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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, skip the long access lines at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night, purchase your ticket, and head inside to 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.
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
This exclusive experience is only available on Friday nights between May and October
Book your skip-the-line access Evening Vatican tour, likely 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, skip-the-line, 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.)
Discover the world-acclaimed Vatican Museums, home to the papal art collection. With fast-track access and your expert guide at your side, learn about the wondrous masterpieces before your eyes. Explore rooms including the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries, along with iconic Renaissance works by the likes of da Vinci and Caravaggio.
Your tour of the Vatican Museums’ includes a visit to the Raphael Rooms, which contain some of the Museums’ most important frescoes. Marvel at the incredible skill, vivid colours, technical detail and cultural significance of the Raphael Rooms, whilst your guide captivates you with tales of the Renaissance genius.
The Sistine Chapel is home to Michelangelo’s iconic frescoes that give this part of the Vatican Museums’ global acclaim. The papal chapel still serves as the site for the election of a new pope, and has extraordinary religious and cultural significance. Gaze upwards as you admire the spectacular biblical depictions on the ceiling and walls, learning from your guide about Michelangelo’s incredible achievement.
The scammy company: 1.5 stars
- We arrived at the meetup location to find out that the €36pp we had paid wasn't the actual whole price and that we owed €24 extra for the entrance fee to the museum (which was obligatory obviously). This was left out simply so the price online could seem more competitive. The real price is €60pp.
- On top of this we could not pay by card and were forced to take money out. The ATM in their building charged a €3.95 fee to take out our own money and thus, since we'd arrive early we walked to the metro station to take out money at a bank. The company is certainly getting income from the ATM company in their building and I wouldn't consider it coincidental that their card reader was out of service just as 40+ people came to pay them for an unexpected extra that evening.
The excellent guide: 5 stars
Ilaria was wonderful. Extremely passionate and educated on the subject. She brought us through the top stops of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel and we spent a lovely night with her. Thanks to her for her pertinent explanations.
Would I recommend this tour? Difficult to say. I would warn about the company and give the real price so as to allow a real reflection on the price. Ilaria's 3hr tour was certainly worth €60pp but if they were to happen upon a less dynamic or passionate guide, maybe not.
This was suppose to be a small group tour and ended up over 30 people. Very disappointing. I think the guide was very knowledgeable and did the best she could with the large group. Felt a bit cheated as I think we would have had a much different experience in a smaller group.
The guide spoke broken English and was almost impossible to understand over the earphones. It may have been a good tour if we heard it. Also, they could have put a map to the gathering spot on the voucher. We assumed it was right by the entrance to the museum but it was down the street, which is hard to locate if not familiar with the area and difficult to ask for directions in a foreign country. Very, very crowded and the guide spoke during the music playing so you miss that part of the tour completely.
I took this tour under the impression that it was going to be less crowded than visiting during the day, plus
I book my visit in Spanish hoping it was going to be a smaller group but the day of the activity at noon we were informed via email that our tour was cancelled (not enough participants) and we needed to go with the English group. I found myself in a group of 26 or 28 people, and the Vatican museum was so full that it was difficult to circulate.
It had been the guide’s 3rd visit of the day and she looked awfully tired and bored. It was difficult to understand what she was explaining as the group was so big and the place so crowded.
I will never book with Viator again and I don’t recommend this experience to anybody
First of all, I enjoyed the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun.
The reason I give that tour only two points is, I feel screwed: After spending $40 for the tour the tour operator charged an additional 24 Euro for the entrance fee to the Vatican museum (the actual tickets showed a face value of 17 Euro!). TOTAL RIPOFF!
Save the $50 (tour cost + 8 Euro entrance fee difference and go by your own.
First of all this is an overpriced experience and not worth it. I would not recommend it. I paid $120 for three people and when i went to check in they said this is the price for guided tour and the headphones and skip the line. I had to pay another 70 euros for the tickets yo get into the museum. Definitely not worth it
BEWARE!!! They say admit ion to Varican Museums is included but they will charge you again for tickets!!!
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide, Francesco was amazing! He went above and beyond to answer all questions! He is the only reason I have this tour more than a star!
The company will charge you EXTRA 24 Euros/ person when you arrive at the location! They don’t take credit cards and they gave a very weird explanation to why they charge people extra! A lady in front of me didn’t have cash and the lady at the reception desk told her to give her whatever cash she has on her.
We paid a premium for the evening tour, only to be met by a rather unengaging, somewhat confused and drained out tour guide who coincidentally shared that she has been doing this 3 times a day. I can only imagine that her motivation to drum up the group’s interest would have waned by then. Imagine repeatedly hearing a monotone in one ear and having to partake in a tour with many other folks. The price paid for the tour (with the additional entrance charge for all parties) certainly does not justify the experience. Needless to say, we left early and headed to the Sistine Chapel ourselves.
I am now quite doubtful of the reviews given on this site; for it influenced my decision, so if anyone do get to read this, beware of the fact that you will likely be bored to bits.