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Tour code: 3058NIGHTVATICAN
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.


  • 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

Rodney M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Summer Friday Night Tour is the best. less Crowded and cooler temperatures. If you can request a specific tour Guide, please ask for Debra. The whole group was overwhelmed by Debra and #39;s knowledge and caring to assure all were enlightened.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I and #39;m so glad we took the Friday night tour! It was definitely less crowded than during the day and the lighting and quiet was mellow, and much cooler than during the day. Our tour guide, Deborah, was very kind, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. I highly recommend it.

Rhian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours so wear comfy shoes and take water with you as it is very hot in Rome at the moment. The only downside was being ripped off by taxis drivers. Beware because they are lined up as you leave the museum and it was dark and we were tired and just wanted to get back to the hotel. It cost 12 euros to get there and I had to barter them down to 25 to get home. It was a genuine taxi but the excuse was it costs more at night.

Michelle D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Linda was our tour guide and was fabulous! She was energetic, funny and very informative. She knew her history and made the three hour journey through the Vatican museum stellar and enjoyable. The tour itself is great-touches on all the most famous pieces with the benefit of skipping the long lines

Michael S P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

To avoid the ques and the crush book this tour. It is expensive but worth every dollar. If you can use Debra as your guide from Enjoy Romeget her experience. Her knowledge and enthusiasm will make this an unforgettable experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Alexandra our tour guide was great , she was very knowledgeable . A very small group of 12.
This was my third visit to Vatican and was my best!!!

Amber S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely recommend this Friday night tour... not as crowded, and the tour guide was fantastic! What a great experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Friday Night Vatican Museum Tour and the tour of the Sistine Chapel. Hillary ?? was our guide, and it was clear that she is very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the Vatican.

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!


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!

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