Ice Skating Rome

Around the winter holiday period several ice skating rinks are set up all around Rome. Although these are never very big, it could still be a way to keep children entertained after having forced them to watch an endless succession of churches, museums, fountains, etc.

Ice Skating Rome

Auditorium Parco della Musica

For several years now the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome’s Renzo Piano built concert hall, has had an ice skating rink during the Christmas period and beyond. The rink will stay open until 2 February 2014. (till January 6: open from 10 AM till midnight; from January 7: Mondays and thursdays from 2 till 9 PM; fridays and saturdays: 2 PM till midnight).

Ice Park – Euroma 2

There is also an ice skating rink inside the Euroma 2 shopping mall. Until February 28 the rink will be open from 10 AM until 10 PM. It costs 10 Euros per hour, including the rent of the ice skates; discount price is 6 Euros. (Take metro line B to Eur – Fermi, the bus lines 070, 700, 709 and get off at the stop Colombo/Pacifico.)

Grinzing Village

This ice skating rink, near the Castel Sant’Angelo, has been going for several seasons. It is open from 10 AM until midnight every day. Adults pay 8 Euros, children only 6 Euros. The skates are included. Note that according to Grinzing Village you turn adult at 14 years of age. The quality of the ice, at least the time we were there, was horrendous.

More Ice Skating Rinks Rome

If you are willing to travel a bit, there are more rinks outside the center of the city:

  • Olimpia On Ice (Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 250, until February 28th, 8 Euros for an entire day, 10 AM till midnight, during weekdays).
  • Roma Aurelio (Piazza San Giovanni Battista De La Salle, until February 28th).
  • The Ice Park Tor di Quinto is Rome’s biggest ice skating rink, with its 5000 square meters. It is open until May 15th, 2014. The cost is between 7 and 10 Euros per hour, depending on the day of the week.

Technotown Rome (Villa Torlonia)

Technotown is a “museum” for young children (age 8 to 17) in the Villa Torlonia park in Rome. It can be defined as a combination of nature and technology aiming to educate by means of games and the use creative use of media.

Technotown Rome (Villa Torlonia)

Young  – and older (but only when accompanied by a child) – visitors can learn about technology and enjoy themselves at the same time, by taking 3D pictures, creating the kind of special effects that are used when making movies and exploring several other interesting technological angles.

The various subjects are divided over 7 different rooms and the only drawback is that almost everything is in Italian only.

Technotown Rome

Gelateria Il Palazzo del Freddo (Fassi) Rome

Every guidebook about Rome mentions a couple of ice cream parlors (gelaterie) in the centre of town, but not all of them have taken the trouble to visit the oldest, and according to many people best, one of them all. Fassi, or Il Palazzo del Freddo, has existed since 1880.

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