VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor

4.9 / 5 46 Reviews · 2.5h 25 max · Rome, Italy

Not only will you get to see the Colosseum lit up 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.

Itinerary

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

No Crowds!

Once the daily crowds are gone, relive the splendor of Ancient Rome and experience the Colosseum at night. You’ll gain exclusive access to the Colosseum’s Arena Floor and Underground with no one else around. This evening tour offers a quieter Colosseum experience away from the majority of tour groups. Colosseum tours are extremely popular during the daytime, making this exclusive evening tour a rare opportunity. Spaces for this tour sell out fast, book now to avoid missing out! This two-hour tour includes:
 
- Skip the line access to the Colosseum 
- An hour long, bird's-eye tour of ancient Rome at night 
- Access to Colosseum at night 
- A one hour, guided tour of the Colosseum Arena Floor and Underground 
- A professional English-speaking guide
 

During the first hour of the tour, you’ll explore the surrounding areas of the Colosseum. WItness a spectacular illuminated view of the Roman Forum from above. You’ll spend the final hour of the tour inside of the Colosseum and under the glow of a moonlit sky.
 

Before the Colosseum

The Best Views of Ancient Rome 

 

Your Colosseum at night tour begins with our guide telling the story of Ancient Rome. You will then embark on a walking tour, visiting iconic sites such as Rome’s “Wedding Cake”, the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Market and Trajan’s Column. Your tour guide will bring you to all of the best vantage points for breathtaking photos during this time. Learn about Ancient Rome’s once-thriving epicenter, how it looked and why the Roman Forum was so important.  

Piazza del Campidoglio

The first stop on this evening tour of the Colosseum is the Piazza del Campidoglio located at the summit of one of Rome’s seven hills - Capitoline Hill. Designed by Michelangelo, the Piazza del Campidoglio is Rome’s first modern square. Your tour will then continue up the massive staircase in front of the Palazzo Senatorio, also created by Michelangelo. 
 

Trajan’s Market


Constructed between A.D. 107-110 Trajan’s Market is considered the oldest shopping mall in the world and symbolizes the sophistication of the Roman Empire. Built in a multi-level structure at the north end of the Colosseum, this multi-level complex once housed 150 shops and offices. As you learn about the structure from outside, you’ll notice the similarities between ancient Rome and modern day society.

 

Trajan’s Column

The story of Emperor Trajan’s victory over a barbarian army is told in 155 scenes spiraling down a 126 ft column. Battle scenes from the war between Rome and Dacia wrap around the triumphal column like modern-day comic strips. After more than 1,900 years, the column is still one of the most distinctive monumental sculptures to survive the fall of the Roman Empire. Hear about how archaeologists have studied these scenes to learn more about how the Roman army dressed and fought so long ago.
 

Explore the Colosseum at Night

The final hour of this Rome night tour takes you inside the Colosseum. Your guide’s chilling stories of the Colosseum’s bloody history are even eerier when told amidst the shadows of the structure under the moonlight. This is where gladiators and wild animals once fought while surrounded by 60,000 screaming spectators. As you enter The Colosseum, it becomes clear exactly how massive this 2,000-year-old structure is.
 
The first stop inside of the Colosseum during this night tour is the Colosseum Underground, also known as the Colosseum Dungeons. Used for storing slaves and animals, the Colosseum Underground featured elaborate networks of tunnels spanning two levels. You’ll explore this restricted behind the scenes area with your guide. In addition, you’ll see a model “trapdoor” used to lift human and animal fighters to the Arena Floor up close.

The Arena Floor Experience

Walk under the "Porta Libitina" or Gate of Death, a great archway leading to the reconstructed Arena Floor, where the savage games once took place. The Gate of Death earned its name because the deceased passed through this exit after losing their lives in battle. Standing on the once-chaotic Arena Floor in complete solitude under the glow of moonlight is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 
Your Colosseum at night tour will end outside the Colosseum. Ask your guide to recommend the best places to grab a cocktail or late dinner near the Colosseum. Our local guides know the best local bars and eateries. 
 

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.
 
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5/8/2019
Jeffery D
5 / 5
Night visit of the Colosseum!!!

Began the tour at Piazza Venezia, Walked over to Trajan Column then around the Altare della Patria followed by a nice stroll down thru the Forum before entering the Colosseum. Once inside (with zero crowd) There was approx 12-15 in our group. Had the Colosseum to ourselves for over an hour. Visited the floor, underground and upper level. Our guide had so much passion and knowledge of the sites we visited along the tour. Highly recommend this tour. Thank you Roman Guy Tours!!!

4/30/2019
Bekah Lee
5 / 5
Cool tour!

This tour was a good overview of the colosseum. Our tour guide was fantastic! Donata was one of the best guides I’ve had - friendly, timely, funny & informative. Her English was excellent as well. Meeting up with the tour group was a breeze. So glad I chose this tour group!

4/17/2019
Amanda
5 / 5
Convenient

seeing the colosseum at night was great because it was infinity less crowded and it wasn’t hot. we had freshened up at our hotel before so we were full of energy and ready to walk and learn (whereas we might not have been if we had chosen a day time tour).

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