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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here is our little video to sum up our morning…
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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?!
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*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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