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Vatican Museums at Night Behind the Scenes
When sightseeing in the Eternal City, it’s not unusual to find yourself wishing the day wouldn’t end, and luckily – it doesn’t have to! Seize this unique chance to see the Vatican's world-famous art and architecture in the special ambiance that few visitors ever get to experience. Our Vatican After Hours Tour gives you the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive evening opening hours, so you'll avoid the massive day-time crowds, making this starlit adventure inside its enchanting halls one of the most appealing ways to experience the masterpieces.
The Vatican will have already closed its general admisision entrance a full three hours by the time you meet for your tour, and any stragglers are shown out more than an hour before. All this ensures that seeing globally acclaimed artwork like Raphael's School of Athens, as wel as the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's iconic Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment will be be undisturbed. So, go beyond checking the Vatican off your 'travel to' list, and see the colorful mosaics shimmer, sculptures in realistic shadow, and romantic moonlit courtyards glow, while your guide provides a detailed narrative of these historic walls. From the Gallery of Maps to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Laocoön to the Belvedere Apollo we'll ensure your night tour of the Vatican is nothing less than spectacular.
The Sistine Chapel at Its Best Under the Stars
The brightest star on this evening tour is without doubt the Sistine Chapel, and entering it at a time that was once reserved for popes or the papel conclave is as inspiring as it gets. You will also see the brilliantly frescoed walls and ceiling under perfect viewing conditions with lighting that is designed to highlight every vibrant detail. Learn about all of Michelangelo's trials and tribulations in creating one of humanity's greatest creative achievements, as you gaze into the bibilcal and revelationary scenes. You will also be delighted to know that under the layers of paint lies the original star-studded ceiling, proof that the Pontiff's private chapel was often used at night.
Our guides will offer you a fascinating glimpse into the rivalry and drama that unfolded between the creators of the Vatican’s most esteemed jewels. But aside from learning about the artists’ lives, you’ll also get insightful explanations on the processes behind the works themselves. We’ll witness and examine some of the most forward-thinking art techniques of the times, such as the speed at which frescos had to be painted, the innovative use of shadows in “chiaroscuro”, and the hidden messages and personalities that abound where you least expect it.
What You'll See Along the Way
The Pinecone Courtyard is somewhat of an outdoor gallery, filled with curious works of art. Apart from the over-sized bronze pinecone statue that gave this patio its name, the most famous piece found here is the cutting-edge chef-d'oeuvre at its center, a generous gift to Pope John Paul II from the artist himself, Arnaldo Pomodoro, in 1990. If you think the spherical work of art looks somewhat familiar; it could be because you have seen it before. In fact, different sized versions of Arnoldo’s futuristic-looking metal ball exist in numerous cities all over the world.
Vatican After Hours Tour
What our customers say...
Carlota was fabulous! We arrived about 10 minutes before the start of the tour and were informed that we were the only two signed up for the tour! It was a wonderful surprise. She took the time to talk to us a bit about our interests and curated the tour just for us! It was a great experience. Carlota was very knowledgeable.
Our Vatican Evening tour with Tony was absolutely fantastic, she ensured we saw all the most important sections of the Vatican museum & her knowledge is amazing. She really did give everything a meaning for being there, brought it to life & made it a very special evening.
A dress code is enforced at some sites on this tour, namely the Sistine Chapel. Please make sure that both your shoulders and knees are covered.
Due to venue restrictions at the Vatican Museums we are only able to accept persons requiring wheelchairs on our private Vatican tours.