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Vatican at Night

Given that the Vatican is an extremely popular attraction, it is safe to assume that it tends to be crowded all year round. The Vatican Night tour tickets are limited, ensuring that the after-hours visitors have more breathing room. Even though you might not get the time to linger around each work of art for a long time, you would still be able to appreciate the works without having to navigate through the jostling crowds.

Why book a Vatican night tour?

  • You will be able to get after-hours exclusive night admission to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with these tickets, allowing you to dodge the crowds.
  • Enter the Vatican Museums right after it closes to the public and explore the 54 stunning galleries that showcases some of the most important masterpieces at your leisure.
  • During the day, the Vatican Museums are bustling with visitors eager to catch a glimpse of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and Raphael's masterpieces. However, by night, these iconic artworks take on a whole new allure. Illuminated by soft lighting, the intricate details and vibrant colors come to life in a way that's simply mesmerizing.
  • Do note that on all days except Sunday, this tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is available.

Plan Your Vatican at Night Experience

Things to Do
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Things to do in Vatican at Night
  • Tour the Vatican Museums: Explore the museums in a relaxed setting with no crowds. Learn about the history of the Vatican, the Popes, and artists whose works have been showcased here.
  • Happy Hour: Enjoy a lovely glass of wine and a buffet meal inside the Vatican Museums' Pinecone Courtyard.
  • Stroll along St. Peter's Square: Start off at Ponte Sant'Angelo, and make your way to the Square. Don't forget to visit the Egyptian obelisk of Caligula in the center!
  • Bistrot La Pigna: Located inside the courtyard of the Vatican Museum, the bistro offers salads and pastas.
  • The Caffetteria Le Carrozze: The café has an outdoor seating and offers sandwiches and drinks.
  • Tre Pupazzi Restaurant: Located just outside the Vatican, the restaurant offers authentic Roman fare.
  • La Soffitta Renovatio: The family-run restaurant is a 15-minute walk away from Vatican. They serve Roman and Abruzzese cuisines.
  • Timings: On all days except Sunday, this tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is available. The tour starts at around 4:00 PM
  • Duration: This tour lasts for one hour.
  • Meeting point: On the confirmation voucher, the actual meeting location will be listed.
  • Opt for the Vatican at night experience if you want to see the Vatican City as you have never seen before.
  • Reach the venue at least 30 minutes in advance to meet your guide.
  • Adhere to the Vatican City dress code.
  • Carry your identity card.
  • Listen to your expert guide carefully if you want to know more about Vatican City.
  • Do not carry large pieces of luggage as you won't be allowed to take them inside the Sistine Chapel or the other museums.

What to see on a Vatican night tour

Vatican Night Tours

Gallery of the Candelabra

The large marble candelabra that, along with the colored marble columns, divide the exhibition area into six sections gives this gallery its name. The gallery was designed between 1785 and 1788 by Pope Pius VI Braschi, and was entirely rebuilt during the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII Pecci (1878-1903), resulting in the current ornamentation. The paintings were arranged like furniture, following symmetry standards that were suitable with the gallery's architecture.

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Hall of the Maps

Within the Belvedere Courtyard is the Gallery of Maps. It is noteworthy not only for its map collection but also for the beautiful ceiling that dominates the space. Ignazio Danti made the maps in the 16th century. Pope Gregory XIII gave him the task of painting these exhibits for display in the Vatican. The map gallery is more than just a collection of dull maps. They offer an amazing view of the Italian states.

Vatican Night Tours

Gallery of the Tapestries

The Gallery of Tapestries, also known as the Galleria Degli Arazzi, is one of the most important and beautiful rooms in the Vatican museums. The room can be divided into two halves, with tapestries displaying scenes from the life of Christ on the left as you enter and tapestries commemorating the life of Pope Urban VIII on the left. As you approach the Vatican's tapestry room, you will note that the tapestries depicting Pope Urban VIII's life on the right are disregarded in comparison to the tapestries depicting Christ's life on the left.

Frequently asked questions about Vatican night tours

Can I visit the Vatican Museums at night?

Yes, visiting the Vatican Museums at night is a special experience as it allows you to beat the crowds and see the museum's top attractions in a new light. This allows visitors to enjoy a more relaxed viewing.

Can I purchase Vatican night tours on the same day of my visit?

While we certainly try to enable our guests to make last-minute purchases, booking night tours in advance is highly recommended. This reduces chances of tickets being unavailable or sold out.

How much do Vatican night tours cost?

Vatican night tours start at €99. Ticket prices vary according to whether they are early morning or after hours tours.

Why should I book a Vatican night tour?

Purchasing Vatican night tours is not only a great way to beat the rush of the morning and midday, but also allows you to see the exhibits in a different light. It's a unique experience that's sure to be memorable.

What is the validity of a Vatican night tour once purchased?

Your ticket is typically valid for the date you have purchased it.

What is the cancelation policy of a Vatican night tour?

Vatican night tours can be canceled up to 24 hours before the experience for a full refund.

Can I gain entry to the Sistine Chapel with a Vatican night tour?

Yes, entry to the Sistine Chapel is included in a Vatican night tour. Get a chance to see two of the world's most famous pieces of art – Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes and his Giudizio Universale, while beating the crowds!

Do Vatican night tours include access to St Peters Basilica?

No, Vatican night tours don't include access to St Peter's Basilica. However, booking Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tours offers access to this iconic church. Benefit from an expert tour guide.

Are audio guides available with Vatican skip-the-line tickets?

Audio guides are not included Vatican night tours, but they can be rented at the entrance for an additional fee. If you are looking for a guided tour experience, opt for an expert tour guide who will accompany you on your night tour. They will offer insights into the artwork, its history and its significance.

What are the timings of the Vatican night tours?

Vatican night tours typically start around 4 pm and lasts for an hour.

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