Take part in this tour of Rome at night and discover what picturesque scenes await as your guide leads you through one of the most romantic cityscapes on earth.
Stepping back from the bustle of urban existence to enjoy the lesser-known secrets of this magical space, dive deep into history and unearth stories of a bygone era. From the Piazza del Popolo to the Colosseum, these are once-in-a-lifetime experiences to share with loved ones.
Then, bring your Rome by night to a close in a typically Italian fashion, with a beautiful meal to the backdrop of world-famous monuments. Magnifico!
Begin your Rome by night tour with Piazza del Popolo – an elegant space in the northern quarters of the ancient city with a striking Egyptian Obelisk at its center. Once a place of public execution (the last took place in 1826), there are few locations more emblematic of this grandiose city.
The Northern Gate of the massive Aurelian walls sits opposite the impressive Twin Churches facing the neoclassical square designed by Giuseppe Valadier.
The Ara Pacis Augustae is a delicately adorned marble altar that now sits within the Museum of the Ara Pacis, having relocated from the Campus Martius. Once an ancient flood plain of the Tiber, Campus Martiusresulted in the original Ara Pacis, becoming buried under 4m of silt deposits.
The 9 BC altar rests in its new home on the banks of the Tiber river and is an iconic depiction of Roman life and Augustus family.
The famed Navona Square, an oval construction revered for Bernini’s ‘Fountain of the Four Rivers’, is also the ancient setting for the stadium of Domitian. Completed in 86 AD by Emperor Domitian, the amphitheater was home to any number of dramatic festivals and sporting events.
When the city market arrived in Piazza Navona from Campidoglio in the 15th century, the piazza became a heralded example of Baroque Roman architecture. With its illuminated sculptures that define the space, Piazza Navona is the perfect stop for a walk in Rome at night.
A true masterpiece to admire on your Rome by night tour is the illuminated Pantheon. Once a temple, now a church, the building has maintained its religious significance throughout the centuries. Immaculately preserved and seemingly just a few centuries old, it is difficult to believe that the structure was finished in AD 128 by Emperor Hadrian. In the square in front – a gathering place for locals – discover a decorative 16thcentury fountain sitting beneath the Egyptian obelisk.
The Rome by night tour continues into the Piazza Venezia, whose imposing marble monument to Vittoria Emanuele II becomes ever more dramatic once the day has folded into the night. Dedicated to the ‘Unknown Soldier’ (MiliteIgnoto), the monument strives to preserve memories of the sacrificed soldiers lost throughout the ages, never to be identified.
Once home to the embassy of the Republic of Venice, the piazza is the central hub of the city where several roads intersect, reflecting its true heritage having been built by the Venetian Cardinal – Pietro Barbo.
Beyond the piazza lies the Roman Forum, where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries with many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march, or political campaign run in its surroundings.
Together with the Colosseum, the rich archaeological site now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year.
There are few more recognizable edifices than that of the Coliseum: the largest amphitheater ever built, the structure marks the center of the city and neighbors the impressive Roman Forum.
The 72 AD amphitheater held crowds of up to 80,000 locals baying for blood during gladiatorial spectacles, as the man fought beast to the delight of thousands. Perhaps the most striking of engineering feats in the entire country, the splendidly illuminated Colosseum, is on the top of the list of our Rome by night experiences.
As if you haven’t had your fill of Italian delights, the tour ends in a typical Italian restaurant where guests can indulge in the finest of local cuisine. Enjoy a starter, main course, and dessert to round off the perfect evening.
Meet your guide 15 minutes before the tour in Piazza del Popolo near the fountain of the Lions with the obelisk (a few steps from Flaminio underground station). Your guide will hold a sign with your name.
– Professional certified guide
– Dinner in a typical Italian restaurant – First Course, Main Course & water
– COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
(social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites)