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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

Alina Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This evening tour was wonderful. The tour guide was fantastic and the weather at this time was ideal. The Colosseum at night was a very unique experience and we loved the underground passage.

Eric W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I had read great reviews about this tour before I left, and felt that it was the best way to see the Colosseum. We weren't disappointed. There was only one other tour group in the Colosseum at the same time, but we were scheduled far enough apart that we only ran into them once. I also didn't realize that we'd get a tour of the ancient city of Rome before entering the Colosseum which was wonderful. Our guide was excellent and everything was well organized. I highly recommend this option in seeing this site--plus we got to go down into the lower part of the Colosseum to see where they kept the animals and gladiators.

Kerry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was an interesting and informative tour. The information about meeting point was clear and easy to follow. Our guide was really well informed and easy to understand. I liked the addition of the flip book that showed the current condition of the site then how it used to be. He walked us past the forum and explained its features and uses then on down to the Coloseum. The beauty of a tour is you skip the queues and doing it at night there are no crowds and it is cool. I don't think I could manage the heat of the day. We not only saw the arena we also went down below. It was such an incredible feeling. We loved everything about this tour and highly recommend it.

Ian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Superb! Informative from start to finish and with a guide who knew her history and who had real passion for the tour subject matter. Almost a private viewing of the Collosseum was beyond expectations.

ec926

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour, great guide! It was really exciting to see and visit the Colosseum and the surrounding forums at night. Only thing, you need to clarify the actual meeting point. There are crowds and many tour groups all leaving from the same area.

Timothy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The guide was informative, clear, and considerate.

Judah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great experience! Great Guide! I was not there during the day so I can't compare, but the night tour was awesome.

Kenneth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour! Good way to beat the summer heat and crowds. I highly recommend.

Charles M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic sensational guide, on our own in a group with no crowds seeing below brilliant inlcuded forum etc so of high value. As it was hot a prime time

lydia10

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Do the trip agsin and again if I could.

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