Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel
Discover the works of art within the Vatican Museums with few crowds
Want to see the Vatican Museums at night? Here's your chance. This Vatican night tour gives you VIP access to the art of the Vatican Museums after closing time. Avoid the heat and crowds and witness the collections in a new light.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Terrace Views
- Pinecone Courtyard
- Pio-Clementine Collection
- Gallery of the Candelabra
- Gallery of Tapestries
- Gallery of Maps
- Immaculate Conception
- Raphael Rooms
- Borgia Apartments
- Sistine Chapel
- Michelangelo's Ceiling
- Keep Exploring
Are you looking for unusual things to do in Rome? How about touring the Vatican at night? Not only does this special small group Vatican night tour let you skip the crowds, lines and heat, but it also provides a fresh way to see the Vatican’s amazing collections. If you aren’t an early morning person, or you just want less distractions as you enjoy the museum’s treasures, this is the best Vatican tour for you. This two hour tour includes:
- - After-hours access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
- - An English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
- - Access to the treasures inside the Vatican without the heat and crowds
- - A maximum group size of 13 people
Night Tour of Vatican Museums
Skipping the line, take a journey with your expert Vatican guide through art history as you walk through the rooms of the most fascinating “living” museums on earth. See works of art in the Pinecone Courtyard and a great view of St. Peter's Basilica. View sculptures handed down to us from the Ancient Romans in the Pio-Clementine Collection. Pass through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Maps as your guide explains the history and stories surrounding these art collections.
The School of Athens by Raphael
Learn about the complexities of Raphael's fresco in the former papal apartments. Raphael was one of Rome's most famous Renaissance artists and he encompassed all the ideals of a Renaissance man. He designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. In addition to other masterpieces, visit one of Raphael’s most famous works of art, The School of Athens.
The Sistine Chapel at Night
Our evening Vatican tour concludes in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling and the altar wall are adorned by world-famous and inspiring frescoes. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there. 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 his masterpiece, year after year. Since the Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums, it is included in your Vatican tour tickets.
The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.
Take Your Time and Explore the Collections
If you want to stay inside the Vatican Museums after the conclusion of your evening tour, go right ahead! The museums remain open for another two hours after the guided tour concludes. Take your time and revisit your favorite works of art or simple wander around taking in the intense beauty of your surroundings. And don’t forget to ask your local Vatican Guide where to eat dinner near Vatican City. After all that culture, you definitely deserve a pizza.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
In front of Caffe Vaticano, directly across the street from the Vatican Museums Entrance on Viale Vaticano. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring a long a shall or sweater. Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.
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Well worth the cost
I would highly recommend this tour. We were lucky enough to have Ami as our guide and she was fantastic. She did a great job of explaining everything and giving us interesting tidbits without being too overwhelming with the information. She also did a wonderful job of moving the group through the crowds quickly and easily. We also had a teenager on our tour and Ami did a great job of engaging her and making sure she understood what Ami was explaining. Way less crowded then the daytime crowds. Would 100% recommend.
Vatican Under the Stars
My husband and I did the Vatican Under the Stars tour with Maura. She was fantastic! Her vast knowledge of all things Vatican/Rome was incredible. We learned so much! She was easy to understand and had a terrific personality. Would definitely recommend!
Vatican Museum Tour
Very much worth it. I would recommend this tour to anyone that wishes to see the Vatican museum without waiting for hours on end. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic.