For your Vatican by Night Tour you should meet your guide at the bottom of the steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani).
Available only on Fridays, this privileged small-group tour gives you after-hours admission to the highlights of the Vatican Museum.Without the daytime throngs and with an expert English-speaking guide to explain the works, you'll get the very best from your Vatican visit, understanding more about all that you see.
The Vatican Museums house one of the most important art collections in the world, ranging from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to late Renaissance.
Visual treats in store include:
The Sistine Chapel: See Michelangelo’s magnificent masterpieces – the legendary painted ceiling and the ‘Last Judgment’ on the wall behind the altar. Note how the powerful muscular figures reveal the artist’s skill and experience as a sculptor.
Raphael's Rooms: A suite of rooms famous for the beautiful frescoes painted by Raphael and his students. The works here show the artist at the peak of his powers. Note the masterful way he manages the huge compositions.
Galleries of the Tapestries and the Candelabra: You’ll see glorious Flemish tapestries made by Raphael’s pupils as well as some splendid 2nd century candelabra.
Hall of the Maps: A display of topographical maps of the whole of Italy – the world’s largest pictorial geographical study.
Octagonal Courtyard: Showcasing some of the most famous statues of antiquity including the powerful sculpture of Laocoon and his sons being attacked by sea serpents.
The tour ends at the Vatican Museum and you should make your own arrangements to return to your accommodation.