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If you’re in Rome between May and October, don’t miss this Vatican night tour, which takes place only on Fridays. With a knowledgeable guide, tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night, when you can admire the revered collection of art without the larger daytime crowds. Visit the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms, and see the Michelangelo masterpieces that cover the Sistine Chapel’s famous frescoed ceiling.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Vatican night tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
  • With an expert guide, explore the Vatican at night and see it without the daytime crowds
  • Walk through the Gallery of Maps and Raphael's Rooms inside the Vatican Museums
  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel and see Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam fresco
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 25 people provides a memorable experience
  • This exclusive experience is only available on Friday nights between May and October

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What You Can Expect

Friday Night Vatican Museums Tour Including Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgement' in the Sistine Chapel

Book now! Evening Vatican tours sell out quickly, as they only take place once a week from May to October.

Your tour of the Vatican at night starts when you meet your guide near the Vatican Museums and purchase your entrance ticket (own expense, payable on the day).

Then go inside with your guide to explore some of the nearly 2,000 galleries, apartments and other rooms that make up the vast, maze-like museum complex. As you enjoy the tranquil evening atmosphere without the usual daytime masses, you’ll see artistic and historical treasures such as Etruscan and Egyptian artifacts and Renaissance art. Visit the Gallery of Maps, where you’ll be wowed by 40 frescoes dating back to the late 1500s, and Raphael’s Rooms, a group of four chambers home to paintings by Raphael and his students.

Then make your way to the Vatican’s crown jewel, the Sistine Chapel, where you have about 15 minutes inside to admire the famous artwork (talking inside is not allowed, so your guide will tell you about the chapel and its frescoes before you enter). Stare in wonder at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, his most iconic ceiling fresco, and The Last Judgment, a piece that adorns one of the chapel walls.

After exiting the chapel, your tour ends just outside the Vatican, where you are free to stay at St Peter’s Square as long as you like. This is a great chance to capture some beautiful evening photos of the Vatican. (Note: Entry to St Peter’s Basilica is not allowed in the evening.)

Customer Reviews

Garlyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wow! This tour was greatWe loved our tour guide Rosella! she was funny, smart and her enthusiasm
was contagious. We were referred to this tour after reading an article in National Geographic Traveler.
The lack of crowds and the beauty of the evening was perfect. It was a perfect introduction to our fabulous three days in Rome!

mangobob

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had been to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel during normal hours, but a friend told us that we must see it at night and this tour gave us that opportunity. Our guide, Rosella, was an art historian and restorer who provided insights and understanding to what we were seeing. Guides are not allowed to accompany tours into the Chapel so we were on our own at that point but Rosella had prepared us well for our experience. Being able to observe and take in this incredible masterpiece in a small group setting, for as long as we wanted to stay, was an unforgettable experience!

charmingjmoseley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I would highly recommend this night tour. There were a lot of people but personal attention was given to the group. The guide was knowledgeable and took the time to answer questions from individuals. I was amazed by the amount of visitors who were there on a Friday night.

Sharon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Sistine Chapel, and it was very pleasant visiting the museum without the crowds.

Keenan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A great way to see the Vatican and it beats the craziness of the day crowds.

Amy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very knowledgable tour guide- highly recommend :

Maria del Carme V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good organized, the guide was very well prepared.

Linda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The night tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel was wonderful. Our tour guide was very informative and had many great facts and stories.

Robert V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour Guide was fantastic, very educating and fun

Neil P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide was great. Well worth the effort - 3 hours - very crowded.

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