Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel only on Fridays!

An unforgettable Vatican night tour with expert tour guide

Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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2 hours

This special Friday Night Tour at Vatican City is available for some special months of the year. Get exclusive entrance to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel between May and October. Head towards the Museum without the daytime crowds so you can admire the art pieces at your desired pace.

Tour Itinerary

Tour Availability:

Only Friday (from April to October)

Tour Duration:

2:00 hr

Meeting Point:

Via Germanico, 40, 00192 Roma RM

Meeting time:

25 minutes before the tour start time

Group Size:

24 participate

Starting Time:

Travelers can start the tour at their own convenient time

Evening Vatican Tour starts by Vatican Museum

Go inside the museum with your professional local guide to explore this vast, maze-like complex. During the nighttime, there is a tranquil atmosphere happened around which you can’t enjoy during the daytime tour. Visiting the famous art corner of this museum will take you back to the late 1500s. In the last room of the Gallery, is Sistine Chapel.

Special Access at Sistine Chapel

It calls the jewel of Vatican City. Because it contains some renaissance masterpieces. The iconic fresco ceilings, The last judgment paintings, and the most famous chapel walls. After your tour ends at Chapel, you can explore around the city as long as you like and can capture beautiful pictures as much as you want.

Tour Overview

Explore the true charm and mysteries of Vatican city during this nighttime tour. In this 2 hour tour, you will discover the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel jaw-dropping art pieces at night. The skip-the-line access is available for you so you don’t have to waste hours standing in a queue. The daytime crowd will not be there and during this nighttime, the museum door is usually closed for the general public. So now you can stroll around the galleries at your own pace.

Staging from the renaissance arts to the modern-day Vatican, our expert guide will bring the history back in front of your eyes. Every detail of galleries and halls will be reflected in the guide narration. The nighttime view here is mesmerizing. This is a rare opportunity that a traveler shouldn’t be missed. Visit the world-famous wonders and magical sight of the museum under the illuminated nightfall..

Tour Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on Friday night with no crowd

The Vatican museums complex contains around 2,000 rooms and looks like a large monumental labyrinth. And professionally guided tour understands when is the best time to visit the best artworks and how to navigate the must-see galleries. So you will never miss out or lost in these maze-like galleries.

In this 2 hour tour, you will get lost as you meander around the amazingly mesmerizing art collections.

The last destination of this guided tour is the most awaited Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide will bask you through the historical wonder at its full glory. The guide will explain the significance of this sacred place. You will be amazed to gaze up the beautiful fresco done by Michelangelo includes the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement.

Tour Highlights

  • Privileged Access and Crowd-Free Experience at Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

  • Beat the heat at the Friday night Vatican Tour.

  • Get a chance to explore the museums out of their official operating time on this tour.

  • See ancient maps, sculptures, and more at Vatican Museum galleries.

  • Discover the Sistine Chapel masterpieces by Raphael and Michelangelo.

  • Experience a music concert in the Vatican’s Pinecone Courtyard.

  • Listen to the stories and secrets hidden within the art with a professional tour guide.

What is included

  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

  • All tickets and reservation fees included

  • Expert Tour Guide

  • Small groups – not more than 24 people

What is not included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Gratuities

  • A Visit to St Peter’s Basilica

  • Food and drinks

See what people are saying

10 total reviews

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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.



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.



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.



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.

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.



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.

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.



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.

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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

The disabled visitors who have verified invalidity of more than 74% are given free admission to the Vatican Museums. Additionally, free entry is offered to a companion for those tourists who are not self-sufficient.

We don’t offer free tickets for disabled visitors. These free entry tickets for the disabled and accompanying persons are distributed directly at the special permissions and/or reception desks in the museum hall upon presentation of an invalidity certificate. When necessary, a companion of a visitor with a disability is given priority skip-the-line entry.

If you need a wheelchair, you can obtain one from the Museum cloakroom for free with a valid ID and a deposit.

It's not always simple for persons with disabilities to enter sites or museums, and many might not even be aware that they are entitled to free admission. The staff of the Vatican Museums is always sensitive to the needs of visitors with disabilities. The Vatican has made accessible to Blind and Deaf visitors by designing appropriate free tours that are offered upon request. Visitors with disabilities cannot tour the Vatican Gardens.

A chance to experience the beautiful Vatican Museums under the twilight where you will be incorporated by a professional tour guide. He will allow you to connect with the stunning art pieces in ways that you have never been imagined. With a Friday night tour, you will get the ultimate tour experience.

