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2 hours
Availability : Only Friday (from April to October)
Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Viale Vaticano, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 200

Experience a unique and exclusive Friday Night Tour at the majestic Vatican City, available during select months of the year. From the months of May to October, you can avail yourself of the opportunity to gain exclusive entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the daytime crowds as you head towards the Museum and relish the luxury of being able to admire the spectacular art pieces at your own leisurely pace.

This special Friday Night Tour at Vatican City promises an unparalleled experience that you won’t forget anytime soon.

The Vatican Museum is where the Evening Vatican Tour commences

Accompanied by a professional local guide, you can venture inside the museum and navigate through its expansive and intricate layout. The peaceful ambiance that envelops the museum at night adds to the unique experience that can’t be matched during a daytime tour. Exploring the renowned art section of the museum will transport you back to the late 16th century. Finally, the Sistine Chapel awaits you at the end of the Gallery.

Exclusive admission to the Sistine Chapel

Often referred to as the crown jewel of Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel houses several remarkable Renaissance masterpieces. Its walls are adorned with the iconic fresco ceilings and The Last Judgment paintings. Upon the conclusion of your tour at the Chapel, you have the freedom to leisurely explore the city at your own pace, capturing as many stunning photographs as you desire.

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TOUR OVERVIEW

This unique and captivating nighttime tour offers an opportunity to discover the true charm and mysteries of Vatican City. Over the course of two hours, you’ll embark on an unforgettable journey through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll be able to witness the breathtaking art pieces in a whole new light.

One of the advantages of this tour is the skip-the-line access that is available, which means that you won’t have to waste hours standing in a queue to enter. This will save you valuable time, allowing you to make the most of your visit to the Vatican.

Another benefit of the nighttime tour is the absence of the daytime crowds. With fewer visitors around, you’ll have more space and time to explore the galleries and appreciate the artwork in peace. Additionally, during the night, the museum doors are usually closed to the general public, which means that you’ll have the opportunity to wander around the galleries at your own pace, without being hurried along or jostled by other tourists.

As you stroll through the galleries, you’ll be able to admire some of the most jaw-dropping art pieces in history. You’ll marvel at the intricate details and vibrant colors of the paintings and sculptures, and the ornate architecture of the buildings themselves. Finally, you’ll reach the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll be awed by the majesty and grandeur of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes, including the iconic fresco ceiling and The Last Judgment paintings.

Overall, this nighttime tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel offers a truly magical experience, allowing you to explore the artwork and history of the Vatican in a unique and unforgettable way.

TICKET AVAILABILITY:

Friday is the only day available from April to October.

MEETING POINT:

Via Germanico, 40, 00192 Roma RM

DURATION:

2 hours…

TOUR TIME:

Tourists have the flexibility to commence the tour at a time that suits them best.

 

GROUP SIZE:

24 people participate

MEETING TIME:

25 minutes before the tour..

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy exclusive access and a peaceful experience at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, free from crowds and distractions.
  • Escape the heat and join the Friday Night Vatican Tour.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the museums outside of their regular operating hours on this tour.
  • Marvel at ancient maps, sculptures, and other treasures housed in the Vatican Museum galleries.
  • Discover the masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo in the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.
  • Immerse yourself in a music concert held in the Vatican's picturesque Pinecone Courtyard.
  • Delve into the stories and secrets concealed within the art, with the guidance of a knowledgeable and professional tour guide.
  • Learn about the centuries-old history of St. Peter’s Basilica and admire Michelangelo’s famous “La Pietà”.
What is included
  • Benefit from Skip the Line Access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with your tickets.
  • Enjoy the convenience of all tickets and reservation fees being included.
  • Be guided by an expert Tour Guide throughout your visit.
  • Join a small group of no more than 24 people for a more personalized experience.
What is not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • A Visit to St Peter’s Basilica
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ 1Who is eligible for free entry tickets to the Vatican? Where can I purchase a free entry ticket for visitors with disabilities?

If you have a verified invalidity of more than 74%, you can enjoy free admission to the Vatican Museums as a disabled visitor. Furthermore, a free entry ticket is also available for a companion accompanying visitors who are not self-sufficient.

It is important to note that these free entry tickets are not available for purchase. They are distributed directly at the special permissions and/or reception desks in the museum hall upon presentation of a valid invalidity certificate. To ensure a smooth visit, a companion of a visitor with a disability is given priority skip-the-line entry when necessary.

For those who require a wheelchair, they can obtain one for free from the Museum cloakroom, provided they present a valid ID and make a deposit.

