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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)
During the months of May until October, the Vatican stays open on Friday nights for an extra-special viewing of its renowned museums and the Sistine Chapel, and you definitely don’t want to miss out. On this tour with an expert guide, you’ll see the best of the Vatican by night, including its incredible Renaissance art, the Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel. This evening access is only possible for pre-booked groups, so book now to visit the Vatican without the daytime crowds!

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

Meet your guide near the Vatican Museums, purchase your entrance ticket (own expense) and head straight inside to begin your Vatican night tour without the hectic daytime crowds. Follow your guide through the Vatican's mesmerizing museum complex, comprising nearly 2,000 different rooms. Even if you had a whole day here, seeing it all would be impossible, so your expert guide will take the pressure off by showing you the must-see rooms and artwork!

As you explore this exciting labyrinth of galleries and apartments, see Egyptian relics and Etruscan artifacts alongside incredible Renaissance art by legendary Italian painters Raphael and Michelangelo. Highlights of your tour include the Gallery of Maps, home to 40 map frescoes that date back to 1580, and Raphael's Rooms, four interconnecting chambers adorned with paintings by Raphael and his pupils.

Finally, you’ll make it to the room you’ve been waiting for – the beautiful Sistine Chapel. After your guide explains the significance of this sacred Vatican site, you'll have roughly 15 minutes to walk around inside and gaze in awe. See Michelangelo's famous ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment, a colorful fresco that dominates one of the chapel walls.

Your tour finishes outside the Sistine Chapel, and while entry isn't permitted to St Peter's Basilica in the evening, you can spend as much time as you want in beautiful St Peters Square, where you can take nighttime Vatican photos without the usual daytime crowds!

Evening Vatican tours sell out fast, and only twenty Friday nights are available between May to October.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good organized, the guide was very well prepared.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour Guide was fantastic, very educating and fun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about many different aspects of the Vatican. And she never rushed us through any portion of the tour including the Sistine Chapel area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a very good tour. Our guide Arianna was terrific. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learned a lot and really enjoyed ourselves. We would highly recommend her as tour quide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a very good tour. Our guide Arianna was terrific. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learned a lot and really enjoyed ourselves. We would highly recommend her as tour quide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A very worthwhile tour, as long as you understand it is just a snapshot of the museums. There is so much to see and our guide was very informative. While there were lot of people there, I imagine daytime would be busier.

Jimmy
Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our tour guide Gio was amazing! My sister and a few of our friends were in Rome for a week and did multiple tours, but Gio's tour was by far the best. Although we were jet-lagged and the tour was at 9pm, she managed to keep everyone's attention and not only managed to keep the tour spooky but also really quite funny. I am still re-telling the stories I heard on this tour and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to hear a few urban legends and ancient gossip. My only recommendation is start a little earlier and make this tour longer as it was spectacular!

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