2 hrs 45 mins
Times vary
Max 24


  • Tour the Colosseum at night, complete with VIP access to special areas usually closed to the public.
  • Visit the Colosseum underground, step onto the arena floor, and admire the silence of general access areas in the peaceful evening atmosphere.
  • Explore in the company of an insightful guide and a maximum of 24 guests, allowing you to have an even more intimate experience at this spectacular stadium.

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Tour description

Tour the Colosseum at night after the gates have officially closed for the day.

A Colosseum night tour is one of the most exclusive and enjoyable ways to visit Rome's most famous ruin. The crowds are smaller, the views are better, and the experience is much more intimate. You'll experience the arena in all its glory as you explore the nearly empty arena with your expert guide telling hair-raising tales of its bloody past. Your experience won't just be more intimate, it will be much more comfortable now that the sun has gone down.

You'll start your Colosseum night tour in the historic Jewish Quarter. Take a look at the Teatro di Marcello—an ancient amphitheater that looks like a miniature Colosseum—before making your way towards the main event. Along the way, you'll pass by Piazza Venezia, seeing the monument that represents new Rome and new Italy—and by far one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome to be seen at night. Once you arrive at a scenic vantage point overlooking the Roman Forum, your guide will tell you tales from the empire, whose reach you won't believe.

Trace the story of gladiators underneath the Colosseum and out on the arena floor.

Just as the last of the daytime crowds empty out, you'll step into the magnificent Colosseum itself. You'll head up into the stands first for an introductory stroll around Rome's most iconic monument, hearing stories of its origin and initial purpose. Without the hustle and bustle of the daytime crowds, you'll experience the Colosseum at its most serene, and get a sense of what the atmosphere was like nearly 2,000 years ago—an experience few visitors can claim to have had.

The next stop on the Colosseum night tour is a true VIP experience. You'll head down into the underground area below the Colosseum, 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 the 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. Make your way there alongside 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 a small group of 24 people or fewer.

Seeing the Colosseum in general may be an opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime—and having it all to yourself at night 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 that this tour sells out months in advance, so book now to secure your place! Trust us when we say that this is an experience you'll cherish for decades to come.

Please note: Due to high demand and restricted access, the entrance time at the Colosseum may be granted between 7:15pm and 10:30pm the day of your tour. We will confirm the start time of your tour about 30 days prior to the tour date.

Sites visited

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


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Sep 24, 2023

Last year I was in Rome and did a Coliseum tour in the day . . . I didn’t want to go again after that experience but my family wanted to. I am so glad I did! The night tour was a completely different experience and 100% worth it! Going at night without the intense crowds and not in the heat of the day made it so much easier to immerse yourself into the experience and enjoy the information received. You could actually start to think of what it was like so long ago. Book this tour well in advance, you won’t be sorry!


Sep 16, 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed the night. Really nice to get out of the hot summer sun & NO crowds. Amazing experience. Would highly recommend


Sep 01, 2023

Christina was wonderful, and very knowledgeable and passionate about Roma and it showed throughout the tour. Highly recommend this tour!


Jun 25, 2023

Great experience highly recommended


Jun 25, 2023

We had the unique opportunity to do the Nighttime Underground Tour of the Colosseum and it was a magical memory! The details in how our guide was able to bring to life the way that the exhibitions were constructed was incredible. We fully support this tour! (4 adults & 2 kids 6yo & 10yo)

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