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  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour at Night

    1. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour at Night

    See the immense art collection at the Vatican Museums that has been built up over the centuries. Enjoy this 3-hour evening walking tour as your expert guide’s commentary brings the architecture and the art to life. Admire the stunning statues and sculptures from ancient Rome, and see mosaics and crafts from imperial times. You’ll be guided past the ticket line at the entrance and escorted inside the Vatican Museums, where you’ll visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the famous Raphael Rooms. Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, 2 of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. The guided tour ends in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Exclusive Vatican Tour: Museums and Chapel After Sunset

    2. Exclusive Vatican Tour: Museums and Chapel After Sunset

    Visit the Vatican Museums after closing hours during an exclusive series of after-dark openings that feature entrance available by advance booking only. You’ll see the collections at the Museums in the intimacy of a small group – an opportunity that few visitors have ever had! The tour group size is limited to just 20 persons and the price is all-inclusive of the tour, entrance tickets and reservation fees. The tours are conducted only on select nights - every Friday during April, May, June, September and October. Your expert English-speaking guide will enhance your experience at the Sistine Chapel and the Upper Galleries of the Vatican Museums. You’ll visit the Gallery of the Tapestries and Candelabra, as well as the Hall of Maps, the Octagonal Court, and Raphael’s Rooms.

    Our guide, Anna, was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job explaining EVERYTHING that we encountered in the Vatican Museums. Would definitely take a tour with her again.

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel by Night

    3. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel by Night

    Begin your journey through one of the world's most important collections of art at the Vatican Museum. Here you will gaze upon magnificent art, ancient artefacts and elegant architecture of the Sistine Chapel and the best museums of the Vatican.  Meet your guide at the tourist office next to the museum to begin your skip-the-queue entry experience. Inside you will explore the museums of the Pope that have been built and enriched over five centuries. You will admire the rich atmosphere and learn about the great history and sacred art.  The greatest artists of all time will welcome you: the Raphael Room, Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, Giotto, Leonardo, and Caravaggio in the Pinacoteca. In addition, you will view Van Gogh, Matisse and Moore in the dedicated space for contemporary art. You will visit the Laocoon Group and the Apollo Belvedere, some of the greatest masterpieces of cl...

  • Vatican by Night: Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

    4. Vatican by Night: Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

    Skip the lines and wander the galleries of the Vatican Museums to see highlights such as the Pinecone and Octagonal courtyards. Enter the Hall of the Muses to see a series of sculptures found in the Villa of Cassius near Tivoli. Continue to the Round Hall to look at the large red porphyry basin and mosaic floor. Visit the Greek Cross Room, built by Michelangelo Simonetti, and walk through the Gallery of the Candelabra and Gallery of Tapestries. Admire a collection of historic maps in the private gallery of Pope Gregory XIII. End in the Sistine Chapel and learn how Michelangelo worked for hours to create his masterpiece.

    The tour was amazing. For anyone who isn’t an art nut, it is still one of the most breathtaking tours you will ever do. Our guide was awesome as well. Super knowledgeable and carried the conversation. 2.5 hours flew by!

  • Vatican City: Sistine Chapel at Night with Skip-the-Line

    5. Vatican City: Sistine Chapel at Night with Skip-the-Line

    Experience the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel from a different perspective. Visit the iconic collections of statues, artifacts, and paintings at night and see the Saint Peter's dome shining above Rome or listen to the sound of music at the court of the pinecone. A live concert provides the perfect soundtrack of this unforgettable experience. Skip the line and get access to the most relevant sections of the museums. Admire the artworks of Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and other representative artists of the Italian Renaissance. Benefit from an itinerary focused on art, history, religion, and symbolism, passing through galleries like one of the tapestries and the geographical maps, the apartment of Pope Julius II painted by Raphael, and culminating in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Rome: Vatican & Evening Eternal City Walking Tours Combo

    6. Rome: Vatican & Evening Eternal City Walking Tours Combo

    Skip the long ticket lines at the entrance to the Vatican Museum and visit with your expert guide. See the famous Raphael’s Rooms, the Pine Courtyard, and the Pio Clementine Museum. Discover the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Step inside the stunning Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos “The Last Judgement” and “The Creation of Adam.” Then visit St Peter’s Basilica and admire the famous “La Pietà” by Michelangelo, the “Baldachino” by Bernini, and much more. Then head to Piazza del Popolo where you'll join your second tour at 6:45 PM to enjoy a romantic walking tour of historical Rome. Admire the picturesque views from the Pincio Terrace of sunset over the rooftops of Rome. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Then wander to the stunning Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain i...

