Duration: 2.5 hours
Runs: only on Friday evening, from June to October
Start Time: PM: 7.30
This tour includes:
- Sistine Chapel
- Pinecone Courtyard
- Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps
- Raphael Rooms
The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Friday Night tour offers you the opportunity to experience the highlights of this world-famous collection during a limited period of time each year, for a unique experience outside of official opening hours.
• Tour Information •
- Small groups are a maximum of 8 people
- Your guide is LICENSED, LOCAL and specialized in ROME and VATICAN HISTORY.
- Dress code: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
- IMPORTANT: Tickets and headphones (compulsory for 5 or more people, price 1.50 euro each) are not included in the price.
Vatican Museums admission tickets price: ADULTS: 20 euros (16 € + 4 € for the reservation fee).
CHILDREN up to 18 y.o. or students under 26 y.o.: 12 euros (8€ + 4€ reservation fee)
Buy your tickets and save your money!! The online procedure is very easy.
After paying the deposit to secure the tour, we will send you the online booking procedure to get your admission tickets.
*If you have a party of 9 or more please contact us to arrange your private tour.
From June to October and extra fee of 15% will be added on last minute requests (3 days before the tour date)
PRICES: the guide fee must be considered as a total not per person
• Meeting Point •
• Vatican Museums TOUR – Friday Night •
The Vatican Museums by Night tour lets you into the museums once the doors are closed to the general public, it’s not available all year round so it’s a special chance to enjoy the museum in a different atmosphere, after hours.
Vatican Museums – Friday Night: which time of the year?
Every year and only for a limited period of time (from April to July and from September to October) the Vatican Museums open on Friday night after sunset and with limited ticket availability.
The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Friday Night tour will let you enjoy the art and history at a different pace, with only limited numbers permitted to enter the mueums, you’ll have more space to view the art works and enjoy the atmosphere.
Your english-speaking licensed guide will enhance your visit with the history and stories behind the art and artists but – above all – choosing the Vatican Museums by night tour is quite another experience than on a summer morning… one-of-a-kind!
What’s the difference between a morning tour and evening tour?
As you explore the Vatican Museums you will see many of the same highlights that are visited on day tours but without experiencing the overheated rooms and crowds of daytime visits.
Along with this you will escape the heat! As you know, Rome can be quite hot especially in June or July, therefore Vatican Museums by Night tour could be a nice way to beat the heat.
Don’t forget the evening illumination!
It will enlighten the marvellous Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps and the stunning painted ceilings of the Gallery of the Candelabra: it will be even harder to distinguish it as a trompe l’oeil!
We’ll explore Raphael’s Rooms and at the end of the tour the Vatican Museum’s highlight: the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo in the unique atmosphere of evening light.
CAREFUL: Don’t forget that In the evening St. Peter’s Basilica is closed, so it won’t be possible to visit it during the Vatican Museums by Night tour.
If you want to book this tour and see the Basilica at the same time we suggest to visit St. Peter’s on your own at around 5.00 pm, before beginning the tour.
If you would like to visit the Basilica with one of our guides you can ask for a private, tailored tour.
Note: Due to a limited number of tickets being available this tour must be booked in advance and is not available for a last minute booking.
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