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Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

1. Rome: Colosseum with Access to the Gladiator Arena

Walk through the back door of the Colosseum and pass straight onto the arena floor through the gate named after Libitina, the goddess of funerals. Tread where dead gladiators and animals were once carried away. Feel the majesty of ancient Rome beneath your feed as you stroll over the steps of those who fought in gladiatorial combat. Enjoy astonishing 360-degree views of the Colosseum. Look up at ruins that were once filled with thousands of spectators. Snap excellent pictures, as a limited amount of visitors can be there for a given amount of time. Explore the general access area which includes the ground floor, the second tier and a balcony with astonishing views over the Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine. Step onto the podium reserved for the most important Romans over the main entrance to the Arena and feel the thrill of the amphitheater. Let your guide paint you a picture of the past with engaging stories and legends.

Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket with Host

2. Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo Skip-the-Line Ticket with Host

Begin the journey and pre-book the tickets without having to wait in long lines. Uncover the truth that lies across the walls of the Mausoleum turned into a museum, located on the right bank of the river, Tiber, in the vicinity of the Vatican City. Once inside, admire the stones, marbles, and artifacts that narrate the story of the transformation that has happened over the centuries. It was erected to be a monumental tomb, a fortress during the medieval ages, and thanks to its strategic position, it became a defensive post for barbarian invasions. A must-see to all visitors, walk through the 5 floors of the museum heading towards a spiral ramp, admire the cells, including relics, rooms that served as a Papal residence, and a chamber of ashes where you can marvel at the remains of Roman successors and frescoes preserved perfectly. End this wonderful trip on the roof of the Castle’s astonishing terrace of Angel and have a picturesque view of the whole city, a great place to take pictures and admire the sunset. From a spectacular view on top, be prepared to spot the Vatican City, the Tiber river, and the famous, Bridge of Angels.

Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

3. Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

Exclusivity, privacy, and entertainment are the words that perfectly describe the experience provided by this tour. You will skip the daily long lines to enter the Colosseum and get an immediate VIP experience. Meet at our office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, just around the corner from Caffe Roma (above the Colosseum metro station). Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators and explore the Colosseum restricted areas of the Underground and the arena. Enter through the back door to get stunning views of the underground area. Head below ground to explore the subterranean chambers and hear stories about the fierce battles between the gladiators and wild animals. Marvel as the past is brought to life through stories of ferocious games. and see where the emperor sat above the arena floor as you take a tour of the circumference.

Rome: St Peter’s Basilica With Dome Climb Early Morning Tour

4. Rome: St Peter’s Basilica With Dome Climb Early Morning Tour

Experience an extraordinary tour with a local guide who will show you around St. Peter’s Square, and Vatican City. In the Basilica, See the first viewing point through the Dome's elevator. Then climb up to the remaining steps towards the summit of the Basilica’s Dome. Be among the few to witness a breathtaking view of Vatican City and its iconic seven hills. Make sure to take photographs as evidence from a once-in-a-lifetime experience from the top of the famous Vatican summit. Go back inside the sacred Basilica with instant access. Enjoy your time and stroll at your own pace. Don't miss the historical insights that the archeological site has to offer.

Rome: Colosseum Hosted Entry Ticket with Arena Access

5. Rome: Colosseum Hosted Entry Ticket with Arena Access

Discover the Colosseum by accessing through the spectacular Arena Floor and explore one of the world's most popular attractions in Rome. Discover the epicenter of Roman political, religious, and social life at the Roman Forum before taking a walk up to Palatine Hill. At the meeting point, you'll find your host waiting for you and from there you'll go straight to the Gladiators Arena. Get enough free time inside the Colosseum to explore by yourself and take photos of this historic site. For the second part of the tour make your way to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill to discover one of the most ancient parts of the city. Gain panoramic views over the city from Palatine Hill, the center of Rome’s 7 hills, and make the most of an unmissable photo opportunity.

Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

6. Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

Train to be a gladiator at a school in Rome! Go back to school, but a school with a difference! Take this fun 2-hour course at a gladiator school on the ancient Via Appia in Rome, and learn to be a Roman fighter. Suitable for children and adults both, you will live like a warrior for 2 hours, wearing the gladiator tunic and mastering the skills of swordplay – safely of course. After an introduction to Roman history, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial swords fighting. Each session includes a description of life as a gladiator and top tips on techniques with Roman weapons. Enjoy a unique experience!

Colosseum and Ancient Rome Family Tour for Kids

7. Colosseum and Ancient Rome Family Tour for Kids

Discover the historic highlights of Ancient Rome with a local, child-friendly guide. Play fun games suitable for the entire family to bring the story of the Roman Empire and some of its greatest monuments back to life. Follow in the footsteps of emperors and the fearless gladiators who went into battle with wild animals at the mighty Colosseum. Skip the long lines to the magnificent amphitheater and hear fascinating stories about the entertainments that took place to delight the emperors and roaring crowds.  Walk along the same roads as Roman citizens at the ruins of the Roman Forum. Marvel at the remains of the temples and ancient courthouses. See the Imperial Palace and the altar of Julius Caesar, along with the Arch of Constantine and Arch of Titus. Take part in treasure hunts and other interactive activities, and see 3D reconstructions of the buildings to bring them back to life.

Rome: Colosseum Gladiator Tour for Kids and Families

8. Rome: Colosseum Gladiator Tour for Kids and Families

Give your whole family the chance to experience a new way of visiting the Colosseum. Get priority access to avoid the chaos and the long waiting lines. Once inside, discover history in a fun way and enjoy this unique experience with your children. Learn from your official guide all about the glorious deeds performed by the Gladiators in this majestic amphitheater. The tour will be dynamic and interactive and will certainly remain a long-lasting and educational memory for your kids. The whole family will be captivated by the life story of Flavius Attilius in an interactive way and with a quiz in stages. The children will be involved and actively participate in answering the questions through the use of smartphones lent to them by their parents.

Rome: Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Entrance Ticket

9. Rome: Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Entrance Ticket

Explore the genius of Leonardo da Vinci with an entrance ticket to a special exhibition dedicated to his studies in the field of engineering at the Palazzo della Cancelleria. Travel through 4 sections to see full-scale reproductions and the only holograms in the world of the artist, inventor and Renaissance man. Get the chance to touch and play with almost all the machines on display, or build your own version of a bridge that Da Vinci invented. Examine his studies about "Water," "Air," "Fire" and "Earth" to build a better picture of his intellect and get up close to his inventions in the fields of science, aviation and the military.

Rome: Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Entry Ticket

10. Rome: Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Entry Ticket

Did you know that over 500 years ago Leonardo da Vinci designed flying machines, robots, submarines, underwater breathing equipment, the unsupported suspension bridge and machines that work on solar energy? Learn about all of this and more with your ticket to the Leonardo da Vinci Experience. See 50 of his inventions that were built in line with his designs. Try out Da Vinci's machines and understand how his ideas are still utilized today, with digging and lifting equipment, the sewing machine, the bicycle, water skis, the machine gun and many others. Walk into Leonardo's Room of Mirrors and learn how his study of light inspired the invention of photography and projection. Take a photo beside his helicopter or armored tank. Leonardo da Vinci was of course one of the greatest artists ever and he produced numerous masterpieces that are on display in museums all over the world. The Exhibition Gallery gives visitors an opportunity to admire 20 certified reproductions painted by prominent Vatican Museum restoration artists. Admire the 2 versions of the Virgin of the Rocks, the originals of which are located at the Louvre and London’s National Gallery. See the Lady with an Ermine, the painting with which Leonardo revolutionized classical portraiture.

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What are other things to do than Family-friendly Activities that are worth visiting in Rome?

Family-friendly activities: Things to do in Rome with kids– what to do with kids

Looking for things to do in Rome with kids? Rome is more than museums and old ruins. Show the kids what old really means. The Colosseum, Palatine Hills, and Forum still stand after almost 2,000 years and the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica are not much younger. However, Rome is not just history.

Rome’s attractions and activities spark imagination and fun. Discover old-fashioned fun at San Carlino’s puppet theater. Learn authentic pizza or pasta making at a local ristorante. Take on a treasure hunt through the Vatican. Imagine flying da Vinci’s inventions at Palazzo della Cancelleria. And after seeing art, create art. Try some papier-mâché sculpting or watercolors at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. There is so much more to try when in Rome for the whole family.

