Vatican Under the Stars Evening Tour

Take an Evening Vatican Tour

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Vatican Museums under the stars. Our Vatican evening tour gives you VIP access to the Vatican Museums’ collection of Italian art after hours. See the art of the Vatican Museums in a new light.

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This is a walking tour and involves walking some galleries as well as going up & down stairs.

2 h
max 13
from 10 reviews
1 Terrace Views
2 Pinecone Courtyard
3 Pio-Clementine Collection
4 Gallery of the Candelabra
5 Gallery of Tapestries
6 Gallery of Maps
7 Immaculate Conception
8 Raphael Rooms
9 Borgia Apartments
10 Sistine Chapel
11 Michelangelo's Ceiling
12 Keep Exploring

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Sistine Chapel
Primary Galleries
Raphael Rooms
Borgia Apartments
Pio Clementino
Evening Access
Are you looking for fun and unique experiences in Rome? How about touring the Vatican at night? See a different side of the Vatican Museums without the large crowds. If you’re not a morning person or just prefer quiet, this is the best Vatican tour for you. This two hour tour includes:
  • After-hours access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • - An English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
  • - Access to the treasures inside the Vatican without the heat and crowds
  • - A maximum group size of 13 people

Night Tour of Vatican Museums

Skip the line and take a journey through Renaissance art history with your expert Vatican guide. Walk through the Pinecone Courtyard and see great works of art as well as a fantastic view of St. Peter’s Basilica. View sculptures passed down from the Ancient Romans in the Pio-Clementine Collection. Venture through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Maps as your guide tells the stories of the history behind these art collections.

The School of Athens by Raphael

Raphael was one of Rome’s most famous Renaissance artists. The quintessential Renaissance man, he designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. Visit one of Raphael’s most iconic works, The School of Athens. Learn about the complexities of this famous Renaissance fresco located in the former Papal Palace.

The Sistine Chapel at Night

Your Vatican evening tour will conclude with a visit to the immaculate Sistine Chapel. Upon entering, you’ll see the iconic elaborate ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo. These works of Renaissance art reflect the care and precision taken by Michelangelo in spending four years painting them.
 

The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.

Take Your Time and Explore the Collections

At the conclusion of your Vatican evening tour, feel free to take time to further explore the Vatican Museums. The museums will remain open for another two hours after this tour concludes. Revisit some of the works from earlier in the tour or bask in the Vatican Museums’ glorious surroundings.

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