In this post, we will provide several different ideas for fun activities that you can enjoy in Rome after dark. In addition to a list of our top 10 things to do, there will also be sections devoted to free things to do at night and family-friendly attractions you can enjoy even after the sun goes down.
The following section features the ten most interesting things you can do at night in Rome. We will note when any of these ideas are also either free or great for families.
If you’re looking for even more fun activities that don’t cost anything, make sure to check our post about free things to do in Rome.
You may want to consider getting a discount pass for access to the most popular attractions in the city. For more information, please read our post about Roman tourist passes.
1) Take a Night Tour
One of the best ways to spend a night in Rome is to do a little sightseeing. Many notable and historic landmarks in this city are lit up after dark, and you can take a tour which covers the most important locations. You can expect to see sites such as the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and more.
There are fully guided tours available from a variety of tour companies, but you can also take a self-guided tour. In addition to both of these options, you might also want to consider an audio tour after the sun goes down.
If you’re interested in a guided tour, visit this page for a list of Rome night tours.
For additional details about taking a self-guided or audio tour, check our post about free things to do in Rome.
2) Go to a Concert
No matter when you come to Rome, chances are there will be a concert happening somewhere in the city.
The most popular concerts feature classical music being played by symphonies or sung by notable artists such as the Three Tenors. That said, popular musicians also frequently perform more modern hits at various locations around the city. No matter what type of music you enjoy, chances are you’ll find a great concert to attend.
Check the schedule at the following venues for the best and most interesting concerts in Rome:
- Auditorium Parco della Musica
- St. Paul’s Within the Walls
- Traffic Live Club
- The Monk Club
- And More!
3) See a Football Game
If you’re a sports fan, the city of Rome has two excellent football teams to support: AS Roma and SS Lazio. Both teams play in Olympic Stadium at various times throughout the year. No matter when you choose to visit, chances are you’ll have an opportunity to see one of these two teams playing a live game.
Check the following schedules to find out when their next match will be held:
NOTE: This is a great activity for families, and the nearby Video Game Museum also appeals to a family audience. If you’re interested in both attractions, keep in mind that admission to the VIGAMUS museum is actually free with the Rome Turbo Pass.
4) Go on a Dinner Cruise
There are a few companies that offer a dinner cruise on the River Tiber. Considering that this river winds its way right through the heart of Rome, going on a cruise is a great way to see the city. See sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Colosseum and more while enjoying a nice meal. This is also a great activity for anyone who wants to spend a romantic night out with their significant other.
For more details, check this list of dinner cruises on the River Tiber.
TIP: You can save 20% on cruise tickets with the Rome City Pass.
5) See an Opera
Rome has a wonderful theatre known as Teatro dell’Opera which routinely offers at least a few different operas, ballets and other shows each month. This theatre usually sticks to the classics, so you can expect familiar stories such as Swan Lake, Carmen, Don Quixote and more.
During the summer, Teatro dell’Opera runs a special series of concerts and operas which take place at the Baths of Caracalla. This is a rare opportunity to see a show at one of the most historic landmarks in Rome. If you plan on visiting from May – August, keep an eye out for this incredible opportunity.
6) Go to the Colosseum
You might be surprised to find that you can actually visit the Colosseum after dark. Several companies offer night tours of this historic site, covering a lot of ground that you won’t even see on the typical self-guided visit.
This is an excellent opportunity to see a side of this popular landmark that few will ever discover. Ticket prices can be somewhat expensive, but many reviewers indicate that this experience is worth the additional cost.
For more details about this night tour, check our post about visiting the Colosseum.
7) Visit the Vatican
Much like the Colosseum, you can also visit the Vatican Museums at night. This opportunity is usually only available in the spring and summer, and tickets can be difficult to get. Luckily, even if you can’t secure admission from the Vatican Museums, you might still be able to purchase tickets for a guided night tour from a trustworthy tour company.
Night tickets will allow you to visit between the hours of 7 pm – 11 pm. Guests who have taken advantage of this opportunity report that the crowds are much more manageable and not as hectic after dark as they are during the day.
To learn more about night tickets, read our post about visiting the Vatican Museums.
8) See a Musical
In addition to Teatro dell’Opera, there are several other theatres in Rome where you can go to see musicals, plays and other live performances. If you’re interested in seeing a more modern tale played out on stage, consider visiting one of the following venues:
- Teatro Sistina
- Teatro Eliseo
- Teatro Argentina
- Teatro Brancaccio
- Teatro della Cometa
- And More!
TIP: The Rome Turbo Pass includes discounts on theatre tickets. If you’re planning to use this service anyways, you might want to check and see if you can use it for discount tickets to one of the theatres listed above.
