UPDATE: As of May 5, 2012, the Colosseum is once again offering evening tours on Friday and Saturday evenings, all the way through October. Read on here for more info on how to book a tour of the Colosseum under the stars, or click here for exact tour times. The Nerone show mentioned below is no longer on display, but you can book a tour to include the subterranean excavations.
For the last few weeks, the Colosseum has extended its Saturday hours, reopening from 8pm all the way until midnight. But for now, this Saturday, September 17th is your last chance to wander around that colossal structure under the stars. What better way to spend a Saturday evening than wandering around the building formerly known as the Flavian Amphitheatre? As an added bonus, your entrance includes access to the Nerone show on the second floor, and the popular Colosseum underground tours are running that night as well. You do need to call ahead to reserve a spot for the tour (+39.06.39967700), but otherwise, it seems to be first come first served to check out the sites and learn more about crazy (or awesome) Emperor Nero. Whether or not you want to find a quiet corner in which to enjoy that laptop you snuck in preloaded with “Gladiator” is up to you.
What: Saturday night at the Colosseum
Where: The Colosseum. That big roundish thing down on Via Fori Imperiali. Across from the Colosseo stop on the Metro B, and quite a few bus stops.
When: Saturday, September 17th from 8:20-midnight, last entrance at 10:45
Why: The Colosseum at night is probably my favorite site in Rome. Just imagine being inside!!!
How much: € 18,00 Colosseum ticket + Nerone show
€ 23,00 Colosseum, Nerone and the underground
Remember to call ahead to reserve an underground tour +39.06.39967700
Check out Revealed Rome for tips on navigating the phone system, and for
a great write up on the underground!