Day Tour

Ancient Rome for Families (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Context Travel

Rome, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 06 Aug 2019

Ancient Rome for Families (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Rome, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level



Lasting over one thousand years, the period of ancient Rome, with its many emperors, warriors, poets, and myths, can be tricky to understand. This walk is designed to give families an entry point for grappling with Roman antiquity, and thus is an excellent starting point for any Roman adventure.

Our Ancient Rome Discovery walk brings 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. Centered around the Colosseum, our emphasis is on engaging the young people in the group and helping them frame and understand key concepts about ancient Rome. Our docent 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 Program description on

If the stories of gladiators interest the group, we'll look into the Ludus Magnus: a training area for gladiators from which they would enter the Colosseum via an underground tunnel. This site, which we will observe from street level, offers an intriguing look into the everyday lives of the gladiators and is especially eye-opening for children.

Lastly, we'll 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.

In order to plan the best possible experience for 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 we know, 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.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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