Colosseum Tour for Kids with the Roman Forum

Gladiator for a Day: Experience Rome's most iconic landmark through the eyes of a local Roman
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Tour Details
2.5 hours
Product Type
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
Photos & Highlights
  • Connect with the myths and legends of the Ancient Roman Empire, while creating unforgettable memories with your family.
  • Explore the Colosseum and nearby sites with a knowledgeable guide who brings history to life through engaging stories and interactive exploration.
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Tour Description
The sun warms your skin, and the sandy soil shifts slightly beneath you. There is a constant thrum humming in your ears from a distant crowd. Open your eyes and let history explode before you.

  • Step into the Colosseum, not as a spectator, but as a gladiator. Imagine the weight of the trident in your hand, the smell of dust and sweat hanging in the air. You’re standing where fellow gladiators once bled for glory, right in the heart of the city. 
  • Explore the intricate archways and web of tunnels. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself speechless at the sheer scale of the structure; after all, it is the largest amphitheater in the world. Your guide will keep your imagination ignited as you explore with fascinating facts, engaging stories, and interactive activities. 
  • Visit Ludus Magnus, their legendary gladiator training ground. Hear the phantom echoes of clashing swords, see the sweat that stained the ancient stones around them. Imagine their dreams of glory as they prepared to enter the Colosseum through the famous hidden tunnel.
  • Stroll the Via Sacra where senators plotted and citizens gossiped. Picture local craftsmen congregating along the Forum to sell their wares, bakery stands perfuming the air with the scent of fresh bread, and students gathering under porticos to discuss epics and practice arithmetic.  

This is more than sightseeing. It's a hands-on adventure, a journey that ignites imaginations and sparks family connections. Embrace the dust of gladiators and the whispers of emperors. Gain lasting memories, a newfound respect for Rome's legacy, and a shared story etched in the eternal city's heart.
  • You want to skip the generic spiel and embrace a personalized experience designed for your family's interests and pace. Delve deeper than guidebooks, ask questions, and let the Colosseum reveal its secrets just for you. 
  • You’re interested in exploring the Colosseum's hidden corners, touching history as it comes alive before you.
  • Your child(ren) are eager to live life as a gladiator, learning about training at Ludus Magnus, practicing their imaginary sword jabs, and picturing their epic victories inside the Colosseum.
  • Colosseum - Did you know that this arena once held up to 80,000 spectators? This architectural marvel of ancient Rome was not only a venue for gladiatorial contests but also for public spectacles like mock sea battles, animal hunts, and dramas based on classical mythology.
  • Roman Forum - Once the epicenter of Roman public life, hosting triumphal processions, elections, public speeches, and criminal trials. 
  • Includes tickets to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Our special tickets will get us to a reserved lane, where our group will have to stand in line due to security measures and a strictly enforced maximum capacity at the Colosseum.
  • Upon receiving your order, our team will secure a guide. Once the venue tickets are released, we will purchase them. Our team will be in touch with alternative options if we cannot secure tickets for the date and time you requested. 
  • Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. 
  • For more information on planning your tour, take a read through our How to Tour the Colosseum resources page.
  • Check out our upcoming online lectures which transport you back to Ancient Rome, accompanied by a leading Context Expert. 
General Information
  • This tour is expertly crafted to captivate children aged 3 to 13, offering a fun and interactive exploration of the Colosseum. 
  • To enhance your family's experience, we kindly request details about your children's interests. This information will help us pair you with a guide who is most suited to your family's unique preferences and needs, ensuring a personalized and memorable tour.
  • For those traveling with teens or adults seeking a more in-depth experience, we recommend our longer-duration flagship Colosseum Tour.
  • You will meet your Context guide at a location near the entrance gates to the Colosseum. You'll receive additional details, along with a map, with your confirmation email.
  • The tour typically concludes in the Forum, offering you the opportunity to further explore its fascinating grounds at your leisure, or venture to Palatine Hill for more self-guided discovery and enjoyment.
Wheelchair accessibility
  • The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are wheelchair accessible, however there may be several points where the pavement is uneven or tricky to maneuver. 
  • Additional information is available here.
  • Please reach out to our team to discuss any mobility concerns.
Service Dogs
  • Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 
For more information about Context Tours, please visit our FAQ page.

Will I need to bring identification to enter the Colosseum?
Yes, original identification is required to be presented upon entry to the Colosseum for all visitors including children. These should be original documents, copies will not be accepted.   
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 tour, we purchase regular tickets so they may enter as quickly as possible.

Is it true that Colosseum admission tickets often sell out months in advance?
Yes, tickets to the Colosseum often sell out months ahead for dates during peak season. To guarantee your spot, we strongly advise booking as far out as possible. This allows our team ample time to secure your preferred tour date and time.

Do we have to buy tickets on-site?
For this tour, your Colosseum tickets are pre-purchased, which allows you to go directly to the security line where you will have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

I have purchased the Roma Pass, can I use it on my Context tours?
You cannot use the Roma Pass on your Context tours. Roma Pass holders have to wait in a long line for the non-reserved public entrance to the Colosseum. In order to save time and expedite the tour, we purchase regular tickets so you may enter as quickly as possible. 

What should we bring for our kids?

Comfortable walking shoes, hats, sunscreen, and water are essential, especially during warmer months. A small snack might also be helpful as tours can last a couple of hours.

Are strollers allowed in the Colosseum?
Strollers are allowed in the Colosseum but keep in mind that there are areas with uneven surfaces and stairs, which might require carrying the stroller.

Are there facilities for families?
The Colosseum has restrooms, including facilities for changing babies. However, amenities like family restrooms or nursing areas may be limited.

What is the best time to visit the Colosseum with kids?
To ensure a more enjoyable experience, this tour is scheduled during early mornings and later afternoons when crowds are usually thinner. This also allows your family to avoid the hottest times of day in the summer season.

Is the Colosseum safe for kids?
Yes, it's safe, but always keep an eye on your children as it can get crowded, and there are some areas with high, open spaces. Adults must remain with their children for the full length of this tour.

Can we bring food and drinks?
Small snacks and water are fine, but large meals and glass containers are not allowed.

How long should we plan to spend there?
A typical visit lasts about 1-2 hours, which is usually enough time to explore without overwhelming young children.
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Jeanette was terrific and, as hoped, engaged the children as well as the adults. Would definitely want her as a guide again on a next visit to Rome.
José was exceptional - very knowledgeable and engaging. We all learnt so much. Definitely recommend him!
Was a fantastic tour. Really enjoyed the afternoon. The kids had a good time and asked a lot of questions. Use of time was very efficient.