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Want to see the Colosseum at night? Tour the amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this 2.5-hour evening tour. You’ll hear interesting facts about the ruins of the Roman Forum, seen from the Piazza del Campidoglio, before entering 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 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!

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

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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