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The Colosseum at Night Under a New Light
Indulge yourself in a moonlit exploration of the Roman Forum and Colosseum on our Colosseum night 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 the restricted access Colosseum Underground and setting foot on the coveted Arena Floor certainly bump this Colosseum tour up an extra notch – making it a truly unmissable evening 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 passionate Rome experts have undying enthusiasm for Rome’s past, as well as a knack for storytelling, which makes poring over a 2,000-year-long history seem like a piece of cake, and your curiosity will lead you to want to ask more.
Explore the Forum from Capitoline Hill
Meet up with one of our top-rated Roman experts in 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 at the end of Rome's main street, Via del Corso, to the very center of ancient Roman life. Stroll along the cobblestones of the 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 over the Roman Forum, you'll 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, crowned by the famous equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. Our limited group sizes, along with the lack of noisy daytime traffic and crowds, provide each guest with the opportunity to have a truly immersive experience, during which the magic, history and atmosphere of the Eternal City comes to to life again from the shadows.
The Colosseum & Moonlight As Evocative as it Gets
While the Colosseum welcomes up to 30,000 visitors per day, the evening hours offer a much more delightful overall experience. You’ll get the imperial treatment as ropes are unhooked allowing you to enter restricted areas normally closed to the general public day and night. Delve deeper than most visitors go with a descent into the Colosseum Underground, or “hypogeum” in Latin, which encompasses the ancient subterranean tunnels that were once used as the backstage for grand Gladiatorial productions.
Ponder the engineering skills and technological advances which made this arena the par excellence 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 through the ancient Porta Libitinaria. Taking center stage in the footsteps of Roman gladiators and emperors under a starlit sky is, in a word, simply unforgettable.
What You'll See Along the Way
Same Colosseum, new experience. There’s really nothing like exploring the ancient amphitheatre after dark. Made of travertine, tufo, 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.
Tour dates and times are subject to change based on availability. Reservations for tour operators with privileged access to the Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor are released exclusively by the administration of the Colosseum. In the event that time slots are not made available you may be asked to reschedule your tour time or date, subject to availability, or accept a refund. All tour operators must work within these parameters.
In cases of extreme weather conditions, Colosseum authorities may close off restricted areas for safety reasons. If this occurs, we will try to reschedule your tour, subject to availability, or run the tour as our standard Colosseum tour. Refunds will be issued for the difference in price.
This Colosseum tour does not enter the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill archaeological areas as they are closed in the evening. The tour does however include explanations from the best vantage points.
Colosseum Under the Moon Tour
What Our Customers Say...
Our tour of night time Colosseum was great! The atmosphere of that place at night is very special. We have also done a regular Colosseum visit during the day, but the place is so packed it really detracts from the experience. By contrast - going on a tour at night is the way to do it! You have the place essentially to yourselves as a small group. Our guide was Mario and he is super knowledgeable and keep the experience fun, memorable and engaging! We actually remember the stories through which he told of the history of the place. Highly recommend!
We did the Colosseum at Night tour. Our guide, Val, was very knowledgeable and passionate about Rome and its history. She wasn't just spewing dates and facts, she was giving us her personal insights on this great city. I can't recommend What A Life Tours, and our guide Valeria, enough. They were awesome!
A couple years ago our friends were fortunate enough to have Marcello as their guide so when travel took all of us back to Rome, of course we requested Marcello for our Colosseum night tour. Marcello gave us detailed historical information and was engaging and fun. He is very passionate about Rome's history and we certainly learned a lot. I would definitely recommend What a Life Tours. Thank you so much, Marcello, for a wonderful evening and day in Rome.
Oh my! What a wonderful tour! I can’t say enough about our tour guide, Val! She is the absolute best! This tour also took us underground to see where the slaves, criminals and animals were kept before the “games.” This is after hours so it was an amazing feeling, having the Colosseum to ourselves. Val was full of knowledge and information about the history of the Colosseum. She has a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. A word to the wise, when in Rome, use What a Life Tours and INSIST on Val as your guide!! ♥️♥️♥️
I cannot recommend this enough!! For over an hour we were in a small group navigating this venue with no lines, a skilled guide-from the venue staff, and amazing photo opportunities. Trust me if you have to short list your tour options— do this one! It is much cooler at night time and you also see the forum and Venizia piazza—our favorite tour so far— thank you Val!!