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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

So wonderful being in the basement of the Colosseum!!!!

Victoria A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing experience! Highly recommend evening vs day tour

Hunter L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Going after hours meant NO crowds of people there were 16 people in our group which meant there were 16 people in the Colosseum when I saw is. No random people in my pictures and a very tailored experience. It was magical at night!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was my favorite tour of the entire trip. The Colosseum at night was beautiful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent and very informative tour. Guide was passionate and very informative.

Vincent L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour,
The tour was more than just the Colosseum, we were given an overview of the whole area as we walked towards the Colosseum.
I have seen the Colosseum by day but by night it's a whole different place.
I would highly recommend this tour to any one.

Julie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We opted to do this tour as we thought it would be different to visit the colosseum by night and we were not disappointed.
The guide is very professional and when they meet you at the designated meeting point she finds out a little about you all such as where your from in the world. The tour starts with a walk through the streets of Rome where you learn a little of its past visiting some of the ruins that have been discovered and that have been illuminated for photo opportunities.
The guide we had was an archaeologist so her knowledge of the the city and ruins was very good.
The group is small less than 20 so not too big to try and keep track of.
The Colosseum by night is a must as there are not so many people as it's only open to tour groups at night. When you first enter for at least the first 10 minutes you are the only people to be in there. You explore areas that are not available to the public during the day. A real sense of atmosphere and you are transported back to the days of the gladiators.

Ann-Marie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Absolutely amazing guide, knowledgeable and friendly and obviously passionate about her love of Rome and the Colosseum! We were the first group into the Colosseum in the evening, and had the place to ourselves for almost an hour. Highly recommend.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Highlight of the trip! Hearing crickets on the floor of the Colloseum was unforgettable. Also we had the best tour guide! She was very excited for us and a Roman who knew her stuff. Do this if you want to see the Colloseum!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Irene was SOOO wonderful. She had an incredible knowledge and we absolutely LOVED her enthusiasm!!! She answered questions and was so kind and patient with one of the tourist's child that clung to her and asked her silly questions. She was never rattled or s hort. We thought she was lovely and kind and extremely knowledgeable about the historic sites. Her pace was perfect and at the end of the tour, we completely felt like her friends!

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