This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the splendor of the Vatican Museums under the stars. Our Vatican evening tour gives you VIP access to the Vatican Museums’ extensive collection of Italian art after hours. Experience the collections of the Vatican Museums away from the crowds and in a new light.
Take A Vatican Evening Tour
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.
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 while lying on his back.
We ask that all participants of this tour respect the Sistine Chapel’s no speaking policy as it is a place of worship. Your guide will tell you the story of the history of the Sistine Chapel, then furnish you with a handout detailing the attraction prior to entering. All visitors to the Sistine Chapel must have their knees and shoulders covered prior to entering. We recommend bringing a shawl or cardigan to cover yourself with during Rome’s hot summer months.
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.