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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
See Ancient Rome and the Colosseum by night on this exciting 2.5-hour evening tour, led by an expert local guide! Hear little-known facts about the Roman Forum’s ruins as you look at it from a vantage point at Piazza del Campidoglio, and then gain rare access to the Colosseum after dark, walking around its arena floor and underground chambers. Taking place when the city’s daytime crowds have dispersed and the balmy temperature has dropped, your tour is perfectly timed to see these word-class monuments at their bedazzling best.

Numbers are limited to 25 on this small-group tour ensuring you’ll see these top Rome attractions with personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Ancient Rome and Colosseum by night tour
  • Sightsee in the cooler evening temperatures and see Rome’s top attractions without the busy daytime crowds
  • Gaze down at the Roman Forum from a vantage point at Piazza del Campidoglio
  • Walk around the Colosseum’s reconstructed arena floor, in the space where gladiator battles were fought
  • Visit the underground chambers and hear tales of the wild animals that were caged here
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 25 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

Enjoy the view of the Roman Forum illuminated at night!

Meet your guide in the early evening at Piazza Venezia in central Rome, and set off on your leisurely paced evening walking tour. Stroll past Trajan’s Column, the triumphal column that was built to celebrate a Dacian War victory, and head to Capitoline Hill to visit Piazza del Campidoglio – a lavish 16th-century square designed by the Renaissance supremo Michelangelo.

The Roman Forum is closed at night, but your guide will lead you to a little-known vantage point in Piazza del Campidoglio that offers a perfect vista of the site. Watch the soft evening light set on the city’s ancient monuments, seeing all the notable ruins, like the Sanctuary of Vestal Virgins – a temple that was once home to Rome’s most revered women.

See Caesar’s and Augustus’ forums as you walk down the hill, and then stop outside the highlight of your tour – the Colosseum. Basking in its Roman-era glory, the city’s undisputed A-list attraction is virtually empty at this time of night, leaving the ancient structure filled with shadows rather than shuffling feet. Walk around the reconstructed arena floor, and stand in the space where battles were once fought, while hearing all the little-known details of the gladiator games from your guide. Little of the original arena floor still exists, but the gaps in the surface offer a great vantage point to the underground levels below.

Then, head below ground to see the chambers for yourself, working your way through the tunnels where gladiators and beasts walked before being hoisted to the arena floor via trap doors. Few visitors to the Colosseum get to walk through these chambers, as they are only open to a limited number of people per day; even better, you’ll be one of a very select few to see the chambers at night, making this visit even more exciting.

After exploring the Colosseum’s darkened corners with your guide, your tour ends outside the monument.

Customer Reviews

Michelle C
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

WORTH EVERY PENNY! This is by far the best tour and definitely WAY WAY WAY better doing a night tour! I am so grateful we booked ahead of time with Viator for our Colosseum night tour on our honeymoon! This was my favorite event/tour we did!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I would highly recomend this tour, nothing like the colosseum in the evening! easy to fing meeting place great informative guid learned a lot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and learnt loads.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We enjoy every minute of it! Our guide was full of information! Seeing the Colosseum at night was amazing

Mark
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If in Rome in the summer, you absolutely have to do this tour. First, the crowds are gone. When we did it, there was only one other tour group. It's much slower paced and more in depth. The arena is beautiful at night. It's an easy walk to the colosseum--all down hill. This is a magical tour and worth your time and money

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was fabulous Patricia, I believe. Very knowledgeable! The night tour adds a dimension of reality of the time of the gladiators. A must see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour and guide were outstanding. Great job.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing Tour ! Really worth it !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was perfect for a hot hot hot July day! The tour started in the late evening when it started to cool down. There was nobody at the colosseum and we were the first group there. I can't believe how wonderful the tour was! The tour guide was amazing as well! Well done!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour ! The best way to escape the crowds........

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