We'll be in Rome in June: 2 parents, 2 grandparents, 2 boys (9 and 4.5). We'd like to do a guided tour of "Ancient Rome" (Colosseum, Forum, etc, 3-4 hrs). Which tour company's guides will catch and hold the interest of the boys best?
Context Rome has private tours geared to kids & families: http://rome.contexttravel.com/main/product/reserve.php?prid=PTR4274
If you wanted to take a group tour Angel Tours lets kids under 10 tour for free, bonus!
I don't have children, but I will do my best to answer your question as I have taken tours with Rome Walks and Through Eternity this last September. Both tour companies were excellent, and I was extremely happy with both. In terms of which would be best for children, based off of my limited experience (I took Rome Walks for the Colosseum/Forum tour, and Through Eternity for the Vatican/St. Peters tour), I think Rome Walks might be a better fit. My perception might be influenced by the fact the tour was of a less serious setting, but the Rome Walks guide told more jokes and interesting random facts about Rome and Romans that were funny and I think children would enjoy. In addition to the guides humor, she also paced the tour with a bathroom/water/rest break. Hope this helps!
Consider taking the ATAC City Red #110 HOHO bus tour from the Termini station. It covers over 80 sightseeing destinations. A wonderful overview of the city highlights with an audio guide. The ticket is good for 24 hours. The route takes 2.5 hours. The bus ride itself will be an enjoy. Sit on top in front for the best view. I would take the bus ride thru to its completion. Then after reading some guide books on the points that interst you, take the bus again and get off and enjoy the sight.
I'm actually looking for advice from folks who have used a tour company (Angel Tours, Rome Walks, Through Eternity, etc) with kids, if you're out there.
We took an Ancient Rome tour last summer with Context. We chose the private tour so it was just our family. Our kids are a little older, 12 and 14 at the time. The tour was great; we all agreed a highlight of the whole trip. Context asks that you tell them something about the group, so they are trying to tailor the tour to you. We had a wonderful guide who made the tour interesting for both kids and parents! The tour was scheduled for four hours, which honestly was a long time especially considering that it was extremely hot the day we did it. Maybe with younger kids you would want to request a shorter tour?