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Tour the amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this 2.5-hour evening tour. Learn about the ruins of the Roman Forum seen from the Piazza del Campidoglio, and enter the Colosseum after the daytime crowds have disappeared and the temperature has dropped. Visit the arena’s underground chambers, which are closed to most of the public, and stand where gladiators once stood  centuries ago. This tour is limited to 25 people.


  • 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

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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!

Your nighttime tour starts at Piazza Venezia, where you’ll meet your guide. Set off on your leisurely walking tour of Rome’s ancient sites, passing by Trajan’s Column on your way to Capitoline Hill.

Stop at Piazza del Campidoglio, a 16th-century square designed by Michelangelo, and follow your guide to a little-known spot in the square that provides a view of the Roman Forum, which is closed at night. As you admire the ruins bathed in evening light, your guide will point out sites like the Sanctuary of the Vestal Virgins, a temple once home to the most honored women in Ancient Rome.

Then make your way down the hill, catching sight of Augustus’ and Caesar’s forums, and arrive at the Colosseum, the most iconic of the Eternal City’s ancient landmarks. Head inside with your guide to explore the near-empty amphitheater, where quiet shadows replace the typical daytime crowds, and listen to stories about the bloody gladiator battles that once took place here. You can walk around the reconstructed floor of the arena, little of which remains of the original surface, and look down between gaps to see the underground chambers.  

Next, head below ground to explore the chambers themselves, where wild animals were held and gladiators prepared for their fights. This section of the Colosseum is only open to a select number of visitors each day, so enjoy this rare opportunity to see more than most visitors do during the day, let alone at night.

After exiting the Colosseum, your tour ends outside.

Customer Reviews

Peggy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My grandson and I had a great time. It was so good when the other members of the family joined us we did it again.

Shannon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful time on our tour! We and #39;ve been to Rome numerous times but have never done a night tour of the Forum and Colosseum we learned so many interesting facts and absolutely loved our tour guide! Her archeological knowledge was unbelievable and added to the experience!

Wendy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our night tour of the Colosseum was incredible! Our tour guide, Irena, was very sweet, funny and informative. We were able to see the Roman Forum and learn so much history about the layers of Rome on our way to the Colosseum! When we arrived at the Colosseum it was just our tour group and one other in the entire place! It allowed us to take some incredible pictures without a bunch of other tourists in the shots and also were able to see the underground chambers where they kept the animals and gladiators! I would highly recommend spending just a bit more to see this amazing piece of history in a more quiet and private environment!

Dena B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

If you want to visit the Colosseum, this is your best choice! There are no crowds and you get the rich history of Ancient Rome at night.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We loved seeing the upper and lower chamber and our tour guide was very friendly and informative. We went to the day and evening tour to get the full experience.

Emily T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was great!

Stephen O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

very informative tour- would recommend the evening tour to avoid the crowds

Anna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide was the best ever!!! The night time hours tour is definitely the way to go.

Stacey M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Chiara was a fantastic guide and seeing these sites in the evening was just magical.

Geraldine L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an absolutely fantastic experience. In the Colosseum with the guide and about 15-18 other people, exploring the different levels and Patricia our guide giving us a detailed account of life at that time. Absolutely brilliant....can't think of another way to describe it! This is a great tour from the beginning at Trajan's column through the different and various ancient sites to the climax in the Colesseum. Our Guide kept us enthralled with her detailed account of the changing face of ancient Rome through this journey. Must do if you can that's all I can say!

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