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Rome: Guided Night Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

1. 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.

Rome: Vatican by Night

2. 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.

Vatican City: Sistine Chapel and Museums Guided Night Tour

3. 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.

Rome: Vatican & Evening Eternal City Walking Tours Combo

4. 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 in Rome. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. See the exterior of the historic Pantheon, and then, admire the beautiful Piazza Navona with Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in the center. End your romantic evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a perfect place to spend some time taking in the evening sights and sounds at the end of your tour.

Vatican: Night Tour of the Sistine Chapel and Museums

5. Vatican: Night Tour of the Sistine Chapel and Museums

The best time to enjoy the city’s most famous sights is in the evening. The Vatican Museums offer this special opportunity each summer (May to October), on Friday and Saturday nights only, to visit after closing hours when the crowds have thinned and the temperatures have dropped. Choose this carefully crafted tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel that’s offered in groups of 20 people or less. You’ll be able to make use of your pre-reserved admission after official opening hours, when the evening light casts a magical glow over the Vatican Museums, illuminated especially for the occasion. Explore the most important rooms of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in the intimacy of the evening and in the company of your English-speaking guide. You'll have the opportunity to admire the Upper Galleries of the Vatican Museums, as well as the Octagonal Court and Raphael’s Rooms. Your Vatican night tour ends at the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Looking for a small group? Upgrade to a semi-private group of 10 people or less.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

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

Absolutely Wonderful Customer Service

Although my tour needed to be cancelled the day before, Ricardo, in customer service, went out of his way to find a satisfactory substitute. He returned calls promptly and gave clear detailed instructions about what I was required to do "instead" of the original plan. The Apertivo buffet was excellent and sumptuous.

Unique experience at night

Our guide, Francesca, was excellent. She had a great personality and knew her subject inside and out. It was lovely experiencing the Vatican in the soft glow of the evening where the crowds had significantly improved. Highly recommend.