OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Palatine Hill + Roman Forum)

 

Over the Easter holiday, one of the first thing we wanted to see once we got to Rome was to visit the almighty Colosseum, but since we know very little about the Colosseum and Rome itself, we thought it would be wise to go with a specialist family-friendly tour group. After some considerable amount of research, Overome was seen as the best choice for us. This was our very first day in Rome.

THE COLOSSEUM

 

We started off earlier at 9am. Actually, we were running 15 minutes late as the morning bus was a little busy. I was corresponding to Overome via email and they were very flexible and waited for us. Once we arrived, it was very easy to find our guide with a green sign with the lettering Overome!

Julia was our guide. She was very professional from the start and introduced herself to everyone. Before, we stepped into the Colosseum she talked about the Roman Latin numbers to Ethan. Ethan was soaking in this new knowledge like a sponge! We worked out what number gate we went through. It was Gate #54.

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

Into the Colosseum like VIPs, we skipped the line and straight to the the glass lift up we go. This is all very exciting for the kids, (and for us too!). Julia continues the tour explaining what the Colosseum were used for and who would come to this place. The Colosseum arena was magnificent in real life than in photos. Julia explains the Hierarchy of the Romans and where they were sat watching the games in those days. With the use of a colourful pop-up book to illustrate this vision, it has certainly caught E&E’s attention, (and us too!).

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

At this point, I couldn’t resist interrupting Julia and take a little family photo. Juila was very friendly and was very accommodating and was more than happy to take a picture of us four.

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

Julia then introduced us to the different kinds of colourful Gladiators and learnt that the gladiators had to kill the animals coming from the hidden underground backstage level. The kids were a little sad when they learnt that they Gladiators had to kill these big animals such as lions, bears, elephants, and giraffes.

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

We finished with a speculator view of the old Temple of Gods. We learnt how the Colosseum got it’s name from. It is kind of hard to imagine what this place it would be like in its heyday, but Julia improvised us with a picture from her handy tablet. The Colosseum statue is the son of God, and the temple in front of you is the remains of the temple with all other gods he was looking after. The statue was enormous but got ruined overtime throughout the fall of than Romans’ Gods periods.

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

By this time, the kids were hungry and thirsty, luckily Julia stopped was in front of the gift shop. So I went in and bought us some water, (because I was in such a rush that morning and happened to forgotten to bring the kids’ water bottles with us. I know! I’m such a bad mama!). When I came out, Ethan was busy engaging with Julia on a little quiz. They were playing Sudoko in Roman numbers, and the hierarchy of the Romans links. I was so impressed with Ethan calculations of Roman numbers. Perhaps, his dream of wanting to become a Palaeontologist one day might be the horizon – who knows right?

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

Julia has built enough confident in Ethan to ask some questions too. One of the question that got us talking was: “How much taller is the Tower of Pisa compared to the Colosseum?” Julia used the magic of Google and the answer was 10 meters. Tower of Pisa is 58 meters and the Colosseum is just 48 meters. A very interesting question that Julia hasn’t been asked before.

 

Ethan asked: How much taller is the Tower of Pisa compared to the Colosseum? Click To Tweet

PALATINE HILL

 

Palatine Hill was a stepping stone from the Colosseum visit. A short walk over the original cobble roman road and you are there! This is where the rich and the famous parliamentary romans lived. The palace compartment is composed with beautiful lavish gardens with exotic fruits and flowers blossoming; where once men were able to bath and swim freely in their outdoor pools; where once there were many fancy outdoor dinning parties served by servants and slaves, and of course where once a smaller arena holding smaller but intimate games were held. Fancy that!

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

We came across a Roman’s spring water and Julia shown us how to use it. E&E enjoyed their fair share of thirst drinking out of the freely running water tap. What a luxury this is! Julia said this is a norm in Rome to have a spring popping up everywhere so everyone can have free water. Oh, how I wish England has these kind of free water around in our towns. After a while E&E were more interested in roaming around freely up on the hill and I don’t blame them. It’s such a glorious day.

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

ROMAN FORUM

 

The Roman Forum was connected directly at the bottom of Palentine Hill and so there were no airport style security check point like we entered the Colosseum and the Palentine Hill. Julia pointed out this was the Roman Market place, where you could almost purchase anything where Romans have conquered – from camel from Middle East to elephants from African continents. This place was seen as the modern shopping mall at the time. So – yes, Shopping Mall was not a new invention after all!

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)
OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

We finished our morning tour at the place where it is believed Julius Caesar was stabbed and lay there his tomb, (behind the wall where the kids are sitting with Julia). Julia also gave E&E a present. They were so pleased with their gifts.

 

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

Thank you so much Julia and Overome for your hospitality. Julia is an excellent tour guide. She is very knowledgeable and is very good with my E&E. She understand our needs to take break when we needed to, especially with Evelyn’s little legs.

The tour was supposed to be suited for 4 – 14 year old children, but Evelyn is almost 4 at the end of the month anyway. Even though, we brought her buggy with us, she decided to walk/ run most of the time. She is nearly four years old after all, but we brought it with anyway – just in case. It was actually, good that she off buggy most of the time as the cobble roman road and pavement were not suitable for buggy at all, luckily we had a light buggy, so it was easy to manoeuvre around.

It was such an incredible morning for us and the weather was also on our side. Just as we were finishing off, the sky decided to opened up and started to rain. We had a 3 hours break before our afternoon tour with Overome again, but this time to see more of Rome itself with a bit of treasure hunting. We decided to hide from the rain in nearby a restaurant for lunch and had our first Italian pizza and gelato, which were so very delicious.

