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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

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.

brigid.luke

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.

Nancy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very nice job with the entire process, from booking to check-in to the guide. Had a wonderful time!

De'Andrea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour is amazing!! Ask for Deborah, you can tell she loves her job. This tour was my favorite part about Rome.

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.

lisa_barrios

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.

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