VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor
Experience Ancient Rome and the Empty Colosseum at Night
Not only will you get to see the Colosseum under the stars, but you will also get to experience the Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor with very few crowds. Without the crowds and heat, you're set for the best Colosseum experience.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Piazza Venezia
- Views from the Capitoline Hill
- Via Dei Fori Imperiali
- Roman Forum Views at Night
- Trajan's Column
- Trajan's Market
- Colosseum at Night
- Colosseum Underground
- Colosseum Arena Floor
- Deadly Trap Door & Lift
- VIP Evening
After the daytime crowds are gone, experience ancient Rome and the Colosseum at night. This evening tour also gives you access to both the Underground and Arena Floor, when there's almost nobody else inside the Colosseum. Spaces on this tour sell out fast - book now to avoid disappointment. And when we say no crowds, we mean it! In fact, you might not see another tour group while you're inside the Colosseum. If you've seen how popular the amphitheater is during the day, then you understand what a rare opportunity this is. This two-hour tour includes:
- Skip the line special access Colosseum tickets
- A birdseye tour of ancient Rome at night (1 hour)
- Access to the Colosseum at night when it's almost empty
- A guided tour of the Colosseum Arena Floor and Underground (1 hour)
- A professional English-speaking guide
For the first hour, go back in time as you explore the area that surrounds the Colosseum. Get a spectacular view of the Roman Forum from above, all lit up. Then, spend the final hour inside the Colosseum. This is when the ancient amphitheater is at its most atmospheric, under the glow of moonlight.
The Best Views of Ancient Rome
Before your Colosseum night tour begins, our guide sets the scene of ancient Rome. On a walking tour, discover the iconic areas near the Colosseum. These important sites include Rome’s “Wedding Cake”, the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Market and Trajan’s Column. While this ancient Rome tour does not physically enter these places, our guide knows all the perfect vantage points for taking jaw-dropping photos. Learn all about how the epicenter of the Roman Empire used to look, who lived there and why the Roman Forum is so important.
Piazza del Campidoglio
First stop, Piazza del Campidoglio at the summit of the Capitoline Hill - one of Rome’s famous seven hills. The Piazza del Campidoglio is the first modern square in Rome designed by Michelangelo, the same man who painted the Sistine Chapel and carved the magnificent David statue in Florence. In addition, the massive staircase in front of the Palazzo Senatorio is also created by him. Your tour ascends this very staircase.
Constructed sometime between A.D. 107-110 and considered the oldest shopping mall in the world, Trajan’s Market epitomizes the sophistication of the Roman Empire. Built in a multi-level structure to the north end of the Colosseum, the multi-level complex once housed 150 shops and offices. As you learn about the structure from outside, try to spot the similarities between ancient Rome and modern day society.
The story of Emperor Trajan’s victory over a barbarian army isn’t just written about in books - it’s also told in 155 scenes that spiral down a 126 ft column. Like modern-day comic strips, battle scenes from the war between Rome and Dacia wrap around the triumphal column. After more than 1,900 years, the column is one of the most distinctive monumental sculptures to survive the fall of Rome. Hear about how archaeologists have scrutinized the scenes to learn more about how the Roman army dressed and fought so long ago.
Explore the Colosseum at Night
The final part of this Rome night tour takes you inside the Colosseum. Keeping in mind the Colosseum’s bloody history, the chilling stories your guide shares with you are even more eerie when you're almost alone under the moonlight. After all, this is where gladiators and wild animals fought, surrounded by up to 60,000 screaming spectators. As you enter, it becomes clear exactly how massive this 2,000-year-old structure is.
The first stop on your Colosseum night tour is the Colosseum Underground, also referred to as the Colosseum Dungeons. Used for storing slaves and animals, the Colosseum Underground featured two levels and elaborate networks of tunnels. Explore this restricted behind the scenes area with your guide. In addition, get up close to a model “trapdoor” used to lift human and animal fighters up to the Arena Floor - the next stop on the tour.
