I always say this, Rome is beautiful during the day, but it’s by night that this city truly becomes magical!
So how can we fully immerse ourselves into this magical vibe? Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll, a visit into a museum or ancient ruin hunting, you are now in the right place! 😉
During the summer Rome offers a variety of activities which include special evening openings to archaeological sites, museums, light shows, etc.. You only need to know these in advance and reserve your spot, because they usually sold out quick, especially during these pandemic times.After many of your requests, I collected for you a list of super cool activities that you can do after 8PM in the Eternal City!
10 things to do in Rome after 8PM this summer
1) Colosseum by Night
Imagine the feeling of an ancient Roman entering a stadium filled with up to 70000 spectators roaring towards the arena! Exploring this incredible icon of Rome is something you’ve surely already added on your bucket list, but have you considered visiting the Colosseum at night? No crowds (only small groups of visitors are admitted at night), only the Colosseum, the moon and you. The visit of the Colosseum by night comes with a guided tour available both in Italian and in English. Tickets cost 25€.
Book in advance to grant yourselves this magical experience, which is only going to be available on selected dates.
If you are looking for a guided VIP tour including Underground & Arena Floor, check this tour: https://www.takewalks.com/rome-tours/colosseum-night-tour-underground/?tap_a=29785-54b413&tap_s=2088086-abdcc3
2) Viaggio nei Fori
Don’t you sometimes feel like these ancient Roman ruins are so difficult to decipher? What if you had someone showing you a reconstruction of how ancient temples and Imperial Forums looked like originally? In this super immersive experience of “Viaggio nei Fori” you will be transported into the ancient city of Rome and precisely into the Forum of Augustus. Light effects will show you the colors, the shapes, the grandiosity of the Forum of Augustus and its surroundings across the centuries, while Piero Angela (Italian scientific journalist, tv host and writer) with his catchy storytelling will explain you what was happening in those locations 2000 years ago.Full price ticket is 15€, show lasts 45 mins. Available in Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese.To book your tickets: http://www.viaggioneifori.it/en/
3) Terme di Caracalla by night (Caracalla Thermal Baths)
Another suggestive night tour through the Ancient Roman ruins is the Caracalla by night tour. This tour takes place at the Thermae Antoninianae, most commonly known as Terme di Caracalla, which is one of the largest and best preserved ancient thermal complexes. This complex was built in the southern part of the city on the initiative of the emperor Caracalla, between 212 AD and 216 AD. The ticket for the guided tour in Italian is 20€.The ticket for the entrance (without the tour) is 10€.Only few dates still available in September: https://ecm.coopculture.it/index.php?option=com_snapp&view=products&catalogid=4FD70600-72B2-F597-1BEB-0167F46E89D0&snappTemplate=template3&lang=en
4) House of the Vestal Virgins in the Roman Forum by night
If you want to experience the very heart of the ancient city of Rome across sunset and fill your eyes and hearts with pure beauty and wonder.. this is the experience you want to take!Enter the archaeological site of the Roman Forum when the crowds are gone (as well as the extreme heat of the Roman summer!) and explore one of the most fascinating corners of the Forum, the House of the Vestal Virgins, at sunset. The guided tour lasts approximately 45-60 mins and tickets are 5€, or you can also book the entrance for 1€ for a visit without the guided tour (both prices are to be considered on top of the entrance tickets to the archaeological site). Only July 28th is still available at the time I’m writing this, so be quick!For info: https://ecm.coopculture.it/index.php?option=com_snapp&view=products&catalogid=3B2B3F73-8FE5-92F7-2D9E-017AA5B416EB&snappTemplate=template3&lang=en
5) Galleria Borghese by night
In my opinion (and by many considered to be) the most beautiful museum in the world! The Galleria Borghese with its jaw-dropping marbles by Bernini, 6 Caravaggio paintings all together (the highest concentration of Caravaggio wonders on the planet!) and many other art works that will simply give you goosebumps, is opening its doors for evening visits of 1h30mins on summer Wednesdays.Tickets are 15€, what you get.. is priceless!https://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/en/visita/info-biglietti/
6) Back to Nature exhibit in Villa Borghese
After last summer success, Back to Nature comes back in Villa Borghese. It is a contemporary art exhibition installed in the natural context of the historical park of Villa Borghese, about the new dialogue we should establish with nature in the future.To ticket required, free entry, the art installations are illuminated until 10:30PM. Check this link for info and to download the map of the art works around the park: http://www.museiincomuneroma.it/en/node/1007689
7) Notti sul Tevere
Every summer the Tiber river banks illuminate with lights, music and entertainment. Every evening from 7PM stands of food, drinks and little markets make a really cool background to your stroll along the river.
Free entry, no ticket required. Stands are located between Ponte Sisto (Piazza Trilussa) and Ponte Sublicio.For more info: http://www.lungoiltevereroma.it/
8) Show with dinner in Galleria Sciarra
Looking for a more exclusive option for your Roman summer nights? Take a look at this fancy dinner/show night in the magnificent Galleria Sciarra, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy your dinner with the entertainment of Opera concerts and other live events. Dinner costs 55€ and reservation is required. For more info: https://www.teatroquirino.it/lo-spettacolo-in-galleria/
9) Rooftop bars
Apart from all the fabulous options above, sipping a drink on one of Rome’s rooftop bars is always a good idea! The Eternal City features some of the most fancy rooftop bars EVER, where a 5th floor is just more than enough to take your breath away!There’s many amazing rooftop bars in Rome, here I am going to mention my best favorite (and most expensive) Terrazza Borromini in Piazza Navona and one of my recent discoveries nearby the Jewish ghetto, Hey Guey, a really cool rootop bar is full Mexican style (apart from being very photogenic!). Have a glass for me! 😉
10) The iconic stroll in Via dei Fori Imperiali
Let’s say you ran across this article too late and haven’t managed to reserve/reach in time any of the above.. I still have a great option for you, the iconic stroll in via dei Fori Imperiali by night! Start from Piazza Venezia, then walk towards the Colosseum, which will play as a fantastic background while you stroll between the glorious Imperial Forums. Starting from Piazza Venezia you will find the Forum of Trajan, Augustus and Nerva on your left, while on your right the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Peace (commissioned by Vespasian, the emperor that initiated the Colosseum!). Your stroll will end up in front of the Colosseum.
These were the 10 best things you could do during a Summer evening in Rome in 2021. Now don’t tell me you’ve found nothing to do in this city after sunset! ;-P
Have you done any of these? Was this list useful to you? Let me know in the comments and share this article with your friends! 😉
Thanks for reading and enjoy your Roman summer nights! 😉
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