Sistine Chapel's ceiling
Sistine Chapel Altar Cross
Vatican Virgin Mary
Chest statues in Gallery Vatican Museums
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Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Night Tour

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2.5 h.
Fri & Sat
16:00, 17:30

  • Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after official closing times -- an opportunity only available for limited dates
  • Avoid the crowds and the heat of the daytime and experience the Museums during this rare opportunity after sunset
  • Groups to no more than 20 people to ensure this evening tour is intimate and special for our guests
  • Enjoy captivating commentary from a Vatican expert guide

Tour Description

What's Included

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Expert guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Groups limited to 20 people or less
  • Limited edition evening entrance to the Vatican Museums with Skip the Line Access
  • All tickets and reservation fees included
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

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

Explore the the Vatican Museums in a new way when you visit after closing time on our Vatican night tours. For a limited time each year, the Vatican Museums open late to the public, which allows us to roam its corridors and admire artworks like the Sistine Chapel frescoes at our own pace with small crowds.

The Sistine Chapel like You've Never Seen It

Enter using our pre-reserved no line entrance and see the museums as few have ever had the opportunity to see them before. Experience the Sistine Chapel in the intimacy of the evening accompanied by an expert guide with perfect English. Our guests will also be able to 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.

We take a unique route through the Vatican Museums. Enjoy the outdoor areas of the Vatican such as the Pinecone Courtyard and view the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from an open patio overlooking the Vatican Gardens. Next, your guide will take you through long hallways filled with ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, while they regale you with the scandalous details of life in Ancient Rome and the men who commissioned these priceless works.

Gallery of the Maps

Next, our journey takes us to the Gallery of Maps where you’ll see how much the modern view of the world has changed, and the Gallery of the Tapestries for stunning needlepoint masterpieces.

Learn The History

Hear the history of the Vatican, the Popes, and artists, all of whom live and worked here. A repeated name in our stories will be Raphael, who frescoed four rooms in the Vatican and are a highlight of our Vatican night tours. Your guide will show you how Raphael honoured the masters of his time, by painting Michelangelo and da Vinci into his famous ‘School of Athens’.

We wouldn’t let you leave the Vatican without seeing the main attraction: the Sistine Chapel. By the time you visit the Sistine Chapel your guide will have taught you all about the frescoes you’ll find there. You’ll know how to locate Michelangelo’s self-portrait and how to spot portraits of his enemies among the heathen, creating a memorable experience on this tour.

Groups are limited to just 20 people and the price is all-inclusive of the tour, tickets and reservation fees. This tour is 2.5 hours long, but we see all sites visited on our 3 hour group tour during the day -- without the daytime crowds our passage around the museums is just that much faster! Bookings are open for only limited nights.

Book online now for immediate confirmation to ensure your place on this very special tour! Also, be sure to check out our other related tours

Important Notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

Please note that due to current Covid-19 restrictions and new safety policies, all customers will be required to wear a mask on Dark Rome tours. Temperature checks will also take place at tour venues; if your temperature is above 37.5°C you will unfortunately not be able to attend the tour.

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