The Arena Floor Experience
Walk under a great archway known as the "Porta Libitina" or the Gate of Death and out onto the reconstructed Arena Floor, where the savage games once took place. The Gate of Death earned its name because only the dead passed through this exit after losing their lives in battle. Standing on the Arena Floor under the glow of moonlight, with no crowds to be seen, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Your tour will end outside the Colosseum. Want to know the best places to grab a cocktail or late dinner near the Colosseum? Ask your guide for the best local suggestions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Piazza Venezia, in front of the great white monument. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
Archaeological sites are paved with rocky terrain so wear comfortable sneakers. Depending on the weather and season, a light jacket is recommended.
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: You should still show up at the meeting point because the tour should still run. There is the possibility that the Colosseum management will decide the underground areas are unsafe. In this case, we will refund 18€ back to each person.
Q: Is it always dark during the tour?
A: Sunset in Rome varies from season to season, but in summer it's later. This means it might not always be dark out during your Colosseum night tour. Your best bet is to check out a sunset calendar.
Q: How much walking does this tour involve?
A: Since this is a two hour walking tour that visits archaeological sites, you'll walk a fair amount over uneven terrain. Remember to wear comfortable shoes. If you're not sure about your mobility, we suggest you take a private Colosseum tour.
Q: Why can't I book a ticket for a child who is 6 years old or younger?
A: For safety reasons, children 6 and under are not allowed on the Colosseum at Night tour.
Q: Is the Colosseum illuminated for the entire duration of the tour?
A: For safety reasons, the Colosseum's lights must be on for the majority of your tour. However, it's possible that the Colosseum will turn off the floodlights during a portion of your tour to show a video.
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Cooler and quiet
Was amazing to be able to see without the crowds, and in the cool of the evening - good walking tour before we get to the Colosseum with lots of information - This is one of the few ways to be able to see the underground - everyone enjoyed this tour.
night tour - very good experience with a passionate guide
We did the VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor. This is a guided group tour after the crowds of tourists had left the Colosseum. We booked this tour because we wanted to avoid the crowds, and also having a guide makes a lot of difference to your enjoyment of a visit to a place like this. It was extremely well organised, members of the group were given a headphones so we could hear the guide’s live commentary. The guide was enthusiastic and passionate, and seemed very knowledgeable. I loved that it was a live commentary rather than a recorded one. The guide, Raff (I think), was extremely passionate and engaging. It was worthwhile paying the extra to get a tour when there was hardly anyone else in the Colosseum. In early May, it was very cold. It would pay to check out the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We did, others did not. It’s a good comprehensive walk, so don't forget to wear comfortable shoes. And of course don’t forget your camera. Finally, if you’re funny about putting someone else’s headphones on, you could probably bring your own set to plug into their transmitter. This was a 2 to 3 hour walk starting after 7pm. We should have eaten beforehand, as it was nearly midnight before we had dinner. This was a great experience, and we would highly recommend it.
VIP night colosseum is the way to go
Our first trip to Rome and we picked a fantastic colosseum tour. We loved that the tour started with daylight and ended with a wonderful sunset and early evening. Plus the night time view of the colosseum gave us some fabulous memorable pictures! There were 2 guides for this tour, one fantastic, one not so great. Our first guide was a historical archeologist. He walked us around the “typewriter” (tomb of unknown) and around to the forum. He was very informative, punny, and captivating - this guy was great! Saw 4 levels of history then outside of Rome’s mayors office, the ruins of the Roman Forum and up to the Colosseum. The second guide took over for the interior of the colosseum. She was very difficult to understand with her strong accent, appeared to give our group a prepared speech, and she droned on & on without much enthusiasm. Most of our group stopped listening to her and just followed along enjoying the beauty, reading information on our own. Overall this tour was still worthwhile and we were happy we did it.