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Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 2hrs 45mins
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • Enter the Colosseum at night to access special areas usually closed to the public.

  • Visit the Colosseum underground, walk the arena floor & admire the silence of general access areas.

  • Explore the underground and arena floor with only your guide and a maximum of 23 other people.
See the Roman Forum on our Colosseum Night Tour Ancient Ruins at the Roman Forum at night The Campidoglio, visited on our Colosseum Night Tour King Victor Emmanuel II in Michelangelo's Campidoglio The Vittorio Emmanuele II Monument at night Palazzo Venezia, whose past tenants include Mussolini Climbing the steps to the Campidoglio at night

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

VISIT THE COLOSSEUM AFTER THE GATES HAVE CLOSED

Enjoy a rare experience of the Colosseum, visiting at night to explore special access areas after the crowds have left. Some 5 million people visit the Colosseum every year but you’ll see it like no one else.

Enjoy that exclusivity as your guide regales you with hair-raising tales of the Colosseum’s bloody past. In the darkness of night, those stories feel even more spine-tingling than usual, and with the amphitheater almost empty, you'll find it easier to hear and interact with your guide. As well as being especially evocative, the Colosseum at night is cooler and much more comfortable.

SEE HOW GLADIATORS LIVED IN THE COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND

Your guide will lead you on an exclusive visit down into the underground, where animals and gladiators awaited their turn to fight. The underground may only be visited on pre-booked tours with a limited number of participants, so this is a rare opportunity! Combined with our later entrance time, this makes our Colosseum Night Tour the most exclusive Colosseum visit available – as well as the most enjoyable.

Next you’ll experience your own ‘Gladiator’ moment on the arena floor. You’ll travel with an official Colosseum guard who will unlock a special gate, swinging it open to reveal that iconic walkway onto the floor. Walk in the footsteps of gladiators as you step out on to the arena floor and scream “Are you not entertained?” into the empty amphitheater (if you so please). This is the most incredible vantage point in the Colosseum so take your time to soak it up.

JOURNEY THROUGH ANCIENT ROME IN SMALL GROUPS OF 24 OR FEWER.

An added bonus of our Colosseum Night Tour is a visit to Piazza Venezia, seeing the building that represents new Rome and new Italy, by far one of the most beautiful buildings to be seen at night. From here you will walk up to the Capitoline Hill, with its magnificent square designed by Michelangelo (Piazza del Campidoglio). From a vantage point overlooking the Roman Forum, your guide will tell you tales from the empire, whose reach you won't believe.

Seeing the Colosseum may be an opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime - but seeing it this way definitely is! Perfect for families, for those who don't like the heat of day, and for visitors who want a different experience, our VIP Colosseum Night tour is one of our most atmospheric experiences. High demand and limited availability often mean this tour sells out months in advance though so book now to secure your place!

Sites visited

  • Colosseum in lights (exterior and interior)
  • Colosseum underground & arena floor
  • Roman Forum overlook
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
  • Mussolini's balcony and imperial thoroughfare
  • The Capitoline Hill (piazza del Campidoglio) and via Dei Fori Imperiali

Included

  • Special access to visit the Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor at night
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 24 people or fewer
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 1263 Customer Reviews

We absolutely loved our guides! Juliet was knowledgeable, passionate and great with our kids. We enjoyed the fact that we had the place to ourselves and were able to visit at a cooler time of day.
Tiberius was great-he made this one of our favorite things we did, while in Rome.
Michael was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and funny. Great combination for a tour guide. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and will recommend this far and wide

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

NOTE: There is a rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.

The Colosseum is subject to closure due to assembly meetings, strikes or other factors. While rare, these events happen at least 4 times a year. The Underground is subject to closure due to flooding after extreme rains. The Colosseum administration is usually aware of these factors and informs us the day before (though sometimes only the morning of) a given closure. Please provide us with detailed contact information in the event that we need to reach you to attempt to reschedule your tour.

Please be advised that, due to the nature of the site and technical problems with the elevator, those with walking difficulties cannot at this time access the underground and top tier of the Colosseum.