    First of all I would like to thank Ricardo and Juliano for the beautiful day, I enjoyed every moment both were very knowledgeable and even when asked about things outside the tour they would answer. I enjoyed Juliano’s tour cause he told us stories about artists and their history, Such a nice people, nice tour I made some friends and I will definitely bring my family next time. Love you

  • Skip the Line: Vatican at Night & Sistine Chapel Tour

    7. Skip the Line: Vatican at Night & Sistine Chapel Tour

    Begin your 2-hour after-hours tour at the Vatican Museums, part of the Papal Palaces. As you walk along the elaborate halls and galleries, your expert Vatican guide will bring the Church’s fascinating history to life, from the martyrdom of St. Peter to modern Vatican City. As your group has a maximum of just 15 people, there will be plenty of opportunity to have all your questions answered. You’ll also see some of the finest ancient sculptures and Renaissance art in the world, including Raphael’s School of Athens, the Hellenistic Laocoön, and the Apollo Belvedere. The highlight of the tour is, of course, the Sistine Chapel, the private chapel of the Pope. In the evening light, and without the tourist hordes, you’ll be able to get a sense of the intimate atmosphere the Pope would have enjoyed here. As you admire Michelangelo’s famous frescoes, your Vatican expert will tell you about t...

    Lots of walking but overall great event. Host (Rosario) was lovely- highlight Sistine chapel obviously.

  • Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Evening Tour

    8. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Evening Tour

    Avoid the daytime crowds and explore the Vatican Museum's stunning art collection and the Sistine Chapel on an after-hours evening tour. This tour, which takes place only on Friday's during the summer, allows you to access the Vatican's immense collection of art throughout exclusive evening access. The work of history's most celebrated artists, Leornardo da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo, decorate the museum walls, which stretch over 7 kilometers and fill 2,000 rooms. With so many important things to see, the Vatican Museum can be an overwhelming place to visit alone. You can simply allow your licensed guide to navigate you through the 2nd-largest museum in the world on a 2-hour guided tour that concludes in Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. The evening atmosphere is very tranquil and intimate in contrast to the daytime crowds, leaving you with a unique exper...

  • Rome: Vatican by Night

    9. Rome: Vatican by Night

    The Vatican is especially beautiful at night, as you will see throughout this tour. Start at St. Peter's Square and explore the mysterious stories, plans, and projects of the popes and world-famous architects. You'll learn about why St. Peter's Basilica is actually at this location, and will also learn the story of the Obelisk. You will discover why thousands of people wait in the queues every day to admire this magnificent structure from the inside and much more whilst exploring. Following that, you'll continue in the direction of the Vatican Museums. Once there, your focus will be on the small and mostly unknown subtleties which will help you to really understand the big picture. You'll learn about Michelangelo and his contribution to the Sistine Chapel, taking a closer look at this unique chapel and marveling at its architecture and art.

  • Rome: Vatican at Night Exclusive Small Group Tour

    10. Rome: Vatican at Night Exclusive Small Group Tour

    Discover one of the richest collections of art in the world on this exclusive night tour of the Vatican Museums. See these masterpieces, free from the chaos of the daytime crowds and the heat of daytime hours. Skip the ticket lines and go straight in with your small group of only 6 people. Be captivated by the fascinating stories of the popes, told by your expert guide. Walk through the impressive galleries of the papal palaces, see the Greek statue of the Laocoon, walk through the Pinecone courtyard, and admire the magnificent Raphael Rooms.  Finally, witness the majesty of the Sistine Chapel in a calm and peaceful environment, cloaked in the magic of night. The tour ends with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will enjoy an orientation tour of the basilica. Enjoy the rare sight of the square empty of people. Don’t miss this incredible experience.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 61 reviews

The tour was amazing. For anyone who isn’t an art nut, it is still one of the most breathtaking tours you will ever do. Our guide was awesome as well. Super knowledgeable and carried the conversation. 2.5 hours flew by!

Our guide, Anna, was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job explaining EVERYTHING that we encountered in the Vatican Museums. Would definitely take a tour with her again.

Our guide was incredibly informed, attentive and entertaining and made sure we didn't get completely lost in the grandeur and abundance of the Vatican. We recommend!

Recommended to know the essentials of the Vatican Museums in a couple of hours! With Raúl as a guide it was all very educational and entertaining!

Excellent excursion with super guide Alberto all at set times