Visiting museums or sites can be challenging for persons with disabilities, and many might not be aware that they are entitled to free admission. The Vatican Museums staff is always sensitive to the needs of visitors with disabilities, and they have designed free tours for Blind and Deaf visitors upon request. However, please note that visitors with disabilities are not able to tour the Vatican Gardens due to accessibility limitations.

FAQ 2Could you provide me with more context on what the Night time Guided Tour is?

The Night time Guided Tour is an opportunity to explore the exquisite beauty of the Vatican Museums during the twilight hours. This unique experience offers visitors the chance to connect with the stunning art pieces in a way that they may have never imagined before. During this tour, a professional tour guide will be your companion, providing you with insightful knowledge and anecdotes about the art and the history of the Vatican. The guide will also help you discover the hidden details and secrets of the artworks, making your experience even more meaningful and enjoyable.

The Friday night tour is particularly special as it offers visitors the ultimate tour experience. With fewer crowds and a peaceful atmosphere, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the magnificence of the Vatican Museums. The skip-the-line access ensures that you won’t have to spend hours standing in a queue and can instead focus on enjoying the tour. The Night time Guided Tour is a perfect way to spend your evening in Rome, and a must-do activity for any art lover or history buff visiting the Vatican.

FAQ 3What distinguishes Night Tours at Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel from daytime tours?

The Night Vatican Tours provide an enhanced experience of everything we offer during the day, with additional unique features. You can visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel during the peacefulness of the night. You get to explore the charming city during sunset and witness the beautiful illuminations of the city skyline as the sky changes color. Relax outside St. Peter’s square and marvel at the golden hour glow of the Museum tower. As the shadows of dusk fill the historic cellblocks, the tour of the museums becomes more peaceful and relaxing.

FAQ 4Can the nighttime tour at Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel be scary?

Night Tours at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are not scary. On the contrary, they are a unique and engaging way to experience the museums and learn about their history and significance. The tours are led by professional guides who provide in-depth presentations, and guests can enjoy an audio tour and skip-the-line access. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the art and history of the Vatican in a more intimate and peaceful setting.

FAQ 5How can I buy tickets for the Vatican Night Tour on Friday?

Online tickets for the Friday night Vatican tour can be purchased, but availability is limited. This tour is only offered seasonally from April to October. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance to secure your spot and avoid disappointment.

FAQ 6Who is eligible for a discount?

Children who are under the age of 6 are eligible for free admission to the Vatican Museums. For young visitors aged between 6 and 18, there are discounts available on the total price of admission. To qualify for the discount, they must provide a valid passport as proof of age.

Students under the age of 25 can also benefit from discounted admission rates. To be eligible for this discount, they must provide a valid student ID and legal documents such as a passport or driving license to prove their eligibility.

FAQ 7Can children participate in Night Tours at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel?

Visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with kids can be a wonderful and educational experience. It is important to note that children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The museums are stroller accessible, making it easy to explore with little ones. Additionally, children under 6 years old are eligible for free admission tickets.

FAQ 8What is the duration of the tour?

Upon arrival, visitors will follow a one-way route through the Vatican Museums which will eventually lead to the Sistine Chapel. The entire tour experience will last for approximately 2 hours, during which time you will have the opportunity to explore the Renaissance artists’ exhibitions, beautiful sculptures, and stunning frescoes on the ceiling, all of which will be accompanied by a brief educational narration provided by the tour guide.

Once the tour concludes, visitors are free to explore the outside archaeological sites, allowing for a more in-depth exploration of the historical and cultural significance of the Vatican. The tour provides a unique opportunity to gain insight into the art and history of the Vatican and is ideal for those looking to expand their knowledge while also enjoying a captivating and engaging experience.

FAQ 9Can photography be done inside the Sistine Chapel?

Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel due to preservation reasons. However, visitors are allowed to take photos outside the Vatican Museums.

FAQ 10Is Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel accessible for people with walking issues?

If you have limited mobility, please contact us to arrange for private access. However, please note that the sites are not wheelchair accessible, so if you require a wheelchair, we regret to inform you that you may not be able to visit this location.

FAQ 11Is it allowed to bring bags during the tour?

Small bags with essential items are allowed during the visit. However, it is not permitted to bring large bags or luggage to the attraction.

FAQ 12Will Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica be open for visitation throughout the year?

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, except on Sundays. However, please take note that St. Peter’s Basilica may not always be available to visit throughout the year. It is closed on Easter, December 24 and 31, and other religious holidays. In such instances, the 3-hour tour will be conducted in other areas of the Vatican Museums.

As a place of worship, St. Peter’s Basilica may also be closed for religious activities without prior notice. In such cases, a visit to the Vatican Library will be arranged instead.

