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.
- 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 birds-eye 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
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
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
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.
At the end of the tour, gather on the Arena floor to watch a short film filled with colorful historical details about the life of a Roman gladiator taken from the writings of ancient historians and the gladiators themselves.
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.
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VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor
It was the only tour I could get but worked out well as it wasn't as crowded as the daytime. It covered all the things I wanted to see. Would recommend
The film showed were not enjoyable, I did not find the tour enjoyable at all. It wasn't what I was expecting.
Night Tour at the Colosseum
Don't even think of going to the Colosseum during the day. It's incredible at night, not many people around, and it's not hot. And if you're like us and didn't plan far enough in advance to get the less expensive tickets directly from the Colosseum folks, take this TourGuy tour. Our guide showed us some other very cool sights near the Colosseum, she was very knowledgeable, she took care of all administrative obstacles. We loved every minute of the tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Piazza Venezia, at the bottom of the steps in front of the great monument. Your guide will be right in the middle, in front of the horse statue, 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: 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: 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: 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.