Adventures in Rome with Rome4Kids tours

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On our recent visit to Rome we wanted a way to make the city more exciting for our kids. We were so looking forward to rediscovering the Eternal City but wanted to make sure our children had a great time too.

We joined two tours with Rome4Kids and enjoyed our adventures in the city with a kid friendly twist.

Discovering Rome’s marble zoo with Rome4Kids tours

It’s usually the details that make a city exciting for me. And as it turns out, our kids are a chip off the old block. We joined our guide Silvano from Rome4Kids for 2.5 hours of marble animal spotting across central Rome and uncovered secrets and history along the way.

We had covered similar ground that we visited on the tour during a walk a few days earlier. Unfortunately, despite sunshine and bribes, we endured a little too much whining for my taste.

It is fair to say I was very nervous about how successful our tour would be given that experience.

Even in the rain…

Marble Zoo Rome4Kids

And to make matters worse, the forecast was for downpours.

I need not have worried, Silvano had everything under control.

Starting at the Spanish Steps, the kids were handed backpacks, clipboards, pens and a spotting checklist. This was a genius move. Never underestimate the power of a clipboard.

Off we went, winding our way through the streets of the centro storico, spotting turtles, lions, and deer and dodging raindrops.

Marble Zoo tour highlights

Exploring with Rome4Kids

This tour covers many of the major sites in central Rome – from the Piazza di Spagna, to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

We even managed to get a clear view of the Trevi Fountain thanks to the rain and learnt all about Bernini’s masterpiece enjoying Silvano’s expertise as an archaeologist.

I particularly liked learning about some more unusual discoveries of Roman symbols and legends.

The total distance is around 2 kilometres and it’s an easy flat walk.

A kids tour with lots for adults too

Our four year old twins were engaged throughout the tour. Silvano managed their energy and attention levels perfectly.

There was even a stop for some of Rome’s best gelato. I guess that wasn’t just for the kids given my well documented love of Italy’s favourite dessert!

The ability to balance fun kids activities with ensuring adults learn about their destination is difficult and the sign of an excellent family friendly local guide. We came away having discovered more about Rome and the kids were happy too.

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Visiting the Colosseum with Rome4Kids tours

Colosseum

You cannot miss the Colosseum when you visit Rome right? It’s one of the world’s most popular attractions for a reason. And for that reason it is very busy, even in November when visitor numbers to Rome are easing.

Navigating the Colosseum and the crowds is hard enough without small children in tow, so booking a kid friendly tour was a priority for our family.

As we weaved in and out of the crowds with our guide Katja, I knew I had made the right decision.

Inside and out

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Katja is the founder of Rome4Kids and has an infectious passion for family tours. Her company has led family tours of the Colosseum and  Roman Forum for many years and it shows.

After meeting outside near the ticket office, Katja ushered us inside the monument quickly and up the lift to the top (yes, there is a lift – I would never have known), pointing out details along the way.

Most people head straight outside to the viewing platforms to get those iconic views but we felt privileged to learn about the interior details of the Colosseum, how it was built and how it has been systematically plundered over the years.

Visualising the past

Mini Gladiators - Rome4Kids

Viewing a load of old buildings is potentially a hard sell to active four year olds but Katja has quite a few secret weapons up her sleeves.

Using books and an iPad as well as 3D models inside the Colosseum, we could envisage the battles held between gladiators and animals, how the Roman crowds roared and picture the roof being installed overhead.

Finally, as we stepped out onto the viewing levels we almost felt part of a Roman crowd cheering on their champions.

Katja made sure we got that all important family shot – notoriously hard to do when travelling as a family.

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On to the Roman Forum

After the Colosseum we made our way to the Roman Forum. Once again, Katja knew the quickest and easiest way to go.

The kids were starting to wilt a bit but we made a stop for some bubble chasing (those buskers are brilliant aren’t they?) and a snack.

At the Forum we learnt about the Roman Empire and the temples that once stood on this site in the centre of Rome. This was a highlight for me as somehow I had missed the Forum when I visited as a student many years ago.

On reflection, I think slightly older children than ours (4 years old) would enjoy the Colosseum tour best. Searching for the marble animals was just right for them. I know there is no way we could have kept them interested and engaged for the 3 hour excursion.

Rome4Kids family shot

More about the Rome4Kids Colosseum and Roman Forum tour

Information about Rome4Kids tours

When you book a private tour, you expect a premium level of service and communication and that’s exactly what we got. We were in constant contact with the Rome4Kids team, making adjustments for rain and a huge unexpected military parade that disrupted traffic.

Take the team’s advice about the tours that are most appropriate for your children’s interests and age groups. They have years of experience tailoring tours for families and know what does and doesn’t work.

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At the end of each tour we were given tips and advice about continuing our adventures in Rome. Rome4Kids also provided a fantastic kid friendly guide book with activities and fun facts to keep the memories of our trip alive long after it had ended.

Rome4Kids also runs private and group tours across cities in Europe via Europe4Kids. Having had so much fun on our adventures in Rome, I will definitely book tours with them for future trips.

