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Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

1. Rome: Colosseum Under the Moonlight

Exclusivity, privacy, and entertainment are the words that perfectly describe the experience provided by this tour. You will skip the daily long lines to enter the Colosseum and get an immediate VIP experience. Meet at our office in Via del Colosseo nr 24, just around the corner from Caffe Roma (above the Colosseum metro station). Walk in the footsteps of the gladiators and explore the Colosseum restricted areas of the Underground and the arena. Enter through the back door to get stunning views of the underground area. Head below ground to explore the subterranean chambers and hear stories about the fierce battles between the gladiators and wild animals. Marvel as the past is brought to life through stories of ferocious games. and see where the emperor sat above the arena floor as you take a tour of the circumference.

Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

2. Rome: Colosseum by Night with Underground & Arena Floor Tour

Discover the Colosseum in the serenity of night with a guided tour. Enjoy access to the main areas of the structure, as well as exclusive access to the underground dungeons and arena floor under the moonlight, where fierce gladiator battles once took place. Upon arrival at the Colosseum in the evening, meet your guide who will escort you on your exclusive journey. Away from the usual crowds of the day, enjoy the opportunity to admire the Colosseum in a more intimate and engaging way, as you first discover the grandstands. Then, you will enter one of the restrictive areas of the monument, the underground. Discover a network of tunnels where lions, tigers, and other fearsome animals were kept. See the remnants of cages, wooden elevators, and gladiator rooms where combatants awaited their frightful fate in the arena. Head up to the arena floor through the archway named "The Gate of Death." Hear thrilling stories from your guide under the eerie moonlight. Admire 360-degree views of the amphitheater as you imagine the sight of thousands of screaming spectators as you stand on a reconstruction of the arena floor.

Rome: Guided Colosseum Night Tour

3. Rome: Guided Colosseum Night Tour

Take a guided tour through the most iconic Roman monument, the Colosseum. Discover ancient history in the fascinating nighttime atmosphere after the crowds have dissipated. Explore the underground tunnels and walk across the arena floor. Meet your tour coordinator outside the Colosseum metro station just a new steps from the monument. After a brief introduction, your guide will accompany you to the skip-the-line entrance, for fast lane access. Begin your tour below ground with a stroll thorugh the tunnels, chambers, and pits. This exclusive section of the Colosseum is restricted to the public and only allows a limited number of visitors each day.  Admire the engineering of the 88 lifts that brought to life Rome’s best spectacle. Walk across the reconstructed arena floor which is restricted to most visitors and stand in the very same spot where the bloody games took place. 

Rome: Guided Tour of the Colosseum Underground

4. Rome: Guided Tour of the Colosseum Underground

Enjoy a guided walking tour and skip-the-line entry to the most iconic symbol of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum. Explore the least viewed parts of this monument, including the Underground, Arena Floor, and Roman Forum. Hear the history and stories from your guide and get the full Roman experience. Meet your guide and skip-the-line to the restricted areas of the Colosseum. Step out onto the Arena Floor and hear the legends of the gladiators that once fought for their lives. Gain true perspective of what it might've been like for those that were chosen for this gory game. Walk through the Gate of Death, where defeated gladiators and animals were carried away and learn ancient secrets from the past. Take in panoramic views of the Amphitheatre, with plenty of space to move around and take pictures. Explore the Colosseum Dungeons to find out more about the monument’s bloody history. Imagine walking through the tunnels where animals and slaves were stored, a place where gladiators awaited their frightful fate. Get the full picture of Ancient Rome with a guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Learn of the many historical and civic events that occurred here and how this place decided the fate of Europe for many centuries.

Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

5. Colosseum: Underground and Ancient Rome Tour

This is the ultimate experience at the Colosseum with limited availability and the starting times can vary. After meeting your guide, you will be able to take some beautiful wide-angle and panoramic photos of the Colosseum and the surrounding areas before the tour begins. Being one of the most visited monuments in the world, you will regularly find a long ticket line at the Colosseum. By joining this tour, you will be provided with skip-the-line entrance tickets, so the group can head straight inside and not waste time standing around in the ticket lines.   As you walk inside the Colosseum, you will begin to feel the magnitude of where you are. This tour will also give you access to the Colosseum arena with a beautiful view over the underground level. Visit the underground chambers and hear stories of the gladiators and wild animals that were kept there. Exploring the ground floor level and up to the second tier, your guide will recreate the past with stories of epic battles, painting a vivid picture and bringing your surroundings to life. Learn about the types of games and ferocious battles that the Romans enjoyed most. See where the emperor would be perched, high above the arena floor, ready to decide the fate of another gladiator as he stood before a roaring Roman crowd. Along with providing you with expert knowledge, your guide will also point out the best places to capture that perfect picture during your tour, as you tour the circumference of the Colosseum.

Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

6. Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

Explore the one-time stomping grounds of the Roman gladiators on a guided tour of the original ruins. At the underground level, experience firsthand where the gladiators and animals were once kept before they were hoisted up to the arena. Admire the technology behind the spectacle. Begin your tour with a skip-the-line entrance. Your guide will take you to the underground level and recount the customs surrounding the Colosseum. Hear accounts of the real lives of gladiators as you tour the original ruins beneath the arena floor and see reconstructions for better context. Continue on to the Roman Forum, ancient Rome's political epicenter. Take in the views of the ruins and learn about the ruling classes and political elite in this archaeological park. Next, see where the rulers of ancient Rome lived in untold luxury as you climb to the residential area known as Palatine Hill. On the hill where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C., take a moment to gaze down at the Circus Maximus chariot circuit.

Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Stroll Semiprivate Tour

7. Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Stroll Semiprivate Tour

See the highlights of Rome without breaking a sweat as you zip around the city in a golf cart on a private tour. Marvel at Trajan's Column, Piazza Venezia, and many more of Rome's top attractions. Meet your guide on one of the city's quieter side streets and get ready to discover Rome's most iconic sights. You'll also be provided with a headset to make sure you can hear your guide the whole time. Stop at important landmarks, including Trajan's Column, Piazza Bocca della Verità, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Circus of Maxentius, the Colosseum, and more. Spend between 5 and 10 minutes at each of these sites and learn about each location from your guide. Then, go underground to see Rome's ancient catacombs and crypts. Discover this immense underground cemetery and learn about its origin and decline. Your tour ends back in the quiet side road where it began.

Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

8. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Colosseum Moonlight Group Walking Tour

9. Rome: Colosseum Moonlight Group Walking Tour

Explore the Colosseum, some of its restricted areas, and the underground after-hours with skip-the-line tickets. See the ruins of the imperial forum and learn from a tour guide along the way. Meet your experienced tour guide at the meeting point and enjoy a walk to Piazza Venezia while admiring the views on both sides of the ruins of the Imperial Forum, part of Rome's long and interesting history. Skip the lines and avoid the crowds to get access to the Colosseum in the evening when it's closed to the general public. Explore the first and second levels of the famous Stadium with a tour guide and get exclusive access to the reconstructed stage of the Arena and the Underground. Take the exclusive and unique chance to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World under the moonlight.

Rome: Guided Colosseum Underground and Gladiator Arena Tour

10. Rome: Guided Colosseum Underground and Gladiator Arena Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the gladiators. Visit the Colosseum and delve beneath its surface on our Colosseum Underground Tour. Start at the special entrance to the “backstage” of the Colosseum, then descend into the Underground section where your expert guide will show you its inner workings. Venture out onto a partial reconstruction of the Arena Floor. From here you can take in the magnitude of the amphitheater from where gladiators faced their foes. Finally, you will walk around the tiers where the spectators watched the show. The skip-the-line Colosseum Underground and Arena Tour is a perfect way to further experience Rome’s iconic monuments. In a group of 12 or less, explore this incredible monument alongside an expert, English-speaking guide. Audio headsets will be used where appropriate so you won’t miss a thing.

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What people are saying about Colosseum

Jason was fantastic! Incredibly knowledgeable about history, beyond just facts and dates. He shared insights about how events and circumstances came together to contribute to major events in ancient Rome. Driving through these places with him you could really envision what it might have be like that be in those spaces in ancient times. This tour was a highlight of our trip for sure!

This tour was so fun!!! After walking around in the heat in Italy for 12 days straight, a golf cart tour was just what we needed! And the catacombs were so fun! Our tour guide was so welcoming and friendly and we had a great time! Definitely do this tour!!!

I live that it was at 8pm as we went on summer. The only bad thing is that I bought the Spanish tour and when we got there it was in english. Other than that it was a great.

Great to experience the Colosseum without all of the crowds (and the heat) of the day. Definitely recommend this experience!

Amazing that our guide was an architect. But also a great historian and amateur comedian.