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We will be strolling leisurely through the galleries of the collection before the doors of the Sistine Chapel are opened to us.
Your exclusive experience begins as the gates to the smallest country in the world open just for you, and then close behind you. This is the ultimate VIP Vatican tour.
Named for the giant pinecone that adorns one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Vatican Museums, the Pinecone Courtyard was designed by Donato Bramante.
This celebrated marble torso is a fragment of a statue found in Rome at the end of the 15th century.
This quiet little courtyard hides some of the most precious classical statues in existence, including the Belvedere Apollo, a source of inspiration to many celebrated artists.
This sculpture tells an incredible story of Antiquity.
Between the beautiful mosaic floors, porphyry granite bath tub and an extremely rare bronze statue of Hercules, you won't know where to look first.
The highlights of this room are two granite sarcophagi, meant for Emperor Constantine I and his daughter.
This gallery was originally an open "loggia" but was walled and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabra here date back as far as 3rd Century B.C.
Some of the masterpieces in this gallery were designed from cartoons drawn by Raphael. Look out for a tapestry that includes a spectacular optical illusion.
The Vatican Museums are overflowing with art, history and beauty. See it for yourself as you stroll through the magnificent Gallery of Maps, decorated in the 16th century with outstanding precision.
Decorated for Pope Julius II by the hand of Raphael, your next stop on your Vatican group tour are the apartments adorned with Raphael’s priceless frescos.
Celebrated as one of Raphael's greatest works, The School of Athens fresco displays a gathering of the greatest philosophers of the time.
A place where cardinals have spent endless hours deliberating the fate of men in the Catholic Church, this room is adorned with Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes.
In his mature years, Michelangelo returned to the place that made him famous, only to paint another masterpiece. This time he painted a fresco that portrayed his conception of the end of days.
Walk down the legendary double spiral staircase designed by Giuseppe MoMo. It was inspired by the original staircase designed by Donato Bramante.
After-Hours Access - No Crowds!
Rare and Exclusive Opportunity
A Private Guide with Expertise in Art History
Are you looking for cool things to do in Rome at night? On this exclusive private Vatican night tour, visit the best highlights of the museums after the crowds disperse and the heat fades. Led by a personal Vatican guide, enjoy the Vatican collections and Sistine Chapel all to yourself after the museums close to the public. Don’t miss out on this rare and exclusive private Vatican tour. When we say skip the crowds, we mean it! Join us as a Vatican VIP and enjoy the museums all to yourself after the museums close. Don’t miss the opportunity to do something spectacular on your trip to Rome. This two-hour private private Vatican tour includes:
To make this private Vatican night tour even better, we arrange private transportation to and from the meeting point in a luxury climate-controlled vehicle. When you’re finished marveling at the priceless artwork inside, we drop you off at your hotel or at a nice restaurant. After you book, on of our Travel Experts will reach out to you to arrange all the details.
Named for the giant pinecone that adorns this large and beautiful outdoor space, the Pinecone Courtyard was designed by Donato Bramante. Catch an amazing view of St. Peter’s Dome and take note of the giant fractured sphere sculpture by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. One interpretation of the sculpture is that the spheres represent the complexity of our world and how easily it is torn apart. Originally part of the Cortile del Belvedere, the Pinecone Courtyard once connected the palace of Pope Innocent VIII with the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican’s Pio-Clementino Museum showcases ancient Greek and Roman statues. In the octagonal Belvedere Courtyard, the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons and the Belvedere Torso statues take center stage. After learning about the stories and mythology behind these famed works of art, visit the biggest and oldest bathtub you’ll ever see. Made of a rare type of red marble, Nero’s Bathtub measures an incredible 25 ft in diameter.
This VIP Vatican Museums after-hours Private Tour includes the main highlights of the Vatican Museums including the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. One of our favorite collections, the Gallery of the Maps, features topographical maps of Italy painted by Dominican Italian friar Ignazio Danti. Providing insights into the way Renaissance Italians saw themselves and their surroundings, the maps predate a unified Italy by nearly 300 years.
Raphael was one of Rome’s most famous Renaissance artists. In constant competition with Michelangelo, he designed and frescoed many rooms associated with the Vatican Museums. Among other masterpieces, visit one of Raphael’s most famous works of art, The School of Athens. A depiction of philosophy, the painting represents all the greatest mathematicians, philosophers and scientists sharing ideas with one another. In an early version of a selfie, Raphael included himself into the painting! Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, engaged in dialogue, take center stage in the masterpiece.
A suite of rooms in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the Borgia Apartments were adapted for personal use by Pope Alexander VI (Rodrígo de Borgia, 1492-1503). Frescoed by Bernardino di Betto, known as il Pinturicchio, it was closed off by Julius II who refused to live in rooms sullied by his hated predecessor. Until the rooms’ reopening at the end of the 19th century, the incredible frescoes were hidden behind black crepe.
If you’ve ever visited the Sistine Chapel during normal opening hours, you know how crowded it gets. Going on this exclusive Vatican night tour is the perfect solution.This private after-hours tour concludes in the Sistine Chapel - the ultimate place every Vatican visitor wants to see. If you’ve ever visited the chapel during the day, you know how crowded it gets. On this spectacular experience, enjoy Michelangelo’s frescoes all to yourself. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many frescos there are. At this point, it is impossible not to appreciate how difficult is must have been for Michelangelo to lay on his back and toil at the masterpiece, year after year
Please Note: Since the Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
This is the ultimate way to experience the world’s best museum. Surrounded by the most jaw-dropping art in the world, skip the crowds and witness the splendor of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without disruption. If you want to experience something unforgettable on your Italian vacation, do this.
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The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the start time of your tour. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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Raphella was an excellent tour guide! She was very knowledgable about the Vatican and other sites around Rome. We ended up having a tour with just theRaphella was an excellent tour guide! She was very knowledgable about the Vatican and other sites around Rome. We ended up having a tour with just the three of us (Raphella, me and my mom) which allowed us to ask questions and actually hear what she had to say (as opposed to the large groups where you feel like you're being herded around). She also offered to take pictures of the both of us around the Vatican! It was awesome feeling like a VIP!..more
Brandon took 3 of us on a private tour of the Vatican. We had a lot of fun while learning our way through the vatican. Like... did you know that statuBrandon took 3 of us on a private tour of the Vatican. We had a lot of fun while learning our way through the vatican. Like... did you know that statues used to have eyes???
I would highly recommend The Roman Guy (Brandon) for your tour!
Thanks for everything Brandon!..more
This tour is on the expensive side, but for a good reason. To experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel during closing hours is just one of thThis tour is on the expensive side, but for a good reason. To experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel during closing hours is just one of those experiences you really just can't put a price on. Getting to take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel in complete silence and undisturbed by crowds of tourist was amazing. Experiencing it in this way with no distractions really allowed me to take everything in in the way I wanted to. ..more
It is exactly what they describe. You go inside the Sistine Chapel and museums when they are closed. I've never been inside when they were open, butIt is exactly what they describe. You go inside the Sistine Chapel and museums when they are closed. I've never been inside when they were open, but I could imagine its not as nice as this. We were 5 couples so it came out to be $1000 per couple for an experience of a life time. Not cheap but how many other people can say they've done it? ..more