Why you'll love this tour
A new look at Ancient History
Come be one of the first to join us for a moonlit exploration of the Roman Forum and Colosseum with our all-new Colosseum night time tour. With evening hours recently expanded, we can now offer our guests a more exclusive and intimate visit to the world’s most iconic amphitheater. While the lack of crowds and lines provide clear advantages, going “behind the scenes” into restricted underground areas and stepping foot on the arena floor certainly bump this Colosseum tour up an extra notch – making it a truly unmissable adventure!
Though the gates to the Roman Forum actually close before sundown, we propose and even better way to examine the ruins: from above. Perch up near Piazza del Campidoglio and take in the most stunning view of The Eternal City while your guide imparts some historical wisdom upon your ears. Our hand-selected experts certainly share a passion for Rome’s past, as well as a knack for storytelling, which makes poring over a 2,000-year-long history seem like a real piece of cake.
Evening Stroll through the center of Ancient Rome
Round up with one of our top-rated Roman experts at Piazza Venezia, where the modern and ancient worlds of Rome meet at the footsteps of the Victor Emanuel monument. This grand and imposing structure illuminates the square as it welcomes you from the present day “Rodeo Drive” of Rome to the very center of ancient Roman life. Stroll along the cobblestones of the ancient empire and prepare to be amazed as we lead you off the beaten bath to tucked away corners and breathtaking views.
With a bird’s eye view of the Roman Forum, learn about the birth of the city itself while temples, triumphal arches, and basilicas glisten in the moonlight below. Michelangelo fans will be especially pleased to tread through his famous Piazza del Campidoglio, where museum walls encircle a range of marble sculptures and impressive fountains in true Roman style. Our limited group sizes, along with the lack of noisy daytime traffic and crowds, provide each guest with the opportunity to have a truly interactive experience. Experience the magic, history and atmosphere of the Eternal city on our unforgettable Rome night tour
Unrivaled beauty of the Colosseum by moonlight – sans crowds
Tour of the Colosseum at night... of course, we always save the best for last! While the Colosseum welcomes up to 30,000 visitors per day, the evening hours offer a much more delightful experience. With What A Life Tours, you’ll receive the royal treatment while ropes are pulled back allowing you to enter restricted areas which are generally closed to the public. Delve deeper (literally) than most visitors go with a drop in to the underground “hypogeum”, which encompasses the ancient subterranean tunnels that were once used as the “backstage” for the grand Gladiator productions.
Ponder the engineering skills and technological advances which made this arena an exquisite venue for extravagant events, such as the “panem et circenses” (“bread and circuses”) which were attended by more than 50,000 hungry entertainment-seekers at a time. But the grandest of all finales, we must admit, is a walk on the arena floor itself. Taking center stage in the footsteps of Roman gladiators and emperors under a starlit sky is, frankly, unforgettable. The perfect ending to our evening together!
What you'll experience
Same Colosseum, new experience. There’s really nothing like exploring the ancient amphitheatre after dark. Made of travertine, tuff, and concrete, this colossal structure has been standing strong since 80 AD. The sheer mass of its size and depth of its history are nearly impossible to fathom, but the best way to contemplate them is by standing within its walls. Nighttime offers a more tranquil experience, with exclusive access to multiple layers of the arena, from the stage to the underground dungeons, and no crowds to push through.
When visiting the he restricted areas of the amphitheater, the Colosseum authorities only permit one tour guide to speak. Due to these regulations, you may have to share the arena floor and underground level with up to 23 other guests.
The dates and times of the tour booked are subject to change depending on the availability. Reservations for Tour Operators with privileged access to areas of the Colosseum at night, such as the underground area and arena floor, are released exclusively by the administration of Colosseum. In the event when time slots are not made available, you might be asked to reschedule your time or date, subject to availability — or alternatively accept a refund. Every tour operator works with these parameters.
In the case of extreme weather conditions, the authorities may close off the restricted areas for health and safety reasons as the underground could flood. If this occurs, we will try to reschedule your tour, subject to availability, or we will run the tour as our standard tour which will visit each of the three sites just without the special entrance and issue refunds for the difference in cost between this and our Colosseum Highlights group tour.
If you are travelling with children under 18, please send us a copy of their passport so we can purchase their tickets in advance of the tour date.