Night Tour of the Colosseum
– Colosseum Underground, Arena and Imperial Forum
COLOSSEUM UNDER THE MOON
Stay away from the crowds and the heat and get the chance to the Colosseum’s restricted areas – the Arena stage and the Undergrounds. Whether it is your first time in Rome or you are a returning visitor, entering the Colosseum at night will be the highlight of your trip. Visit the monument after the crowds have gone home and tour its restricted areas — the Arena Stage and the dark Undergrounds — when they are all for your group. Perfect for families, for those who don’t like the heat of day, and for who wants to visit the Colosseum like a VIP, our Colosseum Night tour is one of the most loved by customers. Walking with your guide in the pleasent evening breeze will make sure you enjoy every minute of your tour. The itinerary of our Colosseum under the moon tour includes a nice stroll along Via dei Fori Imperiali, followed by priviledged access to the Colosseum Undergrounds and its Arena Floor.
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Our special Colosseum at Night Small Group Tour tour has group size of maximum 25 people. Thanks to the small group size and the headsets provided it will be very easy to hear and interact with your guide. Choose our Night Tour and you will avoid the crowds and experience the iconic Colosseum like very few people can.
Visit the Colosseum illuminated by the magic lights of night and enjoy your tour away from the heat and the daily crowds. Thousands of people cram the huge Amphitheater during the day, but if you choose this tour you will see it like no one else. An experienced local guide will first lead your group (maximum 25 people) along Via dei Fori Imperiali, lined on both sides by ancient Roman ruins, to give you an overview of the history of Imperial Ancient Rome.
At the end of the Imperial Forum Way you will find yourself at the Colosseum’s gates: by then the monument will be closed to the general public and its arena and dungeons will be reserved only for your group! You will have around 1:15 minutes inside the Colosseum, so you will get a chance to explore its restricted areas (Arena and Dungeons) and go round the first floor all along the building, to take fantastic pictures under the moonlight. If you want to experience the Colosseum like a VIP, look no further — book now our Colosseum Under The Moon Small Group Tour.
A NICE STROLL ALONG THE “IMPERIAL FORUMS” STREET
Before heading to the Colosseum, your guide will lead you to Piazza Venezia and talk about the square and its huge, white monument — the “Vittoriano” or “Altare della Patria”. The Capitolium Hill, at the back of the square, will also be pointed out at. Headquarters of the the major of Rome, this Hill boasts at its very top a magnificient square designed by Michelangelo, which your guide will be delighted to describe. Afterwards, you will start making your way towards the Colosseum. The wide street connecting “Piazza Venezia” to the Colosseum is lined of both sides by amazing ruins and goes by the name of “Via dei Fori Imperiali”. Listen to your guide and discover why and how Mussolini had this iconic street built between the 1920s and the 1930s. Love to take pictures to show your friends and family back home? Don’t worry, you’ll have the time to take shots of these fascinating marble ruins. They are beautiful during the day, but simply outstanding at night, set against the dark sky an illuminated by yellow lights.
While you observe and take pictures of the stunning “Roman Forums”, areas built by Emperors Augustus and Trajan hundreds of years ago, your guide will provide you with an overview of the history of Ancient Rome. In this way you will be able to fully appreciate the historical facts and the stories you’ll be told inside the Colosseum.
THE COLOSSEUM’S ARENA STAGE
Ready to walk on the Arena floor like a real ‘Gladiator’? Once in front of the building you will be met by an official Colosseum guard, who will unlock a special gate for your group. You will not enter by the usual access reserved to visitors, but a special one, which will bring you directly onto the wooden stage. Standing there you will see the entire Colosseum from a gladiator’s viewpoint and it will be easy to imagine what it was like to be inside it nearly 2,000 years ago, when the building was crammed with screaming spectators. Take some time to soak up in this special athmosphere and, if you like, enjoy taking a selfie or a stunning picture of the empty amphitheatre — you will be the envy of your friends when you show them your photographs!
Standing under the glow of the moonlight, listen to your expert guide bringing the glorious past of Ancient Rome back to life. Tales, stories and facts from over 2,000 years ago are waiting for you — discover how, when and why the biggest amphitheatre in the ancient world was built. Be helped picture in your mind what it looked like in the past, when rings and arches surrounded the whole building up to the fifth floor. Imagine what it meant for spectators to watch the arena stage from above, a huge wooden floor all covered in sand, where wild animals and gladiators fought to entertain the cheering crowds and the Emperors.
The second part of your Colosseum Under the Moon Tour will let you descend down the Colosseum’s Dungeons, a huge underground area, where animals and gladiators awaited their turn to fight, locked in cages. Here, you’ll get a real insight into what really went on behind the scenes during the ancient games. Your guide will describe what kind of animals fought on the arena and the different kind of games spectators could assist to — gladiators could fight animals, but also engage against fellow gladiators. Not only fights — Ancient Romans regularly used the amphitheatre to organized chariot races and mocked naval battles, as well as athletic competitions. Whatever the event, Emperors wanted to impress the population and show their power. Everything had to be spectacular — an advanced system of tunnels, cages, lifts, and trap-doors was built for this purpose. Thanks to the work of archaeologists, you will now be able to have an idea of how the whole thing worked. A reconstructed “trap door” and wooden elevator will be shown by our guide to explain how Ancient Romans used this system to raise animals and gladiators from the underground area up onto the stage above. It was like animals and gladiators literally sprung out onto the stage — no wonder the whole audience roared and cheered with applause!
Colosseum at Night Small Group Tour
Tickets are included in your purchase with Roma Experience!
** Backpacks and large bags are not allowed inside the Colosseum — NB* There is no cloakroom service at the Colosseum. ***Please don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. **** Please notice that the Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we might offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit.
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