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Vatican - Vatican at Night (FRIDAYS)

Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 2hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: 7:30 PM

Tour Highlights

  • 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 Night Tour runs during seasonal extended hours. With privileged entrance you’ll get straight inside (with no lines!) with small groups of 15 or fewer.

Visit the Sistine Chapel at night Michelangelo's 'Creation of Adam', Sistine Chapel Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Vatican Museums Expert guide describes Michelangelo's frescoes Small group in the Rapael Rooms The Raphael Rooms, Vatican Museums The School of Athens by Raphael Spot Rocky in the Raphael Rooms Fire in the Borgo, by Raphael Fire in the Borgo, by Raphael See frescos in the Papal Apartments Visit in the evening for a more peaceful atmosphere The Vatican Museums - housed in the Papal Palace The Sobieski Rooms - Poland's gift to the Vatican Marvel at ancient (incorrect) maps The Gallery of Tapestries, Vatican Museums The ceiling of the Hall of Maps Tapestries on our Vatican Night Tour

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

Visit the Vatican at Night

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.

Polish artwork in the Vatican Museums

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 ‘Belvedere Torso’, a stunning sculpture that shaped a young Michelangelo’s own work. 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 on our Vatican Night Tour

SMALL GROUPS AND PRIVILEGED ACCESS FOR A HASSLE-FREE EXPERIENCE.

Since your group is a maximum of just 15 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 Night Tour, offering you a rare view of the papal palaces after bedtime.

Sites visited

  • Sistine Chapel (twice)
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries

Included

  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums (with special late entry)
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups, never more than 15 people
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 55 Customer Reviews

A wonderful night tour with Guido. He was very informative and I liked the photos he showed on his Ipad to tell us more about the history of the pieces we were looking at. Guido was friendly and knowledgeable.
Guide was wonderful, and tour was first rate.
Wonderful experience with your tour group. Jowita, our tour guide, was excellent: knowledge and humour! Would recommend this company.
Nice overall look at the museums - having never been there thru the day, I've heard it can be quite crowded - there were still some crowds, but much more manageable. Great info and hit the highlights.
Great tours!
Wonderful experience with your tour group. Jowita, our tour guide, was excellent: knowledge and humour! Would recommend this company.
Nice overall look at the museums - having never been there thru the day, I've heard it can be quite crowded - there were still some crowds, but much more manageable. Great info and hit the highlights.
Ferdinando was an excellent and very interesting tour guide. I could have stayed in the Sistine Chapel much longer.
Tour was great, best way to see the Vatican Museum and Chapel. Night time was less crowded and the guide, Jeb, was excellent in explaining all the areas of the tour

Important information

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

As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces removed for restoration or loan. In the case of a gallery being closed, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.

Also, please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.

Please note that St. Peter’s Basilica is closed at the time of this tour and therefore cannot be visited on this tour, nor can access be provided from the Sistine Chapel, as it can on other tours.

IMPORTANT: While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have walking disabilities or if you are in a wheelchair. We can then work out a suitable alternative.

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student, or child reduction.

For details of what you may and may not bring inside the Vatican Musuems (you may not, for example, carry backpacks), click here. Guests who do bring these items will be required to leave them in the Vatican cloakroom and will be responsible for collecting them at the end of the tour.