 

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P.S. Four days later we went on a bike ride, and the bike shop was near the Colosseum. After our rides, we stopped by for another gelato. Ethan wanted me to take a photo of him eating his gelato with the Colosseum in the background. What a show off! lol! I’m so impressed that the Overome Family-Friendly Colosseum Tour have made such an impact on him. How could I ever thank you Overcome enough?!

 

OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

Have you visited a touristy place with a Family-Friendly Tour that has made such a positive impact with your little ones before? How was the experience? Do tell us in the comment below we’d love to hear your story too. 

 

Thank you for reading,

Su x

 

 

 

 

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OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES PRIVATE TOUR REVIEW (+ Roman Forum + Palatine Hill)

 

*We were given press passes to the OVEROME COLOSSEUM FOR KIDS & FAMILIES TOUR + Roman Forum and Palatine Hill PRIVATE experience. All photos, words are honest and of my own.

 

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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39 Comments

  1. 24/04/2018 / 10:20 pm

    This looks amazing and your tour guide sounds so wonderful!

    • 25/04/2018 / 12:27 pm

      It was an outstanding tour Joanne. Julia really keep the kids engaged and entertained throughout.

      • 27/04/2018 / 6:54 pm

        That is perfect. I love when the guides are just as happy to speak with the kids. Too often in the states they expect kids to just be quiet and listen.

  2. 25/04/2018 / 12:36 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant day out!

  3. Naomi
    27/04/2018 / 8:08 am

    Oh I love Rome and your pics look amazing! I can’t wait to go back with the kids!

    • 09/05/2018 / 8:55 am

      It’s beautiful isn’t it. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, do go back with the kids. I’d highly recommended to tour with Overome. x

  4. 27/04/2018 / 9:40 am

    Loving your photos as always, Su. I want to visit Rome someday.

    #fabfridaypost

  5. 27/04/2018 / 10:56 am

    I love Italy, and Rome in particular has so many great places to visit! This tour looks so good for children, what a great time you had! #FabFridayPost

    • 09/05/2018 / 9:00 am

      Rome is so beautiful. Overome has curated this tour especially for kids to understand with pop-up props and other visual. The kids loves it. 🙂 x

  6. 27/04/2018 / 11:57 am

    Really envious and what wonderful memories your children will have which makes you a pretty special woman #FabFridayPost

    • 09/05/2018 / 9:02 am

      Awww… Kate, such kind words. I really do hope they will remember this memory for a long time. xx

  7. 27/04/2018 / 2:40 pm

    Love this trip! I really want to take my children to Rome. So far we’ve only done Northern Italy with them.

    • 09/05/2018 / 9:03 am

      It’s wonderful to be guided by a family friendly tour like Overome. They are so wonderful with kids. I’d highly recommended. x

  8. 27/04/2018 / 3:19 pm

    We have never done anything like this before but it is such a great idea to have tour guide for a family – you learn so much more that way. It looks wonderful!

    • 09/05/2018 / 9:05 am

      Yes, I think so too. I think if we’ve gone with a normal guide – it would be far too complex for the kids (& I) to understand. It makes so much sense now. 🙂 x

  9. 27/04/2018 / 4:32 pm

    Sounds like an amazing day out and what an awesome tour guide. I’d love to take our little family to the Colosseum thanks for the idea actually getting a tour guide! #FabFridayPost

    • 09/05/2018 / 9:06 am

      It really is. Overome is excellent with kids and I’d highly recommend it for your family tour.

  10. 27/04/2018 / 10:18 pm

    Rome was a our last holiday before the Tubblet was born. I waddled around in boiling hot temperatures and love every minute. Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories

  11. 28/04/2018 / 11:08 pm

    Oh my! This sounds amazing! I so wantto visit the Colosseum!

    • 09/05/2018 / 9:09 am

      It really was so Amazing! I’d highly recommend going with Overome tour. x

  12. 29/04/2018 / 9:25 am

    great pics – a place I would love to visit too! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  13. 30/04/2018 / 2:02 pm

    Oh we would absolutely love to visit Rome and this looks fantastic – I’d never considered that the Colluseum would be so child-friendly but it looks brilliant! Ethan was obviously enthralled by it all! And very clever playing Sudoku using Roman numerals! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    #FabFridayPost

    • 09/05/2018 / 2:35 pm

      It was great! I thought the same and was very surprised how they have customised this tour to be such an easy understanding way for kids to learn. (& for me as well actually). I was very pleased how the tour implemented some stuffs they were learning at the end like using the Roman numerals. I am very chuffed with Overome. 🙂 x

  14. 30/04/2018 / 2:36 pm

    Very envious of your trip to Rome and your visits to all these amazing sites, full of wonderful stories and history. Tempted to book a trip 🙂

  15. 02/05/2018 / 12:29 am

    This looks great-
    Our kids have been learning Romans at school!

    • 09/05/2018 / 3:06 pm

      Then they will love this. Seeing it in real life will really inspire them more! 🙂 x

  16. 06/05/2018 / 4:40 pm

    You travel to the most wonderful places! Your children will sure have an education! Love to see your foursome too! #fabfridaypost We end most things with Ice Cream too! 🙂 xoxo

    • 09/05/2018 / 3:08 pm

      lol! Yes, I’ve made sure of that education is to be included in our itinerary list. 😉 Ethan was really immerse by it all. So good to see him into history. x

  17. 09/05/2018 / 11:29 am

    Oh what an amazing experience – I would love to visit Rome one day. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  18. 09/05/2018 / 12:56 pm

    What an incredible experience for the kids!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    • 09/05/2018 / 3:10 pm

      It really was Colette. We really enjoyed our day. And I hope the kids will keep this memory for a long while. Thank you for hosting. x

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