Colosseum Tour & Roman Forum

Colosseum Tour & Roman Forum


100 thoughts on “Colosseum Tour & Roman Forum

  1. This is Episode SEVENTEEN of our new series: One Suitcase, Four Kids!
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  2. In your live video on Instagram when you mentioned the correlation between the colluseum games, I thought I'd tell you that the author Suzanne Collins actually took inspiration from them to help her write the books

  3. They all look so confused after they drink the coffee! ๐Ÿ˜‚ And then there's poor Duncan. He's like "Hey I can walk! I can drink coffee too!" I love history Jessica's informational tours are amazing. ๐Ÿ’–

  4. Oh no they discovered coffee! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I loved the taste of coffee as a kid too. But now I'm a tea dinner like Jess, I love coffee but it gives me anxiety. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Wonderful Vlog series! It's so disturbing to learn about the colosseums and how they were used for such gruesome entertainment.

  5. In early July, 2015 my husband and I were in Rome. We went on an evening tour of the city and ate at a small cafe near the Pantheon. Your videos are just beyond amazing. And I agree with you, Jessica. No video or photograph can capture the beauty and awe inspiring feelings of that place. Your children will have memories for a lifetime from this trip. Thank you so much for including all of us on your adventures. If we ever go back, I will be sure to use LivItaly!

  6. I love how Jessica is talking about mobility access, my mum is in a wheelchair and vloggers on holiday never usually bring that up . Really helpful!! ๐Ÿ’•

  7. Yes, Rome does get very hot during the summer and that's why most Romans try to go on vacation and head to beaches and villas along the Mediterranian. School year is always best and I would never recommend Rome during the winter as the rain is accompanied by winds from the north that do penetrate into you clothes even worse than if it were solid snow.

  8. Sorry I was late ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  9. It's sad to see Rome in ruins. I wish the world all worked together to keep our history as pristine & in tact as possible.

  10. At the end of you last trip video will you tell us how much the cost was? I would LOVE to do this someday with my family and I love how you are each pretty much only taking one backpack each. I enjoy doing that while traveling in the states, but it would wonderful to go abroad! I just don't know how much that would cost for my family.

  11. Omg Parker's little vroom vroom getting to walk on the arena floor of the colosseum ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ his excitement makes me happy โค

  12. Just throwing it out there…since you guys saw Matilda the musical and the kids loved it you should definitely do the Matilda Challenge!!! I bet it would be a lot of fun!

  13. Livitaly sounds like a museum curator put it together it seems so cool!! It sounds like such a unique, immersive, respectful, informative and fun way to travel!! Do they offer similar experiences around the world?

  14. Cinnamon and Pine Tree gelato! Must have been like Christmas in a cone! ๐ŸŒฒI love how the children are so open to trying new things. Such a great thing to do, at any age, but especially as young as they are.

  15. I like the personalized touches done by LIvItaly and the best parts beyond the obvious history have been meeting locals and doing cooking in someone's kitchen or visiting the off the beaten path things that you wouldn't know about as a typical tourist. The goggles were a cool idea too for the historical education. Jessica's noting the mobility and challenges as well as realistic evaluations of whether it's wheelchair or mobility issue friendly is very cool. I have some mobility issues and this really is a gift to me in seeing things like the Colosseum has an elevator or that some areas are very many uneven surfaces. I wonder if you had to do it again if you'd change anything about your wardrobe and shoes packing. You did a super stealth job at the packing and it's quite impressive. The hand laundry I've done before in a women's dorm in Paris while studying art there for a summer and learned quickly that fast dry fabric was the way to go. I had a lot of cotton and though it was cooler, it def took time to dry. If you had to prepare for things like the no crib delivery situation what would you do differently and are you wiped from carrying Duncan or is it still workable? Would you have brought a stroller if you could after this or no? Even a small portable one? You guys are definitely working for your vacay doing the laundry, the baby carrying and managing four kids with vastly differing needs. This travel is priceless for your family, and educationally for the kids. The thing about not being able to capture it in a photo is so true. I've had that experience so many times and always still attempt to capture it. It's just not the same as being to scale in and surrounded by the culture, the landscape, the architecture and ambiance. The fact that you found fresh gluten free pasta was pretty amazing and her homemade GF pasta with her teacher was pretty cool too. She's going to be the connoisseur of GF Italian pasta after this. And the "chocolatey" espresso had to be super divine. I'm envious of your kids getting to drink some primo Espresso and the looks on their faces was my first coffee experience and mine was just probably instant coffee "watered" down with loads of milk and sugar. My father called it "little girlsie's coffee" and I thought it was so yummy. And what interesting gelato flavor of Christmas tree flavored. I was thinking pine nut flavored maybe but sounds like no it was actual pine tree flavored. So odd and interesting. You guys are doing an amazing job teaching so much and trying to have a super positive family experience despite heavy baby carrying with sore shoulders and the heat and crowds. You guys are troopers. I'd love to know how you manage the kids' wiggles when there is a long wait for anything.
    Loving this series and excited to see Paris, my all-time fave memory of travel.

  16. We are hooked to this series! Thank you for the lovely shout outs and the wonderful compliments. We are truly happy that you guys were able to live Rome, Pompeii and Florence with us and take these lasting memories with you back home. And share them with your viewers! Thanks.
    Absolutely love the Pantheon door footage!
    Ci vediamo presto Ballinger Family ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Arrivederci Roma!๐Ÿ˜ข Thank you for sharing so much, so far…Very enjoyable!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  18. I have really loved the Italy part of this series. You have done some truly awesome and special things. I will absolutely recommend LivItaly to anyone I know going to Italy in future. Great video guys!

  19. I went through the same special entrance when I visited the Colosseum! I'm so glad you guys got to go through the same way because it is totally worth it!! ๐Ÿ‘

  20. I've really been enjoying your European series not just for vicariously living through you (who doesn't love vlogs of Europe?!) but for the little factoids and educational moments you add in – it really makes for a more fulsome viewing experience.

  21. I just had to binge watch 5 videos in a row because You Tube is no longer notifying me for this channel even though the notifications are on. Anyone else having this problem? This is the 2nd time this has happened.

  22. I love Jacob's apron! I really got a kick out of the kids' reactions to espresso, too! I think it's hilarious that they all enjoyed it! Bailey was so brave with her gelato flavors! I'm impressed! I liked the subtle Christmas music after the "pine tree" gelato. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  23. Hey! Just wondering who took care of Daisy the Guinea Pig while you guys were gone for so long! Loving the daily vlogs of your trip! ๐Ÿ’—โค๏ธ

  24. COOLEST FAMILY EVER. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงกโค๏ธ Also, I mentioned you guys in my video about CVX, which will be up in the next couple of days! Love you guys!!!

  25. Very cool, I liked hearing facts about the colosseum. I didnโ€™t know that they would bring in exotic animals to fight. Kind of sad that they had to fight but I agree that it would have been interesting for the viewers at the time.

  26. Would you say the Livitaly tours are reasonably affordable for what they included? Whether you paid for them this trip or not, I feel like you'd still have a good grasp on that, travelling with your family and on hard earned budget ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. I havenโ€™t said it yet, but I feel like it needs to be said. I think Duncan is going to be a child genius. His motor skills, his comprehension and awareness are phenomenal! Hope he grows to be a smart, kind boy.

  28. I adore the unintentional photo bomb of the little girl at 20:08 when they're at dinner. LOL! She gives a cute little grin just before the camera edit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. I love how many great tips and little nuggets of info that Jessica has been adding throughout these videos! Such useful information! Also Jess, you should consider becoming a teacher! You have a great knack for making people not feel like they're 'studying' but learning something new. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Also, Bailey seems glum in this video, I hope she's okay! Sending you love! โค๏ธ โค๏ธ โค๏ธ

  31. Jessica, you are the BEST tour guide. I donโ€™t comment on YouTube- this is my first one. I just needed you to know youโ€™re great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. The tours you have taken have been amazing, the people who have shown you around have been so lovely, great with the children and so incredibly knowledgeable.
    This has been a really good trip to watch, thank you for sharing your trip with us all.

  33. This has been so informative of what to expect!! I really would love to go back & visit again…has been 30+ yrs. If I do I'd definitely look up Livitay!!!

  34. Crazy enough, I just got back from Italy on Saturday. Jessica, when you were describing the Pantheon, I felt the exact same. I kept telling my friend the entire time that everything looked like I was on a movie set, I couldnโ€™t believe it was real. Every corner you turned, you saw something completely historic. Also, I saw the largest rat Iโ€™ve ever seen in my life right outside the Pantheon, which was interesting as well. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  35. Wow! Amazing vlog! Haha, well coffee โ˜•๏ธ is the best ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ I love it! The kids are so cute! Iโ€™m glad they have a great, educational time โœจ

  36. ooo, yes, Jake. Italian esspresso is amazing. Only downside is that the moment with it is so short! I wish I could have a mug full… but Id probably jump out of my skin. lol

  37. LivItaly tours hardly seem "authentic". It seems to be run by an American and all the guides you have portrayed are American feeding you myths like "Romulus founded Rome in 753 BC" which you portray as fact,

  38. All these vlogs are really interesting and might help me in the future since I still go to school and I live in Europe ilysm me and my mum always watch you and inspire me all the time ๐Ÿ˜„โค๏ธ

  39. Watching these Italy vlogs is really bringing back memories from when I was in Italy when I was 14, I'm not 22
    I got a pot holder made at that same place

  40. Just wondering because I would love to do this some day but is all of the touwers that you went on booked so that you don't have to pay to get in to things it is all inclusive please reply

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