Vatican Under the Stars Private Evening Tour with Sistine Chapel

Appreciate the Vatican masterpieces without the crowds on an after-hours tour with a private guide

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Looking for a more personal Vatican experience? Then this after-hours private tour is the perfect choice! With only a fraction of the usual crowds and your own dedicated expert guide, you’ll stroll through the world-renowned galleries of the Vatican Museums and set foot inside the stunning Sistine Chapel for a more serene experience than daytime. With fewer crowds at night, you’ll see more in less time, and the later start means you’ll have your day free to see the other highlights of Rome!

  • The Vatican by night
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Pio-Clementine Collection
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Michelangelo's masterpiece
  • Free time to explore after the tour

A Rome experience with a difference, this VIP private Vatican tour is a truly unique way to see the wonders of the Vatican. Availability is limited though, so don't hesitate to book this special Vacation experience. Meet your expert guide near to the Vatican Museums entrance in the early evening for skip-the-line access and a enjoy a private Vatican tour with even more privacy!

Without the usual big daytime crowds, exploring the Vatican is easier, quicker, and much more peaceful. You'll also escape the daytime Roman heat, of course! Your private guide is a true Vatican expert, and their passion and knowledge will bring the art and architecture to life as you explore the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and other fascinating areas.

Vatican Private After-Hours Tour Description

Your private 2-hour tour includes:

  • Skip-the-line after-hours access to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel

  • A quieter experience without the crowds

  • A guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Galleries

  • Raphael Rooms and School of Athens

  • Exclusive Sistine Chapel night tour

  • A private English-speaking guide with expertise in art history

  • Free time to explore on your own afterwards

As this is a private tour, your guide will have a well-planned itinerary but there's some flexibility too. Depending on what your interests are and the pace that you're comfortable with, the tour can be tailored to suit you. Just chat with your guide and they'll do what they can to make your Vatican experience just perfect!

Pinecone Courtyard

One of the first places you'll stroll through with your guide is the Pinecone Courtyard. Named for the giant pinecone statue that adorns one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Vatican Museums, the Pinecone Courtyard was designed by Donato Bramante. From here, catch an amazing view of St. Peter’s Dome. The courtyard where the pinecone stands was originally part of the Cortile del Belvedere that connected the palace of Pope Innocent VIII with the Sistine Chapel.

Pio-Clementino Museum and Nero’s Bathtub

After welcoming you to the Vatican Museums, your guide will lead you inside where you'll begin with a visit to the Pio-Clementino Museum, home to three of the most iconic statues in the world. Learn about the myths and legends associated with the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso. You'll also visit one of the biggest and oldest bathtubs you'll ever see!

The Best of the Vatican Galleries

Enjoying the peace and quiet after the majority of the crowds have left, you'll follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Admire the ancient Roman and Greek statues, the Flemish tapestries created by Raphael's students, and the gorgeous topographical depictions of Italy. You'll hear the stories behind these treasures from your expert guide as the Vatican secrets are slowly unveiled to you.

The Raphael Rooms and The School of Athens

Raphael was one of Rome’s most famous Renaissance artists. In constant competition with Michelangelo, he designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. Among other masterpieces, visit one of Raphael’s most famous works of art, The School of Athens. A depiction of philosophy, the painting represents all the greatest mathematicians, philosophers and scientists sharing ideas. In an early version of a selfie, Raphael included himself into the painting! Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, engaged in dialogue, take center stage in the masterpiece.

Borgia Apartments

The Borgia Apartments are comprised of a suite of rooms in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. They were created for personal use by Pope Alexander VI (Rodrígo de Borgia, 1492-1503) and frescoed by early Renaissance artist Bernardino di Betto, nicknamed “Pinturicchio”. This apartment suite was closed off by Julius II, who refused to live in rooms formerly occupied by his despised predecessor. Until the rooms’ reopening at the end of the 19th century, the dynamic frescoes were obscured in black crepe.

The Sistine Chapel at Night

Your private evening Vatican tour concludes in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling and the altar wall are adorned by world-famous and inspiring frescoes. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there. At this point, it is impossible not to appreciate how difficult is must have been for Michelangelo to lay on his back and toil at his masterpiece, year after year.

The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, so visitors are not allowed to speak inside the chapel. Your guide will explain what you'll see in advance and provide you with a map or handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering, so it's recommended to bring a shawl, scarf, or sweater you can quickly put on.

Free Time to Explore the Collections

If you want to stay inside the Vatican Museums after the conclusion of your evening tour, go right ahead! The museums remain open to you for at least an hour after the guided tour concludes. Take your time and revisit your favorite works of art or simply wander around to enjoy the incredibly peaceful atmosphere of the city at night.

What you get with this tour
Skip-the-line after-hours access to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel
A quieter experience without the crowds
A guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Galleries
Raphael Rooms and School of Athens
Exclusive Sistine Chapel night tour
A private English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
Free time to explore on your own afterwards
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Best Tour Ever
22 October 2022
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Donald Speidel

Fernando was an awesome tour guide. He is both an archeologist and a historian. His insight into the history and art made for such a fantastic experience. We highly recommend this!

15 October 2022
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Tim Greene

Our guide was fabulous however the walk back from the Sistine Chapel seemed an unnecessary forced march past gift shops and continues the Vatican’s reputation as a money grab

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22 October 2019
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The tour was Fantastic , great guide , informative , the tour wasn’t as crowded as the day time . We got in super fast even though the lines looked long . Our guide was fun and made our tour enjoyable while we learned so much history .

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

In addition to wearing or bringing clothing that covers your knees and shoulders, it's recommended to wear comfortable shoes. You're also welcome to bring a water bottle as it can get hot inside the Vatican during the summer months, even in the evening.

What are the chances my tour will be canceled or the Vatican will close something?

Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican closes with little notice. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, your guide will be sure to make up the time in other areas.

What to bring?

In addition to wearing or bringing clothing that covers your knees and shoulders, it's recommended to wear comfortable shoes. You're also welcome to bring a water bottle as it can get hot inside the Vatican during the summer months, even in the evening.

Where to meet?

Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A friendly representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?

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

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

Inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, you'll need to cover your knees and shoulders. Please bring a shawl or sweater with you if you're dressed for those hot Rome summers.

Does the tour go directly inside without waiting in any line?

As an accredited tour operator we do not have to wait in the general ticket line, but we still may have to wait in a short security line.

Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica?

This tour does not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica because it is closed at night, although you'll get a wonderful view of the exterior from the terrace in the Vatican Museums.

Is photography allowed in the Sistine Chapel?

No, the Vatican requests that no photos or videos be taken inside the Sistine Chapel.

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