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Vatican by Night Tour

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Key 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
  • Small intimate group
  • Headsets to hear your guide better
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    26 Apr 19 - 25 Oct 19 : Friday


    2 hours 30 minutes

    Start time


    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).
    So there's no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early.

    Ending Point

    Vatican Museum

  • Overview & Itinerary

    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!


    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.

    *St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or an alternative. We endeavor to inform guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, however, this is not always possible. In such cases, we are unable to provide any refund or discount.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • 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
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and beverages
    • Gratuities
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all 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.

    Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.

    Itinerary is subject to changes due to unexpected closures inside the Museums. Raphael’s rooms could be replaced with Pio Clementino Museum and so on.

  • Customer Reviews
    • 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...

      Ines Mueller, Australia, 23/Jul/2013
    • Interesting tour. Avoided the daytime crowds. Good and knowledgeable to dictionary tour guide that spoke and understood English well.

      Robert Nastulski, United States, 25/May/2017

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