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Special Visit by Night: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor & Optional Underground

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Roma, Italy
Special Visit by Night: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor & Optional Underground
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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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 20 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
Small groups of 20 people or fewer
Roman Forum is seen from the outside only
Special Access to Colosseum Underground by Night (ONLY included at 7:30pm on 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.

Colosseum , Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
  • 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: The Underground Level of the Colosseum is only included in the tours on Saturdays departing at 7:30 PM
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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 Special Visit by Night: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor & Optional Underground?
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 Special Visit by Night: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor & Optional Underground.
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What is the social distancing policy during Special Visit by Night: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor & Optional Underground?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Special Visit by Night: Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor & Optional Underground.

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  • "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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star-5
Nice tour!
Patty_Z
, Jun 2022
Nicola was excellent. Would recommend this 5pm tour as the heat earlier in the day would have made this tour less enjoyable.
star-1
Disappointed
Michael_G
, Jun 2022
First of all the title says “Night Tour”. It was at 5 o’clock when the sun was beating on us. We were the only tour that made us meet half a mile from the Colosseum. For what this tour cost us we should have been handed a bottle of water because of the distance we had to walk & the heat. Our tour guide was also not very good. She was very hard to understand & just kept repeating the same things over and over. All in all we were very disappointed with this tour & ended up touring it by ourselves.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Brilliant experience, highly recommended!!
Alexandra_B
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide David was outstanding. He brilliantly led the tour by blending historical facts with modern context and insights, bringing to life the forum and the colosseum. Using the personal radio sets was excellent as it gives you freedom to move around whilst still hearing the commentary.
star-2
Not dependable- horribly organized!!
TerryB_H
, Jun 2022
A few days before the Night Tour we booked months ago, they said they weren’t doing night tours anymore and switched us to 5:00pm. Meet up directions we’re horrible and we finally found someone to help… it was several blocks away and we almost missed the tour. Once connected, the tour was amazing! Note: my daughter & her husband also signed up for the same tour a week later. The day before, Viator emailed them that they were cancelled!!!! Very poorly organized and not dependable.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-1
You changed the time....
Michelle_J
, Jun 2022
You changed the time. Go to find group. Nothing. Walked all over and was there by 8pm and never found you. No one called
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
The Colosseum is a must see!
Mary_R
, Jun 2022
Great tour, with lots of information. I liked the format with the speakers so you could hear the guide. Our guide was very engaging and made the information like a story! The Colosseum is a must see!
star-3
Guide was good, tour ok
Megan_C
, Jun 2022
The tour was to be a night tour but day before, had to change to 5 vs 7:30 as they said they couldn't do it at 7:30. Then the guide for the 5, called out and we had to move the tour again. We finally had the tour, our guide was great but we didn't go underground. Still was disappointed that it wasn't at night
star-1
Simply awful!
Ernesto_R
, May 2022
Awful! They messed up with the tickets so we could not enter the Colosseum during my only time on Rome.
star-1
Substandard service for unscheduled change
ROSANNE_H
, May 2022
We booked night trip to colosseum which was canceled a couple weeks before. The options offered were not acceptable given the amount paid and exclusivity of the trip (a shortened version during normal hours ad no underground access) There were a number of other disgruntled customers on the same trip, 3 left after 10 mins of trip beginning. I felt sorry for the poor tour guide Guiseppe who was very good but left to manage the fall out of this substandard company. I have another 4 trips booked via Viator looks like the Vatican tour heading the same way with no access to the Basilica due to Covid, completely understand things change but for a company that is happy to keep your money with no acknowledgement of the reduction in service provided, it is totally unacceptable. I have booked my last Viator trip and would advise you to do the same
star-1
Terrible
Jill_G
, May 2022
We arrived and the colleseum has overbooked or “lost” the reservation for our group. So we weren’t allowed in. I am hoping for at the very least my money back. The guide was great but everything else was a disaster.
star-1
Canceled
Paul_M
, May 2022
Nothing. Never got to do it... They canceled the night time portion of it. So never got to do it. Very sad
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are very sorry about your recent experience. Like many companies in the travel industry, City Wonders faced an unprecedented post-pandemic surge in demand during the past few weeks. This combined with Covid-related impacts caused operational issues, which we are working around the clock to resolve as quickly as possible. What you experienced is not the typical excellent service that City Wonders is known for, and we truly apologize. Please contact us directly if you have any extra queries with your full name & Viator booking reference at customer.service@citywonders.com.
