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Vatican Museums Night

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 133 Customer Reviews

The tour guide was so engaging and funny! Truly a terrific experience, thank you! I would gladly take another tour with guides like her!
The guide was spectacular! The best tour guide I've ever had!
Our guide was superb with lots of extra info others around us on other tours didn't seem to get. She clearly cared about her role and wished to give us the best experience. Highly recommend- thanks for experience.
Great tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel! Very informative and led by a well educated tour guide on the subject. Still a crowded attraction, but very easily navigated with our guide. I would definitely recommend the tour to friends!
Sev the tour guide was outstanding! He made the experience a great one.
Very good guide. Very informative. Did a good job considering the very busy venue.
He was the best tour guide I ever had.
Absolutely LOVED Ferdinando. Would have loved to be able to ask him hours worth of questions, he demonstrated a real passion and knowledge for the topic.
So glad we took the evening tour. Our guide was wonderful.
The night tour is the way to go. There are less crowds, it's cooler, and you're able to view the Sistine Chapel longer than the day tour.
Excellent. Informative. Rich in historical detail.
Excellent tour guide with a great history knowledge and with very good attitude to the group.
We took a few tours through Italy. Marta was one of the best! Very clear to understand and very informative. Marta also made sure the group was all together and was a very nice to everyone... Thank you
Our guide was great and extremely knowledgeable!
Excellent tour and excellent guide.
very well managed, our guide was great, thanks
Our guild Elisa was wonderful. Thank you!!!
Maryanna was fabulous!
Guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and funny too.
Marianna was fantastic! She loves what she does and it shows. There was so much to see but she pointed out the highlights to us using her iPad prior and giving us some background. Very much appreciated. Gracia Marianna for unforgettable tour. Highly recommended!
Excellent evening, with a competent and likable guide who tried to reach all people in the tour.
Loved going at night when it was cooler and less crowded.
Our Guide was amazing. I wish I can remember his name but he was a real pleasure and knowledgable of all the artifacts during our tour. Thank you very much.
Marta gave incredible insight into the artwork, the history, and the lives of the Vatican. She weaved us through the incredible crowds with precision all the while provided the best introduction to this massive collection.
. on time most interesting and just myself and 2 children best tour ever
This tour was absolutely amazing and one of the highlights of our Rome trip. Our guide, Marta, enthusiastically made the artwork come alive. We feel so lucky to have found both this tour and our tour guide!
Maristella is an amazing guide. I recently used 12 guides since May 28, 2016 and she is in the top two. Her personality, knowledge and story telling explanations makes her a true gem. How can I request her when I return to Rome?
Elisa was amazing! Passionate and extremely knowledgable. Well done!
Our guide was most respectful in honoring the history, political and artistic aspects, and we were very touched by his urging respectful silence, while in the Chapel.
Excellent guide
Guide was great and entertaining.
Cecilia was very kind, enthusiastic, and patient with the group. She was exceptionally knowledgable about the subject matter
Great tour with detailed information.
Guido's knowledge and passion for the museum made it a truly memorable evening.
Guide was excellent. Museums more crowded than we had hoped, but that is not your fault.
Very good tour, amazing experience, Luigi was an excellent guide - graze mille!
He took good care of us. Was very knowledgeable and made the information come to life.
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.
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
Was very happy with the tour, especially with our guide.
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!
Again wonderful.
Wonderful guide! Very knowledgable and entertaining! I will recommend this tour to everyone!
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!
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!
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.
Great tours!
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.
Wonderful experience with your tour group. Jowita, our tour guide, was excellent: knowledge and humour! Would recommend this company.
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.
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
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.
Excellent tours of both. Guides were wonderful, knowledgeable and very helpful.
Tour and guide were wonderful. Have recommended you to several friends. Guide extremely knowledgeable and professional . A Pleasure .

Important information

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

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 entrancePlease 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.

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.

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 info@walksofitaly.com 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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The tour guide was very friendly, and animated, and knowledgeable. The Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel were, of course, impressive ... truly an awesome sight to see. The only thing we didn't like about this tour was that the first hour was talking while looking at pictures ...nobody wants to look at a piece of paper while at an actual attraction - we want to look around, walk around, and have things pointed out to us ... like the second half of the tour ... that was great! I understand the need to explain the Sistine chapel before entering, but it was explained at the very start even though it was the last stop ... and it just felt like a lot of time standing around before we actually got started.
The tour guide was very friendly, and animated, and knowledgeable. The Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel were, of course, impressive ... truly an awesome sight to see. The only thing we didn't like about this tour was that the first hour was talking while looking at pictures ...nobody wants to look at a piece of paper while at an actual attraction - we want to look around, walk around, and have things pointed out to us ... like the second half of the tour ... that was great! I understand the need to explain the Sistine chapel before entering, but it was explained at the very start even though it was the last stop ... and it just felt like a lot of time standing around before we actually got started.
The tour guide was very friendly, and animated, and knowledgeable. The Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel were, of course, impressive ... truly an awesome sight to see. The only thing we didn't like about this tour was that the first hour was talking while looking at pictures ...nobody wants to look at a piece of paper while at an actual attraction - we want to look around, walk around, and have things pointed out to us ... like the second half of the tour ... that was great! I understand the need to explain the Sistine chapel before entering, but it was explained at the very start even though it was the last stop ... and it just felt like a lot of time standing around before we actually got started.
The tour guide was so engaging and funny! Truly a terrific experience, thank you! I would gladly take another tour with guides like her!
The guide was spectacular! The best tour guide I've ever had!
It was slightly difficult to find the meeting point - a sign would have been great. Rosa was a very knowledgeable guide and clearly knows her material. At times I wish she could have been louder, but the museum was very crowded so it was not her fault that it was sometimes hard to hear. Quick note: it was awesome to see the Vatican and Sistine Chapel at night. That said, it was still incredibly hot and quite crowded. I can't imagine going during the day when it is broiling. I would recommend this tour to avoid what must be awful crowds during the day.
We enjoyed this tour. I was under the assumption that the night tour would be less crowded and it was unfortunately not. The tour guide was informative and she moved us through the museum quickly. She spoke English well.
Our guide was superb with lots of extra info others around us on other tours didn't seem to get. She clearly cared about her role and wished to give us the best experience. Highly recommend- thanks for experience.
Great tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel! Very informative and led by a well educated tour guide on the subject. Still a crowded attraction, but very easily navigated with our guide. I would definitely recommend the tour to friends!
Sev the tour guide was outstanding! He made the experience a great one.
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Our tour was absolutely brilliant. Our tour guide was a fountain of knowledge - her humour, passion and knowledge was without parallel. We felt like our understanding of Art, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican was brought to life by her. We have done more than 5 tours with you guys and our tour guide here was definitely one of the best. The best way the spend a Friday evening in Rome.
Very good guide. Very informative. Did a good job considering the very busy venue.
The guide did a superb job with the art, the history, the location- the only disappointment was how crowded it was for an "after hours tour". This obviously has nothing to do with the guide or Walks of Italy, but the Sistine chapel was packed and no one seemed to be following the recommendations for being quiet or not taking pictures- kind of takes away from the experience when the guards are constantly telling everyone to stop taking pictures. Again though this has nothing to do with our guide who was great.
He was the best tour guide I ever had.
Absolutely LOVED Ferdinando. Would have loved to be able to ask him hours worth of questions, he demonstrated a real passion and knowledge for the topic.
So glad we took the evening tour. Our guide was wonderful.
Our tour guide was very informative, and excited to tell us the stories behind the artwork. I also enjoyed his quick jab at the current US president. The tour did feel a bit rushed and I didn't realize the museum would be so crowded still at night. We didn't have too long in the Sistine Chapel at the end before it closed. Also, there were 2 children on our tour which kept our tour guide from explaining the more adult stories of history (which would have been interesting to hear). They also took a lot of the attention and asked a lot of questions.
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It was a bit unfortunate that the museums were crowded cause that was the main reason for the private tour. But it is not something that you could prevent on yourside of course. I loved the guide, she knew exactly what to talk about and with little themed jokes she managed to keep the group happy the entire time. Vatican is amazing, Italy is amazing, your tour is amazing. Grazie!
I would like to have had a little more time in each place. Today I did an audio tour of St. Peter's Basilica and it was more satisfying. Thanks
The night tour is the way to go. There are less crowds, it's cooler, and you're able to view the Sistine Chapel longer than the day tour.
Guide was really good, was always going to be a little bit didicult given the number of people.
Excellent. Informative. Rich in historical detail.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Maria Gratia. She is very knowledgeable, and the 2.5 hour tour went very quickly. I'm sure we got much more out of our experience thanks to her! It was wonderful to be able to spend time in the museums, and especially the Sistine Chapel, without feeling hurried or crowded.
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Meeting place was too far from tour start point.
Excellent tour guide with a great history knowledge and with very good attitude to the group.
Tour & guide provided a great exposition of the the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Unfortunately though the Vatican radio receivers were not tuned well & we lost time trying to get the problem sorted. The loud crackling sound was deafening. I felt for our guide because it was not her problem but that of the staff that set up the radio receivers.
We took a few tours through Italy. Marta was one of the best! Very clear to understand and very informative. Marta also made sure the group was all together and was a very nice to everyone... Thank you
Our guide was great and extremely knowledgeable!
Tour guide was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable on the subject and easy to listen to. My only suggestion for improvement is that he have a more easily identifiable sign to hold up when in crowds,a few times I got separated from the group and it was difficult to locate him again. Overall, I highly recommend the tour and feel it was well worth the money.
Excellent tour and excellent guide.
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very well managed, our guide was great, thanks
Excellent tour with minimal crowds even our guide was impressed how quiet it was. Very knowledgeable and pit across well.
Great to take this tour at night. A bit too much walking BEFORE the tour, so that part of the time was spent (15 minutes) walking to the gate, then more confusion at the gate. That took away from the value factor. Silvia indicated she was very tired, and it kind of showed. But she was gracious to all of us and she had to balance mostly adults with a family with a stroller (who kept falling behind), and she did that very professionally.
The Vatican museums are amazing but so very crowded. Tanguy did a great job of trying to minimise the impact of this, and was a knowledgeable and thoughtful guide.
I actually missed the tour. Due to late arrival in to Rome. Could not contact your company until next day. About this tour and others. The young lady that answered my call was not very helpful
I actually missed the tour. Due to late arrival in to Rome. Could not contact your company until next day. About this tour and others. The young lady that answered my call was not very helpful
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The only issue was the headsets. They had a lot of static and it was hard to hear. Our guide was interesting and answered questions.
Hi, the tour was good and our guide was really great. He had to overcome some "glitches" in our tour - had to buy a book since there wasn't something provided to him that he thought he would have.
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