Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit the Vatican after hours without the crowds

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 37 Reviews · 2.00h 14 max · Vatican, Italy

Prefer to take a Vatican tour in the evening when there are hardly any crowds? You'll love this tour that lets you spend your day exploring Rome before coming to the Vatican Museums in the evening when all the crowds have gone. You'll enjoy VIP access to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel and enjoy a quieter evening exploring the incredible art with your local guide. This guided tour only lasts a couple of hours, but you can stay on your own until the museums close if you like.

Tour Details
  • The Vatican Museums at night
  • Pio-Clementino
  • Laocoön and His Sons
  • Belvedere Torso
  • Nero’s Bath
  • Gallery of Candelabra
  • Galley of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Creation of Man
  • Last Judgement

Don't miss out on this unusual opportunity to explore the Vatican in the evening when other tourists have gone to dinner. Your local guide will lead you from the top of the steps at Caffe Vaticano into the Vatican Museums. Their passionate knowledge will bring the art and architecture to life as you explore the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and other areas. This tour is ideal for tourists who enjoy adventuring in the evening hours when attractions are less busy. This evening access has limited availability throughout the week, so don't wait to book! Your 2-hour tour includes:

  • After-hours access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

  • A quieter experience without the crowds

  • Free time to explore on your own

  • A fun, English-speaking guide

  • A maximum group of 13 people

Night Tour of Vatican Museums

Take an art history journey with your expert Vatican guide as you walk through the rooms of the most fascinating living museums on earth. See works of art in the Pinecone Courtyard and get a great view of St. Peter's Basilica in the evening light. View sculptures handed down from the ancient Romans in the Pio-Clementine Collection. Pass through the Gallery of Candelabra, 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

Your guided 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.

The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, so visitors are not allowed to speak inside the chapel. Your guide will explain what you'll see in advance and provide you with a map or handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering, so it's recommended to bring a shawl, scarf, or sweater you can quickly put on.

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 90 minutes after the guided tour concludes. Take your time and revisit your favorite works of art or simply wander around to enjoy the incredible artistry.

What you get with this tour
Vatican tickets included
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Alex is the best
13 August 2022
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Jonathan Matt

She’s so enthusiastic and made the tour feel so personal - almost as if a close friend was showing you their new house. Incredible experience 10 out of 5 stars.

Wonderful evening tour of the Vatican Museums
07 August 2022
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Reviewed by
Stephen Fisher

Excellent guide to the Vatican who illustrated the Museum’s more interesting stories to the famous works of art. Tour instructions exactly as described. Would recommend!

Papa Franco was the best
03 August 2022
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Robin Oudshoorn

It was a very interesting tour and even better with Papa Franco there with us to tell all about everything there was to see. Even though it was his 4th tour of that day he was still very much alive and fun throughout the tour and open for any questions we might had. I really do recommend asking for Frank/Papa Franco as your tour guide, because I’m sure he’ll elevate your experience as he did with ours!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

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?

Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.

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

Yes, it's possible, though you may find the experience lacking and only daytime access is available. But you can click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

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

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

Does the Vatican ever experience unexpected 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.

Does this tour include the Sistine Chapel?

Yes! The Sistine Chapel is attached to the Vatican Museums and your tickets include a visit to Michelangelo's masterpiece.

Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica?

This tour does not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica because it is closed at night.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

e ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise the Vatican might refuse entry to religious sites and you’ll miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.

Where to meet?

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.

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