Colosseum at night

Imagine the Colosseum bathed in the soft glow of moonlight, its ancient stones whispering stories of gladiatorial combat and roaring crowds.

Since 2017, night tours have unlocked a new chapter in exploring the attraction.

You tour at night with expert guides who tell century-old stories of the Romans.

You can also visit the Underground and the Arena floor after sunset.

Note: Want to explore the world-famous attraction like a pro? Book your guided tour of the Colosseum at night to delve deep into its history with your professional guide.

Opening hours

The night tours typically run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 pm to 12 am, with the last entry time being 10.30 pm.

Important considerations:

  • Limited Night Hours: Night tours are not available every day, so plan your trip accordingly. Double-check the official website for the latest opening hours and tour availability.
  • Booking in Advance is Crucial: Night tours tend to sell out quickly due to their popularity, so book your tickets well in advance to secure your spot.

Which night tours to book?

Visiting the Colosseum at night provides a different perspective and ambiance. Here are the top 3 tours for visiting the monument at night:

Colosseum night tourAdult ticket (18+ years) price
Guided tour€99
Underground and Arena floor night tour€123
VIP night tour€129

If you have no budget constraints, a VIP night tour gives you a unique and practical experience with the following inclusions:

  • Skip-the-line access to avoid crowds
  • A maximum of 24 people in the guided group tour
  • A 2 hour tour of the Colosseum, Arena, and Underground
  • Headsets to hear the guide
  • Some VIP tours also provide complimentary refreshments

Small group tours

For a more personalized and intimate experience, choose a small group tour of the Colosseum at night

You can choose the number of participants in the group tour up to 10 people.

This approach is perfect for families with children, who will appreciate the smaller group dynamic and potentially a more engaging narration.

The children’s ticket has a €10 discount as well!

Note: Do you prefer self-guided tours over tours by professionals? You’re in luck, we have the perfect self-guided tour of the Colosseum with a video guide for you!

Safety tips

Dress comfortably: You’ll walk around and explore the monument’s grounds, so wear comfortable shoes. We advise that you carry a lightweight jacket or jumper because evenings might get chilly.

Carry a torch: Certain areas remain dimly lit at night, especially the Underground. We suggest you carry a torch or use your phone’s torch light to access the tunnels.

Stay with Your Group:  If you are on a guided tour, stay close to your guide and the rest of the group, especially in the Hypogeum.

Follow Your Guide’s Instructions:  Night tours may have specific instructions regarding where you can and cannot go. Always listen to your guide’s instructions for safety reasons.

Accessibility Considerations:  If you have any mobility issues, be sure to inquire about accessibility options for the specific night tour you choose.

Colosseum at Night FAQs

Is the Colosseum open at night?

Yes, the Colosseum offers night tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 pm to midnight (last entry 10:30 pm).

Does the Colosseum night trip offer the same tour?

Yes, the Colosseum night tour covers the main attractions including the arena floor, underground chambers, and upper levels, offering a distinctive viewpoint of this ancient marvel. However, some places may have restricted access.

How long is the Colosseum’s nighttime tour?

The guided tour at night typically lasts 1.5 to 2 hours giving you plenty of opportunity for you to see its most important features.

Are there any special lighting or effects during the Colosseum night tour?

Yes, there are often special lighting effects that can be seen during the night tour enhancing the ambiance, the architectural magnificence and giving the effect of history recreated under a star-lit sky and special lights.

Is a reservation for the Colosseum night trip required in advance?

Yes, it is best to book your tickets in advance. Night tours are popular, and tickets sell out due to low supply and strong demand.

Is there any age limit for the Colosseum night tours?

No, there aren’t any set age limitations for the night tour. However, visit with caution because the dim light in some parts of the Colosseum can be problematic for elderly visitors and people with mobility issues.

Can I take pictures while on the Colosseum guided tour at night?

Yes, in fact photography is especially popular during the night due to the images created by the contrast of light and shadow. However, some places restrict flash photography.

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