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Tiberio was fun, entertaining, educated and a great tour guide. He was our final Walks experience in Rome. We enjoyed the walk through the ruins to the Colosseum. I do have to say that Tiberio was a much better tour guide than the lady who took over from him at the Coloseo - wish he could have stayed with us! Again, all kudos to your company for the way you are set up both from a customer service perspective as well as educational. TOP NOTCH.
We absolutely loved our guides! Juliet was knowledgeable, passionate and great with our kids. We enjoyed the fact that we had the place to ourselves and were able to visit at a cooler time of day.
Tiberius was great-he made this one of our favorite things we did, while in Rome.
Guide very good, disappointed it was delayed 1 hour - made it a bit too dark to see well.
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Michael was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and funny. Great combination for a tour guide. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and will recommend this far and wide
The tour been outdoors was very pleasant for us. Tour guide was fun and informative. We really enjoyed the tour.
Very informative, great guide!
Wonderful knowledgeable guide - very entertaining
Christina was a good guide who looked after the group well. It was a very interesting tour
Ferdinando was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and made the first part of the tour (before the Colosseum) our favorite part of the tour.
The guide was amazing- so knowledgeable! Didn’t expect to have a PhD archeologist giving our tour. Loved the nighttime offering - weather was perfect and everything looked amazing at night. Highly recommend- can’t imagine the heat and crowds during the day. Tour was a highlight of our 2 week European vacation!
a bit more time in colosseum would be better for trip advertised as colosseum trip - but guide did well with limited time and filler
Amy was great and very knowledgeable. She made sure everyone was able to see and hear at all times and always keep that personal touch. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved the night tour. It is a must if you are in Rome with limited time or if you want to see a completely different side of the Colisseo.
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Sev was amazing! Great tour!
First guide (your guide) was excellent and made us wish we could have him again. The guide in the coliseum was a bit rushed... which made it harder since English was his second language. He also had a mic that kept giving feedback when he walked. Otherwise we had a great time from check in to check out.
I think our guide was Franciscisco (spelling?). He was beyond outstanding. My wife and I have never had a more knowledgeable person conduct a tour before as him. I highly recommend Walks and particularly to have him as the guide. He is a consummate professional and on top of that comes with a great sense of humor. He wanted to know each of us - where we were from, etc. The evening tour is an awesome experience! Thank you!!!
It was an excellent tour of the Colosseum where we were one of only 2 groups on the whole site. The tour guide was excellent with a real passion for the history and events that happened. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
This tour was more than I cold asked for. Our guide was engaging and very knowledgeable. His expertise in archaeology enhanced the tour. I will recommend this tour to my friends and family.
a fabulous/enthusiastic guide great instructions on where to meet terrific tour of the forum and the colosseum might be an idea to advise people to use their phone torch or bring a small one as sometimes the lighting was quite dim and it would be horrible to have an incident
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From your advertising it was not obvious that the first part of the tour was about the history of the forum & the surrounding area we were pleasantly surprised & were impressed with Fernando’s knowledge of the history. You might like to consider advertising it as an added part of the tour.
Faboulous tour ,our excursion guide was so knowledgeable ,and made it so interesting ,my experience with your company was excellent ,from booking our tours ,to the guide ,as well as the itinerary of the tour was excellent ,will highly recommend your company to all family ,friends
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This tour was by far the highlight of our time in Rome! Our guide was AMAZING!! She was so knowledgable and we did not feel rushed at all! She really went into detail about the history of all the places. She was able to answer any and all questions. This was the best tour we have ever taken! Thank you so much!!
Perfect tour# guide was personable and full of information. The night tours always seem to be more intimate and more enjoyable.
Our four days in Rome began with this tour and the experience could not have been better! Our guides were fantastic! We had been in the Colosseum during the day on previous trips, but the night tour was wonderful - no crowds, cooler and we could spread out a bit more from the guide without fear of becoming lost! We will definitely use Walks of Italy again!
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Guido is a delightful knowledgeable gentleman. He was excellent. I will definitely recommend this tour to friends traveling to Rome. Kudos to Guido!
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The description for the tour should talk about the Roman Forum as well. Most of the tour was spent out of the Colosseum.
Our tour guide - GiGi - was terrific!! He was very informative, fun and overall a great guide! My husband and I considered this tour a highlight of our three week tour of Greece and Italy!! Would highly recommend this tour and especially GiGi!!! HE WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We had a great time, our guide Frederico was very knowledgable and friendly. It was great to see the Colosseum at night and get access to below.
This tour was worth every Euro/Dollar spent and was an incredible experience to view the Colisseum at night in a small group. Our tour guide (Gigi?) was excellent in balancing historical knowledge, insights, humor, and managing a group to provide us with a wonderful evening we'll never forget. This was the only tour we took in Italy where we truly felt like we had the place to ourselves. Although there were a few other tour groups in the Colosseum at the same time, we rarely saw/heard them. It truly felt like we had a private VIP tour of the Colosseum just for our group. The is a must-do if you want to see the Colosseum!
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customer service excellent - your rep met us on Saturday night to let us know that the Colliseum had cancelled your tour. we never got the email on Saturday that everyone else on the Saturday tour got so it was nice that you sent someone to tell us and reschedule. guide was nice and had a lot of excellent information but he did not have a lot of passion in his speaking tone when he was speaking about archeology which was his specialty.
I very much enjoyed the tour. The meeting place was described well and easy to find. Bruno was excellent! Very knowledgeable, well spoken, very informative and entertaining. I will definitely use this tour company when I travel again. Thank you.
Our family of 4 loved the Colosseum Night Tour. Our guide (Mr. T) was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour to keep everyone of all ages engaged during the tour. We were very pleased with the quality of the tour and would definitely recommend it to others.
GiGi is great! Very informative and everything was great. He should be able to give the full tour in the coliseum. He was better than the people working there.
excellent knowledgable guides!
This was one of the highlights of our time in Rome. The guides were spectacular! Very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions thoroughly, but also with a great sense of humor and ability to describe the subject matter in an interesting narrative. It was also really nice to visit the Colosseum at night without the heat or crowds, and it gave the place an additional layer of mystery and intrigue. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome!
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