Where can the entire family have fun in Rome?

Journey through fun and learning in Rome and go for more than just the typical attractions.

Visit the Villa Borghese: More than just a park

Rome takes its gardens seriously when it comes to relaxation and fun. More than just greenery and statues, you and your family can walk on the wild side. The petting zoo has peacocks, penguins, and more for the kids to get close to nature. The Casina di Raffaello has toys and costumes for play and dress up. You can even ride a bike as the whole family by renting a two-, four-, or six-seater bike. The park is almost 200 acres, so a bike may be a good idea. Try and find the Secret Gardens or feed the swans from a rowboat.

Visit Explora Children’s Museum: Kids learn through fun

Take a break from history at Explora, and get the kids involved in the real world. Fully interactive, they might not realize they’re learning while they’re having fun! They can operate a train and learn about transport, go grocery shopping and learn to be a bargain hunter, or even go fishing and learn about ecology. Every child must be accompanied by an adult, so you can participate with them. Everyone gets to learn! There are activities suitable for infants to pre-teens (12 years old). Keep in mind that visits are sometimes limited to about 2 hours to prevent over-crowding.

Visit Welcome to Rome: Time travel with the family 

Today, you and your family walk by ruins. Take a tour back in time to their heyday and watch history unfold. A multimedia show will enthrall the kids as they learn and see Rome built before their eyes. Then watch it burn and then get rebuilt. Almost 3,000 years pass by in about 30 minutes. Then check out the interactive exhibitions of St. Peter’s, Castel Sant'Angelo, and more. Recommended for 6 years and older, this is ideal for a break from walking or from the heat if you’re there in the summer.

Visit Gruppo Storico Romano: Test fighting skills at gladiator school

After touring the Colosseum, see if you and your kids have combat skills. Put on a tunic and live like a gladiator at Gruppo Storico Romano. There’s nothing like living history to learn about the past! Safely learn sword fighting, then take to the ring. This is recommended for older children and adults, but there’s seating in the arena. Cheer on your favorite fighter and watch them graduate with a gladiator certificate!

Visit the squares of Rome: Search for animals in the fountains

Make strolls through the squares, or piazzas, and fountains a safari. The kids may discover a love for art or at least enjoy the walks a bit more. Turtles and dolphins play at the Fontana delle Tartarughe (Fountain of the Turtles) in Piazza Mattei. The elephant in Piazza di Santa Maria sopra Minerva looks like it has a secret. Lions fill Fontana del Mosè (Fountain of Moses) at the Piazza San Bernardo. And of course, there are the winged horses and sea creatures at the Trevi Fountain. Don’t forget to toss in a coin for good luck!

What should I expect when visiting Rome with my kids?

Rome is very much a walking city, but some of the streets aren’t that stroller friendly. You may want to consider a wearable carrier instead. Museums and other attractions should have coat rooms to store bags and strollers, but you should check with your guide. As you wander through the squares, you may need some, well, relief. Look for a p-spot. Yes, that’s what they are called. These are set up all over the city and for a small fee, you can use the facilities – water fountains, bathrooms, and baby changing stations. They are extremely welcoming and there’s even free Wi-Fi.



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What people are saying about Rome

Augustus was fantastic, a warm and entertaining host who boasted fantastic knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Was accommodating and happy to answer questions some of the party had throughout and offered suggestions to further enhance our trip to the city following the tour itself. Thank you, Augustus!

Agostino was absolutely incredible. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the areas of the tour, was fun and witty throughout. If you are on the fence about booking an experience like this one, take this as your sign that it’s SO worth it! You will NOT be disappointed!

It was truly amazing. The wonders and beauty in the museum and Sistine Chapel so extraordinary that it would be possible to spend a year and not see them all. Locating the tour was the easiest of all tours we enjoyed over two weeks. Antonio, our guide, was also great.

Our guide Lumi was great! She tailored the tour to be perfect for 3 kids whose jet lag hit half way through. She was knowledgeable and wonderful and had great recommendations for the rest of the trip!

Very warm welcome at the venue and excellent performance by the two singers and pianist. Very enjoyable evening.