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.
We'll not be able to confirm any orders until Tuesday the 16th of April - for now all orders will be placed on back-ordered status, in a first-come, first-served ticket queue. As ever with us, you'll be charged nothing until we are able to confirm your order. We are assuming the timings will be the same as last year, but even that has yet to be confirmed!
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!
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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.