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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
  • 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 172 Customer Reviews

Very nice tour. It remains extremely busy in the Vatican though despite the small group we entered with but there's nothing to do about that.
Absolutely superb in every way. Michele is a supremely talented guide. He deserves a raise! And everything else went extremely well. Thank you.
Ferdinando was fantastic and so knowledgable. It was a brilliant evening

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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I was very suprised and somewhat disappointed in the high volume of tours going on at the same time. I think it can be shortened by about an hour as its a long time standing, walking and trying! to see the exhibits. However-if not for our excellent tour guide-personable, informative and interesting-he made it all very fun it would have been a less enjoyable time. He was worth the tour!
Very nice tour. It remains extremely busy in the Vatican though despite the small group we entered with but there's nothing to do about that.
The Guide was very knowledgeable but talked too much. The tour was too slow moving from us.
We actually booked 3 tours with Walks during our trip to Italy. This one BY FAR was the absolute best. Michele made this so and the tour wouldn't have been the same without him. He was born to do this. His knowledge, passion, balance of when to talk/not talk, personality was the BEST! I highly recommend this tour to anyone (as long as they get Michele). In fact I recommend other tour guides take a tour from Michele a model/perfect guide.
Absolutely superb in every way. Michele is a supremely talented guide. He deserves a raise! And everything else went extremely well. Thank you.
Ferdinando was fantastic and so knowledgable. It was a brilliant evening
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Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide. It was great to skip lines and be shown some highlights of the museum.
The tour was excellent the guide made it special with her passion for art, this tour is well worth you time in Rome thank you for some special memorys
Guido was an excellent guide and we appreciate the tips for other sites around town.
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A n outstanding guide, also a gifted history teacher. Five plus!
AmazING tour..Guide had wealth of info to share thank you
Francesca, our guide, was fabulous! Her knowledge of the Vatican and all of the priceless pieces was impressive. She constantly kept us together so I wouldn't get lost. That was a very important aspect for me since I am directionally challenged. I liked that she was very open to questions and pointed out special points on some of the museum pieces, like the wrinkles on the heels (on one of the tapestry pieces) and probable self portraits of Raphael and Michaelangelo. I couldn't have asked for a better way to visit the Vatican. Thank you Francesca and Walks for an incredible tour!
Francesca was a wonderful guide She was very knowledgeable and friendly
The tour was fantastic. It was incredibly busy and if you lagged behind Guido even a little (it was impossible to stay close all the time because of the press of people) the speaker cut up and we lost the commentary. It would have been even better with less people but that is maybe out of your hands.?
Laura was very good and knowledgeable.
Rosa was an excellent guide and incredibly informative. I wish I could have stayed longer with her. The night tour is particularly good because there are less people in the museums. Highly recommended.
Taking the Friday evening tour was definitely the way to tour the museum. Our group consisted of a total of only 6 people which was great as the overall crowd as whole was less than expected as well. We were able to get up close and personal to so many things. Rosa was a very knowledgeable guide and kept us on task. Would love to have a little more time in some of the areas of the museum as there was so much to absorb! Such history!!
Rosa our guide was wonderful - very knowledgeable, entertaining and efficient. Thank you.
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Tour guide was very informative and instructive. She did a very good job overall. She provided handouts which were very helpful in viewing the Sistine Chapel.
Vatican too crowded to enjoy Tour guide very informative but talked fast and seem to rush through the tour
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Maristella, our guide was excellent. Was very friendly and engaging when telling us the history of the works at the Musee Vatican.
We enjoyed our tour and appreciated how knowledgeable our guide was. Thankyou for a great tour
Everything was fine, but we walked quickly thru the museum. Not Rosa's fault- simply too much to take in in two hours! Too many centuries of history!
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Great tour
Luigi was an excellent guide - his enthusiasm for the art and history of the museum was infectious! I will absolutely recommend!
Amazing tour!
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Maristella - what a star (as the name suggests). The passion and enthusiasm (not to mention the knowledge) made this tour one of our most talked about! Thank you.
I believe our guide's name was Max. He was extremely informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour with him. It was a great way to see a lot of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
Rosa was wonderful and knew lots about the Vatican and the artworks. She was very informative. Great guide and wonderful tour of the Vatican Museum.
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!