Romantic colosseum by night VIP tour
Let yourself be embraced by the starred darkness of Colosseum silent ruins and live again the same unique emotions felt by the illustrious travelers who came right here during the nights of past centuries and found in the collapsing amphitheater an eternal source for inspiration, giving birth to touching poems, literature pearls and art masterpieces. Our expert guide will lead you on the footsteps of William Turner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lord Byron and other brilliant visitors, daring a journey through the shadows of the Colosseum history and exploring its underground corridors and the re-built arena. Finally, you’ll climb up from the first to the second rings, from where you’ll overlook from the Belvedere Valadier terrace, admiring the stunning scenery presented by Rome in the moonlight.
Gems includedArena FloorColosseum undergroundBelvedere Valadier terraceReading of poemsMultimedia equipment to experience ArtVia Sacra (Sacred Way)Privileged view of Rome at nightArch of Constantine
Tailored in-depth experienceThis is a completely private tour, so you will have a personal guide just for you and your party, available to answer to all your questions.
CustomizableThe tour can be adapted to the traveller's needs and requests.
Skip-the-line admission ticketsThe tour includes tickets so you won’t waste any of your precious time in superfluous queues. Relax, we’ll take care of everything!
Top-rated specialist guideYou’ll be accompanied by one of our super selected guides who are fluent in English and, what’s most important, true expert in their field of knowledge thanks to a serious academic background. They’re Italian locals living in Rome, so they have not only a contagious passion for Rome, but they know their hometown in all its aspects, so they can reveal to you all the hidden gems and let you live the city as well in the most immersing and fascinating way. In this case, the tour will be especially guided by a real graduated archaeologist who has a strong university preparation and also an official license as a tour guide, gained through a specific and competitive training path.
EquipmentWe recommend the use of comfortable shoes for the long walking paths. On rainy days, especially in fall and winter seasons, bring jackets (better if waterproof) to be worn in the underground or more humid areas and umbrellas for the open-air spaces. In sunny days, especially in spring and summer seasons, we also recommend the use of hats or any other sunshades because there are wide areas without any shades. A flashlight could turn out to be useful, especially to gain a better visibility in some more dark passageways during this Colosseum by night tour.
AccessibilityThis is an inclusive guided tour designed with love, maximum care and special attention to every people with special mobility needs. The walking path is thoughtfully studied to cause the least possible inconvenience, nevertheless some sections of the archaeological sites could be characterized by narrow spaces or uneven surfaces, being more difficult to access for wheelchairs or strollers. But, we will do our utmost to help you and make your experience pleasant. Feel free to contact us for any specific requests, so we can design the perfect tailored private tour specifically for your needs.
This customizable private tour will allow you to live the invaluable experience of being entrapped in the magic charm of the Colosseum after dark, perceiving again the intense feelings which drove, in the 18th and 19th centuries and even afterwards, writers and artists who found in Rome and, in particular, in the ancient iconic monument, the fascinating muse fueling their creative inspiration.
The evocative exploration will start with the access to the Colosseum through the arcades located at the first level of the majestic architecture. The emotion given by this special moment will become even more powerful inside the building, when the imposing dimensions of the cavea, which once probably hosted more than fifty thousand spectators, will surround you as you’ll walk on the portion of the re-built arena on the eastern side of the monument.
And then, at the core of the largest amphitheater in the ancient world, in the calm of that present instant which will wrap you in the darkness of Rome falling asleep, you’ll be able to listen to the voices still echoing within the ancient ruins: the din of thousands excited Romans who acclaimed the heroes of spectacular shows, the screams of gladiators fighting for the eternal glory in bloodthirsty games, the roar of the wild beasts fatally imprisoned in extraordinary mock sceneries.
Your specialist guide will be there at your side during this silent spectacle, to let likewise the immortal words written by celebrated authors resound alive among the ancient stones. Sometimes the grandiose monument inspired copious intellectuals even if they couldn’t concretely reach Rome, as in the case of Edgar Allan Poe, in other case the eerie splendor that the foreign enthusiasts could actually breathe in their nocturnal contemplation of the Colosseum let them passionately fill sheets of papers with the dreams and visions about the greatness and decay of Ancient Rome, as Madame de Staël, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Mariana Starke, Émile Zola, Hugh Williams, Mark Twain, Watie W. Swanzy, Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov, Lord Byron, and so on. Enchanted artistic depictions of the majestic edifice at night, romantically in ruin, such as those ones by William Turner, John Warwick Smith, Richard Wilson and Gustav Carus, will be also compared to the real architecture in an illuminating dialogue between past and present.
The adventurous route through the Colosseum dark magnetism will move forward with the eerie descent to the so-called hypogeum and the thrilling discovery of its shady corridors, from times to times immersed in the darkness, where the equipment for the bloody shows, the gladiators waiting for their destiny and the cages for the wild beasts were located.
The exploration of the amphitheater will majestically continue ascending to the first level, where the impressive remains adorned with the atmospheric touch of silvery moonlight emphasizes the shadowed spaces where the ghosts of Colosseum troubled story are hidden.
Successively, you’ll have the opportunity to ascend from the first to the second level of the amphitheater and walk around its perimeter, from where you can admire the whole cavea in its entire splendor.
Through century of history, the Colosseum has never ceased to seduce and it still proudly stands in visceral connection with its eternal cradle, as you will experience from an unexpected perspective reaching the Belvedere Valadier terrace. From there, on the threshold between Ancient and New Rome, you’ll listen to the bewitching whispers from the past melting with the frenetic nowadays life, which continuously animates the breathtaking panorama of the city at night, scattered with artificial stars.
The fading of Ancient Rome greatness and the delicate passage to the Middle Ages will be also explained through the precious example of the Arch of Constantine, as it will be explained by our wise archeologist, who will then accompany you through the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) where emperors and popes gloriously walked, until you’ll arrive to a privileged viewpoint on the Great Beauty of the heart of Rome in the moonlight, final astonishing surprise of this fascinating journey.