You'll want to fill it up, when you learn about our world famous Colosseum Underground Tour!
There will be plenty of walking and also going up & down the stairs as we cross between galleries on different levels.
Start your after-hours Vatican tour with a visit to a terrace that boasts one of the best views of St Peter's dome.
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.
Get up close to some of the world's most iconic statues in the world, including Laocoön and His Sons.
This gallery was originally an open "loggia" but was walled and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras you see during this Vatican tour date back as far as 3rd Century B.C.
Some of the masterpieces in this gallery were designed after the cartoons drawn by Raphael. Look out for a tapestry that includes a spectacular optical illusion.
This is a true highlight of the Vatican Museums. On display here are incredible frescoes of maps.
The Room of the Immaculate Conception at the Vatican Museum was commissioned by Pope Pius IX in honor of the promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Decorated for Pope Julius II by the hand of Raphael, your next stop on your Vatican group tour is to the apartments adorned in Raphael’s priceless frescos, including his glorious "School of Athens"
Visit the rooms that once served as the apartments of Pope Alexander VI. With all the scandal around this pope and his family, you'll wish these walls could talk.
The pièce de résistance of the Vatican Museums is the Sistine Chapel. Witness Michelangelo's masterpiece in person.
It took Michelangelo four years to complete the Sistine Chapel's frescoes; they portray a sequence of biblical stories.
Revisit your favorite paintings and explore the Vatican Museums at your own pace. After your tour ends, the museum stays open for a few more hours.
A VIP Experience that Few People Get
Includes a Highly-Educated and English-Speaking Private Guide
Enter after Normal Opening Hours to See the Sistine Chapel in Peace
Are you looking for unusual things to do in Rome at night? Are you fascinated by the priceless works of art inside the Vatican Museums? On the this private Vatican night tour, visit the best highlights of the Vatican Museums after the sun sets. Led by a private Vatican guide, visit the incredible collections of the Vatican Museums minus the heat and the crowds. Accessing the Vatican Museums after normal closing hours is a surreal experience - don’t miss the opportunity to do something different on your trip to Rome. This private two hour tour includes:
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. From here, catch an amazing view of St. Peter’s Dome. The courtyard where the pinecone stands was originally part of the Cortile del Belvedere that connected the palace of Pope Innocent VIII with the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican’s Pio-Clementino Museum is an incredible collection of 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 the stories and mythology behind these famed works of art, visit the biggest and oldest bathtubs you’ll ever see. Nero’s Bathtub measures an incredible 25 ft in diameter. Take a close look at the red marble the bathtub is made of - it’s so rare the tub can never be recreated.
This private Vatican night tour includes the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. A favorite collection of many Vatican visitors, 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. The collection extends for 120 meters and boasts one of the most impressive corridors in the Vatican museums.
Raphael was one of Rome’s most famous Renaissance artists. In constant competition with Michelangelo, he designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to 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. 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.
The Borgia Apartments are comprised of a suite of rooms in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. They were created for personal use by Pope Alexander VI (Rodrígo de Borgia, 1492-1503) and frescoed by early Renaissance artist Bernardino di Betto, nicknamed “Pinturicchio”. This apartment suite was closed off by Julius II, who refused to live in rooms formerly occupied by his despised predecessor. Until the rooms’ reopening at the end of the 19th century, the dynamic frescoes were obscured in black crepe.
If you want to avoid the normal Sistine Chapel crowds, going to the Vatican at night is the perfect solution. This private Vatican evening tour concludes in the Sistine Chapel, the place every Vatican visitor wants to see. Since the Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums, the entrance fee is included in the cost of this tour. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many frescos there are.
Important: 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.
If you wish to stay inside the Vatican Museums after the tour, no problem! The museums remain open another few hours after the tour finishes, giving you plenty of time to revisit your favorite works of art. If you’re hungry after taking in all of the beauty, ask your personal guide where to eat near the Vatican. You definitely deserve a pizza, plate of pasta, or both.
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In front of Caffé Vaticano – on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum Entrance. Your guide will be there holding a sign that says “The Roman Guy.”
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The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. 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 your tour taking place. 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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My guests absolutely loved this experience with The Roman Guy. They were on their honeymoon and saved this Friday evening visit for the last night in My guests absolutely loved this experience with The Roman Guy. They were on their honeymoon and saved this Friday evening visit for the last night in Italy. They were suitable wowed by their time with a great guide.
The husband is disabled and said that the guide went out of her way to get him in and out of tricky areas with ease and graciousness.
You absolutely can't go wrong with these pros!..more
My friend and I absolutely loved this tour we both like to sleep in so this was perfect for us! We both also really liked that we were able to avoid tMy friend and I absolutely loved this tour we both like to sleep in so this was perfect for us! We both also really liked that we were able to avoid the crowds and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience at our own pace as the museum was open for 2 hours after the tour ended so we got to go back and admire all of the beautiful art. ..more
Lea was great. She showed us all the main areas, plus some more hidden ones. The best part was that in the evening there was really nobody in the musuLea was great. She showed us all the main areas, plus some more hidden ones. The best part was that in the evening there was really nobody in the musuems. Would def. do it again...more
This tour was great. I've been inside during the day and it was like night and day (no pun intended). Much less people at night. Best part is afterThis tour was great. I've been inside during the day and it was like night and day (no pun intended). Much less people at night. Best part is after the tour we stayed inside and had a glass of vino in one of the courtyards. Really creative tour! ..more