Exclusive Vatican Museums Night Tour with Dinner
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Exclusive Vatican Museums Night Tour with Dinner

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Tour Highlights

  • Get night access to the Vatican Museums one hour ahead of general public, an opportunity only available on limited dates and a true privilege not available to everyone
  • Indulge your palate while savoring a glass of wine with a delicious buffet dinner in the Pinecone Courtyard, including vast variety of local food options and beverages
  • See the Vatican Museums timeless masterpieces including the Sistine Chapel at night without the crowds
  • Groups of only 20 people or fewer
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide


Combine a delicious buffet dinner in the evocative Pinecone Courtyard with an evening visit to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Enter one hour ahead of the general public, an opportunity only available on limited dates and a true privilege thanks to our official partnership.

Tour Description

See the Vatican Museums in a new light, a pleasing low light as you enter after regular closing time on this Vatican night tour. For short periods during the year, the Vatican Museums are open late to the public, allowing lucky visitors to wander its corridors and stand in awe before precious artworks, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, at a slower pace and with smaller crowds.

Thanks to our exclusive tour, you’ll be escorted past the gathering lines and straight into the Vatican Museums one hour ahead of the general public.

In the beautiful surrounding of the Pinecone Courtyard you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet dinner of local flavors and wine in a setting as priceless as the masterpieces you’ll be seeing. This dinner inside the Vatican Museums is an exclusive privilege we are eager to offer our most valued clients.

After your delicious and indulgent buffet dinner, you will be more than ready to savor the centuries-old artworks your expert, English-speaking guide brings to life through rich and entertaining commentary. At nine miles in length, it would take months (if not years) to see all the art in these hallowed halls, so we’ve tailored your journey to the best these museums have to offer, making sure you’ve seen the pieces people travel far and wide to witness. But don’t let this description fool you. Your itinerary will be vast and diverse, from outdoor spaces like the Pinecone Courtyard and the open patio overlooking the Vatican Gardens, to standing beneath the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll get a taste of everything. Follow your guide through the endless corridors, filled with ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, while he entertains and educates you about life in Ancient Rome and men who commissioned these works.

Explore the Gallery of Maps and absorb how much our understanding of the world has changed. Immerse yourself within the Gallery of the Tapestries and the stunning handmade, needlepoint masterpieces housed there.

Besides the history of the Vatican itself and the popes who have taken residency here, one name you’ll hear a lot is that of Raphael. His four frescoed rooms are a highlight of our night tour. See how this game-changing painter honored the masters of his time, painting Michelangelo and da Vinci into his famous ‘School of Athens.’ Even Sylvester Stallone makes an early appearance! But you won’t find out how unless you take this tour.

Of course you’ll be introduced to the Vatican’s biggest star. No, not the Pontiff himself, a sight that is perhaps even more well-known - the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will prepare you before you enter, that way you’ll know where to spot Michelangelo’s self-portrait and those of his enemies among the heathen.

With small groups of only 20 people or less and audio headsets for every guest, your Vatican night tour will be intimate and your guide easy to understand. Coupled with our early-entrance, expert English-speaking guide, exclusive dinner combination, and less crowds at the Vatican Museums, you can be sure that you’re treating yourself to the best Vatican adventure imaginable. And it is only offered by us.

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What's included

  • After-hours entrance into the Museums, after public closing time
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Buffet dinner in Pinecone Courtyard
  • 2.5 hour Vatican Museums guided tour with Sistine Chapel
  • Groups of 20 or less for a relaxed and intimate experience
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Galleries of Tapestries and the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Octagonal Courtyard

Important notes

Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.

Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


  • Where does the tour meet?

    The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive when you book your tour.

  • How will I recognize the guide?

    Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.

  • What time should I arrive at the meeting point?

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.

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