Night Vatican Tours include everything we offer by day, plus more!

During the Night Tours, we offer the unique Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel visit opportunity. Visit the charming city when the sun sets around you. Relax on the outside St.peter’s square as the changing sky illuminates the city skyline and the Museum tower takes in a golden hour glow. That time tour at the museum becomes more relaxing as the shadows of dusk fill the historic cellblocks.

No. Night Tours are unique and engaging, and at the same time educational. Night Tours offers you a chance to explore the history and relevance of the museum. It’s a guided tour featuring in-depth presentations, an audio tour, and skip-the-lines access.

Tickets are available online however, capacity is limited. This is a seasonal tour available between April and October. So we strongly recommend purchasing Friday night Vatican tour tickets in advance to secure your entry for Night Tours.

Children under age 6 can enjoy free admission to the Museum. And young tourists ages 6 to 18 can enjoy discounts on the total price. They must show a valid passport proving their age.

Students under 25 years old also can avail themselves of the discounts but need to come with a valid Student ID and legal documents such as a passport, driving license, etc for proof of eligibility.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is a wonderful and educational place to visit with kids. But it is advisable that children ages 17 and younger must be accompanied here by an adult. This place is stroller-accessible. Free admission ticket is applicable for kids ages under 6 years.

When you arrive, you’ll follow a one-way route through the Vatican Museums which ended at Sistine Chapel. The tour lasts for 2 hours. During the tour, you are free to explore the renaissance artists’ exhibitions, beautiful sculptures, and frescoes on the ceiling, all of this come with a brief educational narration of the tour guide. After the tour ends, you are free to explore outside archaeological sites.

No, photography is restricted inside the chapel, although you can take pictures outside the museum.

If you have any issue with mobility, you have to contact us for private access. But one thing should be noted, the sites are not wheelchair accessible. So if you use one unfortunately you can’t visit this place.

You can bring a small bag with you that has the necessary items. During the visit, do not bring any large bags or luggage, as it is not permissible to enter the attraction with large bags.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, except Sunday.

Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Easter, December 24 and 31, and other religious holidays; the 3-hour tour will be given in other areas of the Vatican Museums at these times.

The Basilica is a place of worship that may be closed for religious activities without warning; in this case, a visit to the Vatican Library will be replaced.

Normally, the St. Peter's Basilica has another door that allows visitors to walk straight from the Sistine Chapel to the Basilica, however, that door had been blocked for the time being since the Covid19 Pandemic. As a result, group tours or any other tours were not permitted to enter the basilica from the interior. All visitors must depart the Vatican and proceed to the Saint Peter's Basilica, which has a separate entrance. However, the government has lifted the restriction, and the entry to the Basilica for guided tours is now open. We can continue the guided tour at Basilica until further notice.

Yes, hotel pick-up option is available but it is optional and comes with extra fees. Please select the Hotel transportation option at the time of tour booking. We will arrange it for you.

This tour is under ‘All Sales Final’ status which means you neither can cancel nor can get a refund if you book this tour 72 hours before the travel time.

It is best to be at the tour meeting spot 25 minutes early. It is the customer's duty to arrive on time. If you arrive late or don’t show up, we are sorry but we cannot accommodate you because we are already at the tour destination with other participants. Furthermore, the Vatican tour ticket price is non-refundable. A refund or cancellation of the Vatican ticket is not possible. As a result, if you miss it, you will not be refunded your ticket money.

Call us at +39 06 2757630 to cancel any trip; we're available Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. Please review other cancellation-related FAQ of this tour and the Cancellation & Refund Policy of Rome Tour Tickets before canceling this tour.

At Rome Tour Tickets, we are acutely aware of the current circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are solely responsible for keeping you up to date with the most correct information.

After the post-COVID-19, reserving your ticket online is required in order to avoid unnecessary gathering in the ticket office.

There is no longer a requirement for a Green Pass, vaccination certificate, or test certificate to access the Vatican. Furthermore, there is no certificate needed to enter restaurants, museums, historical sites, etc. When traveling to Vatican City, there is no need for quarantine.

You need to take the following measures while on the tour:

  • You are required to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose the entire time you are here. Wearing a mask is still required in some locations.
  • Maintain a social distance while on the tour.
  • While entering the venues, the visitor's temperature could be checked. A body temperature of 37.5° C or above may prevent entry to the location.
  • Due to social distance, guided tours now only allow a certain number of participants, including the guides.

Visit Covid-19 Travel Notice for the most up-to-date travel information during this epidemic.

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