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The Best Vatican Night Tour 2024

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About the Vatican Night Tour

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel at night! With this guided tour, you will have the opportunity to skip the lines and avoid the usual daytime crowds. Reserve your spot now to discover the world’s most famous art collections in peace and learn all about the lives of renowned artists such as Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo.

AVOID LONG WAITING TIMES WITH PRIORITY ENTRY

It’s not unusual to wait over an hour to enter the Vatican Museums. In peak season, it might even take over 3 hours! But with this Vatican Night Tour, you’ll enter the museum right away and avoid the long lines.

VISIT THE VATICAN MUSEUMS WITHOUT THE CROWDS

The Vatican Museums can host up to 25,000 guests in a single day! However, most of these visitors come while the sun is out. At night, there’s hardly anyone - meaning you can walk around the museum without jostling with others.

EXPLORE EXQUISITE ARTWORKS IN PEACE

The Vatican Museum is famous for its art. You’ll find paintings, statues, mosaics, tapestries, sarcophagi, and much more inside. And since you’ll be visiting the museum at night, you can truly enjoy the art in peace and quiet.

WALK AROUND ST. PETER’S SQUARE AT NIGHT

After the tour, enjoy a walk around St. Peter’s Square, beautifully illuminated at night. Located right in front of the Vatican Museums, this large plaza comes alive at night with lights shining from every direction. You don’t want to miss this magical sight!

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It felt like we were the only people inside the Vatican Museums

Since we were visiting the Vatican by night, there was practically no one there except our group. We saw all the works of art in peace - and we were there in June! I don’t want to imagine what the crowds are like during the day, and I would definitely only ever take a night tour of the Vatican. Highly recommend you do the same!

Tina

Easily the best tour I’ve been to!

The Vatican Museums has so much to offer in every aspect - whatever art you enjoy, you’ll find exquisite examples in this museum. Our guide, Fabio, was excellent! He answered all the questions we asked during the tour and told us some interesting facts about Michelangelo's life. I didn’t know that he painted himself inside the Sistine Chapel! Overall, the tour was amazing, and most importantly, without the crowds!

Sam

DESCRIPTION

The Vatican Night Tour

Start your Vatican Night Tour by meeting your tour guide at the Gaudium Travel office next to the Vatican. Since you’ll be meeting at night, there won’t be any crowds. Enter the Vatican Museums right away with your skip-the-line tickets, and dive into Ancient Rome!

ANCIENT ARTWORKS INSIDE THE VATICAN MUSEUM

Your guide will take you through the museum and its gorgeous artwork. Start your tour with the Octagonal and Pinecone courtyards: two open spaces with stunning sculptures. Next, you’ll explore the inside of the Vatican Museums. Since you’ll be there at night, when there are virtually no other visitors, you can view the beautiful artwork up close. You’ll see sculptures of the nine muses in the Hall of Muses. Afterward, you’ll head to the Round Room and see more statues of famous figures, e.g., the hero Hercules. Your guide will lead you through countless galleries, but the Greek Cross Rome room deserves special mention. Its floor mosaic shows a shield with a detailed image of Athena, the goddess of war. You’ll also see the Raphael Rooms and Raphael’s gorgeous fresco sequence. These artworks are considered the height of Renaissance art.

SISTINE CHAPEL & MICHELANGELO’S ARTWORKS

Continue to the Sistine Chapel and admire its famed ceiling - a highly detailed fresco masterpiece by Michelangelo. The ceiling displays many episodes from Catholic tradition, like "The Creation of Adam". Your tour guide will explain all the different scenes and even reveal some of the painting’s hidden messages. For example, the character Aminidab (who is thought to be Christ’s ancestor) had a yellow circle on his sleeve. This icon, marking him as a Jew, challenged prevailing norms and could be seen as heretical. Michelangelo most likely included it to condemn the Church’s treatment of Jews.

WALK ACROSS ST. PETER'S SQUARE & NIGHT ATMOSPHERE

After your Vatican Night tour ends, take a short walk across St. Peter's Square. Admire the tranquil atmosphere of the Vatican at night and cherish the invaluable memories of the beautiful artwork. Why not also enjoy a relaxing drink? Les Etoiles Terrace at the Atlante Garden Hotel is a great choice. It’s a rooftop bar offering a breathtaking view of the Vatican at night.

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FREE CANCELLATION UP TO 24H IN ADVANCE!

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Receive a complete refund if you cancel your booking 24 hours before the tour starts!

Vatican Night Tour

Did you know that the Vatican Museums were once only accessible to the pope?

The Vatican Museums were founded by Pope Julius II in 1506. They were originally accessible to the current pope and his guests, but that changed in 1771 when Pope Clement XIV opened the Vatican Museums and its gorgeous artwork to the public.

Today, the Vatican Museums has an average of 6 million visitors per year - making it one of the most popular museum complexes in the world.

Good to know before you go

  • All customers must bring a form of photo ID (either an identity card or a passport)
  • The Vatican Museums have a dress code: no shorts, skirts above the knees, or short-sleeve shirts are allowed.
  • Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water; that way you’ll fully enjoy the Vatican Night Tour.
  • You can book this tour either as a private group or join our standard 12-participant small group tour.
  • Your Vatican Museums entry ticket is also valid for the Sistine Chapel.
  • It’s a good idea to book this Vatican Museums tour in advance - they’re selling out fast!
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Meeting Point

Meet your tour guide at the Gaudium Travel office, located at the address, Via Germanico 67.

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MORE ART, LESS CROWDS - EXPERIENCE VATICAN MUSEUMS AT NIGHT!

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FAQ - Vatican Night Tour

What is the difference between the Vatican night tour and the Vatican day tour?

During the day, there’s huge crowds of visitors at the Vatican. However, night is a different story - the museum will be practically empty except for your tour group. This means you can truly take in the beautiful artwork in peace and quiet.

Can I cancel the Vatican Night Tour if my plans change?

Yes! We offer free cancellation and are very flexible. As long as you cancel up to 24 hours in advance, you’ll receive a full refund.

Can I purchase Vatican Night Tours on the same day of my visit?

It’s best to book your Vatican Night Tour ahead of time, as tickets can run out very quickly. There’s no guarantee you’ll get an entry ticket on the same day.

Do I gain entry to the Sistine Chapel with this Vatican Night Tour?

Yes! Your ticket includes both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

What else should I see while visiting the Vatican?

Besides going on the Vatican Night Tour, we highly recommend going on a Vatican Scavi tour to explore the tomb of Catholic popes and the final resting place of Saint Peter. Also, don't miss an opportunity to go on a Vatican Gardens tour and discover the famous Italian, English, and French gardens, which are not accessible without a guided tour.

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