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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

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

Uncover the secrets that lie within the walls of the Castel Sant'Angelo, a historic mausoleum turned into a museum, located on the right bank of the Tiber River. Discover one of the lesser-known gems of Rome with fast-track admission tickets and admire outstanding views of the city from above. Skip the lines and walk inside to browse through the artifacts that narrate the building's many transformations. First erected to be a monumental tomb, then a fortress during the medieval ages, and a defensive post for barbarian invasions, the castle will offer you new insights into Roman history. Explore the 5 floors of the museum heading towards a spiral ramp, then see the cells and the rooms that served as a Papal residence, as well as a chamber of ashes where you can marvel at the remains of iconic Roman characters and frescoes preserved perfectly. End this informative trip on the Castle’s astonishing roof terrace and have a picturesque view of the whole city. Be prepared to spot 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 Early Morning Tour with Dome Climb

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

Explore the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s Square and the Vatican city on an extraordinary tour with a local guide. Climb the dome and visit the basilica in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You will see the first viewing point through the elevator of the dome. Start climbing the remaining steps towards the summit while hearing fascinating facts and stories from your guide. Witness a breathtaking view of Vatican City and its iconic seven hills. Keep your camera ready to click photographs of the beautiful panoramic views from the top of the famous Vatican summit.  After admiring the splendid views, come down from the dome to enter the basilica. Enjoy the privilege of instant access and stroll through the area at your own pace. Marvel at the magnificent creation of St. Peter's Baldachin and Michelangelo’s Pietá. Discover every tiny detail of the historic building and admire the masterpieces adorning the space.  

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!

Rome: E-Bike Night Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

7. Rome: E-Bike Night Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

Begin your adventure close to St. Maria Maggiore, one of the most beautiful basilicas of Rome. Pedal up to the top of the Aventino hill and admire one of the most striking sunset panoramas of the eternal city. Enjoy the views over the Fori Imperiali, Campidoglio, and Circo Massimo by dusk. Then, head for the Trevi Fountain, and make a wish as you throw a coin in. See popular landmarks such as the Colosseo and San Pietro, illuminated by the moonlight biking through little-known streets far away from the city traffic. End the adventure with the cold cuts accompanied by a glass of wine.

Colosseum and Ancient Rome Family Tour for Kids

8. 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.

Welcome To Rome: Immersive Journey Through Rome's History

9. Welcome To Rome: Immersive Journey Through Rome's History

At Welcome To Rome you will immerse yourself in the history of this wonderful city and have an exciting and engaging experience. Visiting Welcome To Rome means taking a journey through time and space. An experience in which you will witness a multi-projection: walls and ceilings will come alive around you while on the ground a large model of the city will light up to show the evolution of Rome over the centuries. This immersive projection will tell you about 2700 years of the history of the Rome in 27 minutes, through the ages that have built the eternal city's identity. You will have the illusion of flying over the city through the centuries, moving within monuments, palaces, churches and squares. To complete the visit you can view 4 large interactive models that will allow you to discover the history of some exceptional masterpieces: the Imperial Forum, the Augustus Forum, the Mausoleum of Adrian, and San Peter Basilica. The spectacular projections and the interactive models will give you a unique and exciting experience and allow you to discover first-hand the evolution of this extraordinary city. The show takes place inside the ex Cinema Augustus, in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 203. The projection and interactive exhibits are accessible also to anyone with disabilities. It is possible to start the visit at any time during opening hours, since the show goes on continuously. You will be accompanied by an audio guide available in 8 different languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

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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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

A fantastic experience with great guides to ensure an enjoyable and fun bike ride whilst visiting various locations around Rome. A fun and informative experience. There was not one negative aspect of the tour. You experience a lot of Rome without having to travel all the main roads. The guides show you Rome utilising a lot of back streets with lots of hidden gems. The bikes make it easy to get around and you are never left alone. The group stays together from start to finish. Well recommended.

Fantastic, very easy to give the office. Your guy was informative and kept all our attention. Just note that this tour has access to the arena but not underneath. Recommend this tour. Thanks so much

Giulia was great with the kids, and while it was not an intellectually advanced tour (because it is kid focused), she was very engaging and clearly knows and enoys sharing Roman history. Thanks!

I live that it was at 8pm as we went on summer. The only bad thing is that I bought the Spanish tour and when we got there it was in english. Other than that it was a great.

A fantastic tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!