4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Enjoy a gourmet meal fit for a Roman Emperor, followed by a nighttime Colosseum tour on this must-do Viator VIP! The evening experience starts with a glass of prosecco at the Hotel Forum's rooftop restaurant that overlooks Ancient Rome. Hear tales of Roman history from a guide before savoring a 4-course meal at a private table on the terrace. Dine on Roman delicacies such as prosciutto-wrapped veal, stroll through the Roman Forum, and then step inside the Colosseum to explore its first tier, arena floor and underground chambers — all free from the daytime crowds.

Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention at all times.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour Viator VIP with 4-course dinner at the Hotel Forum rooftop restaurant and small-group night Colosseum tour
  • Sip on a glass of prosecco at a glamorous rooftop restaurant while gazing at the ruins of Ancient Rome
  • Take a seat at an intimate private table on the terrace and dine on a 4-course, gourmet meal
  • Savor a variety of famous Roman specialties such as rigatoncini alla carbonara
  • Tour the Colosseum at night without the daytime crowds, and visit the first tier, arena floor and underground chambers
  • This combination of dinner and night tour cannot be booked anywhere else — don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures an intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Exclusive Rome Rooftop Dinner and Colosseum Night Tour Including Underground Chambers

Enjoy your dinner at a glamorous rooftop restaurant while gazing at the ruins of Ancient Rome!

Meet your guide at the Hotel Forum near Cavour metro stop in central Rome, and start your evening by heading up to the prestigious hotel's rooftop restaurant. The terrace overlooks the sights of Ancient Rome, boasting incredible views of monument such as Trajan’s Forum. Gaze out at the ruins and toast the start of your Viator VIP with a glass of prosecco — the crisp Italian fizz!

As you sip, listen to your guide give an introduction to the history of Rome, bringing the enchanting sights sprawled before you to life. Take a seat at your private table — reserved just for you and the people you have booked with — and soak up the sights from the elegant terrace. Then, dine on your gourmet 4-course meal with wine, and enjoy a tantalizing selection of Roman specialties such as saltimbocca alla Romana (prosciutto-wrapped veal) and more. See the Itinerary for your sample menu.

Finish your meal with an espresso, just as the Italians do, and then follow your guide out of the restaurant and through the Roman Forum on your way to the Colosseum. A monument that needs no introduction, the city’s star attraction is quiet in the evening, meaning its ancient walkways are filled with atmospheric shadows rather than its daytime crowds.

Stroll around the first tier of the virtually empty Colosseum and make your way to the reconstructed arena floor to stand in the space where brutal gladiatorial battles of bygone days were fought. Hear how the crowds of the amphitheater roared as fighters battled not just each other, but wild beasts such as lions and tigers, too.

Head below ground to see the underground chambers where the gladiators psyched themselves up for the fights of their lives, and the pens where animals were kept before being released to the arena. Few visitors are able to walk through these chambers as they are only open to a select number of visitors per day. Even better, you will be one of the rare few to see the chambers at night!

After exploring the underground chambers, follow your guide outside the Colosseum where your Viator VIP finishes.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
Appetizer (choice of one):
  • Selection of finely sliced cured meats (such as salami and prosciutto) with olives
  • Beef carpaccio with shavings of Parmesan
  • Insalata caprese (fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato salad)
First course (choice of one):
  • Bucatini all’amatriciana (long pasta noodles with a pancetta and tomato sauce)
  • Rigatoncini alla carbonara (short, ridged pasta tubes with egg, pancetta, and pecorino cheese)
  • Spinach and ricotta ravioli in a rich tomato sauce
Second course (choice of one):
  • Saltimbocca alla Romana (veal-wrapped prosciutto cooked in Marsala)
  • Tagliata al balsamico (premium sliced steak with a balsamic vinegar reduction)
  • Salmon fillet with a salsa dressing
Dessert (choice of one):
  • Mille-feuille (fine puff pastry layered with a sweet pastry cream)
  • Tiramisu
  • Fresh fruit salad

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were not sure about this tour as the reviews appeared mixed. First off...We found the food at The Hotel Forumn to be very good. Yes, the restaurant is a bit dated but that only added to the charm for us. We had a view of the forumn from our table and we were able to have our own table, not forced to sit with others we did not know on the tour.
What a lovely way to start a tour! The waiters were super attentive, and as it started to get dark and dinner and dessert, was over btw I am gluten free and they served a fabulous gluten free pasta we took a brief walk to The Forumn. There were about 16 people in our tour and that was not too many. There was no line, and with a full moon rising we entered the Colosseum. This was our first night in Rome and what a fabulous way to begin!!! The Colosseum at night is NOT brightly lit. It is just right to give you the wonderful feel that you are walking on sacred ground. I wish I could recall the name of the young lady leading the tour...She was simply delightful and told the compelling story and history of The Colosseum. The underground access was amazing. We chatted later in the week with tourists who had just visited the Colosseum during the day and it was hot and very crowded. We maybe saw one other tour group ahead of us but it was timed to make you feel like we were there by ourselves. There is quite a bit of walking but if one asks, there are elevators and the Viator tour guides go above and beyond to accomodate one's needs We were not rushed at all. Just be prepared to do a bit of walking and to have to look for a taxi after. There is no taxi line at the exit. Make sure to ask your guide where to pick up a cab, a bunch of us got lost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was fabulous. Starting from our rooftop dinner at the Hotel Forum to our private tour of the Colosseum, everything was perfect! Our tour guide was entertaining and very knowledgeable! The food was absolutely delicious and the views were magnificent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent guides

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The rooftop dinner was one of the most enjoyable we had while in Rome. The food was incredible, the ambiance and atmosphere of the restaurant was elegant and beautiful., complete with live piano music. The Colosseum speaks for itself. It is magnificent. Seeing it at night was an incredible experience. We were the only ones there. The eerie feeling of the underground dungeons and passages with private tour was quite a privilege. It was an incredible evening.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Of all the tours we did on our 10 day trip to Italy, this was our absolute FAVORITE!!! Dinner was GREAT food and service wise and to seeing the Colosseum without the crowds was a HIGHLIGHT!!!!! It allowed you to have a bit of space to absorb the incredible architecture of the building and marvel at the historic aspects of the events in this epic arena. This is worth EVERY penny you pay and if we could rate it 6 out of 5 stars we would.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Food and rooftop view were fantastic. I would have liked more time to enjoy the restaurant. The tour of the colosseum was magical. Very private and the guide brought the colosseum to life with her narrative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Favorite part of our trip to Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We really enjoyed the dinner on the rooftop, our tour guides and colosseum night tour. The food / wine at the restaurant was amazing. The view was spectacular overlooking ancient Rome and watching the sunset as we ate such a yummy meal. I really enjoyed the desert which I chose terra misu . Our tour at the Colosseum was everything and more than I expected. It was great mssing the crowds and to be able to see everything in such detail without being rushed. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and you could see the passion she had wanting to ensure we didn't miss anything. Thanks for an amazing experience. We loved it !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Dinner was fantastic. The tour was good except that the colosseum tour guide needed to speak clearer and louder.

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