Rome Through the Night. A Night Tour of the Ancient City

November 5, 2012

in Evening and Night Tours,Italy,Monuments,NightLife,Rome

There are very few cities in the world that is breathtakingly stunning during the day as well as the night and Rome is one of them. A night tour through this ancient city, which has been in existence since millennium, can be romantic yet mysterious, serene yet boisterous. As the sun goes down the horizon, many of the city’s ancient monuments metamorphose into a completely different personality – Campo de’ Fiori comes alive with its many street-side bars and restaurants,  Piazza Navona turns into a veritable carnival of locals and tourists and St. Peter’s Basilica looks like the ‘jewel in the sky’.


The floodlit columns of the massive Octavian Gate, the glowing stone arches of the Colosseum, the gilded statues and the basilicas on the Capitoline Hill, the brightly lit egg-shapped Piazza that gives a different perspective to the beauty of this Renaissance building – all this will leave the late night spectators spell bound and captivated. The Jewish Ghetto on Via del Portico d’ottavia has a night market that suddenly comes to life at sun down.

Rome Night Tour Options

There are two popular options for the night tour of Rome. If you want to enjoy a peaceful leisurely evening through some of the ancient monuments, you could opt for a walking tour. Alternately, if you want to cover more places in the company of a larger group of visitors, you could opt for a coach tour. The coach can be arranged by your tour operator or the hotel. Experienced and knowledgeable guides share interesting facts and details about the various sites during the tour. The night tours are usually of 2.5 to 3 hours duration and are conducted in batches starting from 7.00 pm. The coach-tour usually includes the following:

  • Pickup and drop (either from your hotel or a central location)
  • Airconditioned coach for the tour
  • Service of a professional guide
  • Traditional Roman dinner at the end of the tour
  • Water bottle

Popular Routes for the Rome Night Tours

Standard and customized tours are offered by most tour operators to suit the requirements of the guests. If you are a first time visitor, you could opt for the standard itinerary. If you have already seen some of the sites during your earlier trips to Rome or if you are travelling in a bigger group and want to plan your own itinerary, the same can be arranged with prior discussion with your tour operator. Some of the popular routes for the night tours are:

  • Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona
  • Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, Capitoline Hill
  • Via Veneto, Piazza Venezia, Colosseum, The Palatine, the Theatre of Marcello, Tiberine Island, The Synagogue, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica (exterior visit), Piazza Navona, Arch of Constatine, St. Angel’s Castle, Gianicolum Hill
  • Palatine Hill, The Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia, Circus Maximus, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Fountain of Trevi, Piazza Navona,

A good way to end your night tour of Rome, would be to savor a traditional Italian dinner at Trastevere and wash it down with a generous serving of wine. The nights in the warmer season have plenty of outdoor activities to indulge in including outdoor plays, movies, concerts, street-side clowns and musicians.

A trip to Rome is sure to leave you mesmerized for a long time. But your trip will surely be incomplete without packing in a night tour of this eternal city that has captivated human imagination for centuries.

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