Night Opening Tours in Rome

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If you’re traveling to Rome, Italy this summer, do yourself a favor and book one of the museum “Night Opening” tours. The Colosseum and the Vatican Museum offer evening tours through October 2015.  While there are plenty of night tours available in Rome, these are two of my absolute favorites!

Colosseum Night Opening

Last time we were in Rome, most of the exterior of the Colosseum was under construction and it was a bit of a disappointment (not entirely because it’s was still Rome and it was still the Colosseum!).  If you take the Colosseum tour instead of standing outside taking pictures, you won’t have to worry about the unsightly construction.

But, if you take a night tour of the Colosseum you get so much more!  Not only will you get to stand inside the historic Colosseum, you’ll get a guided underground tour led by an ARCHEOLOGIST!  I mean, you seriously can’t beat that. Luckily, the guided tour doesn’t cost extra and you’ll have access to areas that are mostly off-limits during the day. Trust me, you want to do this tour!

Vatican Museum Night Opening

Visiting the Vatican Museum is an incredible experience no matter when you go but there’s something about sitting in the Sistine Chapel at night.  I found the night tour to be less crowded and less rushed which gave us more time to admire the beauty of the museum.  I believe we sat in the Sistine Chapel for almost an hour and could have stayed even longer.

In the middle of the day, the Chapel is bursting with tourists pouring into one entrance, fighting for a place to sit and being yelled at for talking and snapping pictures.  The night tour was much calmer and that’s exactly what you want when visiting the Vatican Museum.

As I mentioned before, there are plenty of tours in the evening but these are two you can’t miss.  Whether you’re in Rome for a day or a week, schedule a tour around your dinner plans.  Book one of these tours and see a side of Rome you’ve never seen before!

Other night tours: Rome by night walking tour, Rome on a Vespa night tour, Mysteries of Rome/Ghost tour, night walking food tour, crypts and catacombs night tour and much more. Please note, these tours only operate on certain evenings so make sure you check the calendar for availability.

Have you been to the Colosseum or the Vatican Museum?  Have you been at night?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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  1. Reply

    Have done the night tour of the Colosseum but not the Vatican. I would love to do this and a night food tour also.

  2. Reply

    So interesting! i didn’t know that you could tour these at night. But were you able to get photos at night?! I always need a billion photos!

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    So glad to see that you’ve illuminated the treasures of night tours. I discovered the value of visiting a place in day and later at night or vice-versa in Mexico. In both La Paz and Guadalajara the city center or boardwalks were entirely different experiences. I’m sure in all the Mediterranean countries that’s true as well.

    • Tim
    • August 1, 2015

    That sounds so good. I don’t like going to places that are so super crowded. Next time I am in Rome I definitely gonna do this tour ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I agree with Karilyn, the night shots must be great. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Reply

    The only night tour I did in Rome was a pub crawl when I was in my early 20’s. This seems more my style now.

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    I missed seeing the Vatican when I was in Italy this past May as I had an awful case of food poisoning ๐Ÿ™ So I hope to go back and see it. A night tour definitely sounds like my style. I’m a bit of a night owl anyway!

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    Night tours are like exploring a whole new city. The building lit up makes them look totally different. Sign me up for the Mysteries of Rome/Ghost tour. That one sounds like fun.

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    I love this idea! When I was in Rome last time, we walked around at night a lot because it was cooler and less people. I never thought to check into seeing some of the stuff at night. I’ll definitely do that next time!

  9. Reply

    Great post!
    Night tours are really amazing,I really like it.It is absolutely true that visit to the Vatican museum is an incredible experience no matter when you go but thereโ€™s something about sitting in the Sistine Chapel at night.All your tips are really helpful in order to explore Rome at night.

    Thanks,for sharing this valuable information with us.

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