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 249 ratings. See all 181 reviews

5 stars
CA, United States
3rd Aug 2019
the experience was great! tour guide was very informative on all accounts and spoke english very well :)
5 stars
MA, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
29th Jun 2019
This was an amazing tour, it gave me goose bumps! I have been told that the day tours are very busy so wanted to avoid this - so glad we did as we got to see so much and didn't feel rushed or pushed through like cattle. We had the added drama of a lightning storm in the distance which made it even more incredible. The tour guides were full of wonderful information who also made it fun too. What an amazing place, I feel very privileged to have been there and got out alive ! Hahahahaha. Thank you so much.
5 stars
DC, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
22nd Jun 2019
Four of colosseum with Flavia was fantastic - really informative and clearly had lots of knowledge. Kids loved it. The tour prior to the colosseum with Felix was amazing - we all loved his story-telling ability and anecdotes. Fantastic! My son said he needs a pay rise!
5 stars
RH, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
4th Jun 2019
Excellent tour, something a little different
5 stars
MB, Ireland
28th May 2019
Unbelievable experience. So good and so quiet. It made the experience better. No rushing.
5 stars
MK, United States
28th May 2019
Guides were informative. Seeing the monuments after dark was a nice way to explore without the massive daytime crowds
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.