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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

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

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
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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note: Special Underground Access is only available at 7:30pm, 8pm & 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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
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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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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

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Unorganized
Stacy_M
, Sep 2021
Was unable to find our guide. We called the office number and tried text utilizing the contact your guide with no response. When we finally met up with the tour guide he said he told the office we were not there and to ease contact them. Nobody tried to contact is. One couple left and could not wait any longer. Your tour guides should have contact information of large groups. We were a party of 8.
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star-5
You'll thank yourself!
Sonia_M
, Sep 2021
Unbelievable experience seeing the belly of the Colosseum. Tour guide was passionate and informative. Allowed time to take pictures. I could hear well without the box 😊. You'll thank yourself for going!
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star-5
Amazing!
FELICIA_B
, Aug 2021
This tour was wonderful. Our tour guide was well-informed and friendly. He has pictures so we could visualize what certain monuments use to look like and fully understand the history/stories. We did the tour at 5pm and it was so nice to see the sun set on the colosseum. Highly recommend. Be prepared to walk!
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THERE'S NO UNDERGROUND VIEWING
Anthony_D
, Aug 2021
Please be advised-this does NOT GO TO THE COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND AS IT STATES-literally in the title. The group was all a bit upset about this fact once they found out. It was just a tour of colosseum and the walkings outside. Our tour guide was friendly and nice and it was NOT HIS FAULT but this entire tour is explained as COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND!!!! and that is not a part of it. Will be complaining to get a refund as I had absolutely no interest in just the colosseum which I have seen before. I came for the underground specifically.
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star-1
The guide was dressed normally without the blue polo. As described in the ticket, so we struggled to find the guide. Mor
Hannah_B
, Aug 2021
We struggled to find the guide. We paid to see the underground but they said that it is available only during the weekend... Except for the fact that we paid for it...and we didn't see it.
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star-5
Great tour experience
Alicja_B
, Aug 2021
Very competent guide, accommodating individual questions or requests. Informative and fun. Highly recommended.
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star-5
Worth it!
erinzettle
, Jan 2020
Excellent guide, amazing information. The tour before the Colosseum was as good as the tour inside. Learned a lot, tour guide was smart and funny and ready for questions. Saw Rome in a whole new way.
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star-5
One of the highlights
bjjsam
, Dec 2019
We had visited the Colosseum during the day as well, but this was quite different and a beautiful experience.
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star-4
informative tour of area and Colosseum.
jltchoc
, Dec 2019
Dress for cooler evenings. Be able to walk many stairs. Many tours going on at same time. Good time of day.
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star-5
Awesome Tour
tjackson91982
, Nov 2019
My friend and I scheduled this outside of the tour offered by our travel agent. I would say we made a fantastic choice. Seeing the Forums and Colosseum at night was amazing and having it be with a smaller group made it very educational and a great experience.
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