Avoid the crowd and the heat with this tour which takes you to the Colosseum at night. This unique tour gives you an advantage over other group tours as it avoids the hectic days and takes you to the Colosseum at night when the tour groups and visitors have left.
Inarguably the most majestic structure of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum (originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre) is inhabited by myriad tales of bravery, public life and royalty in ancient Rome. Despite the pillage of natural disasters, fires, pollution and wars, it is a living proof of the stunning architecture and strong masonry of the ancient world, and has served as a model for stadiums around the world.
Your expert, English-speaking tour guide will bring history alive, taking you to the arena at the centre of the historical monument and the underground, from where gladiators and beast entered the arena for a fight.
This night tour also includes a guided tour of the Roman Forum as seen from the bird’s eye view of the Campidoglio as well as other nearby sights of Ancient Rome.
For the Colosseum by Night tour, you will meet your English-speaking guide at Trajan’s Column, an ancient structure dating from 112 AD, located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. The tour gives you a unique opportunity to visit the Colosseum when filled with more shadows than shuffling feet, when it is open to those few travelers looking for a unique and less-crowded way to experience its wonder.
Your English speaking guide will take you up Michelangelo’s staircase to reach the Campidoglio – the beautiful piazza outside the Capitoline Museums. Michelangelo came up with the design for the piazza when Pope Paul III Farnese asked him to design a new square in honour of Emperor Charles V, who was visiting Rome in 1536. The curved surface of the piazza resembles the face of an egg. The guide will find a little-known vantage point overlooking the Roman Forum (closed at this hour) and will talk about the history and architecture of the historic centre – pointing out temples, arches and the sanctuary of Ancient Rome’s famous Vestal Virgins.
Next, you will enter the Colosseum where the guide will take you to the times way back when the historic site was all about gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles and a source of entertainment for emperors and the public. You will also visit the arena floor where you will be amazed to see the magnitude of the Flavian Amphitheatre.
What makes this tour even more interesting is a trip to the underground, treading the tunnels that gladiators and beasts walked before being hoisted onto the arena floor via trap doors. You will venture into the place where few visitors have access to, especially at night.
After the tour, you can either head to the nearby Monti area for dinner or wander around the Colosseum, taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful weather.
01 May - 31 Oct: Thursday & Saturday
Duration: 2.5 hours
The tour commences on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column. Trajan’s Column (~30 m high with engravings) is located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. When standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument (a.k.a. the “Wedding Cake), it’s directly to the left across the street. In warm weather, your tour coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue polo shirt with the City Wonders logo printed on it, and in cool weather, a blue jacket of the same design. Please arrive at the specified meeting point ready for a prompt departure. City Wonders strongly recommends you consult a map before leaving for the meeting point.
The tour ends at the Colosseum.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
The tour commences on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column. Trajan’s Column (~30 m high with engravings) is located on Via dei Fori Imperiali next to Piazza Venezia. When standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument (a.k.a. the “Wedding Cake), it’s directly to the left across the street. In warm weather, your tour coordinator will be waiting here wearing a blue polo shirt with the City Wonders logo printed on it, and in cool weather, a blue jacket of the same design.
Please arrive at the specified meeting point ready for a prompt departure. City Wonders strongly recommends you consult a map before leaving for the meeting point.
If arriving by taxi:
Ask the taxi driver to take you to Piazza Foro Traiano. You will see the roughly 30m high Trajan’s Column as you enter the Piazza, and the meeting point is up the steps on the platform next to it.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
We are pleased to inform you that in case of last minute closure, for example of the Roman Forum, our guide will still be providing a thorough explanation from the outside and offer an extended tour of the Colosseum instead.
On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour.
Large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum.
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