Bowels of the Colosseum

Darkness and light

Without any shadow of doubt, reflections on the Colosseum by those who have seen the dark side of the arena during the day, and others who have borne witness to the brighter, more beautiful side of the iconic ruin at night, illustrate the fact that there are two distinct tour experiences of the Flavian Amphitheatre. The clear delineation being one of illumination.

Daily Colosseum tours are everywhere. Tour operators and agencies in Rome, or thousands of miles away from Rome, offer hundreds between them. Individual guides, even just individuals, offer the same. It's not unheard of for tourists to offer Colosseum tours to fellow tourists in order to make some extra money when funds have dried up. Everyone does it. You'll either skip the line, or wait in line, depending upon how, and who you pay.

Mass tourism obfuscates the Colosseum by day, and there are plenty of tours thereof to feed the expectant thousands who turn up lemming-like. 90% of the time it's a ruck, and personal space is at a premium. Guided tours inside the Colosseum have been described as disorganized and stressful, only a handful of Rome tour operators are capable of leading high quality walks around Rome's most popular attraction. You can read about these small group Rome tours and book online thereafter, safe in the knowledge that however busy it might be on the day, you will be guaranteed an excellent skip the line Colosseum tour with When In Rome Tours.

The Colosseum from early evening onwards is an entirely different and far more rewarding proposition. Tourists often return to the Colosseum when it is quiet, having taken an earlier day tour with 10,000 other people.

It has been difficult to get hold of tickets to enter the Colosseum after hours, the booking system provided by the holding company being somewhat archaic. Since June, however, we have been offering a Colosseum at Night tour plus underground chambers in association with one of our partners. It's the antithesis of the Colosseum day tour experience but we recommend both, simply because the timeless beauty of the Flavian Amphitheatre can only be fully appreciated in both darkness and in light. When in Rome, one must visit the Colosseum with the right guide at the right time. Colosseum at Night & Underground runs between April 1st. and October 31st.

Published on July 8th, 2014
© When In Rome Tours, article provided by Cajes.

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