Vatican at Closing Time Tour with Sistine Chapel

Explore the Vatican with fewer crowds in the late afternoon

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 6 Reviews · 2.00h 20 max · Vatican, Italy

Want to explore the Vatican without worrying about the huge crowds? You need a tour that starts super early or later in the afternoon when you can visit the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums with a little more peace and quiet. Along with an expert local guide to bring the city’s history and artworks to life, this engaging afternoon tour will let you skip the line and get to know the famous home of the Catholic church without any stress.

Tour Details
  • Explore the Vatican in the late afternoon
  • Skip the line with your expert local guide
  • See the great works of the Vatican Museums
  • The Gallery of the Candelabras
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
  • The Creation of Man
  • The Last Judgement

You’ll meet your friendly guide near to the Vatican Museums entrance, where your skip-the-line ticket means you won’t have to worry about any line to get in. At this time of day, crowds are much smaller anyway, since most tourists have already left for the day. Along with your small group, your guide will tell the stories behind the Vatican’s most important sites as you explore. You’ll see the Raphael Rooms, Vatican galleries, the Sistine Chapel, and more. Plus, you can get a closer view of the artistic masterpieces on display without having to fight through the huge morning crowds.

Vatican Closing Time Tour Description

Your 2-hour tour includes:

  • Skip-the-line afternoon Vatican Tickets

  • Visit the museum's three main galleries

  • See inside the Sistine Chapel at a quieter time

  • An engaging English-speaking guide

  • Maximum group size of 20

Pio-Clementino Museum and Nero’s Bathtub

Your tour begins with a visit to the Pio-Clementino Museum, where you'll see three of the most iconic statues in the world. Learn about the myths and legends associated with the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso. You'll also visit one of the biggest and oldest bathtubs you'll ever see!

Highlights of the Vatican Galleries

Entering in the afternoon after the majority of the crowds have left, you'll follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Admire the ancient Roman and Greek statues, the Flemish tapestries created by Raphael's students, and the gorgeous topographical depictions of Italy. You'll hear the stories behind these treasures from your expert guide as the Vatican secrets are slowly unveiled to you.

Raphael Rooms

Next on this unforgettable walking tour are the Raphael Rooms. These four galleries are dedicated to one of the true masters of the Renaissance, and you'll find his most famous painting School of Athens displayed here. Take in the stunning frescoes and hear how Pope Julius II commissioned the art, as well as the complex techniques used to create them.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

After exploring the best of the Vatican, the highlight of your tour comes at the Sistine Chapel, where you'll be able to appreciate the beauty of this iconic chapel after most visitors have left. Take in the wonder of Michelangelo's masterpiece and examine the vivid depictions of biblical stories, from Genesis to Revelations. You'll see the famous Creation of Man and the Last Judgement, and look around for up to 20 minutes in the serenity of the world's most famous chapel.

The Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, so both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders, otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/sweater to wrap around you when necessary.

What you get with this tour
Skip-the-line afternoon Vatican Tickets
Visit the museum's three main galleries
Raphael Rooms and School of Athens
See inside the Sistine Chapel
An expert English-speaking guide
Maximum group size of 20
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Catharine Becker

Our guide, Alessandra, was great! She was friendly, knowledgeable & pointed out personal “favorites” during the tour. We were a small group too & it was perfect!

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Patricia Geary

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Heidi Mabe

Our guide was very knowledgeable and nice. We were very pleased with his guided tour. Thank you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Meet your guide in front of Caffé Vaticano on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance. Our friendly welcome staff will be there holding The Tour Guy signs.

What to bring?

Please be sure to meet Vatican dress code requirements by covering your knees and shoulders in the most sacred religious areas like the Sistine Chapel. You'll also want to wear comfortable shoes since this is a walking tour.

Where to meet?

Meet your guide in front of Caffé Vaticano on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance. Our friendly welcome staff will be there holding The Tour Guy signs.

What to bring?

Please be sure to meet Vatican dress code requirements by covering your knees and shoulders in the most sacred religious areas like the Sistine Chapel. You'll also want to wear comfortable shoes since this is a walking tour.

Does the Vatican ever experience sudden closures?

During state visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly and without much notice. If an area normally visited during a tour is suddenly closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. They will even show you another gallery to compensate for the lost time in the usual location.

Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

Yes, you can purchase a ticket to see the Vatican Museums on your own. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any concerns about your mobility, we suggest taking a private Vatican tour so your needs can be better accommodated.

Does this tour go to St. Peter's Basilica?

This tour does not stop at St. Peter's Basilica since it closes before this tour ends.

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