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  1. Astrilla Reswen
    March 16, 2018
    Nice!

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  2. Veronika
    October 4, 2014
    Wow what a great idea! What a great way to include the kids and keep them busy..!

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  3. Lisa Goodmurphy
    March 6, 2014
    Great post - I wish I had read it before we went to Rome! We made the mistake of not buying our tickets online and it was all down hill from there. We survived the Colosseum and that is about all I can say!

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    • basketslife
      March 8, 2014
      Oh Gosh that is the absolute worst to stand in line ~ next time take my blog and print it No fun to only survive I hope you threw a coin in the Trevi so you will for sure be able to return! thank you for reading!

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  4. Michael Orobona
    March 6, 2014
    Who said blogs need to be short! I like this kind of meaty, informative post. I'll have to quiz my son, for whom the Colosseum is one of the world's wonders.

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    • basketslife
      March 8, 2014
      Thank you for reading ~ I know they are long but there is so much info :)

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  5. dawnkealing
    March 4, 2014
    Wow!! I just learned so much!! The whole time I was reading it out loud to my husband informing him as well, he has been there but I have not. I hope to go there one day soon!! Thank you for all the info, definitely bookmarking this for when I eventually do! :)

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    • basketslife
      March 5, 2014
      Thank you so much for reading! I am glad you enjoyed it~ when you go take the post with you! There will be many more about Rome and other countries ~ thank you again!

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  6. Marie-Carmen @The Orient Excess
    March 3, 2014
    Really enjoyed your article! All the "fun facts" are also great and interesting! Now I want to see the Colosseum under water!

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    • basketslife
      March 5, 2014
      Thank you for reading! Yes that would be very cool! :)

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  7. Zof
    March 3, 2014
    Ahh, Italia. Ahhh, Rome. It's been more than a decade since I visited. I have to go back. You made me so nostalgic.

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  8. Saskia Tepe
    March 1, 2014
    I never fancied Rome - but your article makes me want to go! And that's without kids... But you make it so fascinating I might wait and go there with my grandchildren one day!

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    • basketslife
      March 2, 2014
      Thank you for reading ~ we love Rome but I think it is much easier when you have some cool facts behind it ~ Have a super weekend and thank you again for stopping by!

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  9. Kate-Frankie Brennan
    February 28, 2014
    I have such a big love affair with Rome. Its one of my all-time favourite European cities and I adore the turbulent and incredible history. I'm so glad to see a post go in-depth on a place like the Colosseum and brilliant tips to make kids your travel guide and tell stories about the parts they go to. Great photos and really informative. You're making me want to go back so badly!

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    • basketslife
      March 2, 2014
      Thank you for reading! Aww thank you I am glad you enjoyed the post ~ I am writing a full series on Rome and cool facts all over the city! Hope you will come back and keep reading! Happy Sunday! :)

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  10. Marysia Maciocha
    February 28, 2014
    Great article Girl! And I love American approach to life....real Colosseum is way to small for us...ha ha ha Please!

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    • basketslife
      March 2, 2014
      Hee Hee Right ~ Only the Americans Too Funny! Thank you for reading and stoping by!

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      • Marysia (@MyTravelAffairs)
        March 8, 2014
        My pleasure, really loved all the funny facts! Better than a guide :)

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  11. Anwar
    February 28, 2014
    What a fabulous post! You know I went there first several years ago, just gawked at it and then went home. It was great learning the history and also the scavenger hunt idea is fantastic!

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    • basketslife
      March 2, 2014
      Thank you for reading! Yes you know as adults we can gawk and enjoy but the kids are not to good at gawking they lose interest ~ so we always have a hunt for items and locations ~ keep them (and the hubby) interested! :)

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  12. tammyonthemove
    February 26, 2014
    I love Rome so much! I think it is one of my favourite cities in the world. When I went to the museum I went really late in the evening and not many tourists were there. I felt like a gladiator would come around any moment. It was magical.

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    • basketslife
      March 8, 2014
      Yes it really is a magical place we have been many time and we always enjoy it thank you for reading!

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  13. Kamila Napora
    February 26, 2014
    I've been few times to Rome (last time in November) yet I never made it inside the Colosseum! I really have to go there next time I'm in the city! Great post!

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    • basketslife
      February 26, 2014
      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Yes You Must go inside and see it! Have a super day!

