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Treat yourself to an exclusive evening out in Rome that combines a dinner fit for a Roman emperor with an intimate nighttime tour of the Colosseum. This Viator VIP experience starts at the rooftop restaurant of the Hotel Forum, which overlooks the ruins of Ancient Rome. Sip prosecco and dine on a 4-course gourmet meal on the terrace, and then walk over to the Colosseum to explore the arena and its underground chambers without the usual crowds. This tour is limited to 15 people to provide a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour Viator VIP with 4-course dinner at the Hotel Forum rooftop restaurant and small-group night Colosseum tour
  • Sip on a glass of prosecco at a glamorous rooftop restaurant while gazing at the ruins of Ancient Rome
  • Take a seat at an intimate private table on the terrace and dine on a 4-course, gourmet meal
  • Tour the Colosseum at night without the daytime crowds, and visit the first tier, arena floor and underground chambers
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures an intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Exclusive Rome Rooftop Dinner and Colosseum Night Tour Including Underground Chambers

Enjoy your dinner at a glamorous rooftop restaurant while gazing at the ruins of Ancient Rome!

Your evening starts at the Hotel Forum, where you’ll sip a glass of prosecco while enjoying views from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. From the terrace, you can gaze out at the ruins of Ancient Rome and spot landmarks like Trajan’s Forum.

Your guide will provide some commentary about Rome’s long history before you sit down at your private table, reserved for your party. Your 4-course meal of fine cuisine starts with an appetizer, followed by the first course (pasta), second course (meat or fish) and dessert. See the Itinerary for a sample menu, which includes Roman dishes such as saltimbocca alla Romana (prosciutto-wrapped veal). In typical Italian fashion, dinner ends with espresso.  

After dinner, exit the restaurant with your guide, and walk through the Roman Forum on your way to the Colosseum, which looks even more imposing than usual under the cover of darkness. Go inside to explore the ancient amphitheater in near emptiness, soaking up the atmosphere of mysterious shadows instead of daytime crowds. You’ll walk around the first tier and the reconstructed floor of the arena, where brutal battles between gladiators and wild animals once took place.  

The highlight of your tour starts as you head underground to see the chambers where animals were kept and where gladiators prepared for their fights. This section of the Colosseum is only open to a limited number of people each day, so enjoy this rare opportunity to stand where very few visitors get to stand during the day, let alone at night.

After returning to ground level, your tour ends outside the Colosseum.

Itinerary

Sample dinner menu (subject to change):
Appetizer (choice of one):
  • Selection of finely sliced cured meats (such as salami and prosciutto) with olives
  • Beef carpaccio with shavings of Parmesan
  • Insalata caprese (fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato salad)
First course (choice of one):
  • Bucatini all’amatriciana (long pasta noodles with a pancetta and tomato sauce)
  • Rigatoncini alla carbonara (short, ridged pasta tubes with egg, pancetta, and pecorino cheese)
  • Spinach and ricotta ravioli in a rich tomato sauce
Second course (choice of one):
  • Saltimbocca alla Romana (prosciutto-wrapped veal cooked in Marsala)
  • Tagliata al balsamico (premium sliced steak with a balsamic vinegar reduction)
  • Swordfish with capers, olives and tomatoes
Dessert (choice of one):
  • Mille-feuille (fine puff pastry layered with a sweet pastry cream)
  • Tiramisu
  • Fresh fruit salad

Customer Reviews

Chung K A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I was travelling alone and this was perfect for me. I enjoyed lively conversations over a beautiful meal. That in itself was almost worth the price. Having a private Guide from one of the Colosseum staff members for the tour was refreshing. It felt like the whole place was dedicated just for us and there was only 14 people in the group. Having said that, the presentation wasn't structured and was off the cuff. That could be one further improvement but that is not the fault of Viator.

BriandDeb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a beautiful trip. We surprised our family with this dinner and tour for our last night and it was a perfect way to finish up. The dinner was fantastic. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. It was awesome being in the colosseum at night when there was hardly anyone around. Perfection!

Sanners7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Worth not waiting in lines

Christie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Dinner was spectacular with stunning views from the rooftop restaurant. Our Colosseum tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Visiting this attraction at night after dinner was much more relaxing than battling the daytime crowds!

Euggie Buggie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Best tour of Rome, not cheap but truly excellent dinner and then a fantastic tour of the Colosseum with a most knowledgeable guide. He was so enthusiastic, truly knowledgeable of Roman History and the atmosphere was electric. Highly recommended and will always be the best experience of Rome...........

Robyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Food and wine were well-matched. View from the restaurant was superb. The tour of the Colosseum had two aspects. The first its beauty with the lights at night was so superior to daytime that it was hard to believe we where in the same place. Secondly, it was wonderful not having any crowd there and it was awe inspiring.

Erik L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent dinner and tour. The colosseum was nearly empty and it was great to explore. The night made it difficult for pictures inside the colosseum but it was still a view I and #39;ll never forget.

Debbie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great dinner on the top floor of the Forum Hotel! Would have enjoyed sitting with other tour guests but each couple had our own table. Seeing the Colluseum at night without the crowds was amazing. We saw the ground floor level the lower level with elevator recreated. Not allowed up to 3rd level.

Heather H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous - terrific dinner, interesting information from the tour guide and amazing tour! Would highly recommend this.

3buckyfans

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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