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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

Colosseum night tours are some of the most exclusive and enjoyable ways to visit Rome's most famous ruin. The crowds are smaller, the views better, and the experience much more intimate.

Step inside the Colosseum as the sunset to enjoy the ancient arena in all its glory now that mos of the crowds have gone home. Your guide will regale 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

The next stop on the Colosseum night tour is the Colosseum 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.

Finally, 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 1378 Customer Reviews

My wife and I really enjoyed the tour. It was incredible to be the to experience the colosseum at night. The guide (archeologist) was fantastic with invaluable knowledge during the tour. He made it fun.
This was an amazing tour. I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Rome.
Our tour guide (I believe her name was Elena) was fantastic!! The underground space was great. Just wished we had a bit more time to stop at each location for pictures.

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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My wife and I really enjoyed the tour. It was incredible to be the to experience the colosseum at night. The guide (archeologist) was fantastic with invaluable knowledge during the tour. He made it fun.
This was an amazing tour. I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Rome.
Our tour guide (I believe her name was Elena) was fantastic!! The underground space was great. Just wished we had a bit more time to stop at each location for pictures.
Two different guides led this tour, & while they were both fine, our first guide had the most incredible knowledge of history, architecture, construction...anything you asked, he had in depth knowledge of. Loved him!
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She was excellent. Very knowledgeable and was able to convey her enthusiasm for the subject. Also very kind to participants who had difficulty with walking quickly and navigating steps.
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Everything was excellent. Guido and the archeologist who took us through the Colosseum were both amazing, but Guido was particularly good with all the contextual information he provided. He has a great sense of humour!
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The guide was extremely knowledgeable on the local history. It was a pleasure to listen to him. The communication system was top notch. He even had a microphone cover to knock out the wind noise. It was very easy to hear him. Thanks for a great experience.
This tour was highly recommended to us by our daughter & son in law. It was a great tour. Our guide, Tiberius, had a wealth of knowledge & was also entertaining.
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Very informative. Our guide spoke English very well and was easy to understand. She was upbeat and interesting. Highly rate this tour.
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Had a great time. Very entertaining and informational. Wouldn't hesitate to book another tour in the future.
Wonderful, enjoyable tour with an informative and knowledgeable tour guide!
The best tour we have ever had the privilege of enjoying. Perfect in every way. Relaxed, informative, professional, well-organised. So very happy. Thank you.
Elena was delightful very knowledgeable and very clear in her presentation. We throughly enjoyed the tour. Thank you Elena. Freya and Bob
We've used Walks of Italy for several tours of the years, and the VIP Colosseum at Night tour was no exception. There were two guides - one for the pre-Colosseum tour of the Piazza Venezia and the Forum and one for the Colosseum itself. Both were extremely knowledgeable and friendly, but we especially loved our pre-Colosseum guide Tiberius! He was personable, funny, engaging, and entertaining. He clearly knew everything and anything about Rome and answered all our questions with passion and humor. He made the old ruins of Rome come to life and we really thank him for this wonderful experience!
Such a fun tour, and I loved our guide! She had such an amazing spirit! This one is certainly worth doing! So cool. I cannot say enough good things about the tour!
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Great tour - wonderful experience. The night tour was just right, as it wasn't in the heat of the day, and there were much fewer people around - especially when we got into the Colosseum. Our guide, Martina, was great - lots of history with the right amount of humour too - thoroughly enjoyable, paced nicely, much to learn ! Highly recommended !
Great tour - wonderful experience. The night tour was just right, as it wasn't in the heat of the day, and there were much fewer people around - especially when we got into the Colosseum. Our guide, Martina, was great - lots of history with the right amount of humour too - thoroughly enjoyable, paced nicely, much to learn ! Highly recommended !
The tour was great. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Overall it was an excellent tour.
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Always enjoy Walks of Italy tours they are well conducted with knowledgeable guides
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Wonderful tour and excellent guide. We have recommended this tour to several friends. Thank you!
Our tour guide was excellent. She was knowledgeable and fun! Highly recommended.
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He provided the information in a very interesting way. I don’t remember his name but he is an archaeologist originally from Sicily. There was also another guide who took over in the Colosseum and she was very good as well. She had a lot of interesting stories. Definitely I would recommend these tours especially if you want to hear the history behind the buildings.
I thought the Night tour of the Coliseum was truly AMAZING! Chiara did a wonderful job and having the Coliseum "practically" to ourselves could NOT have been better. I have been recommending your tour to others since we left Rome! Bravo!
Our guide was well spoken and was also good at managing different personalities for the trip.
I highly recommended this tour. Visiting Colosseum at night was incredible experience. Our tour guide Guido made this experience more interesting with videos, photos and detailed informations.
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining
Felix was great! You could tell he was very knowledgeable about the history of the Colsseum and the surrounding sights and was excited to share it with us. Highly recommend!
We had a wonderful time with Guide.
Wonderful tour, Monica was terrific & we would highly recommend it to friends & family.
Michele was an excellent guide and we enjoyed his lovely voice and sense of humor. We wished he had been the guide for the Colosseum itself. Laura was our guide for the Colosseum and lacked the enthusiasm and storytelling skills to really make it come alive. Perhaps she could prepare some stories or anecdotes to include. Having notes on hand may help her until she feels more comfortable. We went to four of your tours during our week in Rome and the Colosseum tour with Laura was the weakest one.
Would definitely recommend to anyone I know who is traveling to Rome.
All 3 tours we took were great
Amazing experience. Would definitely recommend to others!
Our tour guide Angela was amazing. She took the time to explain things in detail as we went along. I think the best time to take this tour is in the evening, it was cooler and not so many people around as there is in the daytime. I highly recommend this tour, especially with Angela.
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Monica was the most knowledgeable and pleasant tour guide we met on our vacation and was a deciding factor in continuing to book with other walks of italy tours. We were impressed by her historical knowledge of Rome, and this tour was my mother’s favorite tour in Italy.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Very good tour.
Martina was amazing, and a joy to be around. We had been to the Colosseum during the day. To see it at night, without the crowds, cannot be beat.
Excellent tour. Stella and her colleague were very knowledgeable. Two minor things: 1) We had to wait about 20-30 minutes to get into the Colosseum. Not a big deal, but it relates to our second point, 2) The tour was probably just a bit long. Overall, very satisifed!