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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

Tina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour! I've done a self guided tour in the past during the day time but highly recommend a guided tour and when doing it at night you get a much different perspective of the Colosseum. The tour guide was really good at making sure everyone could hear her and she was very knowledgeable about the venue as well as the history of Rome. After the tour, wonder across the street to Cafe Martini and Rossi for dinner!

mness

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour, perfect at night and completely different from the daytime tour. We had a smallish group and our guide was archeologist so we got great information and it was very personalized. Would highly recommend this to anyone interested in Romes history. it was quite an experience to see the underground at the colleseum at night.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was one of the best tours we have ever done. Seeing the Colosseum as the sun sets is a magnificent experience we won't forget in a hurry. Truly recommend this night tour to any traveller who enjoys something different.

Robert Y Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour. Being in the basement of the colosseum was amazing. This is the area animals and slaves were kept before being sent to their doom. There is a working model of the type of elevator used to take them up to the arenas surface. The tunnel to the gladiator barracks has been excavated but is not open..

catherineriley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Anna Maria was a very knowledgeable guide. Great walking tour of the Capetaline, fab views of the forum at night and felt like a VIP in the Colesseum accessing the underground areas and the arena level. Highly recommended though I don't think they run this particular tour in the winter. The night time makes for spectacular pictures Plenty of walking so put comfy shoes on.

Ameena H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was a good tour. There is a lot of walking before actually getting to the Colosseum and by the time we did arrive there I was exhausted, but the tour around Rome was still good. Tour guide was very knowledgeable, but at times hard to keep up with walking. Overall, I enjoyed myself! I was initially apprehensive about doing a night tour, but the evening experience turned out to be a good thing. The Colosseum experience was amazing!

Donald J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We did not do this tour but had to reschedule for the next day and did a day tour because we did not find the group in time. The day tour that we took was amazing! Our guide, Laura, was very knowledgeable about the facts and was very descriptive in relating important information to the sights we were viewing and the history related to this incredible building. After this site, we moved on to the Forum which we found interesting. We had toured this site ourselves several years ago but had no idea of the important info that one needs to fully appreciate a site such as this.

Keith L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide was really really knowledgeable and educated, I believe a professor at local University. She teaches you quite a bit about several other sites en route to the Colosseum. Bring your walking shoe, you cover a couple miles at least. It was really cool being in the Colosseum practically free of tourists. Buy a pass and see it in the day too, worth it pass is good for the Forum too.

Karen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour guide was excellent! We have never been guided tour type people but this was really worth it!

Adrian turner T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Well worth spending the extra Money to do a night tour, have visited in the day and shuffled round with the crowds. Big plus with this as well, you get to go to the areas that most never see . Great guide

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