Want to visit the Colosseum by night? You can! And it's amazing!
If you want to visit the Colosseum at night, you need to know:
Visiting the Colosseum at night is really special, not only because of how beautiful it is from the outside (which you can of course see regardless.) When you first go in, you will see and really appreciate the architecture of the corridors, because they are totally empty!
Then, as you go around on the main level of the Colosseum, your first impression will be of the silence. It's dark all around you and hardly anyone else is there, so you get to appreciate what you are looking at even more, because there is no sound, other than the guide, to distract you.
On a night visit to the Colosseum, you will visit the main and second levels of the Colosseum, which you can do also during the day.
But you will also get to go out onto the Colosseum floor...
... and, you will visit the Hypogeum below.
This is another thing that makes this visit so special, as these areas are not accessible with a regular daytime entry ticket, and booking a visit of them (along with the third ring above), can be hard to come by as there is limited number of tickets to those areas.
The Roma Pass allows you free entry to the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill, but only during regular daytime hours. (You can also use the Roma Pass for discounted entry to these sites, if you use the Roma Pass for free entry for other sites.)
The night tour of the Colosseum is considered a special event, and is not offered at any discount or with the Roma Pass or any other combo pass.
The full-fare ticket to visit the Colosseum by night, which includes a tour in English (or Spanish or Italian), is 20€. There is no additional booking fee so that is the final price per person.
For anyone aged 7-12 years old, the reduced fee is 18€. For 6 and under, it's free, but you still need a ticket for anyone 3-6 years old (it's a free ticket but you have to reserve as it's consider a "spot" on the tour.)
No, it's not the same. A normal day-time visit to the Colosseum costs 12€ if purchased on site, or a bit more if you pre-purchase. And it includes a visit to the Forum/Palatine Hill area, over a 48-hour period.
Any other kind of visit to the Colosseum, such as underground, to upper tiers, and, the subject of this page, visiting the Colosseum by night, is considered a special event. (It's also why they are not always available.)
These tickets must be purchased in advance, and always include a tour with someone from the staff of CoopCulture. You cannot wander in on your own, and you cannot just walk up and purchase a ticket.
For all these special events, there is a limited number of spaces available, and as they are popular, they tend to sell out fast so you really have to book in advance, sometimes long in advance.
These are two really different visits, and different ways to see the Colosseum.
Here are the pros of visiting the Colosseum by day:
Here are the cons of visiting the Colosseum by day:
Here are the pros of visiting the Colosseum by night:
Here are the cons of visiting the Colosseum by night:
So which one should you do?
And, if you've been to the Colosseum before, or if you have time on your trip to Rome, add a night visit. You will never look at the Colosseum the same way again.
Visiting the Colosseum by night is a relatively new thing.
In recent years, it was only available during spring/summer/fall. As of this writing in 2017, it seems the visits may be year-round. However, as the season slows down and it gets colder, there are fewer of them. In winter months, you can only go on the weekends.
Also note it will NOT be available on the Free Sunday (on the first Sunday of each month, state sites and museums are free for everyone, and there are no special visits that day.)
As for what time they go, they start having visits about an hour after the regular closing time, and stagger the entry times. So for example, in July, when the Colosseum closes at 7pm, they start visits sometime after 8pm, but you might get an entry time of say, 9:40pm. This way it's always in the dark, and as they stagger the entry times, you will not spend much time together with any other tour groups.
Yes, to visit the Colosseum by night (or any other special visit), you must take a tour. And the tour has to be with someone from CoopCulture, the organization that manages the Colosseum and its ticket sales.
When you book a tour with an outside company, you will still get the guide you booked, who works for that company. But when you enter the Colosseum for the night tour, someone from CoopCulture just comes along, in part to make sure you keep to your time-table. But rest assured, you will have the tour guide you booked.
A tour of the Colosseum by night through CoopCulture lasts just over an hour. A tour with an outside company will likely last longer, as they usually try to cover some more ground and information, to make it a more complete tour. The length will depend on the tour company but usually it will be around 2 - 2.5 hours.
There are two ways to book a tour of the Colosseum by night, through CoopCulture, or through a private tour company.
If you book through CoopCulture, it will cost less, but if you want a more complete tour, or, if you find CoopCulture tickets sold out, you may want to try booking a tour with an outside company.
CoopCulture is the entity that runs the Colosseum (and other sites in Rome and throughout Italy.) You can book your Colosseum night tour directly through Coopculture, online.
Unlike with other special tour events like the underground and/or third or 4th/5th rings, you do not need to buy a separate entry ticket to the Colosseum.
The 20€ ticket you buy for the Colosseum night visit, through CoopCulture is a ticket for entry and includes the guide in the language you choose.
If you want a more complete tour, that includes other parts of Ancient Rome by night, you may want to consider booking a Colosseum night tour through a tour agency.
I took this tour with The Roman Guy and I absolutely loved it. We began at the Vittoriano monument (the "wedding cake", and walked from there to Campidoglio for some night Roman Forum views.
While we walked along the via dei Fori Imperiali, all lit up, we were treated to a fun and entertaining history lesson about Ancient Rome and some colorful emperors!
Once we arrived at the Colosseum, our guide handled everything and in we went (you do have to pass through security so I remind you, no selfie sticks or tripods allowed.)
We had the place nearly to ourselves. A guide from the Colosseum joined our group, but mostly served to keep us on track time-wise. Our Roman Guy guide was the one who guided us the whole time, and it was fantastic. I really recommend this tour with them!
You may also wish to book a Colosseum night tour on Viator (in USD$) or on GetYourGuide (in other currencies), because it's hard to book, because space is so limited. And when you go on a tour booking site like these, you can enter your date(s) and see WHO has a tour available then.
Yes, booking a tour with an agency is a lot more expensive than with CoopCulture. But you will have a more complete tour this way. And, if the tickets through CoopCulture are sold out, you may find that by booking a tour, you can find space available.
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