Vatican Museums Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

333 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 333 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.7/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Latest reviews
Excellent
The tour is fantastic. We had Sev for our tour guide who was from New York so easy for us to understand and VERY knowledgeable. The tour is at night and perfect. No crowds to fight and it wasn't as hot as during the day. Highly recommend!
Maria · Aug 15, 2022 · United States · Female · 35 to 44 years
Excellent
Our Sistine Chapel evening tour guide , Jaber Abdullah was so knowledgable friendly and respectful Would try to search him out for our next tour in the Vatican City ! We’ll done WALKS tours ?
Christopher · Aug 09, 2022 · United Kingdom · Male · 75 or older years
Great
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very good at her job
Sonia · Aug 07, 2022 · Australia · Female · 45 to 54 years
Excellent
Sev was the best tour guide we have ever had for any tour! We did the night walk of the Vatican City/Museum and Sistine Chapel, and it was very enjoyable-- not too crowded, and not too hot. It was also easy to find the company representatives/guide before the tour started. Highly recommend!
Jenna · Jul 27, 2022 · United States · Female · 25 to 34 years
Excellent
Our tour was fantastic and extremely accommodating. I mistakenly didn’t book the last member of our party for the tour, but it was quickly and easily sorted out and we were all able to go enjoy the Vatican museum. Our tour guide was fantastic and we all had a great time!
Akshay · Jul 16, 2022 · United States · Male · 18 to 24 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

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.
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 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.
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.

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