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Vatican by Night Tour

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Highlights

  • See the Vatican museums – after hours – without queues or crowds
  • Admire High Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael
  • Marvel at the sheer scale of the Sistine chapel
  • Recommended by users of Trip Advisor
  • Small intimate group
  • Headsets to hear your guide better

Overview

Avoid the crowds at the Vatican Museums and visit the world’s greatest art collection after closing time for an exclusive tour available by advance booking only.

See the museums as few have ever had the chance to see them. Experience the Sistine Chapel in the intimacy of evening, accompanied by an expert guide with perfect English.

On this privileged visit you can also admire the upper galleries of the Vatican Museums including the Gallery of the Tapestries and Candelabra, as well as the Hall of the Maps, the Octagonal Court, and Raphael’s Rooms.

Your tour will include some of the finest pieces of Renaissance art in existence – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and his ‘Last Judgment’, as well as Raphael’s glorious frescoes. And you’ll also see stunning classical statues like the famous Laocoon, which helped to inspire the Renaissance artists.

Space is limited on these after-hours tours, so book now and secure your place!

Itinerary

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.

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Reviews

Very well organised, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining and engaging. There are still many tours in the museums at the time this tour starts, but definitely... Ines Mueller

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

02 May - 25 Jul & 05 Sep - 09 Nov: Fridays

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes

Start time

Start time: 1930h (7:30pm)
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Meeting point

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).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

Vatican Museum

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Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour
  • The Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Head-sets
  • After-hours entrance into the Museums, after public closing time

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities

Do/Dont's

Shoulders and knees must be covered, no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for either men or women. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

Entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered; no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for both men and women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. isango or its local partner cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.

Photography is not allowed inside the Vatican museums.

This tour is not possible for customers with wheelchairs or walking disabilities.

We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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  • "Great tour!" Very well organised, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining and engaging. There are still many tours in the museums at the time this tour starts, but definitely...
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