In our two-and-half hour Ancient Rome tour we’ll visit the Colosseum and archaeological areas nearby, using hands-on activities to engage young people in the group and make history come alive. Our specially trained guide will help us explore the construction and history of this spectacular monument and paint a vivid picture of its history by using inquiry-based learning techniques to stimulate a lively discussion. (For more on our approach to family learning, see our Family Tours Program
Our walk will bring families into the archaeological heart of the city, where we will encounter the story of Romulus and Remus, the artistic and political achievements of the emperors, and the everyday lives of ancient Roman citizens. If the stories of gladiators interest the group, we'll look at the exterior of the Gladiator School, or Ludus Magnus: a training area for gladiators from which they would enter the Colosseum via an underground tunnel. We'll also stroll down the via dei Fori Imperiali and touch on the Imperial Fora, a string of open piazzas, temples, and other structures built by the emperor Augustus and his successors as Rome grew and expanded during its incredible rise in the Imperial period. To assist you in planning your Ancient Rome tour, read our guide How to Tour the Colosseum and Ancient Rome
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Getting To Know You
In order to plan the best possible experience for your children, it would be helpful for us to know some background. Have they traveled to other countries? If so, where? Have they studied any subjects in school that would relate to the walk? Are they interested in art, music, even food? The more you can tell us, the better.
Due to the very interactive nature of this program and given the educational environment our docent aims to evoke, we adhere to a very strict maximum of 6 participants. Groups larger than 6 will need to book two separate walks that can run concurrently with different docents.
Skip-the-Line Colosseum Tickets
We highly recommend either an 8:15 a.m. start or later in the afternoon when the morning crowds have thinned out. Due to new security measures the queue at 9:00 a.m. tends to be much longer than the other times.
Note: Children under 18 are able to access the Colosseum with a free ticket and a reservation fee of 2 Euros. However, this requires the group to pass through a second, additional line, which can be quite long during peak seasons. If you would like to take advantage of the free ticket option for your children please note this as you place your order.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a semi-private tour?
Our semi-private tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our semi-private tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
If children under 18 qualify for free tickets, why am I required to purchase a ticket for my child?
While children may enter for free, they are required to stand in the general entrance line if they do so. In order to save time and expedite the walk, we purchase skip-the-line tickets so they may enter as quickly as possible.
I have purchased the Roma Pass, can I use it on my Context walks?
No, you can't use the Roma Pass on your Context walks. Roma Pass holders have to wait in the long line for the non-reserved public entrance to the Colosseum. In order to save time and expedite the walk, we purchase skip-the-line tickets so you may enter as quickly as possible.
Does this include the Gladiator School (Ludus Magnus)?
We will visit the site, and observe it from outside, but will not enter it. Your docent will talk about gladiator training and life as a gladiator.