Vatican After Hours

Museums & Sistine Chapel at Night



2 hrs 30 mins

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Experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel like almost no one else – after hours, when the palaces are at their most tranquil and touching.


Visiting the Vatican by night, you’ll see the best of the museums – from the Sistine Chapel to the Raphael Rooms, sculpture galleries and beautiful courtyards.


Our Vatican After Hours tour runs during seasonal extended hours. With privileged entrance you’ll get straight inside (with no lines!) while small groups of 14 or fewer retain an intimate feel.

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What's included?

Access to the Vatican at night during seasonal extended hours; privileged access tickets to the Vatican Museums; headsets; small groups of 14 people or fewer.

The next running date for this tour is in May 2015. Book now for dates after that or for dates before, consider our Pristine Sistine Tour which enters the Vatican Museums before the general public.

Why Choose this Tour?

Find the Pope’s palace and the Sistine Chapel at their most tranquil and touching when you visit during seasonal extended hours. Outside the heat and larger crowds of the day, you’ll enjoy an intimate guided tour of the highlights of the Vatican collection, listening as your guide brings the Church’s history, art, and importance to life.

Visit the Vatican at night, with fewer crowds (and less heat!)

Although it happens every year, few visitors are aware of the Vatican Museums’ extended opening hours throughout the summer months, meaning you’ll share its galleries and apartments with only those in the know. In echoing, elaborate halls and galleries, your Vatican expert will bring the Church’s fascinating history to life — from St. Peter’s martyrdom to the modern Vatican City.

We know it’s the stories that you’ll remember after your tour, so we’ve ditched the dates and history lessons in favor of these, bringing Renaissance masters and powerful Popes to life, reliving all their bitter quarrels and controversial missteps.

Explore the best of the Vatican collection, including the Sistine Chapel.

You’ll explore some of the finest ancient sculptures and Renaissance art in the world, including Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’, the Hellenistic ‘Laocoön’, and the beautiful ‘Apollo Belvedere’, a sculpture that inspired masters like Michelangelo. Enjoy the ability to go right up to these world-famous pieces, a major perk of visiting the Vatican at night and with minimal crowds!

The pièce-de-resistance of your experience, of course, is the Sistine Chapel, the private chapel of the Pope. In the evening light and with fewer tourist hordes, you’ll find it easier to pick out the details in Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. You’ll be well prepared to appreciate these works, having spent time with your expert Walks guide, listening to the stories and secrets hidden within the art.

Small groups and privileged access for a hassle-free experience.

Since your group is a maximum of just 14 people, you’ll have plenty of time to get all of your questions answered. A good thing too, since we’ve spent years building the perfect team of Vatican guides, choosing the best art historians, architecture buffs and storytellers.

And to be extra sure that you’re getting the best from every moment you spend with us, we’ve got privileged access at the Vatican Museums, getting you past long general access lines.

Experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel outside of the stifling heat of the Roman summer on our limited edition Vatican After Hours Tour, offering you a rare view of the papal palaces after bedtime.

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets near the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Ends in the Sistine Chapel. Full details provided upon booking.

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Prices for the Whole Family

Our tours aren't one-size-fits all and neither are our prices, which is why infants under 3 travel free and we have special pricing for children, students and seniors - just remember to bring ID on the day of your tour.

Adult: €59
Senior: €54
Child: €39
Student: €54

Private Tour Option Available

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5-star tours, as voted by TripAdvisor users

"Our tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel at night was excellent with Enza as our guide. Guide was very knowledgable and helped us to get a lot more out of the museum than we would have on our own. Highly recommend Walks of Italy tours."

Donna M
Walks of Italy won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2012 & 2013 - and we're on track to win in 2014!

Customer Reviews

“My family and I took the guided night tour with Max of the Vatican – Museums & Sistine Chapel. It was utterly amazing. Max’s vast knowledge was impressive and interesting. I highly recommend this night tour. In contrast to the day tours, the crowds were sparse and you could move about freely and enjoy everything without the masses.”
Amalia Wagner
“Truly, we couldn't have had a better guide. He shared so many details of the artwork, Vatican City, Rome, you name it, and his energy made us grin over and over again. Thank you for a wonderful tour. Anyone considering the Vatican After Hours tour should just book it - much cooler temperatures and the art is just as beautiful.”
Tracy McGuire

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets near the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Ends in the Sistine Chapel. Full details provided upon booking.

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