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Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Evening Tour

1. 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 experience that most visitors to Rome never knew existed.

Rome: Vatican at Night Exclusive Small Group Tour

2. 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.

Rome: Guided Night Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

3. Rome: Guided Night Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums at Night Trip is a special semi-private tour that allows you to experience the glories of the Vatican Museums in the soft light of the evening hours, when people are thinned and lights are fading. Your Vatican Museums at Night tour will take you on a fascinating journey through centuries of art and papal history! With fewer people, you can take your time admiring Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, making this a one-of-a-kind trip for art and history buffs. A fantastic way to spend a wonderful evening in Rome while avoiding the crowds during the day and beating the summer heat! By visiting the Vatican at night, you will have the time and space to admire the great art in a quiet and softly illuminated environment, accompanied by your professional guide.  There are a total of 11 museums and almost 7 kilometers of galleries, chapels and rooms within the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. Admire the works of some of the most celebrated artists in history, which hang from wall to wall and fill 2,000 rooms in the museum.

Vatican: Vatican Museums by Night Small Group Tour

4. Vatican: Vatican Museums by Night Small Group Tour

Visit the Vatican Museums with no heat or crowds after the general opening hours. Let your tour guide take you through an evening of art history while they'll walk you through one of the biggest art collections in the world.Walk in the Pine Court and then move on to see the Laocoon group statue, the Apollo of Belvedere and Nero's Bathtub, and many more pieces of art.Enjoy some of the most famous galleries of the Vatican Museums such as the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestries Gallery, and the Maps Gallery while listening to the history behind the art on each wall.Let your tour guide tell you anecdotes and stories and answer all your questions while visiting Borgia's apartments. Move onto Raphael's room where you'll admire the School of Athens by the Renaissance famous artist and the works of some of his students.Conclude your visit by stepping inside the Sistine Chapel and admiring the works of Michelangelo, Perugino, and Botticelli. See one of the most famous religious artworks in the world: The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

Vatican: Museums and Sistine Chapel Night Tour with Aperitif

5. Vatican: Museums and Sistine Chapel Night Tour with Aperitif

Thanks to this guided tour – designed for a group of maximum 25 people – you will be able to admire some of the most world famous art masterpieces: a real “journey” to pleasantly get lost in space and time, in history and culture, but, above all, a “journey” that begins pleasurably, with an excellent cocktail at the Sanpietrino Caffè, in Via della Conciliazione, overlooking the stunning perfection of St Peter’s Basilica at night. At the end of the aperitif the guide will show you your way through the priceless artistic treasures enshrined in the very heart of the Vatican Museums complex. A historical, artistic and cultural experience able to enrapture your every sense, since everything you will admire has contributed to shape the priceless unicity of the many different museums and galleries that make up the Vatican Museums complex, including: The Hall of the Muses The Gallery of Maps The magnificent Courtyard of the Pinecone in the very heart of Vatican City. The night tour of the Vatican Museums will reach its peak with the visit to the marvelous Sistine Chapel. We would like to remind all visitors that it is not allowed to speak aloud inside the Sistine Chapel, so your guide will deliver all the explanations outside, using the special panels provided by the Museums themselves. Once inside, you can lose yourself in the contemplation of what represents the highest point of Italian Renaissance painting, from the precious wall frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli and Piero di Cosimo, to the extraordinary cycle of Michelangelo’s vault and Last Judgement.

Exclusive Vatican Tour: Museums and Chapel After Sunset

6. 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 22 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 & Saturday 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.

Rome: Vatican by Night

7. Rome: Vatican by Night

The Vatican is especially beautiful at night, as you will see throughout this tour. 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 Museums and Sistine Chapel Night Group Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Night Group Tour

Explore the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, without the usual hoards of tourists during a 2-hour night-time tour. This tour is only offered seasonally on Friday and Saturday evenings. With fewer visitors to contend with, you're able to better appreciate the iconic art and architecture. Headsets are provided, so you can hear your guide clearly while enjoying a 360 view of your surroundings. Please note that during the evening tour you will not be able to visit St. Peters Basilica. Have a unique experience in one of the most famous buildings in the world, on this night tour. 

Vatican City: Sistine Chapel and Museums Guided Night Tour

9. Vatican City: Sistine Chapel and Museums Guided Night Tour

With this tour you will see the state of the Vatican at the most beautiful time of day, sunset. By choosing the tour in the evening you will take advantage of the nearly empty Vatican Museums! You won't have to deal with the lines and large groups that prevent you from relaxing at the view of works of art. With a short introduction, our expert guide will tell you the secrets related to the history of the Vatican Museums. You will be escorted inside the Vatican Museums where you will admire the Gallery of Maps and Raphael's Rooms in complete tranquility. You will also admire a small courtyard with a fountain in the center, the architectural setting for some real superstars of classical art, namely the Laocoon and the Apollo of the Belvedere. At the end of the tour you will observe Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, with the privilege of being almost alone inside. Our guide will explain every nook and cranny of the ceiling and walls expertly frescoed by the Renaissance master.

Skip the Line: Vatican at Night & Sistine Chapel Tour

10. 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 their creation, secrets behind them, and what it is that makes them so special.

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4.1 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Ferdinando took on us on an enjoyable evening. We had previously done the Sistine chapel during the day and it was wall to wall people. With this tour, we didn’t have people stepping all over us to get the perfect picture, prior to the work of Michelangelo. I would highly recommend this tour and especially our guide for the evening. He works for Rome in Tours and he made the tour entertaining and informative. 5 Stars

Perfect time to visit this busy attraction. The small group had no wait but we still had to intermingle with other groups. Our guide was fabulous in getting us in front of relevant art pieces of interest and kept us moving. Light changes in early evening provide great pictures. Great value and worth the time.

You get so much information,so many details point out and in the end you say I’m glad I paid for it. We totally reccomend taking skip the line evening guided tour cause everything you need to know are included-all our questions were answered and saw it all without queuing!!Great tour in general :-)

Warto zwiedzać Watykan wieczorem , nie ma tłumu co sprawia że można oddychać Łatwiejszy dostęp do oglądanych okazów.

Amazing experience! Barbara was incredible and super knowledgeable! Definitely do this to avoid the crowds!