Usually, visitors can walk directly from the Sistine Chapel to the St. Peter’s Basilica through another door. However, this door has been blocked since the Covid19 pandemic began. Consequently, group tours or any other tours were not allowed to enter the basilica from the interior. Visitors had to leave the Vatican and enter St. Peter’s Basilica through a separate entrance. Fortunately, the restriction has been lifted, and guided tours can now continue at the Basilica until further notice.

FAQ 14Is it possible to arrange transportation from my hotel to the meeting point?

Hotel pick-up is available for an additional fee, and it can be selected during the tour booking process. If you choose this option, we will arrange transportation from your hotel to the meeting point.

FAQ 15How can I cancel this tour after making a booking?

If you book this tour 72 hours before the scheduled time, please note that it falls under the ‘All Sales Final’ policy, which means that you will not be able to cancel or receive a refund.

FAQ 16Is it possible to personalize the group size for the Vatican Private Tour?

Certainly! With a private tour, you have the flexibility to customize the group size to your liking. Typically, private tours include a private tour guide and a group of up to 8 people. However, you have the option to adjust the group size within the same party, regardless of the number. If you have more than 8 family members, please contact us prior to the booking process so that we can make arrangements to accommodate your needs. We are committed to providing you with the best possible experience on your tour.

FAQ 17Is a hotel pickup service provided by your company?

Certainly, we do provide the option of a hotel pickup and drop-off service, however, please note that this service is not included in the tour price and is available at an additional cost. When you book your tour, you can select the hotel transportation service and we will arrange it for your group based on availability.

 

FAQ 18How can I experience the best of St. Peter's Basilica?

The optimal approach to exploring St. Peter’s Basilica is by booking a Private Guide Tour, which allows for a small group setting. With a private guide, you can fully appreciate the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica and revisit any areas of interest. Additionally, the basilica boasts some of the most breathtaking views in all of Rome.

FAQ 19Will the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica be accessible for visiting throughout the year?

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are open every day of the week from 9 am to 4 pm, except on Sundays. However, visitors should take note that St. Peter’s Basilica is closed on certain days such as Easter, December 24 and 31, as well as other religious holidays. In such cases, the three-hour tour will be conducted in other areas of the Vatican Museums instead.

It is important to keep in mind that St. Peter’s Basilica is primarily a place of worship, and it may be closed for religious activities without prior notice. In such cases, visitors will be offered a visit to the Vatican Library as a replacement.

Previously, there was a door that allowed visitors to walk directly from the Sistine Chapel to the Basilica, but due to the Covid19 pandemic, that door had been blocked. Consequently, group tours and other tours were not allowed to enter the Basilica from the interior. Instead, visitors had to leave the Vatican and use a separate entrance to access the Basilica. However, the government has lifted this restriction, and entry to the Basilica for guided tours is now open. Guided tours can proceed as usual until further notice.

FAQ 20Is it possible to cancel this tour?

Once the tour is booked, it falls under the “All Sales Final” policy, which means that it cannot be canceled, and no refunds will be issued.

FAQ 21Can I receive a refund if I am late or fail to show up for the tour?

We highly recommend arriving at the tour meeting spot 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Please note that it is the customer’s responsibility to arrive on time. Unfortunately, if you are late or unable to attend, we cannot accommodate you as we will have already departed for the tour with other participants. Additionally, the ticket price for the Vatican tour is non-refundable, and it is not possible to cancel or obtain a refund for the Vatican ticket. Therefore, if you miss the tour, you will not receive a refund for the ticket.

FAQ 22If you need to cancel your tour, whom should you contact?

You can reach us at +39 081 188 16603 OR +39 327 742 0062 if you need to cancel your tour, and our customer service team is available from Monday to Saturday, between 8 am and 4 pm.

We recommend reviewing the other cancellation-related FAQs for this tour, as well as the Cancellation & Refund Policy provided by “Explore Italy Today”, before proceeding with your cancellation.

FAQ 22What are the essential travel items for COVID-19 that a traveler should keep in mind while on the tour?

Explore Italy Today is fully aware of the current circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are responsible for providing you with the most accurate information.

Following the pandemic, it is now necessary to reserve your ticket online to avoid unnecessary gatherings at the ticket office.

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

While on the tour, please observe the following measures:

  1. Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose throughout the entire tour. Wearing a mask is still mandatory in some areas.
  2. Keep a safe distance while on the tour.
  3. When entering the venues, visitors may have their temperature checked. Entry to the location may be denied if the body temperature is 37.5° C or higher.
  4. Due to social distancing protocols, guided tours now only accept a limited number of participants, including guides.

For the most up-to-date travel information during this pandemic, please visit the Covid-19 Travel Notice.

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