Private Tour

Private Vatican Night Tour with After-Hours Access to the Museums & Sistine Chapel

Art & History
Duration: 2 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH, RU

Skip the daytime crowds and journey through the best of the Museums, from the Raphael Rooms to the Sistine Chapel on this private Vatican night tour. All with the personalized attention from your own dedicated guide and after-hours access. Whether you're interested in art, history, or religion we offer a one-of-a-kind private tour that leaves you with amazing memories! This exclusive evening tour of the masterpieces of the Vatican Museums is only available from April to October on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in the quiet evening hours is an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Take a private Vatican night tour and let an expert art historian guide you through the galleries of Rome's finest museum. Get a first-hand look at the hidden treasures of the Vatican with personalized attention from your guide answering all your questions and providing thoughtful insights —all while avoiding the daily crowds!


Vatican tour at night

Experience the Vatican in a different light without the noise of regular hours. From the end of April to the end of October, the Vatican Museums open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm to the public, allowing us to wander its galleries and gaze at its magnificent treasures at a slower pace and with fewer crowds. While the exact course of the itinerary may vary, on this private guided evening tour you’ll visit the best of the Museums including the Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries, and Maps, the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.


You'll head down endless corridors and courtyards while hearing tales of art and intrigue with a cast that includes Michelangelo, Julius II, and Raphael. The Vatican Museum will transport you to another time with its amazing collection of artworks. Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel frescoes, are only part of what awaits you tonight. The St. Peter’s Basilica closes in the evening, so it’s not included in this Vatican night tour.

Private Vatican Night Tour Description

Your private Vatican night tour begins with skip the line access to the Museums getting you straight inside one of the world's great repositories of ancient and Renaissance art. From here, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you on an unforgettable journey through the most important rooms, including the ancient statuary collection of Julius II and the papal apartments decorated by Raphael.


Considering that Michelangelo sketched elements of his famous works in these galleries, by the time we reach the Sistine Chapel, you’ll be well prepared to appreciate the wondrous frescoes. Inside the chapel, we will contemplate the artist's work and the breathtaking symbolism of the ceiling and altar. We will also look at how the Sistine Chapel still serves an essential role in papal politics today.


Whether you want an engaging learning experience on art or you just want to spend an awe-inspiring night out in Rome, this private Vatican night tour will definitely be a hit! For those interested in visiting the Vatican at a time in the morning when it is least busy, check out our early morning private Vatican tour.



  • Vatican Museums
  • Gallery of the Candelabras
  • Gallery of the Geographical Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Vatican night tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access with pre-reserved entry time

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • St. Peter's Basilica visit
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Optional activity costs
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At an easy to find location near the entrance to the Museums. Full details provided upon booking. Upon request, hotel pick-up can be arranged with an additional fee.

Important Information

  • This private Vatican night tour is available on request on Friday and Saturday evenings from Friday, April 22, 2022 to Saturday, Oct 29, 2022.
  • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.
  • The Vatican Night Tour does NOT cover St Peter's Basilica closed in the evenings.
  • Certain galleries can be subject to unscheduled last minute closures due to unexpected activities or events being hosted by the Vatican.

Good to Know

  • Please come on time. If you miss the reservation time, you will forfeit your tickets and will not be allowed entry into the museums.
  • All members of your party must present at the Vatican Museums a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • The Vatican has a strict dress code. Men and women must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Access to the Museums will be granted only to appropriately dressed visitors (sleeveless and low-cut garments, shorts, mini-skirts and hats are not permitted).
  • You may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican (smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth). Anything bigger than this, or any umbrellas or camera tripods, must be checked into the Vatican Museums cloakroom at the beginning of the tour. Please avoid bringing such objects to avoid hassle.
  • The Vatican Museum reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual not adhering to their entrance rules and restrictions including, but not limited to, providing proper identification and conformance to its dress code.

How to Book Your Private Tour

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  • Tour Voucher
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Tour FAQs

Does this Vatican night tour include St. Peter's Basilica?

No. This private Vatican night tour focuses on the Museums, Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, excluding the Basilica of Saint Peter’s closed in the evenings. While entry isn't permitted to St Peter's Basilica in the evening, once the tour is over you can spend as much time as you want in St Peter's Square, where you can take nighttime Vatican photos without the usual daytime crowds!

What is the advantage of your Vatican Night Tour?

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are notorious for the crowds passing through during the day. With this exclusive Vatican night tour, you will have a unique once in a life time chance to escape the crowds and explore the artistic and architectural treasures with an expert in art history focused just on you, tailoring a narrative around your curiosity and questions.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

This highly coveted Private Vatican Night Tour is offered only on limited nights with limited tickets so we recommended booking at least two months prior to desired tour date.

Is this Vatican night tour good for kids and teens?

Yes! We have some excellent guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. Please feel free to provide us with information about your kids and teens so we can match you with the right guide.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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