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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

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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

Sue Ann C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour with a noticeable lack of crowds! A bit too much time spent around The Wedding Cake. I would have liked to have spent more time at the Colusseum. It is beautiful at night and limited number of people are allowed in. Tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. She was actually one of the archeologists who discovered one of the statues on exhibit there. A great way to see this amazing place!

Eric R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Paolo was my guide, meeting at Trajan's column we walked to Coliseum. Got really eerie night shots of Forum. He answered all questions no matter how stupid, this is the sign of a great guide, respectfully and completely. Very informative.

Clifford G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. Going down below at night was amazing. Find the tour itself was a challenge. Suggest a map with a dot indicating where the meeting place is located.

Manuel O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was incredibly cool not only was our tour guide well spoken and informative, but to be in the Colosseum without any lines or crowds at night while soaking up the sights was more than worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great way to see the Colosseum by night. Our guide knew her history and made ancient Rome come alive.

Suzie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved seeing the Colosseum at night! Less crowded and seeing the underground walkways are a bonus.

melanie g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fabulous. Gave me shivers - very emotional. we were the first tour into the coliseum in the evening, so it was almost silent. Guide was great - an archaeologist who had actually worked on the roman digs, including those of the coliseum - she was very passionate and knowledgeable. this was the best part of the holiday. Highly recommend it..

John I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We were so lucky to be able to do this tour! No crowds, very good guide, saw many things most people do not get to see in the Colosseum and the ancient forum.

diane k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Truly wonderful tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.Definitely recommend!

Kathleen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was excellent. They only allow one group in at a time at night and we were the first group into the Colosseum and we were the only ones there, no one else, just our group which made picture taking so much better. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the sights were absolutely amazing.

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