Vatican Museums Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

346 reviews

2.5 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • Take advantage of extended seasonal opening hours and experience the Vatican museums at night
  • Learn about the breathtaking art and architecture from your expert Walks guide
  • Save time with skip-the-line tickets
  • Includes the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of the Candelabra and much more!
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello)
  • Belvedere Courtyard (Pinecone)
  • Octagonal Courtyard (Apollo Belvedere
  • Laocoön)
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for Vatican Museums (exclusive night entrance)
  • Headset

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

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Verified Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7 /5
based on 346 reviews
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Value for money
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Latest reviews
Excellent
City Experiences saved the day for us after having taken over bookings for Take Walks. Thank you City Experiences for excellent customer service!
Pamela · Sep 18, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
I have taken four tours with Walks over the past two years and they have all been excellent. The guides have been knowledgeable and friendly. Walks provides a high quality tour experience and I highly recommend taking their tours.
Pamela · Sep 18, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening tour of the Vatican Museums. Laura was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. It was nice to see the museums with fewer people around, we are glad we chose this tour!
Saskia · Sep 05, 2022 · Canada · Female · 25 to 34 years
Excellent
Wonderful tour. Meeting process/location east. Tour guide was wonderful, knowledgeable, professional, and personable.
Richard · Sep 04, 2022 · United States · Female · 25 to 34 years
Excellent
Small group tour with Mauro for Vatican Museum at night and was amazing. My family and I really appreciated the pace and knowledge Mauro had along with a good sense of humor and his audience awareness. Ive done the Vatican museum by day on my own and would only see the Vatican museum again like this way or recommend it this way. Less crowds, great attention to details and what to look out for and kept it very interesting. Plenty of time and space to see at this time of day/night. Highly recommend and worth it.
Melissa · Aug 27, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point

This tour meets at the green bar called l'Ottagono on Piazza del Risorgimento. We meet just outside the green bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescenzio - close to Tram stop number 19. The closest Metro/Underground stop is Ottaviano.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

FAQs

Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes! However please be aware that guides can not push wheelchairs so do ensure that you can operate your own chair or have someone to operate it for you.
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 a wheelchair please contact our customer service department at [email protected] and we will be happy to work out a suitable alternative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 received 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.

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