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.
Your VatStanding on one of the Vatican's favorite terraces with an incredible view of St Peter's dome, your private Vatican guide will explain the history and stories surrounding this iconic basilica.
Your Private Vatican Tour will lead you out to the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, where you’ll learn the story behind why it has this name. Hint: you can't miss the giant bronze pinecone.
A must-not-miss area of the Vatican Museums. Your guide will delve into the history of these sculptures, including one of the most famous sculptures of all time, 'Laocoon and Sons'.
Your private vatican guide will then lead you through the Museum's marble gallery. Lined with statues and candelabras, you won't be short of ancient relics to admire.
A Gallery decorated by some of the Vatican's most intricate works of art. Learn the stories behind the most iconic tapestries that tell stories of Jesus and fallen emperors.
Our favorite room in all of the Vatican museums. Impressive works of art adorn both the ceilings and walls. I dare you to try and keep your mouth closed while passing through this gallery.
In the heart of the Vatican Museums you'll come across Francesco Podesti's artistic interpretation the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception.
Once the apartments of the Pope Julius II, Raphael has covered the walls of these rooms in his magnificent fresco’s, meaning you walk through priceless works of art when going from room to room.
As you walk through these apartments with your private expert guide, learn about the scandals that surrounded Pope Alexander VI.
The Chapel where Pope’s have been elected for centuries. Feel the overpowering emotion in the air of this room as cardinals have spent endless hours deliberating the fate of men in the Catholic church
It took the great artist 4 years to complete this work of art, portraying a sequence of biblical stories. Your attention will be drawn to the central point which depicts the "Creation of Adam".
Your tour will finish in the Sistine Chapel, but that doesn’t mean your experience has to end here. You then have time to revisit your favorite sites and explore the Vatican Museums at your own pace.
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 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 closing hours is a surreal experience - don’t miss the opportunity to do something different on your trip to Rome. This 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, designed by Donato Bramante to connect 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 inches in diameter. Take a close look at the red marble the bathtub is made of, it’s so rare the tub can’t be recreated today.
This Vatican night tour includes the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. The favorite collection of many Vatican visitors, the Gallery of the Maps is 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. One of the most impressive corridors in the Vatican Museums, the collection extends for 120 meters.
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 with one another. In an early version of a selfie, Raphael painted himself into the painting! Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, engaged in dialogue, take center stage in the masterpiece.
The Borgia Apartments is a suite of rooms in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. Adapted for personal use by Pope Alexander VI (Rodrígo de Borgia, 1492-1503) and frescoed by Bernardo di Betto, called il 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, entrance is included in your tour. It’s impossible not to appreciate how difficult it must have been for Michelangelo to lay on his back and toil at the masterpiece, year after year. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there.
If you wish to stay inside the Vatican Museums after the tour, it’s no problem. The museums remain open another two hours after the tour finishes - you have plenty of time to revisit your favorite works of art. And if you’re hungry after taking in all that beauty, ask your personal guide where to eat near the Vatican. You definitely deserve a pizza.
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* If you are trying to make a booking up to 2 weeks in advance the website will show no availability, but feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. IMPORTANT: Starting in December 2015, the Catholic Church will be celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy and during the following year there may be unexpected closings of different parts of the Vatican due to increased number of visitors. The Roman Guy will do his best to inform you on time of possible closings, but for the most part these will not be announced in advance. In the event that an area covered on the tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside and will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate the closed area.
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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