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Exclusive Friday Night Tour of Vatican City with Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Created with Sketch. Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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2 Hours

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

24 people

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English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish

Availability: Only on Friday (From April to October)
Meeting Time: 20 minutes before the tour start time
Meeting Place: Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM


Discover the true magic and mysteries of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at night on this 2-hour tour in Rome. Skip the lines to enjoy the jaw-dropping masterpieces when day time large crowds have departed and the doors are closed to the general public.

Starting from the martyrdom of Saint Peter to the modern-day Vatican, your expert guide will try to bring history back to life in those detailed and reflecting galleries and halls. This is a rare opportunity to visit these world-famous wonders at night and see the magical sight of them illuminated in the twilight.


  • Small Private Group and Privileged Access for Crowd-Free Experience out of official operating time
  • Beat the stifling heat of the Roman summer and experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Explore the museums in the glorious, dreamlike state of the night hours
  • Wander the Vatican Museum galleries to see ancient maps, sculptures and more
  • Discover the Sistine Chapel and Belvedere Courtyard with the Apollo Belvedere and Laocoön sculptures
  • See masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam fresco, and more
  • Enjoy a music concert in the Vatican's Pinecone Courtyard
  • You will get to listen to the stories and secrets hidden within the art
  • If you’re visiting Rome between May and October, try not to miss this Vatican night tour, which takes place only on Fridays


  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • All tickets and reservation fees included
  • Expert Tour Guide
  • Small groups - not more than 24 people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • A Visit to St Peter's Basilica
  • Food and drinks

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter the venues
You are not allowed to carry a big bag/luggage during the tour
The sites are not wheelchair accessible
You are requested to arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the tour starting time. Tours are time-sensitive and we cannot accommodate late arrivals
Children aged 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult
To qualify for the Student Discount: You must be under 26 years and you will be required to show a valid Student ID during the time of entrance
Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
Reservations neither can be modified nor can be cancelled once confirmed.


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A spiritual experience at night

I cannot think of having to wait in the hours-long line, especially in the scorching heat of the sun with loads of people waiting in the line to get in. We picked a Friday night time tour including skipping the line access. We were guided by a very professional guide. It was an incredible advantage to see most of the landmarks with the opportunity to learn about those landmarks from our guide. The museum was enormous and jam-packed with endless artwork. Do not skip the Sistine Chapel ceiling that was created by the super talented master Michelangelo. It is easy to make an unforgettable tour experience here, so plan accordingly.
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Amazing night tour

Clearly the Vatican is the richest and one of the most prosperous cities according to its culture and history in the world. Visiting the Vatican city with museums and chapel was unquestionably worth the trip. It was wonderful and the artifacts were incredible. Nighttime tour added extra enjoyment to our trip. Of course, I would be there again if I get a chance.
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Unexpected beauty at night

If you are going to explore the Vatican, I do recommend this Friday night tour. The collection was simply mind-boggling and the artistic and authentic value of the collection cannot possibly be explained by the words. At night it was not so crowded but still, we did the guided tours that jumped past the line. Our expert guide brings history back to life in those detailed and displaying galleries and halls.
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Night entrance to the Museums

We took the official 2 hours guided tour. A very helpful and informational tour guide took us around the magnificent Vatican. He spoke English and explained to us all the information we lacked. It was a knowledgeable tour and the Vatican night attraction was definitely worth it. The best recommendation is to book in advance to get in quicker.
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Cristian Gomez


Most organized place on earth

The tour was beneficial as it was not so hot and not crowded at night. My father and I booked an English language tour from the Rome tour tickets website. Very cost-effective tour. My father is 65 years old and he was a bit tired as there were very few places to take rest but he enjoyed it. We learned so much. Recommended tour.
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Interesting and not too crowded

The Vatican has more enhanced artwork and history than anywhere I have ever been to. Skip the guided tours made our joy double. We explored the real magic and mysteries of the Vatican at night and experienced the jaw-dropping masterpieces. We also Enjoyed a music concert in the Vatican's Pinecone Courtyard that was superb.
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Griffin Levins


So much to see

Visiting the Vatican City was an overwhelming experience for me especially at night time when the Vatican museum and chapel close for the general public. I did this tour last Friday with a small private group. When our expert guide explained details, I felt like I was a part of the story that the pictures represent. Through this tour, it kicked me that civilized history was based on so much blood.
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I was in awe the entire time

It was amazing to visit at night when day time crowds have left and the gates are shut to the general public. The collection of the Vatican museums is huge and two hours was not enough for me. It's not otherwise I could spend the whole night in the museums looking at all the displays in rooms and hallways with ceilings just as majestic as the Sistine Chapel itself. It was surprising for me since most of the paintings represent Reanssian culture, unimaginable history, and wars. I want to visit the Vatican again.
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Eloise Garcia


Amazing experience

A unique opportunity to visit these world-famous exhibitions at night and witness the enchanting sight illuminated in the twilight. Beat the daytime heat and crowds and discovered the Sistine Chapel, Belvedere Courtyard with the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon sculptures, the Creation of Adam fresco, masterpieces by Raphael, Michelangelo, and more. Keep in mind this tour is only available from April to October. So if you have any plan to visit the Vatican then make your trip within this time period.
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Lewis Hopson


Must have to see it once

A magnificent museum showcasing Italian and Vatican art. Majestic rooms with grand ceiling artwork. I heard it gets super busy and very crowded in a day time that makes the experience exhausting so we booked a Friday night tour. My family members were so happy to avoid the awful lines. Along with us, my 6 years old daughter was also entranced by the beautiful works of art.
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