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A wonderful night tour with Guido. He was very informative and I liked the photos he showed on his Ipad to tell us more about the history of the pieces we were looking at. Guido was friendly and knowledgeable.
The tour led by Lucilla was excellent, her passion for all that is the history of the Vatican and Rome is evident. I found her presentation to be thought provoking as it linked the various areas of the museum very well. I would recommend to others as was great to have fewer crowds. The briefing a hand out we received prior to entering the Sistine Chapel were helpful, too.
Guide was wonderful, and tour was first rate.
Wonderful experience with your tour group. Jowita, our tour guide, was excellent: knowledge and humour! Would recommend this company.
Nice overall look at the museums - having never been there thru the day, I've heard it can be quite crowded - there were still some crowds, but much more manageable. Great info and hit the highlights.
Great tours!
My son, daughter-in-law and myself were privileged to be on the last night tours for the year to the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. Our full time Guido and our introductory guide Joseph were both wonderful, their manner, ease and knowledge were appreciated and greatly enjoyed. The night tours had a wonderful feeling about them, just I little different to the daytime. I would not hesitate to book with Walks of Italy again. Thank you very much, Julie.
The vatican tour was very informative. Tiberio was great. Friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. Andrea was our guide. He was wonderful. The only thing I would suggest was that we had to wait for tickets to get into Colleseum and we felt those tickets should have been ready for us for when the tour started at 9. We had to wait for another girl to go buy the fix and then come and give them to us. Andrea was awesome!!! informative, we had a small group which was great and we did not have to wear those headphones which are sometimes hard to hear thru (did vatica
Hi, We booked a Vatican at night tour and Colosseum tour. Both were OUTSTANDING. Your guides were wonderful - very informative, moved at a good pace and the small groups (we had four and six people total in the groups) really made our first trip to Italy. Would definitely recommend Walks to Italy to all friends!!! Grazie!!
I was a little disappointed in how crowded it was in both the museum and chapel. We took the tour at night to avoid the crowds and our guide said we'd have 1000 people instead of 15000 people, so I understand....but did not enjoy the tour as much as other tours due to the crowds
Wonderful experience with your tour group. Jowita, our tour guide, was excellent: knowledge and humour! Would recommend this company.
Nice overall look at the museums - having never been there thru the day, I've heard it can be quite crowded - there were still some crowds, but much more manageable. Great info and hit the highlights.
Very much enjoyed our tour. Elisa was informative, passionate and entertaining. I was with my husband and elderly father. At first she walked a bit too quickly for us, but due to the headphones we could still hear. As the tour progressed, she was helpful in finding a place for my father to sit, and getting us in to the Sistine Chapel with a minimum wait. Overall a great experience.
Ferdinando was an excellent and very interesting tour guide. I could have stayed in the Sistine Chapel much longer.
What an amazing evening! Our guide Jowita took us through a dazzling display of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, all the while giving us great information and historical background. We would never have gotten as much out of visiting the Vatican Museums or the Sistine Chapel without her expert guidance. This is a once-in-a-lifetime visit, so being able to learn as much as we did really made it worthwhile. We walked right in with no waiting - another huge bonus! We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour - you leave feeling as though you're able to take a part of Italy home.
Tour was great, best way to see the Vatican Museum and Chapel. Night time was less crowded and the guide, Jeb, was excellent in explaining all the areas of the tour
We took 5 tours with Walks of Italy and were so glad we did. The guides were all engaging, informative and helpful. We did the Walking Tour with Daniel in Rome which provided a great orientation, we were so glad to do the Sistine Chapel at night to avoid the crowds, the underground Coliseum tour with Cecilia was a big highlight, and our other Daniel went the extra mile in our Pompeii/Amalfi Coast trip and took us to a restaurant/farm where we had the BEST meal of our entire life. It was also great to skip all the lines in Venice. We would definitely use your company again. Thank you!
Great tour! My husband and two 20 something sons were blown away by the tour. The guide was knowledgeable, informative and kept the pace just right. The art and history added so much to what they saw. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Message : The tour was great the tour guide was very good, and the planning was great. The only thing which could be improved was the feeling we may have missed some of the treasures of art in the Vatican Museum, in favor of modern art, now what we expect of the Vatican and some articles which could have been missed. Still much of what we saw was fabulous, and overwhelming.
Excellent tours of both. Guides were wonderful, knowledgeable and very helpful.
This tour was excellent. Given the enormity of the Vatican's treasures and throngs of visitors, Guido's ability to curate, narrate, and highlight made the tour both manageable and very meaningful. The nimble size of our group enabled better navigation through these spaces. Guido, our guide, was the absolute best. He provided not only the history of the Vatican but also its context in the history of Rome. He is a professor and entertainer all in one. His personal attention to guests, camaraderie with the Vatican staff, and unobtrusive manner really made it memorable. His experience with Roman history and archaeology enriched an already marvelous experience.
Tour and guide were wonderful. Have recommended you to several friends. Guide extremely knowledgeable and professional . A Pleasure .
All of the Walks of Italy tours were top notch. The groups are always much smaller than other tour groups (Usually 6-10) and the guides are very well educated in Italian History. Every guide that led our tour had their master's degree. I tried a different tour group in Milan and it was a HUGE mistake. 40 people in the group and the guide was disorganized, overwhelmed, and did not have a great knowledge of the sights. We actually walked off the tour. I will always book Walks of Italy going forward.
