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Colosseum & dungeons night tour

The capital of the ancient Roman Empire was at its most resplendent under a full moon, and your visit will be illuminated by your own 'private moon', the better to recreate the atmosphere of old.

This is likely the most evocative and magical way in which to experience the splendour and history of the Colosseum, with the tour lasting about 75 minutes and including an after-dark trip through the underground areas of this ancient monument. Also included is a downloadable 'Colosseum and Roman Forum' ebook guide in PDF, mobi and epub formats.

All is rendered especially majestic as a result of the special lighting and effects, not to mention the relative lack of visitors! The tour ends with an exhibition entitled 'Colosseum. An icon'

There are tours in English at 8.40 PM, 10.10 PM, in Italian at 20.20, 20.50 and 22.30 PM, and in Spanish at 22.40 PM.

Tours run on the following days:

  • March: Saturdays only.
  • April & May: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • June to October: Monday to Thursday.
  • November: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • December: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Please note that in the case of bad weather the tours may not be able to go ahead, especially in winter months. You should always show up for the tour as decisions are often made at the eleventh hour and you would not want to miss out!

Special Colosseum and dungeon night tour (2 hours)

A chance to enjoy areas not normally accessible to the public in the company of an experienced guide. This night walking tour lasts about two hours and 15 minutes, with varying start times from 7.00 PM to 9.10 PM, and includes major sights such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Imperial forums. Highlights include:

  • Colosseum in lights (exterior and interior).
  • Colosseum underground & arena floor.
  • An overview of the Roman Forum (exterior only).
  • Piazza Venezia, the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument.
  • Mussolini's balcony and imperial thoroughfare.
  • The Via Dei Fori Imperiali.

This atmospheric tour starts at Trajan's Column, exploring the surrounding area including the monumental facade of the Vittoriano monument, the Piazza Venezia and the Via dei Fori Imperiali. You'll visit the Imperial and Roman Forums - the heart of political, religious and public life in ancient Rome - and enjoy a wonderful view of the Palatine Hill before proceeding to the Colosseum. Please note that the tour will provide an external view of the Forums and Palatine Hill, it doesn't include entrance to these locations.

Your guide on this evocative, night tour will bring the ancient Colosseum to life with interesting descriptions and stories about the monument, the workings of the Colosseum and the lives of the gladiators who fought and died here. Everything is much cooler and more comfortable at night and you'll have a unique opportunity to experience these monuments in the dusk light and sunset.

The tour includes your experienced, English-speaking guide, headphones and special priority access to the Colosseum in a tour of no more than 25 people. Please note that everyone, with the exception of children under the age of one, is required to have a ticket - this is the policy of the local authorities.

HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:

To reserve your tickets for these Colosseum after dark tours, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you and present it at the pre-arranged meeting point. As simple as that!

4.6 stars out of 5 from 236 ratings. See all 174 reviews

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.
5 stars
Alena, United States
16th Jun 2018
The tour started with a walk from the Altare della Patria to the Colosseum. The tour guide talked about the history of the ruins along the walk. Then the tour switched to the underground Colosseum which was true special. This is the most enjoyable and the best valued tour we have had in Italy.
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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.