My wife and I joined the "VIP Colosseum at Night Tour with Underground and Arena Floor" by The Roman Guy in late August 2019. We had four tours during our time in Italy, including two in Rome. Three of the four exceeded our expectations. One tour was well below expectations on almost all aspects - sorry to say this was the Colosseum Night Tour.
A great disappointment.
Though I had seen the Colosseum in the past during the day, without a tour, this time my wife was with me and we were short on time - thus we signed up for this tour. If we were to do it all over again, we would skip this tour and wait to go in with individual tickets during the day. We would have seen more. (Together we had previously seen Roman amphitheaters in France and Croatia, and had a much better experience.)
During the morning we had joined a Vatican Museum tour from a different tour company - it was fantastic.
Pros: Online sign-up process and pre-tour directions.
- The absolutely awful film shown at the end of the tour. Apparently this is a recent addition to the tour (EDIT 9/18: removing "that all tour groups must suffer through - regardless of tour company" as this assumption has confused some readers, and also it could be unfair to other tour companies). Based on earlier reviews we were eagerly looking forward to walking out onto the arena and seeing the Colosseum under the night sky. Instead we walked out and saw a film screen blocking the view. What a waste! Then we were forced to sit down and watch a ridiculous 15 minute dramatization that explained nothing new nor interesting about the Colosseum. We couldn't bear it, and joined a couple of other people walking out while the film was still playing. (Two other people had left before the film even started).
- The inane videos with audio quotes that are shown at times during the walk around the upper decks. The visuals add nothing. As another person said as she was viewing one of the films: "Strange." A waste of valuable time.
The guide was sincere and knowledgeable, providing interesting explanations. (MUCH better than the ridiculous videos.) In terms of connecting with and managing tour members, though less capable than our other three tours she was adequate.