If you are planning a trip to Rome with the family and there is a little one in the group, don't worry: the Colosseum will blow their minds. It can indeed be a long visit, so it requires a bit of organization to make it a success. Here's how to nail this!
1. Get your tickets online and in advance to avoid queues
This will always be the first tip I will give to all those who are planning to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, but if there are also children in the group, avoiding the queues is essential.
If you buy the Colosseum tickets in advance, you will save long lines under the sun, where obviously the little ones will lose their patience (and energy). In addition, not only do the prices not vary, but online you will have more freedom to choose a date, time and compare ticket types and fares.
There are usually a lot of crowds around the amphitheater, so you will feel privileged when you get there with your tickets in hand and avoid any wait.
Please note that under 18s have special conditions on ticket prices and guided tours, so when you go to book tickets you will have to indicate what their ages are to access the discounts.
2. Immerse them in history
One of the things that never fails when it comes to this experience is introducing them beforehand to the fascinating history of Ancient Rome and the Colosseum. By telling them a little about what life was like in the Roman Empire, how the gladiators dressed, etc., they are sure to let their imaginations run wild and feel like they are the stars of a movie.
Find stories, comics, and cartoon series that will help you summarize the story or prepare them for what awaits them in Rome.
In addition, around the Colosseum, there are usually people dressed in typical gladiator costumes ready to take pictures with children (and adults), greet them, and leave them impressed with their armor and their cases.
3. Pack snacks and refreshments
It's possible that even if you're not traveling to Rome in summer, you are bound for a very hot day (or at least, quite a bit of sun) in the Colosseum and Roman Forum area. Keep in mind that there are few shaded areas, so it is necessary to protect your kids from the sun.
Bring sunscreen, a hat, and don't think twice about packing a couple of snacks and drinks in case they get hungry or thirsty during the visit. Right there you will see stalls selling ice cream and soft drinks, which can also be a good pick-me-up.
4. Visit the Colosseum first, then the Roman Forum
The visit inside the Colosseum is undoubtedly the most interesting: the dimensions and the amount of details, tunnels, and galleries preserved is incredible. It is also the most intense part of the visit, so it is best to do it as soon as possible, when they still have their energies up.
You can then take a break to rest in the area around the Colosseum before embarking on a pleasant walk to visit the Roman Forum, where you have more time to decide how much time you want to spend, how much detail you want to go into, etc.
Some tickets allow you to visit the Colosseum one day and the Roman Forum the next day, which can be a good option if you are traveling with very young children or if they are too tired after the visit to the amphitheater. By the way, remember that the Roman Forum tickets are included in all tours and tickets to the Colosseum, which allows you to visit it without having to pay extra. Now, that's a great tip!
5. Better to do it first thing in the morning
In addition to the fact that early in the morning the children will not be so tired yet, visiting the Colosseum as early as possible is fundamental to enjoy it to the fullest.
In addition, early in the morning there are usually not so many visitors or large groups, which will be more pleasant to pay attention to the details, take pictures or even go taking a break during the visit to rest up a bit. You will find more tips like this in my list of tips for visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Once you finish walking around the area, the rest of Rome awaits for you to discover the historic center of the city at your leisure.
6. Explore the idea of taking the guided tour with virtual reality
If your children are lovers of new technologies, they will undoubtedly enjoy this specialized guided tour prepared with them in mind. Among the many options available for a guided tour of the Colosseum, there is an option that includes a virtual reality recreation of Ancient Rome and the Colosseum.
Throughout the visit to the Colosseum, you will be accompanied by a guide who will provide you with special glasses so that you can compare the current state of the Forum and the Colosseum with scenes from ancient times in first person.
In addition, the fact that you will be accompanied by a specialized guide will make the visit much more enjoyable and keep them entertained and engaged, so you won't have to worry about them getting bored.
7. If you are traveling with a baby stroller, better to leave it at the hotel
The Colosseum and the Roman Forum have stairs and sandy floors and even in the Colosseum, you will find galleries and stands to which access with a stroller is almost impossible.
If you want the visit to go smoothly and without interruptions, it is best to not take the stroller to this area (there are other places in Rome where it is easier to handle the stroller, such as the Vatican or the streets of the historic center).
For the visit to the Colosseum or the Roman Forum, I recommend that if the little one is not yet not of walking age, you should consider the possibility of carrying him or her in a backpack or carrying scarf to be able to move around more freely.
8. Plan your meals
Another important thing during your visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum will be where to eat before or after the visit. As you will see, the area does not have too much gastronomic offer, so before sitting in the first place you come across, I recommend you to check my article with the best places where to eat near the Colosseum. You'll be sure to get it right.