Private Tour

Vatican Sistine Chapel at Night Private Tour

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

Skip the daytime crowds and visit all the highlights of the Vatican, from the Raphael Rooms to the Sistine Chapel on this Friday evening Vatican night tour. All with the personalized attention from your private guide and skip the line access. This exclusive Vatican after hours experience is only available from April to October on limited dates.

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

What to Expect

With 20,000 items on display and an array of masterpiece-packed hallways and galleries, the Vatican Museum is one of the most iconic museums in the world. Visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in the quiet evening hours is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Treat yourself to a very special after-hours tour when the Museums and Sistine Chapel are much less crowded with an expert guide who emphasizes your interests, curiosity, and passions.


Without the crowds and noise of regular hours, you will contemplate inspirational and artistic treasures such as the Round Room, the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. St. Peter’s Basilica is closed at the time of this tour and therefore not included on this tour.


Get the most from your Vatican visit when you enter after regular closing time on this 2-hour private tour with our expert guide and carefully planned route. Enjoy the enchanted evening as our art historian guide brings the Vatican’s masterpieces to life. Stroll though the corridors and courtyards of the Museums at its most atmospheric twilight’s hours while hearing tales of art and intrigue with a cast that includes: Michelangelo, Julius II, Donato Bramante, and Raphael.


Dive into one of the world most extensive collections of marble statuary, ancient sculptures, tapestries, and paintings. Tonight we take you on a unique journey through time with one of our passionate guides focused just on you. See masterpieces up close and spot the little details with your own guide on hand answering all your questions.


With skip the line access, make your way through lavishly decorated galleries testament to the incredible wealth of the papal patronage. Marvel at the Papal Apartments, a suite of four rooms famous for the frescoes painted by Raphael. Gaze in awe at the wondrous Sistine Chapel frescoes, Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Whether you want an engaging learning experience on art or you just want to spend an awe-inspiring night out in Rome, this private tour will definitely be a hit!



  • 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
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • If your group numbers more than 6, the Vatican requires that you rent earphones at the door for 3 Euro/person, paid directly on site (earphones prices may vary slightly without notice)
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • 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, we can arrange a private luxury vehicle for commuting to the Vatican.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request on Friday evenings from late April through the end of October (the specific day of the month may vary from year to year). Opening Evenings in 2021: Fri, Aug 13- Fri, Aug 20- Fri, Aug 27- Fri, Sep 3- Fri, Sep 10- Fri, Sep 17- Fri, Sep 24- Fri, Oct 1- Fri, Oct 8-Fri, Oct 15- Fri, Oct 22- Fri, Oct 29.
  • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • 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. Thus, we recommend traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at home.
  • 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.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica?

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

What is the benefit of your Vatican by Night Private Tour?

Up to 35,000 people may visit the museums throughout a given day. Our Friday evening Vatican night tour is a fabulous experience to avoid the daytime crowds with a dedicated art historian guide focused just on you.

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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Vatican Sistine Chapel at Night Private Tour