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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.


  • 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

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The Friday night tour was a wonderful way to get an overview of the Vatican treasures and see the Sistine Chapel. There were still crowds, but it is apparently much better than during the day. Would have like to have more time to linger, but the collections are vast! Good guide and organized tour operation.

Kerri B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful guide fabulous place!

RioRich R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Guide is knowledgeable.

Joanne T United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Friday evening at the Vatican is the perfect time to go. Less crowds and an opportunity to take in all of the artwork and grandeur of the museums. My favorite time to visit and soak in especially the beautiful of the Raphael room and the Sistine Chapel. Our guide, Giulio, was knowledgeable and extremely personable. A great experience.

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable - she had so much information to share. Sometimes it was a little difficult to understand because of her accent. I went on the Friday night tour which was so much cooler than during the daytime...a good choice. There is so much to see it is almost overwhelming.

Rosemarie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I really enjoyed this tour, so much to see, makes your head spin. but wow it was really busy, would hate to go in the day time. We had an excellent guide, although sometimes we had information overload. I loved learning about Michelangelo, and seeing the Sistine Chapel was amazing.

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a fantastic tour that allowed us to avoid the lines and let us see the Vatican by night, including the beautiful Sistine Chapel, Our guide, Linda, was friendly, energetic, and very knowledgeable, providing us with tidbits of knowledge new to me and my wife. The price is fair and having a guided small group with plenty of opportunities for questions and answer makes this option worth the step up from self-guided or audio-only tours.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Taking a night time tour of the Vatican is definitely the way to go. We enjoyed the full Vatican experience minus the crowds, lineups and excessive July heat. The icing on the cake was Deborah who was one of the most exceptional tour guides we have ever met. Deborah educated and entertained our group of 8 including 4 teenagers who have varying attention spans mixing history with anecdotes and using simple, relatable contexts and stories. She was definitely the aspect of the tour that impressed us the most. I would highly recommend taking in all the richness of the Vatican in this way.

Paula B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing. Probably 20 minutes too long due to crowds and heat. Our guide was knowledgeable and respectful. Would take years to really see and appreciate everything but we got the highlights. Sistine too crowded

Laura R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was amazing! Loved Debra from Enjoy Rome. She was very passionate and knowledgeable regarding the information she taught.

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