Vatican Museums Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

382 reviews

2.5 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?


  • 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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4.6 /5
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This is my second tour with Walks. The first tour 2019 the van had a flat tire and we had our dinner at a truck stop. Last nights “small group tour” was a large group tour. We have spent hundreds of US dollars on these tours. We will not be recommending Walks.
Debora · May 21, 2023 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
The evening tour was very interesting and we didn’t have to fight through a horde of other tourists to get to all the points. The tour guide was clearly a huge history nerd and could explain everything in a fun and thought provoking way. Now I have to read up in the fall of the Roman Empire.
Martin · May 14, 2023 · Sweden · Male · 35 to 44 years
We chose an evening tour of the Vatican and sistine chapel as we hoped to avoid the crowds. We were not disappointed. If you want time to see the artifacts and gaze at the sistine chapel, this is the way to do it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly providing all the information you needed and a bit more. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to spend quality time in the Museum.
Ken · May 13, 2023 · United Kingdom · Male · 55 to 64 years
This after-hours tour was fabulous. The guide had excellent knowledge, and she was extremely passionate about the Vatican. We were never rushed, we had extra time if we asked, our questions were welcomed and answered. The small group and wonderful guide made this tour 5-star. Highly recommended.
Karin · May 02, 2023 · United States · Female · 75 or older years
Excellent guide (archaeology professor at univ. Sapienza?), very knowledgeable and polite.
Laurence · Apr 22, 2023 · Spain · Male · 45 to 54 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point

Please meet your guide in the plaza outside of Antico Café Candia, Via Candia, 153, 00192 Roma RM, at the bottom of the stairs. The closest Metro station is Cipro. Your guide will be in the center of the plaza holding a green Walks sign.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at [email protected] or call +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.
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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