Summer in Rome: Nighttime Tours of the Colosseum

Roman Colosseum

Imagine touring Rome’s Colosseum under the stars. It’s actually possible, thanks to a program of nighttime tours that was launched last summer. After its runaway success in 2014 (with almost 20,000 visitors), “La luna sul Colosseo” (Moon over the Colosseum) has kicked off again for the 2015 summer season, running through October 10.

The small group tours, which can be booked in advance for 26 euros on the website rome-museum.com, are guided by expert archeologists and take place in both Italian and English. The Colosseum is lit by an artificial “moon” to recreate the ambiance of the “full moon nights of the Ancient Empire.” The tours last for 75 minutes and also traverse the underground portions of the famous monument.

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These nighttime tours are available on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and can be booked starting from 8:40 pm. The last tour takes place at 10:30 pm. Children under 6 are free.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/ MarcusObal

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