Finally, the Vatican Museums by night, with a spectacular guided tour that will let you admire the magnificent Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo Buonarroti’s absolute masterpiece.
The tour includes:
- Cocktail at the Sanpietrino Caffè, in Via della Conciliazione, overlooking the stunning St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be briefly explained to you.
- Entrance to the Vatican Museums.
- Guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Starting at 6.30 p.m. – and only on Fridays and Saturdays – you will have one of our guides – all highly skilled and accredited by the City of Vatican State – at your complete disposal to answer every question of yours.
The route of this guided tour has been planned to grant you a truly unique experience.
The very chance to admire the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel at night: about two and a half hours of pure wonder, among unique works of art, obviously without wasting time in long queues, and accompanied by an expert tour guide trained in art history.
- Free: 0 to 5 years old;
- Reduced: 6 to 18 years old;
- Students (reduced): 18 to 25 years old; available only upon presentation of a valid student card, to be shown at the time of entry and/or check-in.
Vatican Museums by night: what awaits you.
Thanks to this guided tour – designed for a group of maximum 25 people – you will be able to admire some of the most world famous art masterpieces: a real “journey” to pleasantly get lost in space and time, in history and culture, but, above all, a “journey” that begins pleasurably, with an excellent cocktail at the Sanpietrino Caffè, in Via della Conciliazione, overlooking the stunning perfection of St Peter’s Basilica at night.
At the end of the aperitif – and around 18:30 pm – your guide will show you your way through the priceless artistic treasures enshrined in the very heart of the Vatican Museums complex. In a pleasantly relaxed and informal atmosphere, your guide will entertain you, revealing you many stories and curiosities.
A historical, artistic and cultural experience able to enrapture your every sense, since everything you will admire has contributed to shape the priceless unicity of the many different museums and galleries that make up the Vatican Museums complex, including:
- The Hall of the Muses
- The Pio-Clementino Museum
- The Gallery of Maps
- The magnificent Courtyard of the Pinecone in the very heart of Vatican City.
- The night tour of the Vatican Museums will reach its peak with the visit to the marvelous Sistine Chapel. We would like to remind all visitors that it is not allowed to speak aloud inside the Sistine Chapel, so your guide will deliver all the explanations outside, using the special panels provided by the Museums themselves. Once inside, you can lose yourself in the contemplation of what represents the highest point of Italian Renaissance painting, from the precious wall frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli and Piero di Cosimo, to the extraordinary cycle of Michelangelo’s vault and Last Judgement.
Vatican Museums evening tour, we remind you that:
- The visit will start at 18.30 p.m. and will last about two and a half hours.
- You must bring your Green Pass with you
- Only visitors wearing FFp2 masks will be allowed inside the Museums.
Vatican Museums evening tour: here are some curiosities
- The Vatican Museums were founded by Pope Julius II in 1506 from a single statue, the marble group of Laocoon, hosted in the Pio-Clementine Museum.
- The Gallery of Maps, 120 metres long, ideally reproduces the line of the Apennines: on the left, there are the regions facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, and on the right, those facing the Adriatic.
- In the Stanza della Segnatura, the philosophers crowding the School of Athens painted by Raphael, bear the features of Sanzio’s fellow artists: Bramante is Euclid, Plato has the lineaments of Leonardo, Heraclitus displays the face of Michelangelo, whose shady character was well known. In the foreground, there are the famous boots, from which Buonarroti never parted.
- A self-portrait of Michelangelo can be found in the Sistine Chapel, more precisely in the Last Judgement: Buonarroti has reproduced his features in the skin that St Bartholomew holds in his hands.
- All conclaves which precede papal elections, are still held in the Sistine Chapel even nowadays.