The night Vatican Tour is very crowded so I can imagine what it can be during the day. Meeting point could be closer for elderly people's comfort. Rosa was enthusiastic, extremely knowledgeable and kind. I would recommend, definitely!
Our guide was very informative. I really enjoyed the discussion about the artwork in the Sistine Chapel and how the size of the characters changed as the work progressed. The use of supplementary printed material was a great idea.
Rosa was great! Lots of information, but only that which was pertinent and she kept us moving through. Would definitely recommend the night tour, it's so much better than being shoved in with the crowds!
Guide was great, as was the tour. Only surprise was: it was our first time in VaticN Museum and Sistine Chapel, and your description of the Night Tour said they would be less crowded than day tours, so we were surprised by number of people overall. I guess those sites are usually more crowded? Still, enjoyed the tour thoroughly -- thanks.
We very much enjoyed the tour and our guide. She was full of great and interesting information, and had an excellent sense of humor. Just perfect!
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More crowded than we expected but Luigi was an excellent and personable guide.
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Wonderful guide! Very knowledgable and entertaining! I will recommend this tour to everyone!
Hello, our family of 4 adults took the tour with Jowita, and her very professional and engaging tour prompted me to write a positive review on Tripadvisor. Jowita was fantastic. She was enthusiastic, even though she has probably done the tour a million times, and she was very knowledgeable. She structured her talk very well, giving us lots of historical context before we entered, when we were together and relaxed on the terrace. I liked the sequence of her information. It seemed to give a broad understanding of how what going on, then she gave lots of specifics. The way she explained things made it easy to absorb. I thought it was great that she finished her talk and gathered the audio devices before we entered the Sistine Chapel, meaning we could at that point just admire it as long as we wanted. We are very glad we did this tour, and especially that we had Jowita as a guide. Great job!
Again wonderful.
I found the Sistine Chapel an anti- climax to the tour. The guide told us we couldnt speak or make any noise or take photos and the fact it is advertised as small groups going into the chapel. When we arrived in the chapel there were hundreds of people being extremely noisy AND TAKING PHOTOS
Our guide was wonderful! If we had attempted the museums on our own we would have spent hours just looking, knowing no back stores or importance. The guide was very detailed in her explanations and knew exactly which pieces she wanted to show us. I am so glad we took this tour!
Was very happy with the tour, especially with our guide.
We really enjoyed the tour, the evening atmosphere was great. We were delighted with our guide who was informative, answered our questions and gave a great deal of background information. I have already recommended this tour to friends
Very informative guide. Very knowledgeable about everything related to the tour. Took his time and explained everything. Answered all questions. Very warm. The tour guide I would also highly highly recommend. Has his phd in archeology. Can't remember his name. He was wonderful.
Giovanni was great. The cost seemed excessive though, especially because a group of very loud and rude women decided to sit near us and talk as loud and obnoxiously as possible. Giovanni tried to move but he didnt have many options given how ridiculously loud they were. Despite your wonderful headsets, they actually managed to talk so loud it ruined about 20 minutes of the tour. I wish you had more clearly explained that he couldnt come into the Sistine Chapel with us. It was ok, but I would have preferred to know that in advance. I wish we had known it could be very challenging to get to the Vatican if the Pope was speaking. We left with plenty of time but the metro was stopped, then extremely overcrowded, then stopped again with no explanation. Found out later this was due to the Pope's address. We were very stressed. And the name of the bar we met at isnt listed the same way in Google maps as you described it in the email. But we found it.
Tiberio was fantastic! He was so passionate about art and history, it really brought it home for our group. We had a few people who had been there before and some who hadn't. His spirit engaged our newbies and the folks who already knew some of the basics. His talk about the Sistine before the tour was invaluable!
Guide was extremely knowledgable, enthusiastic and pleasant. Perfect on entrance and flow throughout the tour, although a little rushed. Tour was very informative. Just slow down a lil bit.
He took good care of us. Was very knowledgeable and made the information come to life.
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The tour was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and he set good historical context. It was wonderful to see so much of the museums in a short period of time. I was a bit surprised to see that it was still somewhat crowded in some of the museums and Sistine Chapel. I expected that the private, after hours tour would be more intimate. Not a big problem. Just not as special as I imagined. The other aspect that was somewhat disappointing was not seeing St Peter's. Given that we started and finished at the museums entrance, it would be helpful to have a bit more information on how to best incorporate other aspects of the Vatican in the information provided. Overall, a great experience.
Both the tour and the guide were excellent. We booked a private tour because we walk VERY slowly and sometimes have trouble with stairs. Ferdinando adjusted to our needs and arranged for us to avoid many stairs on our way to the Sistine Chapel. We never felt rushed and made it through in excellent form. Thank you,
Very impressed with Guido on our guided night tour of the Vatican. He was clearly highly educated and knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for art came across. He guided us through the overwhelming Vatican museum, drawing our attention to the most important exhibits and helping to put the Sistine Chapel art in context. Excellent. Only criticism would be that, in his keenness to share so much with us, he sometimes spoke a little too quickly and some of what he said was not audible through the headsets.
Guido was the most clear and professional guide, with a gift of storytelling. I enjoyed the tour despite the heat and the crowd (which was not as bad as at daytime!). I warmly recommend!