9) Experience Aperitivo
If you’re going to be spending some time in Rome, you might want to try an authentic Italian tradition: the Aperitivo. This is a special event which includes drinks and a buffet-style meal. The typical Aperitivo starts at about 7 pm and lasts for a few hours, so it’s a perfect activity to enjoy at night.
Visitors from out of town might want to get some guidance from a local. Thankfully, there are several guided tours you can take which will help you to learn all about the Aperitivo.
NOTE: This is an excellent idea for a night out with your significant other.
10) Get a Tourist Pass
There are a lot of great nighttime activities included with the various tourist passes offered in Rome. If you’re looking for fun things to do after dark, the Rome Turbo Pass is an especially good option. Here are a few examples of attractions and services you can enjoy either for free or at a discount with this pass.
- Castel Sant’Angelo
- Borghese Gallery
- Rome Travel Pass
- Rome Film Festival
- Theatre Tickets
- Concert Tickets
- Opera Tickets
- And More!
If you plan on visiting any of the locations listed above or you want to save money on even more things to do at night, consider getting the Rome Turbo Pass.
Free Things to Do
In this section, we will provide a few additional ideas for free things to do at night in Rome. If you want even more affordable activities, make sure to read our full post of free things to do in Rome.
Although it isn’t free, you could save enough money with a tourist pass that it would more than pay for itself. At that point, every additional activity you enjoy while using the pass would be entirely free! For more details, check our post about Roman tourist passes.
Domenica al Museo
On the first Sunday of each month, museums and historic landmarks around Rome open their doors to the public for free. This event is known as Domenica al Museo, and although some of the included locations close before it gets too dark, there are a few sites with hours as late as 7:30 pm – 8 pm.
If you’re looking for something interesting to do in the early evening on Domenica al Museo, consider heading to the top of Castel Sant’Angelo to get a view of Rome during sunset. Locations such as Palazzo Venezia, the Baths of Caracalla and MAXXI are also open until at least 7 pm, giving you ample opportunity to visit as the daylight fades.
For a list of additional attractions included on Domenica al Museo, read our post about free things to do in Rome.
See the Fountains of Rome
There are a lot of beautiful and historic fountains in Rome. Many of them are lit up after dark, making them glow and ensuring they are easier to see at night. Since you don’t need to enter any building to see them, you can easily do a self-guided walk and enjoy the most beloved baroque fountains in the city at your own leisure once the sun goes down.
Here are a few of the sites you should consider visiting:
- Trevi Fountain (Piazza di Trevi)
- Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Piazza Navona)
- Fontana del Moro (Piazza Navona)
- The Fountain of Neptune (Piazza Navona)
- Triton Fountain (Piazza Barberini)
- Fountain of the Naiads (Piazza della Repubblica)
NOTE: Trevi Fountain is close to venues like Teatro Sistina, Teatro Eliseo and other notable theatres. If you’re planning to see a musical, you might want to consider visiting this location either before or after the show.
Head to the Testaccio Market
During the summer and fall months, Testaccio Market holds what they call “Open Days.” This is an event where the market remains open late into the night.
In addition to the later hours, there are also usually live musical performances and special services offered by businesses in the area. For example, this is the only time that you can get a good cut of meat from the butcher and watch them cook it for you on site!
It might not be free if you plan to purchase a few things while shopping at Testaccio Market, but you don’t necessarily have to buy anything to enjoy the music and look around.
TIP: This marketplace is pretty close to historic sites like Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla. If you have any interest in visiting either location, consider heading out to these landmarks before going to an Open Day at Testaccio Market.
This section will focus on attractions you can enjoy with your family after dark in Rome. If you’re looking for more ideas, make sure to check our other sections for activities such as Open Days at Testaccio Market, seeing the fountains of Rome, going to a musical, enjoying an opera or heading to a football game.
Families who are looking for more things to do at night should consider getting a Rome tourist pass to save money on a variety of popular activities.
Go to a Gladiator Show
Even though the age of gladiators has long since ended, there is still at least one location in Rome where you can see a live recreation of gladiatorial combat.
Gruppo Storico Romano has a small arena near Appian Way where you can take the family to see a Gladiator Show during the summer. This is a fairly limited event, but it’s definitely an excellent experience if you happen to visit Rome at the right time.
In addition to the Gladiator Show, Gruppo Storico Romano also provides something called Gladiator School for young children. This class gives your kids the opportunity to find out what life was like during the period where this type of battle was popular.
TIP: If you’re going to be in the area, consider taking a walk down Appian Way. This is a free activity and there are a lot of notable sites to see along this historic road.
Enjoy Dinner at a Cat Bistro
If you have a family full of cat lovers, a trip to the Romeow Cat Bistro is an absolute must. This is a location where friendly felines will join you for your meal. In addition to serving a variety of dishes earlier in the day, they also offer dinner in the evening.