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Thanks to Rome4Kids for hosting our family on these tours for purposes of review. All opinions are our own


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33 thoughts on “Adventures in Rome with Rome4Kids tours

  1. scots2travel says:

    Thanks for the recommendation of Rome for Kids. I enjoyed the city and the Colosseum, and we’ve visited Italy with the tots before, but bypassed Rome thinking it was too buzzy. Think a company like this would really help get the access and atmosphere right. #culturedkids

    • Katy says:

      I’ve learnt that breaking up our trips with activities that are designed to specifically engage the kids makes for a happy holiday for all of us 🙂 We have really been impressed with all the family tours we have done recently and I definitely recommend investing in them for city breaks

  2. Lolo says:

    What a fun way to see Rome! Through a child’s eyes has got to give you a different look on a city with sooo much history! #CityTripping

  3. Elizabeth (Wander Mum) says:

    This is BRILLIANT! I’m always wary of dragging the kids on tours with us but this sounds like a perfect blend for all the family. What a gorgeous photo of you all at the colosseum too!! Love it! #citytripping

    • Katy says:

      Rome is always an excellent idea 🙂 Our travel style has changed a lot since having kids and I have loved discovering new places or seeing destinations I’ve visited before through their eyes

  4. Trish @ Mum's Gone To says:

    Rome was the first proper city break in Europe we did with our son and it was fantastic. These tours do sound amazing – an experienced team that know what they’re doing, even in wet weather.
    #farwayfiles

  5. Alex - My Life Long Holiday says:

    well they sound absolutely brilliant! It’s always good to hear a good recommendation so I will definitely keep these guys in mind. It’s hard to entertain kids so they must have really known their stuff. I loved following you on Insta whilst you were there as we’d just got back and I was still pining for the eternal city. Great review! #citytripping

  6. Hilary says:

    What a lovely experience! I wish we’d known about this when I visited Rome… My younger son wasn’t too thrilled with the Forum, and I could have used some assistance. In recent years I’ve really embraced the private guided tour, especially when attempting to visit a once in a lifetime location. I’m definitely looking into this company. #farawayfiles

    • Katy says:

      I agree, private guided tours are such great value in the long run. You can go at your own pace and ask lots of questions. We had a great time on these tours and look forward to doing more

  7. Annabel says:

    I’ll definitely consider a guided tour of the Colosseum on our next trip to Rome, what a fantastic idea. Hilarious that the have a lift installed! #farawayfiles

  8. Rachel says:

    Never underestimate the power of a clipboard – I love that! For some things you just need to turn to a professional and I always think money spent on tour guides is never wasted. Add kids into the mix and the value for money must go through the roof! These sound like great tours. I’d love to visit Rome, hopefully I’ll make it one day.

    • Katy says:

      Thanks Rachel. We were certainly more relaxed and enjoyed our trip more knowing we were going to visit the places we wanted to with a kid friendly guide. Hope you make it to Rome soon!

  9. Esther says:

    Seriously, this is absolutely brilliant. I would totally do this with kids, just look at them having a good time. SO cute!! Pinning this!
    #FarawayFiles

  10. Corey with fifi + hop says:

    We’ve found kid-friendly tours to be a great thing on some of our trips. We didn’t do one in Rome, but sound like this company knew just how to cater to the twins. Take me back to Rome…#farawayfiles

  11. Nicky @ GoLiveYoung says:

    This is fantastic. There are such wonderful ways of exploring places with kids now. We have taken several private tours lately focused on the kids – that way everyone is happy #FarawayFiles

  12. Jules ( shadesofcourage.com) says:

    I have never heard of such well planned and executed tours for kids. Within museums yes, but not city tours. It sounds like a great tour and Rome is such an interesting city to visit for little and big kids anyways. #farawayfiles

    • Katy says:

      I am a massive fan of family tours Jules. They are a relatively new phenomenon. We tried out a few in Rome and were impressed by all of them. We had an amazing time in Rome. Hard not to!

  13. Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) says:

    I really like the idea of searching for marble animals all over the city. It’s a genius way of seeing lots of sights along the way and guaranteed to appeal to the children as well as the adults. We can’t wait to take our kids around Rome. They’ve seen colosseums in other cities around Europe so it would be a big thrill for them to see it in Rome. #FarawayFiles

    • Katy says:

      You can go right up to the top 5th level of the Colosseum now. I am sure that would be an incredible experience for your boys. Hope you visit Rome soon Clare

  14. Cathy (Mummytravels) says:

    The marble animal hunting sounds brilliant – I suspect my daughter would love that (especially with a clipboard). And I definitely think a guided tour of the Colosseum would be more likely to keep my daughter’s attention than my own attempts!

  15. Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me) says:

    I’m amazed that they managed to keep the children happy for a city tour. This is a genius idea – I’d love to do a tour with the kids, any tour, so long as it was interesting. I’d always thought it wouldn’t be possible until my two are a lot older, but if your four year olds were happy, then I’m sure mine would be. What sort of age do you think the three hour tour would suit? Mine are eight and five. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids – it’s great to read about this sort of thing being done well.

    • Katy says:

      Nell, I am a massive fan of family friendly tours. They really make city trips way more interesting and manageable for everyone. I think 6 and up is best for the 3 hour tour but it really depends on your children and what they enjoy.

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