star-5
Family Trip if a Lifetime
Melissa_C
, May 2022
Davida, our guide, was knowledgeable and told us many fascinating stories about the historical events that took place at the Colosseum.
star-1
Cancelled
Nicole_G
, May 2022
The night Colosseum tour was cancelled about 5 days ago but everyday I get emails reminding me, sending me tickets and now a review request. Keep up, please put your energy toward my refund please.
star-3
Disappointed
rrspadoni
, May 2022
Our guide, Nico, was very good. The experience was somewhat spoiled by Rome forcing the operator to cancel the underground section of the tour, the only reason we had booked it. Our options were to accept the abbreviated tour, which was a reduced experience with no reduction in price, or cancel and get a refund. Since we, and all others who had booked the underground tour, were notified too late to rebook another tour, most of us grudgingly accepted the reduced value tour. Our guide did his best under the circumstances, and was much appreciated by all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Cancelled on me two separate times
Kristen_M
, May 2022
I was so excited to do this tour because it included the underground tour at night which was the only thing my group wanted to do. Two days before the excursion, they told us that the Colosseum was not allowing tours underground this month, so they offered me 20% off my tour to keep the full access tickets without the underground. Then, literally two hours before the newly scheduled tour, they emailed to cancel because the tour guide called in sick. The most upsetting part, is that by the time we were cancelled, it was now too late to book tickets to the full experience as they were sold out. We had to bust a mission to find wifi at the nearest bar to then only be allowed to enter the top portion for less than an hour. I am very upset with how they handled it and my experience was ruined because of this. They offered a full refund, so at least I'll get my money back - hopefully.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Not what I purchased and should have just did a self-guided tour
Shea_C
, May 2022
We were scheduled for the underground night tour and it got canceled. With traveling I didn’t have service so I missed their calls the day before our scheduled tour. I called back the morning of our tour and the representative I spoke with was short and could careless about my confusion. He at first told me the reason for the cancellation was because the guide got sick so I asked if we could reschedule for the next evening and he said they don’t do evening tours on Sunday. They rebooked us for another tour that takes place in the afternoon. I made a comment that we were disappointed to not see the underground colosseum at night and the rep commented that it’s better to see in the day and but what does his opinion matter it’s only his job to book the tours. We got to the tour and at first it was pleasant meeting the group but being it was in the afternoon it was very warm and crowded, this was a reason why we preferred the evening tour because it was supposed to be during closing hours. We came as a family of 6 with two kids, 10 & 14 years old. Throughout the tour the guide would make constant sexist comments in reference to how the Romans lived and what it would look like now a days. I understand that there is a history of how sex/women were viewed in Roman history but 90% of his commentary was not necessary to the tour and the colosseum. One instance is when he talked about movies or tv shows that we may have seen about the gladiators and how true to history they were. A couple on the tour brought up a certain show and he made vulgar comments about how much sex is on that show. Multiple times we would pull the earbuds off of our sons and ourselves. The tour ended up not being underground even during the day, which is available, and we spent 2 1/2 hours on the tour and also saw the Forum. It was very warm and humid and he would stop to allow for pictures but then hurry us up to get to the next spot. Very glad that we got to see the colosseum in person but I would highly recommend getting a tour through Airbnb or VRBO or self-guided versus through the tour companies.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Very disappointing tour.
Luca_R
, May 2022
Not the tour we wanted. Guide did not provide any substantional information. A place with such a broad history and so many influencial historical figures... And we learned: "On this rock is the name Marcello written. Marcello was a common name in Rome." No need of a history-prof, but a bit passion for history or at least some deeper knowledge would make the tour way more enjoyable.
star-1
Cancelled prior to leaving but not informed until 5 mins before tour due to start
Craig_D
, May 2022
I booked this tour to try and save some time as I was only in rome for a short visit. I received a text message on Sunday night to say there was an issue with my tour, tried to contact them however they were closed. My flight to Rome was early am so had no way to contact them until I arrived in rome. Tried to call them but couldn't get through, so I sent an email to ask what the txt message was about. I received an email 5 mins prior to the tour starting (while standing in the rain) to say that the colosseum had cancelled night tours. Now I understand this is no fault of the tour operator, however this information could have been easily provided in a txt message or more importantly a phone call. But no, there was me stood at the meeting point (in the rain) like a muppet waiting for someone that wasn't coming. As I said, they are not to blame for the cancellation. But their lack of communication caused me to lose precious time in rome. Even had the cheek to ask if I wanted to book another tour for the colosseum with them (no reduction on price for the inconvenience they caused) Tbf they were quick at issuing the refund
star-1
The tour was cancelled...
Roland_B
, May 2022
The tour was cancelled with little warning. I am still waiting for the confirmation of the refund, but hopefully that is just a matter of time to process.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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..
1 traveler found this review helpful

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