Vatican Museums Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

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2 hrs 30 mins

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Be one of the lucky few to enter the Vatican at night, after it closes for the evening. During extended seasonal opening hours you'll enjoy the museum with fewer crowds and see the Papal Palaces in a new light. This special access tour includes a full tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (excludes St. Peter's Basilica, which is closed at this time).

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Take advantage of extended seasonal opening hours and experience the Vatican museums at night
  • Created with Sketch.Learn about the breathtaking art and architecture from your expert Walks guide
  • Created with Sketch.Save time with skip-the-line tickets
  • Created with Sketch.Includes the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of the Candelabra and much more!

Take advantage of extended opening hours to visit the Vatican at night!

Welcome to the the Vatican's best-kept (non)secret: an after-hours visit that has been available for years but only attended by those in the know. You'll explore the galleries during a more peaceful, and cooler time of the day, with a local expert guide to help you decode the art and give you the stories behind the works.

On your Vatican at Night Tour you'll take in stunning old maps, medieval tapestries, and of course, one of the world's finest collections of statuary. As you gape at statues like the Apollo Belvedere and Laocoön and His Sons, your guide will tell you rich histories of the works, how they were created and how they came to the Vatican (hint: there is ofte...

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Welcome to the the Vatican's best-kept (non)secret: an after-hours visit that has been available for years but only attended by those in the know. You'll explore the galleries during a more peaceful, and cooler time of the day, with a local expert guide to help you decode the art and give you the stories behind the works.

On your Vatican at Night Tour you'll take in stunning old maps, medieval tapestries, and of course, one of the world's finest collections of statuary. As you gape at statues like the Apollo Belvedere and Laocoön and His Sons, your guide will tell you rich histories of the works, how they were created and how they came to the Vatican (hint: there is often a lot of wheeling and dealing involved).

Next, we move on to the Raphael Rooms where you will be treated to a collection of the finest frescoes in Rome. These rooms are usually packed shoulder-to-shoulder with people and can be stifling hot during the height of summer, but they'll be quieter and cooler on your tour, allowing you to appreciate the works up close.

You won't want to leave, but we've saved the best for last: the Sistine Chapel, glowing in the last rays of the setting sun. Your guide will instruct you on all the can't-miss details of the works before you enter, so you'll take in much more than you would if you just saw it on your own.

With small groups of just 15 people or fewer and a local expert, plus headsets to make sure you never get lost and can always hear your guide clearly, this special-access Vatican at Night tour provides an unforgettable experience.

  • Sites Visited
  • Sistine Chapel (twice)
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums (with special late entry)
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 or fewer
  • Headsets
The Gallery of Tapestries in the Vatican
A guide leads a small tour group in the Vatican Museums after hours
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Well informed passionate guide. Very enjoyable

Very good!! Cooler and less crowded.


FAQ

What items can I NOT take into the Vatican Museums
Knives, scissors, and other cutting tools must also be deposited in the cloakroom as a precaution against harming the artwork inside. No hammers, either, as one was once used to smash Michelangelo's Pietá. This probably goes without saying, but firearms are also strictly prohibited for visitors within the Vatican Museums and you can't check them in the cloakroom.
IMPORTANT: Can I bring a bag into the Vatican Museums?
Yes, as long as it's within a certain size. You cannot bring any bag, backpack suitcase or container larger that 40cm x 35cm x 15cm into the Vatican Museums. In fact, size limits apply to all items; because of the sheer number of people that visit the Museums, space is at a premium. You can’t enter with medium to large umbrellas, any umbrellas with spiked tips, camera tripods, signage (apart from signs used by certified guides) or walking sticks – except those required by disabled visitors. All of these items can be left in the cloakroom, which is located at the entrance to the Museums. This means that you will need to walk 15 - 20 minutes back here after you finish your tour at St Peter's Basilica. On our afternoon tours you may need to leave the tour early to collect your bag before the cloakroom closes.
I want to take a selfie in the Raphael Rooms, can I bring my selfie stick?
No. Selfie sticks are strictly forbidden inside the Vatican Museums, along with flash photography. However, visitors are allowed to take non-flash photographs anywhere besides the Sistine Chapel.
Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes, but we require advance notice in order to accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. After booking, please contact us so that we can organize a private tour for you. If we cannot find a guide to lead you that day we'll offer you the same tour on the next avaialbe date or give you credit for another tour anywhere else in the world.
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.
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. info@walksofitaly.com. We can then work out a suitable alternative.