Beautiful view of St Peter Square at night
Corridor in the Gallery of Tapestries
Guided tour of the Sistine chapel at night
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Couple enjoying their night tour of the Vatican
Faster Than Skip The Line

Special Visit by Night: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

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2h 30min
Fri & Sat
17:30 & 18:00

  • Enjoy a more laid back experience at the Vatican, away from the heat and crowds of the daytime, in a group of no more than 22 people - meaning your Vatican visit is intimate, special and memorable!
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel after their official closing time, discovering everything they have to offer while St. Peter’s Square is bathed in the glow of a glorious Italian sunset.
  • You’ll be accompanied by an expert Vatican guide who knows everything there is to know about this fascinating location - a captivating commentary will bring the museums to life!

See the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after sunset

What's Included

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Expert guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Groups limited to 22 people or less
  • Limited edition evening entrance to the Vatican Museums with Skip the Line Access
  • All tickets and reservation fees included
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Galleries of the Tapestries and the Candelabra
  • Hall of Maps
  • Octagonal Courtyard

See the Vatican Museums in a new light when you enter after regular closing time on our Vatican night tours. For short periods during the year the Vatican Museums open late to the public, allowing us to wander its corridors and examine artworks like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes at a slower pace and with smaller crowds.

Your tour begins with immediate access to the Vatican Museums, getting you straight inside. From here, your expert, English-speaking guide will take you on a journey through the best of the Museums. At nine miles long, seeing all of the Vatican Museums would take months (if not years), so we’ve carefully-crafted the perfect route to show you the best of what the world’s largest art collection has to offer.

Our route through the Vatican Museums is diverse. You’ll see outdoor spaces like the Pinecone Courtyard and spot a silhouette of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from an open patio overlooking the Vatican Gardens. Then you’ll follow your guide inside through long hallways filled with ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, while they fill you in on the juicy details of life in Ancient Rome and the men who collected these works.

We’ll move on to the Gallery of Maps where you’ll see how much our understanding of the world has changed, and the Gallery of the Tapestries for stunning needlepoint masterpieces.

Listen to your guide as they tell you the history behind the Vatican, the Popes who have lived here and the artists that worked here. One name you’ll hear a lot is that of Raphael, whose four frescoed rooms are a highlight of our Vatican night tour. Here your guide will show you how Raphael honored the masters of his time, painting Michelangelo and Da Vinci into his famous ‘School of Athens’. 

Of course we wouldn’t ignore the Vatican’s biggest star. By the time you visit the Sistine Chapel your guide will have taught you all about the frescoes you’ll find there. You’ll know where to look for Michelangelo’s self-portrait and how to spot portraits of his enemies among the heathens so your experience of this incredible spot will be so much more memorable than most.

With small group sizes limited to only 22 people or less and audio headsets for every guest, your Vatican night tour will be intimate and your guide easy to understand. And with Skip the Line Access, an expert guide and less crowds at the Vatican Museums, you can be sure that you’re getting the most from your Vatican visit.

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