This bistro has some of the most unique and high quality dishes of any restaurant in Rome, so you can expect a slightly higher price for your meal. It will also be important to make a reservation ahead of time to ensure that you’ve got a table.
This is an excellent opportunity for families who are interested in a more classy meal to bring the kids out for a special experience.
NOTE: If you’re looking for a more affordable opportunity to spend some time with cats, head to the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. This location is free to visit and there are several happy kitties in the area.
Take the Kids to the Zoo
At the Northern end of Villa Borghese, you will find Bioparco di Roma. This is Rome’s zoo, and they are open until the early evening during the spring and summer. Although it’s not technically open after dark, this could be a great way to spend the end of the day with your family.
While you’re there, you can expect to see camels, kangaroos, crocodiles, emus, flamingos, owls, and many other interesting animals. There are also special events held every month, so make sure to check their calendar before heading out to see if there’s anything going on when you plan to visit.
TIP: You can get a discount on tickets to Bioparco di Roma with the Rome Turbo Pass. If you’re already planning to use a tourist pass, this could be a great way to save money on a fun activity for you and your family.
Take a Cooking Class
If you’re trying to teach your children how to cook, Eataly of Rome can help with that. Although a majority of their classes are taught in Italian, they do have some courses for children which are taught in English.
This is an excellent opportunity to give your kids a fun and educational experience which will make it easier for them to safely help in the kitchen whenever you make a meal.
In addition to the basic fundamental cooking courses, they also provide special classes about how to prepare classic Italian pizzas and chocolate. No matter what you or your family like to eat, chances are they’ve got a class that can help you make your favorite food even better.
If you still haven’t found an activity you want to do at night, consider one of the following options. These are attractions that we simply couldn’t fit on the top 10, but they are still excellent ideas.
For more fun things to do at night in Rome, look into getting a Roman tourist pass.
Go to the Borghese Gallery
Although they don’t have late hours, this beloved museum does stay open until 7 pm on most nights and until 9 pm on Thursdays. You won’t be able to stay all night, but you can definitely start your evening here without any problem. If you’re going to be in the area on a Thursday, this is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the most famous artwork in all of Rome after dark.
Tickets for the Borghese Gallery aren’t too terribly expensive, but you can actually get admission for free or save money at this attraction with the Omnia Vatican and Rome Card, the Rome Turbo Pass, the Roma Pass and other popular Roman tourist passes.
Experience Wine Tasting
In addition to the cooking classes they offer, Eataly also provides wine tasting courses. If you’re in the mood to try some of the finest wines in all of Italy, this is a great opportunity that you won’t want to miss. Wine tasting classes are offered at least once a week, so there’s a very good chance that they’ll have one available while you’re visiting Rome.
Some classes focus on white wine, but others provide a variety of red wines to try out. During each course, a professional Sommelier or chef will explain details such as how to taste wine, what foods to pair it with, and how to properly serve it to guests.
NOTE: Eataly’s Italian headquarters are very close to Appian Way. You may want to consider taking a walk down this ancient road either before or after your wine tasting class.
See the Capuchin Crypt
If you’re in the mood for a spookier experience, consider going to the famous Capuchin Crypt after hours. This is the location of the bone chapel, a famous and somewhat creepy catacomb full of human bones which have been creatively placed throughout the crypt. Some may consider it a bit macabre, but many actually consider this a rather holy place.
No matter what your reasons are for visiting, this is an excellent activity that you can enjoy after dark. Several companies provide guided tours of the Capuchin Crypt at night. Check this list of Capuchin Crypt tours and find one that fits both your schedule and your budget.
TIP: If you’re interested in visiting this location, you may also want to see some of the other catacombs in and around Rome. Many of them are easy to find on Appian Way.
Head to a Rooftop Bar
There are several popular rooftop bars in Rome which offer both excellent drinks and an incredible view of the city after dark.
No matter which location you choose, the views from above are sure to be breathtaking once the sun goes down. Most of the ancient city will be dark, but chances are that you’ll be able to discern some of the more notable landmarks as they are often lit up at night.
Whether you just want a night cap or you’re looking for fantastic views, take a look at this list of the best Rooftop Bars in Rome to find a good place to grab a drink after dark.
Take a Ghost Tour
Even if a trip to the Capuchin Crypt doesn’t sound like the best idea, you may still want to consider taking a ghost tour in Rome. With a history stretching back thousands of years, this city has a lot of creepy tales to tell.
On a fully guided ghost tour you’ll learn about some of the more disturbing things that have happened in this ancient city over the centuries. Many of these outings will take you to locations such as the Trajan Forum, the Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo.
If this sounds like an interesting activity, check this list of Roman ghost tours to find one that fits both your schedule and budget.