Colosseum Night Tours

20.05.2019 - 06.01.2020

The moon on the Colosseum 2019 – the dream of the gladiator!

From 20 May 2019 to 6 January 2020, “ La luna sul Colosseo 2019 – the dream of the gladiator “ enters the scene , special lighting to make the evening visit the underground passages, galleries and arcades of the Colosseum unique.

Night-time guided tours of the Colosseum, with Studio Azzurro’s multimedia interventions, will make moonlight excursions unique and very suggestive.

The tour
The moon on the Colosseum – The dream of a gladiator, this is the title chosen for the 2019 edition of the guided tour. Visitors, once they arrive on the arena floor, will be able to watch a projection that, through the dream of a glorious champion on the eve of the fight, recalls the exploits of the most talented gladiators whose names are known to us from ancient sources.

The visits for groups of 25 people make the night-time magic of the Flavian amphitheater come alive, in a journey that lasts 75 minutes and that links history to the sounds and images created by Studio Azzurro.

Marziale, Cassio Dione, S. Agostino, Artemidoro are just some of the figures of the past with which visitors can interact through video installations. The images, the voices and the sounds are activated when the visitors pass, and anticipate the final projection. On the arena level, then shadows of stage servants with torches in hand, they are projected onto the curtain stirred by the evening breeze.

Descending into the bowels of the monument, the operation of the technical apparatus that allowed the lifting of men and animals from the underground to the arena is explained. Like Chinese shadows, the figures that populated these spaces appear almost by magic on the ancient walls: wild beasts and exotic animals. And the gladiators.

Once on the arena, right where shows and bloody battles took place, the curtain opens on „The dream of the gladiator“. Projected on three large veils, the images stage the night before the start of the games and what in a fantastic, but very human, way could have passed into the mind of a fighter waiting to take up arms and challenge fate. The same fate shared by Carpoforo, Diodoro and Demetrio, famous gladiators of which the ancient sources remind us of the grandiose deeds that drove the ancient Romans, immeasurably crowded in the stands of the Colosseum, into huge cheer.

The tour is available in Italian and English.

Multimedia project idea: Studio Azzurro.

Organization and promotion: Electa in collaboration with CoopCulture.

Dates & Times: 20/05/2019 to 06/01/2020
20.00 – 00.00 FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER, EVERY DAY EXCEPT SUNDAY – 18.00 – 22.00 NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY – FROM 2 TO 6 JANUARY ALL DAYS
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Venue

Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Price

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