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Colosseum Under the Moon Night Tour

with the Underground, Arena Floor & Forum Views from Capitoline Hill

Colosseum Under the Moon Night Tour ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews.
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Group size: Max 12 Language: English Duration: 2.5 hrs Start Time: Times vary

2020 travellers' choiceAn incredible opportunity awaits you after dark in Ancient Rome! See the world’s most iconic monument to antiquity with one of our top-rated guides to lead the way on our Colosseum night tour. Skip lines and avoid daytime crowds altogether with an after-hours tour so you can revel in the depth of this unparalleled experience, which includes access to the Arena Floor and Colosseum Underground while the entire Colosseum is closed to the general public.

At a Glance Why You’ll Love It

Take advantage of the most exclusive way to see the Colosseum, as Rome’s iconic amphitheater opens its gates for limited night-time access, including the Underground and Arena Floor.
Not only will your group be limited to 12 people or fewer, but the Colosseum will also have less than a fraction of its daytime crowds, meaning you won’t have to share the monument with the masses.
Includes an enchanting evening walk to examine Rome’s incredible archaeological area from Piazza Venezia to the Roman Forum with the ruins lit up for the occasion.
Hear incredible commentary on Ancient Rome and every detail of the Colosseum from a passionate official guide.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

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 an 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 in 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 path 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 come to life again from the shadows.

The Colosseum at Night 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

Arena Floor
Colosseum Underground
Via dei Fori Imperiali
Roman Forum Views
Capitoline Hill
Altare della Patria
Piazza Venezia
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Tour Highlights

  • Colosseum
  • Arena Floor
  • Colosseum Underground
  • Via dei Fori Imperiali
  • Roman Forum Views
  • Capitoline Hill
  • Altare Della Patria
  • Piazza Venezia


  • Skip-the-line access to all sites
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Small group
  • All tickets and reservations
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Please Note*

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.

Colosseum Under the Moon Tour

What Our Customers Say…

Colosseum Under the Moon Night Tour ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews.
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What a great tour!

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.
- Jette T

Colosseum at Night

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!! ♥️♥️♥️
- Linda E

A high recommendation!

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!!
- Andy B

Best part of our trip to Rome!

Loved this Colosseum at Night tour. Our guide was super knowledgeable, and being able to experience the Colosseum at night was AMAZING. The Roman Forum afterwards was especially interesting. MUST DO if you have the time!
- Taylor K


Giuliano was by far the BEST tour guide we've ever had! It was the most entertaining tour we've been on.
- Patrick K

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