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10 Best Rome Night Tours

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This post covers some of the Rome night tours you can take, giving you the opportunity to learn about the city as you see it illuminated.

If you’re looking for even more to do in the evening, please read our post about things to do in Rome at night for even more ideas.


1. Self-Guided & Audio Tours

The nice thing about both self-guided and audio tours is that you can take them pretty much anytime you want, including after dark. 

As a matter of fact, some of these may even be better at night!

Fontana di Trevi

Here are a few of our favorite self-guided options:

Discover the city at your own pace and avoid most of the crowds by heading out in the evening instead of during the day.


2. Free & Paid Guided Walking Tours

If you’d rather have the help of a professional guide, there are a variety of guided walking tours you can take which are offered at night. 

Some of these outings are even pay-what-you-wish, allowing you to decide how much they are worth.

Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

Consider one of the following options if you’re looking for a guided walking tour after dark:

For even more options, make sure to check this list of guided walking tours in Rome at night.


3. Guided Bus Tours

Most of the major bus tour companies in Rome offer a separate service after dark. 

These aren’t hop-on hop-off bus tours, so you won’t have an opportunity to jump off and explore at your own pace.

That said, you will have the chance to see the most notable landmarks in the city at night, and you’ll usually be given at least a few opportunities to stop and take photos.

For more details, please read our post detailing night bus tours in Rome.


4. Colosseum Night Tours

Believe it or not, you can actually visit the Colosseum after dark. 

In addition to experiencing this famous landmark in the evening, most night tours also include access to the underground area that few get the opportunity to see.

Rome Colosseum at night

There are a few different companies offering this service.

You can learn more about the guided tours they offer on our post detailing Colosseum night tours.

Alternatively, you’ll also find several additional options on this list of night tours at the Colosseum.


5. Vatican Night Tours

There are a few companies offering a tour of the Vatican after hours. 

These outings will allow you to visit the Vatican Museums after closing at 19:30 (7:30 pm) and see some of the most important attractions without crowds.

Vatican Museums

While we recommend the highly-rated service offered by Take Walks, tickets are limited, so you might need to consider another alternative.

Check this list of Vatican Museums night tours for additional options.


6. Ghost Tours of Rome

If you’re interested in learning about the more disturbing aspects of Roman history, there are at least a handful of ghost tours you can take. 

Most of these services are after dark, but all depends on the time of year.

Castel Sant' Angelo at night, Rome

Here are a few options you might want to consider:


7. Night Bike Tours

While most bike tours take place during the day, there are a few services that offer outings after dark. 

These tours typically begin at 7 pm and last for at least 2-3 hours.

Some night bike tours also include a free meal, allowing you to enjoy a light dinner while cycling around the city and discovering all the major sites after the sun goes down.

For more details, please read our post covering night bike tours in Rome


8. Segway Night Tours

If you’d rather not pedal your way around the city at night, you might find Segways a bit more entertaining. 

Most segway tour companies offer at least one tour after dark.

A majority of segway night tours start at either 19:00 (7 pm) or 19:30 (7:30 pm), and each company offers a short demonstration to help familiarize you with the vehicle.

For more information about this option, check our post covering Rome segway tours.


9. Dinner Cruises

Enjoy some sightseeing in Rome while drifting along the river and eating a nice meal. 

While this is a very comfortable service, it’s worth noting that it’s not a traditional tour, so you probably won’t learn much about the city.

GRILLED SALMON & CAESAR SALAD

In addition to a meal, you can also usually expect some romantic music, making this the perfect opportunity for a date night.

Check this list of dinner cruises in Rome to find one that fits your schedule.


10. Catacomb Tours

While there are some catacomb tours that take place during the day, it’s much creepier and eerie to experience this part of Rome after dark.

Most catacomb tours visit the famed Capuchin Crypt, with a special visit to its disturbing Bone Chapel. 

Rom, Santa Maria Immacolata a Via Veneto, Krypta der Kapuziner

If you’re interested in a ghost tour, this might be a fun alternative that covers some of the more disturbing sites in the city.

Take a look at this list of Rome catacombs night tours to find one you’ll enjoy.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 3rd, 2021
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