For families it is a great idea to stay by the beach - very few visitors to Rome go to the beach so close to the city. The beach hotels in Ostia tend to cost less and offer more space for families staying in Rome. Fiumicino is also a great place to take a walk at night with lots of shops and bars and restaurants; the Roman nightlife moves to the seaside in the warmer months and Rome becomes more of a tourist scene at night. From Ostia and Fiumicino there are public transport links such as buses - and from Ostia, there is the Roma-Lido railway, which connects to thePiramide stop of the B line of the metro (all using the same bus/tram/metro ticket). Another advantage of staying at the beach is the fact you don't have noisy motorbikes passing during the night and it is not so hot like the city during the evenings. With family vacations there is always the temptation to try and pack too much into one day which can be exhausting for little ones, so make the most of all the parks - in one of the most famous parks in Rome, villa Borghese, you can hire rowing boats and bikes or, for smaller children, you can try the pony and cart rides. The Trevi fountain and Spanish Steps in city centre are also sites that the whole family can enjoy: let them throw a few coins into the fountain or run up and down the steps, then treat them to one of the delicious gelatos.