with the Underground, Arena Floor & Forum Views from Capitoline Hill
Colosseum Under the Moon Night Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews.
Group size: Max 24 Language: English Duration: 2.5 hrs Start Time: Times vary
Please notice: From August 6th, all Italian sites require clients to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts. Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
An 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 it gates for limited night-time access, including the Underground and Arena Floor.
Not only will your group be limited to 24 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 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 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.
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…
Colosseum Under the Moon Night Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews.
“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!!”
“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!”
Click on the different category headings to find out more. You can also change some of your preferences. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer.
Essential Website Cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. You can check these in your browser security settings.
Google Analytics Cookies
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience.
If you do not want that we track your visist to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here:
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.
Google Webfont Settings:
Google Map Settings:
Google reCaptcha Settings:
Vimeo and Youtube video embeds: