What to Do in Rome with Kids? Visit the World’s Largest Amphitheatre
The Colosseum, or Coliseum, is Rome’s Number One rated attraction. If you are wondering what to do in Rome, there’s no way you can visit this antique city without stopping by. This monstrous oval amphitheatre, built of concrete and sand, is situated in the centre of the city of Rome, was built back in 70 AD, and officially opened in 80 AD Fact. Here’s a fact for you. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built.
Tourist Attractions in Rome for Kids
But when you are thinking about what to do in Rome with the kids in tow, sometimes the obvious attractions are not the major tourist destinations, especially if they involve having to stay quiet (Vatican or Sistine Chapel with kids anyone?), ‘serious art’ (or more to the point, ‘serious art lovers’) or ‘an overload of ‘culture’.
In fact, sometimes it’s easier to avoid these large-scale or popular landmarks and postpone a visit ‘till the kids get older’. No one wants to deal with a tantrum in one of the magnificent places, let alone be the spectacle in the crowd!
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BUT sometimes, there’s an in-road to visit iconic historical places in a way that captures the kid’s imaginations. We know that inroad for the Colosseum – it’s as easy as joining a “Gladiator School Training” session like we did. This experience remains in our Top 5 things to do with kids around the world. We’ll never forget it.
Roam the Gnome, Ned, Jack and I arrived at the Colosseum late in the day, after an epic morning of Gladiatorial combat, and to SEE the look of wonder on Ned’s face when he realised THIS PLACE was THE PLACE where those Gladiatorial battles really happened… well, it really was a moment in time.
Rome Attractions- the Gladiator Tour with Viator.
The experience of being a Gladiator, in full practice dress, gave Ned a way in, something tangible to refer to when looking at this crumbling artefact of human history. He and I spent our time deep in conversation about where the battles would have taken place, who would have been watching, and where the Gladiators would have waited before their skirmish.
Our Vote for Best Thing to do in Rome with Kids – the experience of Gladiator-ness made our visit to the Colosseum even more mind-boggling. There’s no way the impact of this world-renowned site would have been so huge on Ned, Jack and myself without it.
The Inside Scoop
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- The Coliseum is open daily from Monday to Sunday at 8.30.
- The Coliseum closes according to the following schedule:
- Fall/Winter: From the last Sunday in October to 15 February: 15:30 last entrance and exit 16:30. From February 16 to March 15: last entrance and exit 16:00 17:00. From 16 March until the last Sunday in March: last entrance 16:30 with 17:30 exit. We strongly recommended to pay attention to what time the ticket booth closes as the ticket office closes an hour earlier than closing time. We made it with seconds to spare.
- Spring/Summer: From last Sunday in March to 31 August: last admission 18.15 and exit 19.15. From September 1 to September 30: last entrance 18.00 with exit 19.00. From 1 October until the last Saturday of October: last entrance with 17:30 and exit 18:30
- The Coliseum is closed on January 1st and Christmas Day, December 25th. However, we recommend to always check any notices before planning a visit
- The cost of the ticket is 12,00 €
- The ticket includes one-time entry into each of these monuments: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and current exhibitions. Ticket is valid 2 days – the ticket must be used by 12/31/17
- Free entry for children under 18 years (EU and non-EU)
- Free entry on the first sunday of the month: Free entry for all visitors to the sites according to opening ordinary times.It is not possible to book this ticket.
- We strongly advise pre-planning your visit and booking your tickets online before you go.
- Entry tickets can also be bought at the ticket offices of the Palatine in Via di San Gregorio n.30, or in Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53 (200 meters from the Colosseum).
- The high season is usually in April, May, June, September, October and December and the weekend. Estimated wait time is about an hour and a half especially during the weekends and holidays.
- If your children are over 8 years old, experience the thrill of a guided tour of the Colosseum, by booking a guided tour in advance. To book your time of choice, please visit www.coopculture.it Tours cost: €5.00 and run for 45 minutes. Max 40 people. Scheduled visits in English: 10:15, 10:45, 11:15, 12:30, 13:45, 15:00 each day.
- You can also take a guided tour of the underground. Cost is €9.00 and tours last for 1hr and 30m. Max 25 participants. English tours run at 9:20, 9:40, 10:40, 11:20, 11:40, 12:00, 12:20, 13:20, 16:20
Location and Map:
Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma, Italy
- Line B stop Coliseum
- Number 75, 81, 673, 175, 204
- Number 30
- The Coliseum is accessible to visitors with disabilities, pregnant women, strollers and elderly.
- The entrances to the monument, placed along Via dei Fori Imperiali are equipped with ramps. The ground floor Amphitheatre is accessible to all. The first floor is accessible via elevators. Two wheelchairs are available, one for the ground floor and the first floor.
- There are bathrooms on site as well as vending machines for hot and cold drinks.
- Photography and videography is allowed without flash or lights.
- Please note: for security reasons it is strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks, camping, bulky bags and luggage/trolley. Medium and small size backpacks are allowed but must be screened by metal detectors, as any other bag.
- All bags must be opened and visually inspected by the Urbe Security Institute, responsible for the entrance inspection.
- Due to new security measures it is necessary to arrive at least 30 minutes before the reservation at the ticket desk.
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