Rome Coliseum: Day or Night?

Photo of the Rome Coliseum during the day

The Rome Coliseum is one of Rome’s most visited attractions and finest pieces of architecture.

It dates back to 72 AD. The Coliseum seated 50,000 spectators and hosted a variety of events including re-enactments of famous battles, classical mythology dramas and the more gruesome animal hunts and executions.
Photo of the Rome Coliseum at night As an animal lover, the most fascinating (and disturbing fact) that I learned about the Coliseum was that 9000 animals, including elephants, tigers and lions were killed in the inaugural games.   Its hard to believe that something I find so beautiful today, would have invoked fear in previous times.  And that something so beautiful was the place of so many senseless deaths -both human and animal.   I couldn’t have stomached witnessing that.  Although I did make a pretty good gladiator at Gladiator School.  I could look at the Coliseum for hours, but thought it was at its best at night.

When do you think the Rome Coliseum looks its best –  day or night?

Thank you to HouseTrip for providing me with my apartment in Rome AND the most AMAZING VIEW  I’ve ever had from any apartment or hotel I’ve ever stayed in – both photos were taken from the bedroom in the appropriately named Colosseo apartment where I stayed.  It is located on the  3d floor (with elevator) of a beautiful 19th century Palazzo and sleeps up to ten people.

Know Before You Go to to the Rome Coliseum:

  • Purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid long lines
  • Try and visit it at off peak times if possible
  • It’s  not nearly as busy at night and is worth walking around, checking it out from different sides
  • Also consider doing a tour of a market in Rome.
Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.
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14 Comments

  1. InsideJourneys April 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Ohh, it’s a hard choice, Laurel. I like them both so if I were staying at that hotel, it’s be easy to just stay at the window and watch the light change from day to night, snapping away. Great location. Can’t wait to read about your gladiator experience.

  2. Jackie Smith @travelnwrite April 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I love the Coliseum and would find it difficult to choose between day or night. . .maybe night because the darkness adds a bit more mystery and magic.

  3. Leigh April 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I’d pick night – love the mood you captured at night. What a wonderful experience Laurel.
    That’s one heck of a lot of animals killed – I wouldn’t want to be there either.

  4. Sabrina April 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    That is quite a view!! Very nice! I really like both the day and night shots of the coliseum. I think for walking around in the area, I prefer the day.

  5. Lisa April 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    What an incredible view! Love the night shot – we didn’t see it at night when we were in Rome so it’s nice to see what it looks like all lit up. Can’t wait to hear about gladiator school – I couldn’t talk my daughters into it when we were there!

  6. Zhu April 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    What a view, indeed! Lucky you!

  7. Steve April 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I think I’d have to take the night view as well. What a fantastic view!

  8. Sonja April 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Definitely more magical at night. Fabulous.

  9. Bob R April 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve been fortunate enough to see it both day and night, and definitely vote for evening as well. BUT I’ve never stayed in an apartment with that view. VERY nice indeed. 🙂

  10. Jade April 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I love it at night- for sure. The passing cars and the lights- I just felt so much energy from it at night. Although walking around inside during the day was pretty amazing too! I think I just like it all the time- haha!

  11. Andrea April 21, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I still regret not going inside because of the long lines! Such an amazing structure.

  12. Jeff Titelius April 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hi there Laurel! You certainly are having a wonderful time on your journey through Italy. I will take the Colosseum at both night and day…it’s spectacular in any light!

  13. Sophie April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Fabulous views – day AND night. Sounds like Umbria was a wonderful experience, too. Thanks again for looking out for the kid 🙂

  14. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler April 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    I like the night shot the best. What a great view!

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Photo of the Rome Coliseum during the day

The Rome Coliseum is one of Rome’s most visited attractions and finest pieces of architecture.

It dates back to 72 AD. The Coliseum seated 50,000 spectators and hosted a variety of events including re-enactments of famous battles, classical mythology dramas and the more gruesome animal hunts and executions.
Photo of the Rome Coliseum at night As an animal lover, the most fascinating (and disturbing fact) that I learned about the Coliseum was that 9000 animals, including elephants, tigers and lions were killed in the inaugural games.   Its hard to believe that something I find so beautiful today, would have invoked fear in previous times.  And that something so beautiful was the place of so many senseless deaths -both human and animal.   I couldn’t have stomached witnessing that.  Although I did make a pretty good gladiator at Gladiator School.  I could look at the Coliseum for hours, but thought it was at its best at night.

When do you think the Rome Coliseum looks its best –  day or night?

Thank you to HouseTrip for providing me with my apartment in Rome AND the most AMAZING VIEW  I’ve ever had from any apartment or hotel I’ve ever stayed in – both photos were taken from the bedroom in the appropriately named Colosseo apartment where I stayed.  It is located on the  3d floor (with elevator) of a beautiful 19th century Palazzo and sleeps up to ten people.

Know Before You Go to to the Rome Coliseum:

  • Purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid long lines
  • Try and visit it at off peak times if possible
  • It’s  not nearly as busy at night and is worth walking around, checking it out from different sides
  • Also consider doing a tour of a market in Rome.
Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.
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