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  14. karisabroad
    February 25, 2014
    Great post!! I've been to the Colosseum twice-once in the winter and once in the summer. I love it! Great idea to 'make the kids the tour guide' :)

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    • basketslife
      February 26, 2014
      Thank you for stopping by! Yes it makes it much easier on me when the kids are happy and enjoying it! :)

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  15. mytanfeet
    February 25, 2014
    I think I just learned about 10 things of Rome and colosseum I had no idea. Yeison just finished watching Spartacus so he has been on a Rome gladiator spree...would love to visit and see this in person one day! Thanks for the history lesson :)

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    • basketslife
      February 26, 2014
      Hi ~ thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Oh I am so glad that you liked the post! oh So you must go to Rome ~ you know there is also a Fun Gladiator school there where the kids can dress and get trained as Gladiators ~ for those Gadiator WannaBees! Thank you for stopping by have a super day!

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  16. Phoebe M
    February 25, 2014
    We were just there this fall and it was absolutely mobbed.. so much so that we didn't even go in! I've been a few times before but my boyfriend wasn't having it. Avoid weekends and peak hours! Great post!

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    • basketslife
      February 26, 2014
      Hi ~ yes we have never been when it was not crazy crowded that is why I always buy our tickets online skip the line and zing past the crowd ~Once we are inside we can usually separate ourselves since we have our own agenda! Good advice to try and avoid peak hours! Thank you for reading!

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  17. Pointsandtravel
    February 25, 2014
    Very informative post! I learned so much and I have been to the Colosseum many times! Great post!

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    • basketslife
      February 26, 2014
      Hi Thank you so much for reading! Oh I am glad you enjoyed it ~ sometimes its fun to see it through the kids eyes! Cheers

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  18. Anna
    February 25, 2014
    I really enjoyed my visit in 2010, although then you could go to the bottom at all. That's crazy that they used to reenact water battles with little ships!

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    • basketslife
      February 26, 2014
      Thank you for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed the post! It was a little crazy that they would reenact water battles and flood the arena ~ hard to imagine ~ Thank you for reading!!

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  19. frankaboutcroatia
    February 25, 2014
    I had an aunt living in Rome, and we used to go there every Christmas for five years. Been to Colosseum many times, and really enjoyed it. But, I need to admit that I've learnt more from your post than on my own. I'll have to work on my focus, and stop thinking that enjoying the view and coffee are the main activities at historical sites :-)

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    • basketslife
      February 25, 2014
      ahh thank you for reading~ But it is all about how you travel For grownups sometimes it is about the amzing view and good coffee or wine ~ but with the kids I have to keep them intereested and learning or they get bored because they do not appreciate the view like we do!! :0) Thank you for reading I really appreciate it!

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  20. basketslife
    February 25, 2014
    Thank you Kerry ~ I really appreciate you reading! Have a super day!

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  21. Kerry Ascione
    February 25, 2014
    Fantastic article! I'm printing it to show my family. We made this trip with our kids in 2011; even got to do the underground tour of the Colosseum!

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  22. Ace CB @ Life in Dutch
    February 24, 2014
    This is great! I'm pinning this to remember for when we get to Rome =) I love the tips and info!

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    • basketslife
      February 25, 2014
      Thank you so much for reading! :) Glad you liked it stay tuned for our family travel tips in many other countries!

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  23. thriftytravelmama
    February 24, 2014
    Thank you for these tips for kids! Pinning for when I get up the guts to take my three young 'uns to Rome :)

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  24. Phoebe @Lou Messugo
    February 24, 2014
    Wow these are fab tips! I've taken my 2 boys to the Colosseum once but we didn't get nearly as much out of it as you did. I'll be bookmarking this post for future visits; Very happy to have found you through #SundayTraveler

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi Thank you for reading! Yes it is hard to keep the kids engaged ~ so we always try to find a list of items and stories about those items to keep them interested! Thank you again #SundayTraveler

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  25. Travis H
    February 24, 2014
    Great post - so much valuable and interesting information. I have been to the Colosseum twice now, and each time I have found something new to love and appreciate about it! Now I can't wait to go back again armed with all of these cool bits of info and some new places to seek out! Thanks for sharing - safe travels!

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi Travis ~ thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I am glad you liked it ~ the info is not only for kids We always find interesting stuff too! Thank you and Safe Travels as well!

