Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

Discover the works of art within the Vatican Museums with few crowds

5 / 5 See All 23 Reviews · 2.0h 13 max · Rome, Italy

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.

Tour Details
  • Terrace Views
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Pio-Clementine Collection
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Michelangelo's Ceiling
  • Keep Exploring

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

Want to skip the line at the Vatican without having a guided tour? Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

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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11/11/2019
Maria Made it Special

Our TRG tour guide Maria was fantastic. Maria's knowledge of the Vatican was impressive! And her joyful, upbeat, hilarious, and energetic personality made the tour even more interesting. Six Stars for Maria and TRG! Definitely got more than expected for the price!

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Jeffrey Weaver
11/6/2019
Spectacular!

Livy, our tour guide was absolutely amazing. She was full of passion and vibrance while walking and showing the beauty that lay before us. Her pace and patience was impeccable (we had some rude and obnoxious tourists in our group). Please keep it up! I've told everyone I know about this company and the enjoyment I got out of all of it.

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Richard Mendez
10/22/2019
Fabulous

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with our guide, Fabi. She was extremely knowledgeable, humorous and able to share her knowledge in an interesting way. She always made sure we were in good locations to view the important sights and the crowds were minimal in the evening. I would try to request her on future tours. 5 stars!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of Caffe Vaticano, directly across the street from the Vatican Museums Entrance on Viale Vaticano. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring a long a shall or sweater. Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.

Q: Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

A: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour.  We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Q: Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica? 

A: This tour does not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica because it is closed at night.

Q: Does this tour include the Sistine Chapel?

A: Yes! The Sistine Chapel is attached to the Vatican Museums. Your tickets include a visit to Michelangelo's masterpiece. You will have about twenty minutes to enjoy Michelangelo's incredible frescoes.

Q: Does the Vatican close for special religious events? What if I book a tour during one? 

A: During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may close unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide still provides explanations of the closed areas from outside and they will show you an extra area inside the Vatican Museums.

Q: What if I have doubts about my mobility?

A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, this is your best bet is a private Vatican tour. Private tours are more easily customized to the needs of people with reduced mobility.

Q: Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

A: Of course. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

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