For the first time in ages, access to the underground and arena floor areas recently opened on a very limited basis. On this special Dark Rome tour, you will hear the tales of Ancient Roman civilization as you explore the underground tunnels where caged lions and tigers once roared and gladiators sharpened their weapons. As you stand on the arena floor, you will see the entire Colosseum from a gladiator’s viewpoint and imagine what it was like nearly 2,000 years ago, full of screaming spectators. Dark Rome's access to both of these restricted areas will make your Colosseum visit spectacular – something few people can experience!
Avoid the crowds with our special evening Colosseum tour, visiting this iconic sight after most tour groups and visitors have gone home and when it is cooler outside. As day gives way to night we visit the illuminated Roman Colosseum, including the rarely-accessed underground and arena floor areas, seeing it in a new light as this ancient structure comes to life and its fascinating history can truly be appreciated!
Our tour starts with the Campidoglio – the beautiful piazza designed by Michelangelo. Very nearby, we’ll find a little-known vantage point overlooking the Roman Forum (closed at this hour). As the light fades, your expert, English-speaking guide will provide you with a detailed overview of the origin of Rome's historic center – pointing out temples, arches and the sanctuary of Ancient Rome’s famous Vestal Virgins.
On your way down the hill, your guide will point out Trajan’s Market and Column among other ruins. Then it’s on to the highlight of our tour – the Colosseum.
Our special evening Colosseum underground tour has group size of 25 people or less so that you can easily interact with your guide. Join us on this rare tour where you will avoid the crowds, stay cooler in the evening, and experience one of Rome's most famous monuments as it is illuminated against the dimming sky.
On this tour, some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour.
We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.
Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.
It is not necessary to bring your voucher. We do recommend bringing the voucher with you as it contains helpful maps and directions to the meeting point. You can present this to your guide on the day of your tour either on a mobile device, or print it out.
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With Dark Rome it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.