The Colosseum and History of Ancient Rome tour with Kids Tours of Rome is an exciting private tour that is a beloved favorite of children and adults around the world. Your family will walk through the ancient stadium where the best gladiators of all time came to compete for their life. In the amphitheater you will learn about the ancient celebrities and people who were entertained by the horrific battles between beasts and men.
After learning of the ancient games, a short stroll over to the Roman Forum will take you through the ancient streets to show you the venues where the life of the early Romans took place. You’ll hear stories of Caesar, Augustus, the Roman Senate, and other notable historical figures as you see the remains of the temples, Basilica, Emperor’s Palace, and more. The Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour for kids is better than any history class about Ancient Rome.
Your personal guide will navigate you and your family through the ruins, giving everyone the personal care and attention you deserve. All will enjoy the educational experience when history comes to life during the walk through time back to the Roman Empire.
Participation in this tour is typically the favorite activity booked among those who tour with us. Our fun and friendly guides have a variety of methods they use to engage continued interest and learning between children and adult members of your family while you see Rome’s most iconic venue.
Don’t plan a trip to Rome without experiencing with your kids one of the best venues to see while on holiday in Italy!
Book your tour now by contacting us for the times and dates available during your trip.
- Tickets are required for this tour. Your reservation specialist will provide the necessary information during the booking process.
- We require at least 48 hours notice to book this tour. During high season it is extremely difficult to locate available guides and may not be possible. One month or more ahead is recommended.
- If you are booking well in advance, ask about the arena floor add on, we’ll be happy to arrange it for you. The tickets for the arena floor are limited and usually sell out a month in advance.
- The private walking tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours.
- Your guide speaks fluent English, Spanish, German or Italian and is reserved only for your family.
- Our tour does not include the extra areas of the underground and the upper 3rd ring levels. Visiting these areas require a specially reserved ticket for an extra fee and touring with a larger group (not child-friendly tour). Ask us about this option if the underground level is something you really want to visit.
- You are allowed to take photographs on this tour. Selfie sticks are not allowed.
- There are size limits on personal bags and backpacks. See the details in the FAQ.
- This tour continues regardless of the weather except in extreme and dangerous conditions. Most of this tour is outdoors. Please bring appropriate protection from sun and rain as needed. Bottled water is recommended on hot days and can be refilled at various fountains.
- Transportation is not included in the tour fee, but it can be arranged separately. Inquire to your reservation specialist for the rates if you would like to add-on this option.
- This tour is not available on major holidays.
- In the event of a labor strike or other demonstrations when the venue is closed, we will do all that is possible to reschedule your tour or offer alternatives.
Rome was founded back in 753 BC by Romulus. He had a twin brother called Remus. As babies, they have been abandoned in the area of today Rome. And guess what? Legend says that she-wolf found and raised them! But later, when they grew up, Romulus fought Remus to become the first ruler of Rome.
During our Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour with kids you’ll find out just how famous builders and creators Ancient Romans were. The Romans had built a road network of over 53,000 miles throughout their empire. It is the reason why there is a saying “All roads lead to Rome”.
Romans, famous creators, invented concrete, as well. This product is used on many structures like the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum, which are still standing today thanks to the development of Roman cement and concrete.
It is common to see letters SPQR all over Rome. Of course, it has meaning and it stands for “Senatus Populusque Romanus”. That is a proper symbol of unity and means “The Senate and the people of Rome.”
The Romans managed a large territory of 2.5 million square miles in 117 AD, after big conquests. At that moment, they had almost a quarter of known parts of the world in their possession.
One of the first stories about Rome you’ll learn during our The Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour for kids is the list of famous hills. Because this city was built on the seven hills – Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, Aventine, and Palatine. They are surrounding the old community.
Immediately after the construction began, in AD 72, the Colosseum became a unique symbol of the city of Rome. Roman rulers spent so much money on his construction that they could build an entirely new city. It was a magnificent complex of construction and sculpture that served many performances.
It was built in the oval shape with the seats facing down to the arena. The best places in the Colosseum belonged to the Emperor, then to the senators sitting in the first ranks and so on to the top, where women and slaves were seated.
In the morning hours, the Colosseum held wild animals game shows. After that, there was a polygon for prisoners executing, and afternoon held gladiatorial struggles. The spirit of that time is easily verifiable through our The Colosseum tour with kids.
The first gladiator games were held in the 80th year AD. They lasted more than 3 months, and for over a hundred days more than 9,000 animals were killed and more than a thousand gladiators fought to the death.
In the Colosseum, animal shows included the presentation of some of the exotic animals from the area of the then Empire.
Games in the Colosseum also included the reconstructions of maritime battles, but historians are still debating whether they were maintained in the Colosseum itself – which had to be filled with water for that purpose – or in some nearby lake and pool.
According to Guinness World Records standings, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world, 187 m long, 157 m wide and occupies a total area of 5 hectares.
The arena fighters were mostly slaves or prisoners of war who voluntarily accepted to become gladiators. They were trained in gladiatorial schools, in a military style, and had better living conditions than ordinary slaves.
When the gladiator succeeds in disarming or wounding his opponent, he looks toward the ceremonial lodge of the Colosseum in which the emperor sat and addressed himself and the audience for judgment. The audience and the Roman Emperor were speaking with their thumbs. The thumb down meant the death of a defeated gladiator, and the thumb turned up was a sign for salvation.
It has been estimated that in the gladiatorial games held for more than three centuries in the Coliseum in Rome, more than 500,000 slaves and over one million animals have been killed in total.