After Hours at the Sistine Chapel: Vatican Museums & Aperitivo

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3.75 hours

Max 10

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the Vatican Museums in-depth with an official Vatican tour guide
  • Always small groups (10 people max) giving you improved access to your guide
  • VIP after-hours access to the Sistine Chapel without the general public
  • Stay inside the Museums after closing time and enjoy aperitivo in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel After Hours
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Tour Includes
  • After-hours access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the line ticket to the Vatican Museums
  • Aperitivo in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Local English-speaking official Vatican Guide

Embark on a guided journey through the Vatican that few others get to experience.

$162.59
Free Cancellation
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Meeting Point

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Meeting Point  

Viale Vaticano 97, 00192, Rome. Just outside the tourist station shop.  

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.  

FAQs

Can I check my bag in at the Vatican?
Unfortunatley the Vatican cloakroom is closed after-hours - and this tour takes place after closing time. You may bring a small bag or backpack, but any large bags or objects will not be allowed.
I am in a wheelchair/have a mobility impairment. Can I take this tour?
The Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but they are not located on the group tour route. If you have a mobility impairment and/or use wheelchair please contact our customer service department and we will be happy to design a private tour for you. [email protected] We can then work out a suitable alternative.
Why can't I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?
When the chapel was restored in 1990 the biggest donors to the project (donating a whopping $4.2 million) were a Japanese television network. In return, they recieved exclusive rights to photograph and film inside and quickly banned any professional photographers from taking pictures. Although they didn't mind if tourists took photos, the Vatican guards decided to enforce the rule on everyone because it was impractical to differentiate between a normal visitor and who was a professional photographer. The Japanese network's exclusive contract has expired now but the rule persists. If you try to take any images in the Chapel Vatican, security is authorized to make you delete them.
I've heard the Vatican has a strict dress code. What should I wear?
It does, but it isn't anything too formal. The big rule is to make sure your shoulders and knees are covered - that applies to both men and women. Also remember that shorts of any length are not allowed at all in St. Peter's Basilica so if you are visiting both the Vatican Musuems and the Basilica, wear trousers or a long skirt. Occasionally visitors get away with wearing a bit less but it’s best not to risk it. Hats are also not allowed. Walks cannot be held responsible for guests who are refused entrance due to inappropriate dress so please remember to cover up.