausting yet fascinating sites.
Personally, I love the Forum even more than the Colosseum. However, it is very difficult to appreciate without some sort of guide. Use the Rick Steves audioguide to make the most of your visit. Audioguides are also really useful when you are simultaneously chasing a toddler.
My buddy Rick really brings the Forum to life and you can picture what it was like to live in Ancient Rome! Also, it is just mind boggling how old many of the ruins are!
Your ticket also covers Palatine Hill, which most tourists skip, but you are smarter than that! It's not as crowded as the Forum so children tend to do better here. There are green spaces and low walls for climbing. If your kids are antsy, you have my permission to walk quickly through the Forum and then continue your admiring from above on Palatine Hill.
After The Forum, explore the Monti District. If your kids are young, go home for a siesta first because you’ll likely want to linger here. This is a quaint village-like area of Rome with a lot of local people hanging out. Fancier restaurant option: La Taverna dei Monti: Via del Boschetto 41, otherwise use my map to find a delicious place!
There are less fancy options all around, so feel free to taste test. After you’ve finished your food, wander around a bit. You're sort of close to The Pantheon so you could go check that out. It looks so cool floodlit at night!