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Kid Friendly Ways of Getting to Grips with Rome’s History

By HarryWednesday 23rd July 2014

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Rome has one of the most fascinating histories of anywhere in the world, making it a great place for families to explore. From the collapsing ruins of the infamous Colosseum, to the cobbled streets and roads that were once engineering innovations, Rome is an amazing place for your kids to learn about history. To make your holiday to Rome easier, we’ve come up with top three historic sites to help you and your family get to grips with this city’s captivating past.

The Colosseum

Image and video hosting by TinyPic If your kids love films and books about gladiators, then they’re sure to love exploring Rome’s Colosseum. It’s located just outside the famous Arch of Constantine, a monument that marks the victory of Constantine over Maxentius during a battle at the Pons Milvius. At the Colosseum your kids will get to learn all about the ancient Roman gladiators, slaves, prisoners of war and even volunteers, who were forced to fight against each other for the entertainment of the emperor and the wealthier public. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Your kids will get to walk around the Colosseum’s ‘stage’, and really get a sense of what it would’ve been like to have been a gladiator during that time – what a way to spark your kid’s interest in history!

The Trevi Fountain

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The Trevi Fountain, or Fontana di Trevi, is Rome’s largest Baroque fountain, and one of the most esteemed fountains in the world. It was constructed by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa as a display for the end of the aqueduct, a monument that supplied fresh drinking water to the people of ancient Rome. As well as being a magnificent sight to enjoy, it’s a great way of getting your kids to learn about how advanced Rome’s level of engineering was. In fact, it was so forward-thinking that it was not outdone for well over a thousand years. Pretty impressive! After you’ve thrown a penny in the fountain, be sure to stop by the nearby family-run restaurant, Piccolo Buco, for a bite to eat. From homemade pizza to freshly made pasta, you and your kids are bound to love the many mouth-watering Italian classics on offer.

Roman Forum

Image and video hosting by TinyPic To really feel that you’ve travelled back in time, a trip to the Roman Forum is a must. The Forum is a collection of ruins that once made up much of ancient Rome’s governmental buildings; a place for public speeches, trials and even more fierce gladiatorial matches. The main site includes the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn and the Church of San Luca e Martina, as well as many other roads, pools and official residences. As you walk along the Forum’s main road, the Sacra Via, you and your kids will feel as if you’ve been transported back in time, exploring Rome in a way that gladiators and ancient locals once did.

In the mood for some history?

If you and your family fancy a trip to Rome to explore its fascinating ancient history, then take a look at the fantastic Mediterranean cruises we have on offer, today!

Do you know any ancient Rome facts? Let us know in the comments below!


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