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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.

Highlights

  • 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

rydergina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great experience , not many people there so could eagerly enjoy and see lots

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The best tour in Rome. The guide was great. Gave us such a history of the the ruins in Rome. A great tour to do in the summer because the nights are so much cooler than the 98 degree day. Seeing and feeling the experience of the Colosseum at night was amazing. No crowds. A must do in Rome.

Mónica G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour.
Interesting and without the crowds and heat of day.
Very Good guide!
Thank you for this wonderful experience.

lreynolds1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide Daniella was great. She knew so much about the history and was able to answer all our questions. I reccomend the evening tour for visits in July as it was very warm and also because the Colosseum was so quiet! Great tour.

Kristin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a wonderful evening tour and would highly recommend this time of day during the summer months. There were no crowds and the temperature was much cooler than during the day. I was concerned about it getting dark and not being able to get great pictures but it there was plenty of daylight throughout the entire tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and her English was great.

Julia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a fabulous tour and our guide Francesca was wonderful. She had so much knowledge but delivered it in an interesting and easy to understand way. We really enjoyed the time with her and going in to the Colosseum in the cool and quiet of the early evening was fabulous. We got some amazing photos.

grubby5

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour by night is amazing! Must See

Victoria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was very nice and knowledgable. Loved seeing all the ruins with the story that went with them. Great time!

CONSTANCE K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was excellent to see various historical ruins in vicinity of coliseum, and finally walking through the amazing coliseum. Seeing the underground workings of the coliseum. Guide was very knowledgeable, and spoke excellent English.

Brady K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a wonderful way to take in the Colosseum as well as the other near by historical sites. Beat the heat and the crowds, he had a wonderfully knowledgeable host, Gabriel. There's something eerie and fantastic about being in the lower levels of the colosseum after sun down!

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