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Roma, Italy
Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Tour the amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this evening tour. Learn about the ruins of the Roman Forum seen from the Piazza del Campidoglio, and enter the Colosseum after the daytime crowds have disappeared and the temperature has dropped.
  • Sightsee in the cooler evening temperatures and see Rome’s top attractions without the busy daytime crowds.
  • Walk around the Colosseum’s reconstructed arena floor, in the space where gladiator battles were fought.
  • Admire recently discovered graffiti dating back to the late Middle Ages.
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people.

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the Colosseum—including typically off-limits areas—after dark, when crowds disperse and temps drop.
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Local expert guide
Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum including the Arena Floor
Semi-private groups of 12 people or fewer
Special Access to Colosseum Underground by Night (only at 7:30pm, 8pm & 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Trajan's Column , Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The tour starts on the platform directly in front of Trajan’s Column: located on Via dei Fori Imperiali near Piazza Venezia. Standing right in front and facing the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, it’s directly to the left across the street. The guide will be waiting there wearing a blue polo shirt.

7:30 PM
Colosseum , Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Your nighttime tour starts at a central meeting point, where you meet your guide and eet off on your leisurely walking tour of Rome’s ancient sites.

Pass through Via dei Fori Imperiali for a beautiful view of the Roman Forum, which is closed at night. As you admire the ruins bathed in evening light, your guide will point out sites like the Sanctuary of the Vestal Virgins, a temple once home to the most honored women in ancient Rome.

Then make your way down the hill, catching sight of Augustus’ and Caesar’s forums, and arrive at the Colosseum, the most iconic of the Eternal City’s ancient landmarks. Head inside with your guide to explore the near-empty amphitheater, where quiet shadows replace the typical daytime crowds, and listen to stories about the bloody gladiator battles that once took place here. You can walk around the reconstructed floor of the arena, little of which remains of the original surface, and look down between gaps to see the underground chambers.  

You will also admire the most recent discovery of graffiti representing people’s names, dates, sacred and profane symbols illustrating stories about people who lived, worked and hung out at Colosseum.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colonna Traiana
Our tour starts with Trajan’s Column where you’ll pass through Via dei Fori Imperiali overlooking the Roman Forum (closed at this hour), the civic historical centre. Home to the bustling marketplace, ruled by moneylenders and shopkeepers, this was Rome at its finest. Here politicians held rallies before elections, soldiers marched triumphantly down the Via Sacra, and the Vestal Virgins decided if men lived or died.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
See a spectacular view of the Roman Forum (from outside). Even the ancient Romans rarely saw the Colosseum like this: empty, peaceful, and cool. But away from the crowds, and with your guide on hand to fill in any details, it’s easy to imagine the arena as it once was.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Colosseum
As that empire expanded, so did the Colosseum’s repertoire. The Arena Floor filled with combatants, creatures and recreations of tales from far-flung places. Not only will you get to enter the Colosseum after it closes to the public, you’ll enjoy access to restricted areas, including the Arena Floor itself. With the amphitheater lit up like the grand stadium it once was, and without the usual daytime crowd, you’ll have the chance to capture some truly amazing photos. See the Colosseum through the eyes of both gladiators and spectators and admire the most recent discovery of graffiti representing people’s names, dates, sacred and profane symbols illustrating stories about people who lived, worked and hung out at Colosseum.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guest below 6 years old due to venue security reason.
  • Due to Colosseum security regulations, a PASSPORT OR VALID ID DOCUMENT IS MANDATORY to join this tour
  • Please note: Special Underground Access is only available at 7:30pm, 8pm & 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays, if option is selected
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor.

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Traveler Tips


  • "There are stairs and lots of walking so the requirement of moderate fitness by the tour operator is accurate." See review
  • "Honestly, it's a good tour, but go during the day." See review
  • "The Colosseum at night is lovely, and the underground and arena floor is a must." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-2
It was okay but not...
NajatA
, Nov 2021
It was okay but not amazing… i could've gone by myself and read the infos.. i thought i’ll be inside the Colosseum till night but the security were rushing the tour guide and he cant have a saying on them..
star-5
Tour was really good. Our...
Derek_S
, Oct 2021
Tour was really good. Our guide was really knowledgeable about not just the Colosseum, but Roman history in general. He was able to provide great context and details that really enhanced the experience and did so in a personable manner. He always had the answers and details to any question posed. I wouldn't always book tours but was really happy I booked this one.
star-2
We had a great guide. ...
Laurin_B
, Oct 2021
We had a great guide. The description of the tour is very misleading. It's only a late afternoon tour and no underground unless it's fri- sun. So there are cheaper tours to get same experience we had for much more. My fault for not reading fine print. Finding the guide proved to be difficult. He was at least 1/2 mile from the colosseum and no blue polo. Might want to make sure you know where the meet up spot is long before your reservation time. Seeing colosseum and the tour we got was good but not what we thought we paid for. Will pay much more attention to description and ask more questions. The actual description is very misleading.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Fraudulently sold by Viator
Jane_D
, Oct 2021
Unfortunately aviator sold this trip to us under false pretenses. It was listed as “Colosseum underground by night” but we didn’t go underground - therefore the tour was very similar to what we had done on the previous day (arena and upper levels. The guide Giuseppe was great (hence 5 stars) but I’m currently trying to get my money back from Viator.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Interesting After-Dark Tour Experience
Leslie_H
, Oct 2021
Very interesting tour! All 3 of us had been to the Colosseum on previous visits but we learned lots of new things and enjoyed seeing the underground “working” area. We were also surprised at the first 1/2 of the tour that included information about the area around the Colosseum. That was an unexpected bonus! Anna and Barbara were very informed, personable guides.
star-5
It was an interesting...
Helene_R
, Oct 2021
It was an interesting tour, and our guide Guiseppe was knowledgable and kind. He answered all our "stupid" questions with a smile 😊
star-1
No reply from agency via...
Caterina_T
, Oct 2021
No reply from agency via message. No one answered phone during working hours. Tour guide never showed up. Waited 45 min
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
The tour was terrific,...
Christina_Z
, Oct 2021
The tour was terrific, but what made the experience completely top notch was our guide ... Giuseppe. He was AAA+
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We thought the tour was...
Karla_S
, Sep 2021
We thought the tour was amazing. We only knew the history according to cinema but when our guide shared the real truth to history what a great surprise of Aw! Thank you
star-5
Fab trip
Krystal_L
, Sep 2021
Giuseppe our tour guide was fantastic would highly recommend taking the tour with him - he answered all our questions and was very knowledgeable thanks you for a great evening

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