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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour by Night

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.


  • 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

Dana DeFranco D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

One of the highlights of our Trip! We had the most informative tour guides. He was part of the Rome Archeological society and was like a walking Encyclopedia , amazing human. As far as the tour: seeing the basement subfloor of the Colosseum at night was very impressive and humbling. If you like Museums go to the Vatican, if you like actually walking into an archeological site where the events actually happened this is the tour for you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A wonderful tour,but had trouble finding the meeting place. Our Guide was knowledgeable and the night tour was so much better than the crowds during the day. I would recommend this tour to everyone visiting Italy.

Lauren B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Beautiful to see the Colosseum at night with no crowds and no lines tour guide Bruno was informative and provided a steady, interesting flow of information without being at all annoying tour was long, with a lot of walking, but a highlight of our stay in Rome for the same reasons I would recommend this tour to others

Gary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our night Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour. Great guide. We thought we had seen most of Rome, but our guide took us to a few places we hadn't seen and gave us lots of historical facts. The walk through the Colosseum at night, no crowds, was fantastic. Whole different look at night. Would thoroughly recommend this tour.

Craig S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The female guide we had was an archaeologist who gave us a real insight into all the ruins in the area prior to heading down and getting inside the Colosseum. Bypassing the entry line was a bonus, but the enthusiasm of the tour guide really made the tour fantastic.

Robyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent! 12 out of 10. From the introduction to the final farewell, the tour was conducted to the highest degree of professionalism. Our guide Irene albeit only tiny, was a giant of information, facts and figures, all presented with a great amount of interest and passion. Her knowledge of the subject was immense and delivered with tremendous enthusiasm, tinted with a touch of humour. I cannot imagine another person guiding this tour as well as she did. The highlight of the tour was to be inside the Colosseum in a group no more than twenty of only around 100 persons total in five groups wide apart, truly a surreal moment. Strongly recommend this tour to everyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic tour. Our guide was absolutely amazing, informative and very knowledgeable. Seeing the Colosseum at night was an unbelievable experience. Would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Rome.

Deborah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We loved this one. Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I would definitly reccommend this might tour no crowds and get to see areas not open during the day

Elana V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Went to rome with my husband and two sons 19 and 17. We all loved it! This tour had been recommended by someone and I am sooooo glad we did this! It was less crowded and the ambience of touring the Colosseum at night added to the whole experience!! Our guide was Francesca and she was really great! She seemed to enjoy giving the tour and did it with excitement! This is an absolute must on anyones itinerary! Thank you Viator.

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