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.