Carpe Diem with Walks Inside Rome’s prestigious Colosseum Night tour! This engaging, entertaining experience takes you on an immersive tour of ancient Rome, culminating with a VIP tour of the Colosseum and its underground. Your expert guide will bring Rome’s incredible history to life, guiding you through a plethora of attractions from the site where Julius Caesar was assassinated to the Capitoline Hill’s majestic viewpoint over the Roman Forum. Your tour culminates in a guided tour of the Colosseum Underground, where you’ll be regaled with the stories of gladiators, wild animals, and slaves who were held there to await their fate.
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Discover ancient Rome’s highlights by night
Your Colosseum Night tour begins at the Largo di Torre Argentina, where your journey through the history of ancient Rome starts. Free from the hustle and bustle of the day’s tourists and commuters, the evening is the best time to acquaint yourself with this fascinating site.
Most people overlook the Largo di Torre Argentina, regarding its assortment of ancient remains with token curiosity. But this temple complex in the middle of Rome’s center was the site of one of history’s most infamous events. For it was among one of the rooms attached to the Theater of Pompey that Julius Caesar, the Roman Republic’s most notorious dictator, was assassinated on the Ides of March, 44 BC.
Under a star-studded sky, your expert guide will inject life into this ancient attraction, regaling you with vivid accounts of its history and secrets. From here, we make our way to the Capitoline Hill – perhaps the most famous of the Seven Hills of Rome. Once home to the ancient Temple of the Capitoline Triad, which now lies buried into the rock, it has since taken on another purpose. Its Palazzo Senatorio, designed by Michelangelo, lies at the heart of Roman politics, flanked by the famous Capitoline Museums and their unparalleled ancient collections.
Soak in the stunning night views of the illuminated Roman Forum
The Capitoline Hill offers the best view in Rome of the Roman Forum. This vast meeting space in the valley between the Palatine and the Capitoline lay at the political and economic heart of the ancient world. Exploring it thoroughly on a separate Ancient Rome tour is a must for any visitor. After taking in the view of the Roman Forum lit up at night, we’ll move on to the adjacent forums, which sprung up around the time of Caesar because the Roman Forum had become too full.
Running along the Via dei Fori Imperiali are a number of other public spaces built by successive Roman emperors. We’ll marvel at the incredible Trajan’s Column, a triumphal monument illustrating the emperor’s victorious campaigns against the Dacians, and Trajan’s Market – the world’s first shopping mall. This part of your Colosseum Night tour takes you past the imposing Temple of Mars the Avenger in the Forum of Augustus, dedicated after Augustus had avenged the murder of his father – Julius Caesar.
Step straight inside the Colosseum
The exclusive VIP access you get on your Colosseum Night tour grants you direct access to the Colosseum Arena where your guide will bring the bloody stories of its combatants to life. Envision the events that took place on the arena floor, where gladiators once fought to the death in pursuit of freedom and glory. A visually stunning video projection will deep dive into the stories of one of these gladiators, preserving their story for all posterity.
Then we descend into the darkness of the Colosseum Underground – into one of the highlights of Hidden Rome – to learn more about engineering ingenuity and mechanisms of this majestic arena. It was on the sands above where you stand that gladiators and beasts fought desperately for their lives, to the cacophony of baying crowds and the entertainment of the masses. Take in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Colosseum in the dead of night, where the ghosts of its fallen can be more easily felt.
Combine your Colosseum Night Tour with a Cooking Class
Culture and cuisine go hand-in-hand in Rome. So what better way to begin or conclude your Colosseum Night tour than with a private cooking class! Situated a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and just around the corner from Piazza Navona, our prestigious school serves up a range of classes to cater for every taste.
Our recommended cooking classes to combine with your Colosseum tour are:
- Roman Pasta and Wine Tasting: When Romans go to a trattoria, they rarely seek something new. They look for the perfect pasta dish, no matter how many times they’ve tasted it. They know the flavor, they know how to make it, and they know how hard it is to master. That’s why we’ve assembled a team of incredible chefs to teach you how these pasta dishes should be made and pair your creation with the perfect wine for the occasion.
- Pizza making and gelato class: Passionate about pizza? Joyous at the thought of gelato? Then don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Perfect for kids and adults alike, beginners and veterans, this private class is designed for anyone with a passion for delicious food, having fun, and learning something new.
- Roman-Jewish Cuisine: Enjoy Roman-Jewish cuisine the way it’s meant to be enjoyed – prepared by hand under expert guidance. The recipes you’ll be perfecting have been passed down from generation to generation and many of them are traditionally used for a Roman Jewish Shabbat dinner.
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For more than 20 years, Walks Inside Rome has been offering immersive, authentic, and educational private and small-group tours and Rome kids and families experiences. Our team of local, licensed guides are seasoned experts in art, history, archaeology and food. Our combined expertise and experience transforms your time in Rome into something truly exceptional.
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