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Villa Ada: like an unofficial zoo

Villa Ada: like an unofficial zoo

This is not your usual city park: sure, Villa Ada (short for "Villa Ada Savoia", its actual name) is enjoyed by many for picnics, an improvised game of soccer or morning jogs, but is also the place where most pop and rock stars will have played at some point in their career: international artists as well as national glories gather here during the summer for one of Rome’s oldest, beloved music festivals, “Villa Ada incontra il mondo”, taking place in the middle of this park throughout two months.

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Free museums in Rome that your kids will love

Free museums in Rome that your kids will love

There’s over 100 museums in Rome: a lifetime wouldn’t probably be enough to visit all of them, and as a matter of fact there’s hundred of thousands of locals who haven’t! It’s not a matter of money, either: there’s not enough time, quite simply put, because many of these institutions have a free entrance. Here’s some of our suggestions for smaller, interesting, out of the beaten path museums that your children will love!

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Classical music for children at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Classical music for children at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

This residential, quiet area in Northern Rome includes the (now repurposed) Villaggio Olimpico, the athletes’ village from the Rome Olympics in 1960, and it’s a destination for lovers of contemporary architecture thanks to the nearby Bridge of Music and the adjoined Maxxi Museum, designed by the late Zaha Hadid.

At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, made by archistar Renzo Piano, you will not only find pop, rock or jazz events, as well as exhibitions and film festivals.

Here is where the headquarters for Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (the National Academy of St. Cecilia) are: their Orchestra and Choir are among the most famous in the world, and they have been at the forefront for events intended to bring children closer to classical music.

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Young archaelogists have their fun at Museo di Archeologia per Roma

Come and join a “how to” workshop (in recent times “How to build a Roman road” was extremely successful), and don’t think this is a children-only museum: parents and adults enjoy the APR as much as them (if not more!).

Museo di Archeologia per Roma - via Columbia, 33 +39 06 2024732 - http://museoapr.it

Inquire with the museum offices for assistance in English or other languages and for the possibility of a step-free access.

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Cinema dei Piccoli: the smallest space for children!

Cinema dei Piccoli: the smallest space for children!

One of many attractions for children inside the Villa Borghese park, Cinema dei Piccoli is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest cinema in the world!

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