Colosseum,
Night Tours.

Guided tours of the Colosseum after dark.

 
A 'Colosseum by night' tour is a special way to explore Ancient Rome ... temperatures are lower, the crowds are gone, the atmosphere is unique and the effects are magical!
“If I could rate just the time inside the Colosseum in the hands of the amazing Archeologist/Guide, this would easily be 10 stars. Unbelievable experience to be in a nearly empty Colosseum as the sun set, listening to the history.”
JS, Canada
“The entire tour was amazing, worth every penny. We had our 12 yr old son and he really loved it too! much better than seeing it daytime in the crowds. Thank you for a great experience!”
JM, United Kingdom.

These incredibly popular - understandably so - tours are back for 2019, running from the 22nd of April right through until the first week of January 2020. Demand always outstrips supply, and unless you book well in advance you're likely to be disappointed. As of the middle of May tours will be enriched by a multimedia experience entitled 'Il sogno del Gladiatore' - the Gladiator's dream, but detail is still thin on the ground - we'll update here as soon as things are clearer.

Visiting the Colosseum after dark is only possible as part of a guided tour (typically a maximum of 25 people), and it's a great way to enjoy cooler temperatures and a far less crowded atmosphere. Everything is illuminated by creative lighting, and tours include the lower levels of the Colosseum, the Arena floor (the reconstructed scene of the great gladiatoral battles), and the underground (dungeon) areas.

The underground - ipogei, hypogeum - areas are what made possible the long and spectacular days of the Colosseum in all their gore and glory - the subterranean backstage, as it were, where slaves worked, animals (read lions, tigers, hyenas and bears) were stored and gladiators rested, ate and offered up their prayers. They were completely filled in during the 5th century AD and as a result show a remarkable state of preservation.

The buttons below will give greater detail on what we offer throughout the year, but it doesn't follow that they're always available ... many are seasonal, some only run on certain days of the week, and some have very limited availability, so please do use our calendar to check availability!

4.6 stars out of 5 from 237 ratings. See all 175 reviews

5 stars
MB, Ireland
28th May 2019
Unbelievable experience. So good and so quiet. It made the experience better. No rushing.
5 stars
JM, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
10th Aug 2018
The entire tour was amazing, worth every penny. We had our 12 yr old son and he really loved it too! much better than seeing it daytime in the crowds. The first part of the tour was also brilliant - learnt loads of interesting info about Rome and its history. The Colosseum at night was spectacular, dungeons creepy and atmospheric and the tour made our trip to Rome extra special. Thank you for a great experience!
5 stars
AS, Denmark
15th Jul 2018
We bought two tours. "Special Colosseum and Dungeon night tour", and "Circus Maximus and Domus Aurea". Thank you so much - the tours were excellent and we had a very good and enlightening time. Next time in Rome, we will find you again :-)
5 stars
WJ, United States
10th Jul 2018
The guide was excellent. The additional information on the way to the Colosseum was outstanding.
5 stars
LS, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
5th Jul 2018
Incredible, the sights were amazing, and the walk up to the Colosseum was so interesting, the tour guide was fantastic and the Colosseum itself of course doesn't disappoint
5 stars
JS, Canada
16th Jun 2018
If I could rate just the time inside the Colosseum in the hands of the amazing Archeologist/Guide, this would easily be 10 stars. Unbelievable experience to be in a nearly empty Colosseum as the sun set, listening to the history. However, the tour did inexplicably end 10 minutes early and it's misleading to think you're in the Colosseum for the full 2 hours. The meeting place is about a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum and you make the journey at a slow pace, stopping to look at ruins along the way. Once at the Colosseum, there are no lines to deal with. You clear security and go right inside. This tour is expensive but a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
These reviews apply to our special after-dark tours of the Colosseum, dungeons and upper levels, you might also like:
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A glimpse of the atmosphere you can expect if you join us on one of our exclusive 'after-dark' tours of the Colosseum - and their dungeons - in Rome. Lasting a little over two hours, this tour also takes in the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia and other highlights, over and above the enchanting and atmospheric tour of the majestic Colosseum and the haunting 'dungeon' areas.