After-Hours Access: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Night Tour
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After-Hours Access: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Night Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel after official closing times, an opportunity only available for limited dates
  • Avoid the crowds & daytime heat when you experience the Museums after sunset
  • Explore the timeless masterpieces of the Vatican museums including the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy expert commentary from your official, English-speaking guide
  • Savor a glass of wine & delicious buffet dinner in the famous Pinecone Courtyard with our optional upgrade


Visit the Vatican Museums at their most enchanting: when all the crowds have gone home, and the sun sets over St. Peter’s Basilica. This exclusive night tour includes Skip the Line entrance and an expert-led tour of the most famous highlights of the museums.
Pinecone Courtyard in Vatican Museums by night

See the Vatican in a New Light

On our Vatican night tours, you’ll see the corridors and courtyards of the Museums when the atmosphere is quieter and more inspiring.

Lacoon entire statue Vatican Museums

Visit Iconic Masterpieces

Discover all of the highlights of the Vatican including the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel in just two and a half hours.

Group in front of the Last Judgment's fresco in Sistine Chapel

Take Advantage of Special Access

With a limited number of tickets available and our small group tours, this special night visit offers fewer crowds and a more personal experience.

Tour Description

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

Our special Vatican partnership gives us Skip the Line Access to the museums, so you get straight inside. From here, your expert, English-speaking guide will take you on a journey through the best of the galleries. 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.

You’ll see outdoor spaces like the Pinecone Courtyard and spot the silhouette of St. Peter’s Basilica from the open patio overlooking the Vatican Gardens. Then, follow your guide inside through long hallways filled with ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, while they describe the fascinating stories behind the pieces.

Next, 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.

As you walk, your expert guide will give you the history behind the Vatican, the Popes who lived here, and the artists that worked here. One such artist, Raphael, honored these masters in his famous “School of Athens.” You’ll see this fascinating work and other beautiful frescoes during our tour of the Raphael Rooms.

Of course, we wouldn’t ignore the Vatican’s biggest star: the Sistine Chapel. You’ll have plenty of time to marvel at the incredible ceiling painted by Michelangelo and spot the stunning details of his work without the normal throngs of visitors on this after-hours tour.

Add a Delicious Dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard

Upgrade your experience with a delicious buffet dinner in the famous Pinecone Courtyard before your Vatican Museums tour. As the sun sets over the Vatican, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy a variety of appetizing local favorites in this beautiful setting including pasta, salads, cheeses and cured meats. There will also be plenty of other hot, savory dishes and an array of desserts to sample before you move on to begin your tour.

No matter which option you choose, this special way to see the Vatican is a true treat. And with small group sizes of 20 people or fewer, Skip the Line Access, and an expert guide by your side, you can be sure you’ll get the most out of your Vatican visit.

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What's Included

  • Exclusive Skip the Line Evening tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Audio headsets so you don’t miss a thing
  • Small groups of 20 people or less

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Octagonal Courtyard

Important Notes

The Sistine Chapel may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. While we undertake to tell guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions, this is not always possible. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Please note that appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


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