Join this Tour of the Colosseum Underground to experience the best of Rome’s Ancient City and the Colosseum. Enjoy a full tour of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum Underground, including the Arena, the fighting stage where the gladiators fought for their lives. You’ll discover all the different aspects of Ancient Roman life, from the refinement of Emperor’s houses to the brutality of the gladiator’s amphitheater. Travel back in time to ancient rome and enjoy this unique 4-hour long with skip-the-line Colosseum underground tour tickets included in your purchase, in a group tour led by an expert English-speaking guide. Book your tour today. Join the great family of Roma Experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roma Experience’s Ultimate Guide To The Colosseum
Got only 24 hours to see Rome? Our private Full Day Tour of Rome and the Vatican City introduces you to the very best of what Rome has to offer in one day, with fun and professional tour guides. Together with your friends and loved ones you will see up close the Eternal City’s art masterpieces and visit its world-famous historic sites, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The experience will then continue with a trip to Vatican City, where you will be able to visit the Vatican Museums, home to some of the world’s most important art masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel, the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica* and the impressive Square of the same name. The city of Rome is filled with some of the world’s most important art, sculpture and architecture masterpieces. Join us on this Private Rome and Vatican City tour and visit the city in one day. Our One Day in Rome Tour starts at 9am at the Colosseum and takes approximately 7 hours. (We will take a short lunch break around noon**).
You will visit the majestic 2000 years old, 48meters tall amphitheatre, one of the most iconic buildings in the world (read here our Ultimate Guide to the Colosseum!). Built in ten years by Emperor Vespasian and his successor and son Emperor Titus, in its heyday the Colosseum would host gladiator fights, mock sea battles and people vs. beast games for up to 80,000 cheering spectators. Step in and let yourself be transported back in time by our knowledgeable guides whose stories will evoke the sound of the roaring crowds. The tour will continue with a visit of the Roman Forum, the world’s largest excavation site, which stood for centuries at the center of Rome’s public life. We will stop along the way at the Roman Senate, Via Sacra, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Arch of Constantine, House of the Vestal Virgins and several other attractions. Fron the Ancient city we will then move to Rome city center, because, as we say, Rome was not built in one day, but yes, we can visit Rome in one day with Roma Experience!
Rome’s cobblestone streets lined with imposing palazzi and the city’s beautifully-adorned fountains are highlights in their own right. We will stroll along the streets dotted with cafes, restaurants and shops and stop and marvel at the beauty of the iconic Trevi Fountain, go on to admire the sights in Piazza Navona and mingle with the locals in Campo de’ Fiori. We will continue by visiting the Pantheon, Rome’s 2000 years old hallmark and the best preserved Ancient Roman buildings, featuring the world’s largest non-reinforced concrete dome. Our expert tour guide will show you all the most famous streets and hidden corners that you can find in Rome city center, and will tell you everything about the history of the sites you will see and the stories related to them. This is often, and unexpectedly, one of the favorite parts of our full day tour of Rome and Vatican City, because Rome’s very heart can really be as enchanting as the ancient city or the nearby Vatican. At every corner, every step, every turn, there is something that will make your jaws drop and ask your guide: “wait, what is it?,” like children in a candy store!
The world’s smallest sovereign state, the Vatican, was once one of Europe’s most powerful. Today its world famed museum houses masterpieces of Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and even contemporary art of incredible value and treasures from the collections of a long line of powerful pontiffs, making us one of the greatest art collections on earth. You will visit Raphael’s Rooms, the Hall of Maps, the Hall of Tapestries, and get to see up close the red porphyry Sarcophagi made for Emperor Constantine’s mother and daughter, the world famous Belvedere Torso and the Laocoön Group, one of the most famous ancient sculptures, hosted by the Vatican since 1506. This pieces of Greek and Roman art have changed the way Renaissance artists of the caliber of Michelangelo and Raphael understood art and created they unparalleled masterpieces (such as for example the Sistine Chapel). So, after visiting the Vatican Museums, our guides will walk you to the undisputed highlight of Vatican’s many treasures, Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel (please read here our Ultimate Guide to the Sistine Chapel). We skip the line again, and through a dedicated passage from the Sistine Chapel we will then move to the Basilica of St Peter*. Here you will see another of Michelangelo’s magnificent works, the so-called Pietà, a hallmark of European sculpture, as well as Bernini’s Baldacchino, magnificent mosaics and columns and get to admire the dome, an iconic presence on Rome’s skyline. Tour Rome in one day with Roma Experience!
All Entrance Fees are included in the Price!
Private Transfer from City Center to the Vatican included in the Price!
Meeting Time: 9:00am, every day except Sunday.
Meeting Place: Colosseum. Full details provided after booking.
* At times the Vatican closes St Peter’s Basilica without notice.
** Food not included in the price.
*** Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but please be aware that elevators are not conveniently located on the group tour route. We encourage those with mobility problems to book a private tour, in order to allow the guide to adapt the pace to their specific needs. Strollers for kids are not allowed in the Sistine Chapel, so they must be left at the wardrobe at the entrance of the Museums, which is located 10-15 minutes away from the end of the tour point.
During this tour, we will visit the Colosseum. However, if you want to see the Colosseum Underground area, please consider purchasing our dedicated group tour of the Colosseum Underground.