• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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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

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

gina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a great tour. We did not have much time in Rome, so this made the most sense.

Cathy United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Fabulous tour guide...Debra made the museum and chapel come alive with insightful details. She was attentive to every group participant and particularly attentive to a woman with a recent hip injury who needed to walk slowly. Her knowledge was fascinating and her presentation engaging. You can tell she is passionate about her topic. She graciously answered all questions and remained behind long after the end of the tour to answer questions. This tour was worth every penny!

Jessica B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Beautiful!

Amanda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Beautiful tour on our last night in Rome! The Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel were my favorite. The tour provides an in depth look of the paintings by MichaelAngelo before you enter Sistine Chapel so it is even more special. Less crowds at night too.

KIra W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fabulous guide. Worth every penny.

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour ,great guide great place Great way to start our trip to Italy.Lots of walking but well worth the effort .Departing point easy to locate , great cafe's around area to have meal before the tour.
Sue k Australia

Al B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was our first tour while in Rome. The tour covered the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Going the vatican in the evening is still crowded but manageable. It had cooled and the time in the courtyards were pleasant as a result. Our tickets and headsets were provided before entering and the wait to get in was fast.

The guide was excellent. She engaged the group, even though it was large. Her knowledge of the museum was very strong and her talk was sprinkled with anecdotes and historical explanations. She answered questions with ease. She lingered when needed.

We wished we had her name as she proved to be one of the best, if not the best guide we had in Europe over 24 days.

The only complaint was the Viator ticketing did specify that the tour kickoff wasn't at the entrance to the Museum, but down the street at the tour company's office. The address was correct but we didn't notice it and almost missed our tour. Nevertheless, we would highly recommend this tour.

Josh M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

So much less crowded than a visit during the day, you really get to spend some time.

cwoods321

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Amazing! Our guide, Deborah, provided a fun, engaging and educational experience. She was knowledgeable, passionate about the art, the history and provided insights that you certainly not expect to learn from simply wandering through or listening to an audio guided tour. The radio with earpieces made it so easy to hear what she was saying. The evening tour was magical with incredible natural light surrounding St. Peter's. I would highly recommend the tour and ask for Deborah!

russell h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

I had an exceptional visit to the Vatican Museum and SIstine Chapel. Our guide was incredibly well-versed in the history of Rome, Art and Papal history, and she was very enthused about sharing her knowledge and the participants enjoying themselves.
I super recommend this.

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