Arrival in Rome
There is a Roma Pass that covers your first two sites and a few days of public transit. If you have young kids, I would skip it. Don't try to make them do more than one museum a day. But it may be worth it if you want to sightsee at a faster speed. Look out for a kiosk selling a Roma Pass. They should be sold at most kiosks in the train station. It's €38.50/72 hours of transit and 2 museums and €26/48 hours of transit and 1 museum (pass does not include The Vatican).
The upside to the pass it it lets you skip the lines, but you can also do that by buying tickets online ahead of time. You'll get discounted admission on any museums you choose to visit. Add together what you want to squeeze into three days and see if it makes sense. If you follow our babies/toddlers or elementary school age kids directly, it will not make sense to buy a Roma pass. It will work for the teens / adults itinerary. I would get a transit card for the duration of your stay and pay per museum (don’t forget to book the Colosseum / Forum / Vatican / Borghese Gallery in advance).
How To Get Around
Public Transit: The Metro in Rome works pretty well for wherever you want to go. If it's hot, buy a pass and save yourself sweaty walks across town. It costs about 1.50 euros per ride or 24 euros for unlimited rides for a week. There are also 24, 48, and 72 hour versions.
UBER/taxis: Rome is actually a good place for taxis. They aren't as expensive as in other cities, so if you're tired and you don't have a carseat kid, go right ahead and hail one. UBER also works in Rome.
Vespa: If your kids are the right age (18+) you MUST rent a Vespa for at least a day or two, It's the most Rome thing you can possibly do. Just WEAR YOUR HELMET and don't let any reckless teenagers drive please.
FCO or Leonardo Da Vinci/Fiumicino: Take the Leonardo Express to the Rome Termini Station and then the metro to your apartment. Good restaurant by Rome Termini Station: Geovanni Di Valentino (Via Filippo Turati, 36). Fun story, we found Lorenzo’s name on this airport train! It was on the name tag of our ticket taker on the train and we later found the name in Alex’s family history.
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Here is a map to get you organized and see our list of fun things to do with kids in this city. I’ve included a fair amount of restaurants in this guide because part of the fun of being in Italy is eating.
See our Itinerary posts to work out your perfect itinerary for your visit.