Vatican at Night Tour with Secret Room | Semi-Private Experience
LivTours’ Vatican at Night Tour with Secret Room is the perfect way to spend an evening touring a treasure trove of art. Touring in the evening is an ideal way to avoid the heat and crowds of the daytime. This is certainly a must-see for first-time visitors to the Eternal City.
- Enter the Vatican at night with few crowds, an evening glow & an expert guide
- See some of the most famous artworks in the world by Michelangelo, Raphael & more
- Listen to the stories of papal power & experience 2000 years of art under their rule
- Enjoy exclusive access to a Vatican Secret Room, not open to the general public
- Discover the luxury of LivTours exclusive priority access and avoid waiting in line
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)
Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English
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Your Vatican at Night Tour with Secret Room starts when you meet your guide and your fellow travelers close to the Vatican. After an introduction, you will enjoy LivTours’ priority entrance and head straight inside.
Greek & Roman Art
First explore Greek and Roman sculptures, like the Belvedere Torso, while your guide fills your head with the history and anecdotes of important characters from antiquity. Next, it is off to see the Gallery of Maps, one of the most amazing rooms, decorated in extraordinary detail.
Imagine having the chance to see the well-preserved mosaics from the Hadrian’s villa in person! Inside The Cabinet of Masks you’ll see these amazing mosaics and more, like the stunning sculpture of The Three Graces. Your tour continues through The Hall of Animals, the Gallery of the Statues, and the Hall of Busts.
The Sistine Chapel at Night
In the Raphael Rooms, you will discover what inspired the artist to paint his masterpieces, The School of Athens, for Pope Julius II’s. Hear anecdotes about how Michelangelo nearly went mad painting the Sistine Chapel – hardly surprising considering he painting every inch of the 8,000 square foot space! Visiting the Sistine Chapel in the soft evening light is truly an enchanting experience which you will cherish.
- Museums Skip-the-line tickets
- Pinecone Courtyard
- Octagonal Courtyard
- Room of the Animals (exclusive access)
- Hall of Busts (exclusive access)
- Cabinet of the Masks (Secret Room)
- Muses Room
- Round Room
- Gallery of Tapestries
- Gallery of Maps
- Raphael Rooms
- Borgia Apartments
- Sistine Chapel
- Michelangelo's ceiling
- Fully guided experience
The Vatican Night semi-private group Tour is seasonal. It is offered every Friday at 8 pm from May-October (excluding August). Tickets are very limited.
Places of worship have strict dress codes. All visitors must cover their shoulders and knees (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter. Backpacks are not permitted in the museum.
You can’t take photos inside the Sistine Chapel.
Sistine Chapel Rules
Please be aware that the Sistine Chapel is a Holy Place and we cannot talk inside. Your guide will give you an explanation of the Sistine Chapel using visual supports before you enter.
This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs. In order to ensure a barrier-free tour with alternative routes, please book the private version of this tour.
LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of the innovation, changes, and challenges that we meet during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, you must wear a mask for the entire duration of the tour. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue cannot guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
An evening at the Vatican
"We booked a small tour (6 people) to see the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. The night tour fit best into our schedule but also allowed us to see the museum and chapel with fewer crowds and in a more intimate fashion. Raffaela was our guide and was very charismatic and knowledgeable. We had a great time and really enjoyed learning about the artists' backgrounds and insights into the artworks. It was especially enjoyable with the small group because we were able to go at a good pace, stop for pics, hear everything Raffaela said and ask questions."
Nina O. - Canada
Vatican at night with Massimo
"Our truly small group Vatican night tour was just perfect with 6 guests. Our guide, Massimo, was fantastic! His experience and knowledge surpassed anything we were expecting and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. He knew the right pace to set, just how much time we should allow at each stop, and left plenty of time and attention for everyone's questions. Seeing the Vatican and Sistine Chapel at night is very suggestive. If you book this tour, you won't be disappointed. If you can ask for Massimo, do it! "
Dina Z. - Italy
The Vatican at night
"Annalisa was our tour guide for this wonderful small group, night tour of the Sistine chapel and the Vatican Museums. Annalisa was very engaging and sensitive to our interests. Her knowledge was outstanding, and she frequently connected the art with pertinent history of the time period. During the tour she asked about our interests and advised us on other sites in Rome that were “must sees”. Our experience was wonderful, the location and meeting time were easy to locate and, being at night, there weren't the normal crowds. I would absolutely recommend Livitaly to friends and family members. We loved all aspects of the tour."
Carol L. - USA
By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.