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.
Tour at 1900h (7:00pm):
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Thursday & Saturday
Tour at 2045h (8:45pm):
12 Jul - 31 Oct: Saturday
Start time: 1900h (7:00pm) & 2045h (8:45pm)
Duration: 2.5 hours
The tour commences on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column.
Trajan’s Column 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 the summer, your tour coordinator will be waiting there wearing a blue polo shirt with the City Wonders logo printed on it, and in the winter, a blue jacket of the same design.
If you take a 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.
The tour ends at the Colosseum.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
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.
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