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  26. malaysianmeanders
    February 24, 2014
    My kids would have a great time hanging out with your boys from how you describe them. This is a great post that's certainly child-friendly. I am trying to imagine the Colosseum floor flooded with water for a ship battle and with an awning shading me from overhead. I never realized it was so elaborate!

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi Yes I bet they would all really enjoy hanging out ~ we should make a little travelers club! Thank you for reading and stopping by! It is quite amazing that they would flood the floor and then had the trap doors to spring surprises into the arena ~ yes very elaborate! :0 )

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  27. inpursuitofadventureblog
    February 24, 2014
    Great article, these are definitely the main fun facts of the coliseum, I used to give tours there and these were all things that I would mention while giving the tour. I also always mentioned that gladiators were short and fat; they were built more along the line of Danny devito than Russell Crowe My favorite fact about the coliseum was that all the tunnels are called vomitoriums because the coliseum could be emptied out in less than 15 minutes and vomitorium meant to expel quickly. Glad you were able to make the coliseum fun for kids, I know how miserable summer can be in Rome!

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi thank you so much for stopping by! Ha Ha I will have to tell me kids that about the Gladiators! Oh Yes you know I mentioned that the Colosseum could empty but I forgot to add the word Vomitoriums which my kids thought was Halarious! I will have to add that into the post! Thanks for reading and the feedback! Cheers!

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  28. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    February 24, 2014
    This is great and I'm "borrowing" your ideas when we take the kids to the Colosseum. My husband and I visited without the kids a couple of years ago and didn't do a tour so I loved reading all these fun facts and learned quite a lot from your post. It is a challenge taking kids to historical sites and letting them be the tour guides is a fantastic idea. I do this with museums but need to do this with other places. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi Mary ~ thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I am so glad that you liked you and I hope your kids really love it when you take them! It is always a challenge to keep them involved isnt it? We try to find a list or scavenger hunt everywhere we go ~ thank you for reading! Cheers

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  29. theegetawaygal
    February 23, 2014
    This is a FANTASTIC post... I truly wish you were our tour guide when we were there. I will be bookmarking this page for when I return to beautiful Rome! And what an awesome idea to do with your kids. I use to do scavenger hunt concepts all the time with my kids but did not think to do that when traveling. Very creative and interactive! Last, I love how you've set up the links to blogs you follow on your sidebar. I'm a visual person so the pics get my attention more than links. If you wouldn't mind sharing a tip, I'd love to have you email me how you did that so I could use that concept on my links page. Thanks again for this super informative post; great writing. :)

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi thank you for reading and stopping by! I am so glad that you liked it ~ I hope your kids will love it to! You know we have not had a lot of luck with tour guides and groups either they go to fast for the kids or too slow so I started this scavenger hunt idea insted to get the info and have fun with them! Stay tuned for more ~ sure you can email me stacey@staceysandlin.com Cheers

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  30. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    February 23, 2014
    Man, I had no idea about all of this stuff. When we went it was POURING with rain, and HEAVING with people so we ditched our group and just admired the view. Kind of kicking myself now. GREAT POST and thanks for once again linking up with us for #SundayTraveler

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi My friend thank you for stopping by! Oh well that sucks that it was raining ~ but now you can go back and take the Mini Mr. Donkey and show him all the great stuff! Love #SundayTraveler and thank you for having me!

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  31. Farrah (@Momofthreeunder)
    February 23, 2014
    We were JUST there last month- how I wish I saw this post prior! We loved it- the Colosseum has really made an impact on the boys- B keeps talking about it. Rome Reconstructed was a great book to prep them for our trip too :)

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Hi thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the post! Well stay tuned for other stories for the kids while traveling

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  32. Britta
    February 23, 2014
    Wow Stacey...a new article and as an absolutely Rome-fan I must say one of your best articles ever (even though I love them all ;-)). This article contains all the important information you need and makes me feel being back there. What would I give to be there right now and follow your great ideas. A big applause and please never stop writing. You rock !

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    • basketslife
      February 24, 2014
      Thank you Brit You are always so sweet! Glad you enjoyed it ~ and yes it is not just for kids Us adults can use this info as well ~ thank you for stopping by and reading! Have a super week!

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  33. basketslife
    March 8, 2014
    You Rock !! :) Here is the Link for anyone who wants to check out our Best of the Best for the Week http://dawnkealing.com/2014/03/07/best-of-the-best-bloggers-top-5-travel-tips/

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