Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a Unique Experience of Entering the Vatican Museums After Hours

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Want to see the Vatican Museums at night? Here's your chance. This Vatican night tour gives you VIP access to the art of the Vatican Museums after closing time. Avoid the heat and crowds and witness the collections in a new light. Create a memorable experience by viewing the masterpieces without the crowds. Your knowledgeable tour guide will fill you with anecdotes that make you laugh and go wow at the same time. An experience not to miss! Admission Included.

Tour Details
  • The Vatican Museums by night
  • Museums After Hours
  • Pio-Clementino
  • Laocoön and His Sons
  • Belvedere Torso
  • Nero’s Bath
  • Gallery of Candelabra
  • Galley of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Sistine chapel
  • Creation of Man
  • Last Judgement

*Due to an industry-wide challenge affecting ALL tour companies, the start time for your Vatican tour may be subject to change. Don’t worry, we will contact you by email and phone to communicate potential changes until you respond. We have been running tours consistently and customers have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the lack of crowds!

Are you looking for unusual things to do in Rome? How about touring the Vatican at night? Not only does this special small group Vatican night tour let you skip the crowds, lines and heat, but it also provides a fresh way to see the Vatican’s amazing collections. Your tour guide will tell you funny anecdotes and unveil hidden treasures throughout this memorable experience. If you aren’t an early morning person, or you just want less distractions as you enjoy the museum’s treasures, this is the best Vatican tour for you. This two hour tour includes:

  • A Memorable Experience

  • After-hours access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

  • A Fun, English-speaking guide with expertise in art history

  • Access to the treasures inside the Vatican without the heat and crowds

  • A maximum group size of 13 people

Want to skip the line at the Vatican without having a guided tour? Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

Night Tour of Vatican Museums

Skipping the line, take a journey with your expert Vatican guide through art history as you walk through the rooms of the most fascinating “living” museums on earth. See works of art in the Pinecone Courtyard and a great view of St. Peter's Basilica. View sculptures handed down to us from the Ancient Romans in the Pio-Clementine Collection. Pass through the Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Maps as your guide explains the history and stories surrounding these art collections.

The School of Athens by Raphael

Learn about the complexities of Raphael's fresco in the former papal apartments. Raphael was one of Rome's most famous Renaissance artists and he encompassed all the ideals of a Renaissance man. He designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. In addition to other masterpieces, visit one of Raphael’s most famous works of art, The School of Athens.

The Sistine Chapel at Night

Our evening Vatican tour concludes in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling and the altar wall are adorned by world-famous and inspiring frescoes. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there. At this point, it is impossible not to appreciate how difficult is must have been for Michelangelo to lay on his back and toil at his masterpiece, year after year. Since the Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums, it is included in your Vatican tour tickets.

The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.

Take Your Time and Explore the Collections

If you want to stay inside the Vatican Museums after the conclusion of your evening tour, go right ahead! The museums remain open for another two hours after the guided tour concludes. Take your time and revisit your favorite works of art or simple wander around taking in the intense beauty of your surroundings. And don’t forget to ask your local Vatican Guide where to eat dinner near Vatican City. After all that culture, you definitely deserve a pizza.

What you get with this tour
English-Speaking Guide
Vatican tickets included
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9/28/2021
Fabiola was great.

Fabiola was great. She was very informative and thorough. She had great energy and we really enjoyed her tour. Thank you!

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Viviana Vazquez
9/14/2021
Best way to see the Vatican Museum!

This is an incredible way to see the Vatican Museums and an incredible learning experience. The collection is so vast and our guide Maria was lovely and funny and incredibly well informed. Our group was small, only eight, but would probably recommend a private tour if you can afford it.

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Reviewed by
Mark Cornell
9/12/2021
Perfect ending of my 3 day trip

Jad was a very smart, funny and knowledgeable guide. Our group, thankfully, was rather small with 7 participants. Before the tour started we could use the restrooms inside the museum, so we all could enjoy the tour to the fullest without worrying about our bladders (yes, u gotta drink lots of water in a summer in Italy) :D. He answered all questions, had some anecdotes, took his time for us to take in all the overwhelming impressions of the individual rooms. After the tour we could also roam through the museum and its park on our own. After that you should definitely walk over to St. Peter's Square and enjoy the fantastic view of the Basilica at night. Many thanks to Jad for the lovely evening in Rome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of Caffe Vaticano, directly across the street from the Vatican Museums Entrance on Viale Vaticano. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring a long a shall or sweater. Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.

Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

Of course. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

What if I have doubts about my mobility?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, this is your best bet is a private Vatican tour. Private tours are more easily customized to the needs of people with reduced mobility.

Does the Vatican close for special religious events? What if I book a tour during one?

During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may close unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide still provides explanations of the closed areas from outside and they will show you an extra area inside the Vatican Museums.

Does this tour include the Sistine Chapel?

Yes! The Sistine Chapel is attached to the Vatican Museums. Your tickets include a visit to Michelangelo's masterpiece. You will have about twenty minutes to enjoy Michelangelo's incredible frescoes.

Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica?

This tour does not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica because it is closed at night.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

What to bring?

Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring a long a shall or sweater. Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.

Where to meet?

In front of Caffe Vaticano, directly across the street from the Vatican Museums Entrance on Viale Vaticano. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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