Private tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel after hours

With 20,000 items on display and an array of masterpiece-packed hallways and galleries including the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum is one of the most iconic museums in the world. In addition to an encyclopedic collection, its Friday Night Openings offer the chance to contemplate these inspirational and artistic treasures without the crowds and noise of regular hours.

Visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in the quiet evening hours after regular closing time is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Treat yourself to a very special after-hours tour with an expert guide who will emphasize your interests, curiosity, and passions. Without the crowds that usually fill the halls, peruse the magnificent collections of the Candelabra Room, the Tapestry Room, and the Map Room, ending with the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s breathtaking ceiling frescoes.

The Vatican Museums themselves, full of priceless paintings, sculptures and archeological treasures are works of art and the history that lies behind their doors is amazing. The extraordinary hallways and galleries of the museum are as beautiful as the works of art on display. They are also a testament to the opulent taste of the Popes. The treasures on display selected from the vast Vatican collection range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary paintings. Visiting this remarkable collection can be a daunting experience. Make the most of your time in the vast Pope’s Museums. With skip the line entry and a carefully planned itinerary we ensure that you see the parts of the collection of most interest to you.

Let our guides show you what entering the Vatican after hours feels like

Tonight you will take a unique journey through time with one of our art historian guides focused just on you. Your private guide will help navigate you to any specific areas of interest within the rich collection displayed in the museum. Make your way through the lavishly decorated galleries skipping the line. Dive into one of the world most extensive collections of marble statuary, ancient sculptures, tapestries, and paintings. Marvel at the Papal Apartments, a suite of rooms famous for the frescoes painted by Raphael. A highlight of your Vatican museum night tour is the Sistine Chapel. Gaze in awe at the wondrous frescoes. Your guide brings Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to life explaining the biblical characters and stories behind it with a lot of questioning opportunities.

Whether you want an engaging learning experience on art or you just want to spend an awe-inspiring night out in Rome, this private night tour of Vatican will definitely be a hit. Please let us know your requirements and details of your trip and we will let you know if we can offer you a Vatican tour by night private and bespoke to you.


✔️Private Vatican Skip the Line Tour
✔️Vatican Museums
✔️Gallery of the Candelabra
✔️Gallery of the Maps
✔️Gallery of the Tapestries
✔️Raphael Rooms
✔️Sistine Chapel


Vatican Museum night tour is 100% private offering first time and returning visitors an experience that is as memorable as it is enriching. Capture the essence of the Popes’ vast collection at your own pace. Stroll through the art-filled galleries to the Sistine Chapel after regular closing time. Admire artworks at a relaxed pace with a smaller daytime crowd. Focus on the art that most catches your interest. See masterpieces up close with your own guide on hand answering all your questions. Spot the little details and learn historical facts in a personal way.

The Vatican Museums are a must-see for all first-time travelers to Rome. With 20000 items on display, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and newcomers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Egyptian mummies and ancient Greek sculptures to contemporary works by Van Gogh, Bacon, Chagall, Carrà, de Chirico, Manzù, Capogrossi, Fontana, Burri and Matisse. Equally impressive are the lavishly decorated rooms, testament to the incredible wealth of the papal patronage. Rumor has it that if you spent a minute in front of every object in the Vatican Museums it would take about twelve years to see everything. So let us help you! As we wind you through the Cortile della Pigna, the Sculpture Garden, the Round Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Raphael Rooms and ending in the glorious Sistine Chapel, we will weave a tale of art and intrigue with a cast that includes: Michelangelo, Julius II, Donato Bramante and Raphael.

Discover Renaissance-era maps, classical Roman sculpture and timeless tapestries along the way, ending at the stunning Sistine Chapel, where every inch inspires awe. Tonight we will take you on a unique journey through time with one of our art historian guides on hand. Focus on the areas and art of most interest to you.

Your two-hour tour inside the Vatican Museums with an art-historian guide includes several of the top exhibits such as the open-air Courtyard of the Pinecone, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, the Raphael Rooms, as well as the stunning Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Our Vatican evening tour focuses on the Museums and Sistine Chapel. We do not cover St Peter’s Basilica closed in the evenings.

Why visiting the Vatican Museums at night?
Between April and October, the most popular galleries in the Museums including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel open late to the public for limited number of visitors. The ease of less crowded spaces, the light and the silence that evening brings with them make the private Vatican tours after hours an inspiring experience of art, faith, and knowledge. Even if you have already visited the Museums before, here is a chance for you to explore them in a new way. First because they are usually very crowded during the day while they are certainly more quiet on Friday evenings when the number of visitors is much smaller. Second reason to visit the Papal Palaces at night is that the atmosphere inside is more pleasant and intimate. Third reason, perhaps the most important. The silence of the night that surrounds the artworks, the lighting of the Vatican courtyards and the panorama of Rome illuminated in the background are thrilling adding to the wonders displayed in the museum.

How it Works
We will get the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tickets ahead of time so that you will not have to wait in any lines. Private Vatican tours after hours are available for a limited season. Advance reservations are essential. As a private Vatican City night tour, the itinerary would be tailored around you. During the booking process you will tell US what you would like your tour to focus on. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour for you and yours. With that in mind we will create the perfect Vatican evening experience.

Please note that though the crowds are lighter than during the day, there would be other visitors in the Museums at the time of your tour, which means you may encounter other visitors. However, the number of visitors in the Museums for the after hours Vatican tour is rather small compared to the daytime crowds.

The Vatican Museums average 30,000 visitors per day so taking a Tour After Hours is definitely the best way to visit. Reserving well in advance is highly recommended.


Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.

Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?

Yes. This tour guarantees your reservations and tickets to enter the the Vatican skipping the line.
Please Note: ALL visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint before entering the Vatican so please, expect to wait for few minutes to clear security.

Is St. Peter's Basilica included?

No. This tour focuses on the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, excluding the Basilica of Saint Peter’s, closed in the evenings.

Can we enter the Sistine Chapel without going through the entire Museum?

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museum’s entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.

What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?

We are NOT liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unscheduled closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. In the event of an unexpected closure of a site or attraction your guide will promptly provide an alternative itinerary. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued.
The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum and/or Sistine Chapel at any time, and without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.

Do you use headsets on your Vatican Sistine Chapel tour?

In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups composed of 6 or more participants. The Vatican requires that you rent whisper or similar audio headsets at the door so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican. Your personal guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces.

Will we be able to take pictures especially in the Sistine Chapel?

Pictures are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. All throughout the museums the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures and visitors are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistine Chapel.

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