Family travel to Rome has never offered so many learning opportunities for kids. After 12 years of teaching children everything Italy has to offer from the Renaissance city of Florence, the medieval city of Lucca, the most Serene Republic of Venice with its stunning merchant palaces and craftsmen of blown glass, along with castles and ancient Etruscan art in the Umbrian countryside…We felt that the time had come for Arte al Sole to conquer Rome.
Children in Rome and Family travel tourists will learn about Ancient Roman life, artistry and the myths and legends that made this city great. Through our inquiry-based methodology, kids will learn what the rich culture of Italy means for them today.
Kids in our summer camp programs, on interactive family tours or in exclusive art labs will learn the history, symbols, landscapes, art & architecture and create enduring memories of their time in the Eternal City.
ROME WITH KIDS TOURS
SKIP-THE-LINE COLISEUM / COLOSSEUM and FORUM / PALATINE HILL TOURwith our exclusive kids’ art exploration project (or for the whole family!)MAKE YOUR OWN COLOSSEUM
CREATE A FORUM MARBLE ARCH FRIEZE
or PAINT a WATERCOLOR of Ancient Rome
Families can enjoy a skip-the-line tour through the Colosseum & Forum with our licensed and family-friendly Tour Guide, before meeting our art docent who will work with kids to construct their very own stadium, just like the Colosseum or create an art project of their choice. Kids will gain a better understanding of what it took to turn the Colosseum into the great monument still standing today. Tickets are good for 2 days and families can take a break before venturing up to the Palatine Hill.
A] VIP TOUR
with an Arte al Sole official private guide to Colosseum / Forum / Palatine (3 hrs) plus art project with kids while parents explore some more! (1.5 hrs) • 465 euro + ticket entry
B] PRIVATE STANDARD COLOSSEUM & FORUM TOUR with your own private guide. No Art Project • 255 euro Tickets extra.
C] KIDS ART WORKSHOP ONLY • 195 euro (1-3 pp) + 40 euro each additional person
Total Cost depends on number of people / optional tours / availability of our exclusive guide & docent
In the summer heat and depending on the kids’ ages, the triumvirate of Ancient Rome – Colosseum/Forum/Palatine
can be all-encompassing and exhausting. We let parents continue their visit into the Forum or up on the Palatine Hill, while we work with kids to complete their own Ancient Roman artefacts. Or, bring a picnic lunch to relax amidst the ruins of the Palatine…while we get to work with the kids! There, you’ll find recently renovated House of Augustus and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins.
ART OVER THE FORUM • ART LESSON WITH WATERCOLOR ARTIST
Crowning the very central piazza of all Rome, atop one of the its famed seven hills, Italy’s capital still stands. From a special viewpoint families or kids-only can paint the scene stretching before them, with our special art lesson overlooking the Forum.
TIME 2.5 HRS • 275 euro art/docent project • 2-4 ppl BOOK NOW
MYTHS & LEGENDS SKETCH HUNT ON ROME’S CAPITOLINE HILLKids will discover the symbols of power from ancient times to today in this interactive workshop surrounding the piazza designed by none other than Michelangelo. Kids will learn as they sketch about the city’s seat of power – its flags, shields, dress and symbols of the ancient emperors, popes and and the legends and stories that surround them.
After taking in a spectacular view of the entire Forum, parents can enjoy a refreshment atop the stark white Vittorio Emanuele Monument built for a united Italy’s first king while the kids sketch their own capitol hill and family crests.TIME 1.5 HRS • 195 euro art/docent project • 2-4 ppl / 40 euro/pp extra. All materials included.
BOOK NOWMYSTERY, MACHINES & MOSAIC MAKING
Our very favorite haunt! Families will be taken to one of the most fascinating and little known museums in all of Rome, a mixture of machinery & ancient statues. Here, we’ll feast our eyes on massive mosaics & much much more before going to our exclusive Mosaic Lab where families will hear about the traditional designs of ancient times and make their own mosaic pieces to take home.
TIME 3 HRS • with Mosaic Workshop 275 euro tour
including docent + mosaic lab • 2 people – €65 /person Museum & Taxi fares entrance extra. All materials included.
Taxi service about 10-15 euro to / from museum & mosaic workshop.
PIAZZA NAVONA SKETCH HUNT! We will venture in and around Piazza Navona to discover the wild animals carved in stone…and hear their incredible stories along the way! Kids will make up their own legends by the end of their experience around the piazzas and alleyways of central Rome. Our animal hunt will end up at the Cat Sanctuary of the center of Rome!
TIME 1.5 HRS • materials included •
THE BRIDGES OF ROME & THE MIGHTY TIBER RIVER
Awalking tour and art project leading from the Temples of Hercules Victor and Portunus across from Rome’s famed
Mouth of Truth – Bocca della Verità
. Families will hear about places along the Tiber, from the Synagogue in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto to Tiberina Island. From there, we’ll check out the Tiber river bridges and the incredible stories surrounding it, before watercoloring our very own bridge – completing the Broken Bridge – Ponte Rotto. Our art tour ends at the gelato shop located here. Parents can stop for refreshments and snacks while the kids work on their art projects from this amazing vantage point along the fast-flowing Tiber River.
TIME 1.5 HRS • 225 euro art/docent project • 2-4 ppl
• 40 euro/pp extra. All materials included.
BOOK NOWTHE APPIAN WAY: OF GLADIATORS & CHARIOT RACES
Just outside the city center, a stone’s throw from the Circus Maximus, we start at the Museo nella Mura – The Museum inside the Wall that once protected the City of Rome at the top of the Appian Way. From there, we’ll head over to the Mausoleum of Massenzio where we’ll explore the ancient grounds that once held games and races within its circus. Kids will learn about the dress of centurions, emperors and common fighters and learn to draw their own action figures and chariots, acquiring specific techniques with our Arte al Sole artist, while parents enjoy a refreshment along the Appian Way. Afterwards, families can continue their exploration of the catacombs, an ancient domus, and the tomb of Cecilia Metella and beyond.
TIME 3 HRS • 290 euro Walking Tour / Art Project • 2-4 persons • 40 euro/pp extra. All materials included.
OPTIONAL: Pickup / Tour by car / Dropoff back in central Rome or Hotel / 160 euro private driver [Taxi approx €15-20 each way]
Ask us about:PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS • BORGHESE GALLERY MYTHS & FAMILY ART LESSON • COOKING CLASSESfor the whole family!
Rome Summer Camp – Focusing on the Talking Statues and ancient myths takes place at our partner Family Hotel, Hotel Kolbe – right in central Rome near the Circus Maximus For info on our Summer Camp Programs 2020 click here