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Exclusive Vatican Museums After Hours VIP Experience

The Sistine Chapel In Solace And Silence

Category: Vatican Special
Off the beaten path

Price from: $4999

Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)

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Begin your private-access adventure with pickup from hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center. 
Visit the Vatican Museums with your knowledgeable and passionate guide in Rome. 

Experience a privileged view of one of the most extensive art collections in the world, hosting many world-famous sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. See prominent Renaissance paintings from Raphael, Michelangelo, Perugino and Botticelli. 

View the majestic Laocoon statue within the superior galleries, known as one of the greatest works during the Hellenistic period. Pass through the Octagonal courtyard with your guide. Continue to the ancient Gallery of the Candelabra. You will also be able to explore the Gallery of Tapestries, which was inspired by Raphael and features Trompe L’oeil artistry.

Proceed to the Gallery of Maps, a series of painted topographical maps of Italy, which are frescoes of the 16th century. Witness the beauty of Raphael Rooms without the inconvenience of crowds. You can also unwind and ask questions freely. 

Adore an exclusive lesson on the symbolism of Michelangelo’s world-renowned masterpieces as you become fully immersed in the Sistine Chapel. Independently, appreciate the majesty of the Chapel as you relax, meditate and contemplate - a freedom originally reserved for Renaissance Masters and Clergy. Complete your tour by walking through frescoed halls of the Vatican Library, and exiting through the famous double Spiral Staircase by Giuseppe Moro.

End your journey with drop-off at your hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center.

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  • Approximately 2 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    05:00PM or 06.00PM or 07:00PM
  • Not available on Sundays
    Standard itinerary
    Vatican Museums
    Raphael Rooms
    Sistine Chapel
    Enhance your Experience



    Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.


    Smile and Tour


    Request for a funny and entertaining Tour Guide. Your laughs come at no extra cost.


    Request a Wheelchair


    Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.


    Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary


    Transform your standard Vatican tour to a unique Jewish experience. Unlock the hidden symbols with a new perspective with your professional tour guide. Enrich your tour by visiting the Hebrew Lapidary containing ancient Jewish grave markers with inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The Lapidary was established in 1910 after it was discovered during the excavation of the Jewish catacomb of Monteverde in Rome.


    Religious Perspective


    Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.


    Pinacoteca - Picture Gallery


    Take in the best of the Vatican’s painting collection with works from the 12th to the 19th century including Giotto, Perugino, Raphael, da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Highlights include Raphael’s Transfiguration and Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished St. Jerome.

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      Claudia A

      I wanted to comment that I was able to join my uncle on your 'Exclusive After-Hours VIP' Vatican tour, and it was AMAZING! To see the museums nearly empty, and have the Sistine Chapel ALL TO OURSELVES was absolutely the experience of a lifetime. For very special occasions this is the experience I would recommend to anyone looking to do something truly life-changing. I cannot speak more highly of this tour! A big thank you to Eyes of Rome for setting this up for us!



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      James Aaron

      I am writing this comment to help other travelers who may be interested in experiencing something extra special, and indeed for some, as for us, ‘the experience of a lifetime.’ I booked Eyes of Rome’s ‘After Hours VIP Vatican Visit’ as a surprise for my family because it sounded absolutely amazing, and I could find nothing similar with any other tour company. Being alone with our guide in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel was an experience difficult to put into words- we truly did feel like VIPs, although we do not consider ourselves as such. Our guide Stefania was charming- keeping us interested and excited in what we were experiencing as we walked through the deserted passages of the Vatican Museums. Once inside the Sistine Chapel we really understood what makes this after hours’ visit so special- experiencing the Chapel in silence as was originally intended, and staying as long as we pleased. I highly recommend this tour for those who are able as it left a long-lasting impression on my family and myself. 5 stars for Stefania and Eyes of Rome!



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      Frank Cameron

      What an unforgettable evening. Our guide and private driver met us at our hotel, and dropped us off right in front of the Vatican Museums entrance. They had already officially closed the museums to the public, so we really did feel like VIPs entering the museums after closing. From what I understood, we didn’t take the standard route through the museums, but instead went more or less straight to the Sistine Chapel. Upon entering, my only reaction was ‘Wow’. Our guide explained the works before we entered, so we absolutely knew what we were looking at. To have the Chapel to ourselves was out-of-this-world- an amazing experience! Thank you very much to our guide Serena and the team.



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      Hayley Rojas

      I have to say that the 'VIP After-Hours Vatican' tour I did with my husband was VERY Romantic! I knew this tour would be special, but I didn’t expect the red carpet treatment I received! The pickup at the hotel was great, I’m not great at navigating public transport, and meeting our guide there put us at ease. On our way to the Museums, our guide was able to point out a number of landmarks as the sun started to set. Entering the Vatican after they had closed gave me goosebumps…the guards literally lifted the rope and unlocked and opened doors for us! It was amazing, to have such a place to ourselves, and the grand finale was of course the Sistine Chapel- so quiet you could hear a pin drop! I loved this tour so much. Thank you Eyes of Rome team!



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    Info about your Exclusive Vatican "Out of Hours VIP Experience" Eyes of Rome Tour:

    • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
    • Tour Time: Approximately 2 hours.
    • Tour Start Time: According to availability.
    • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price.
    • Photos: Photos and Video are permitted with the exception of the Sistine Chapel.
    • Dress Code: Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
    • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
    • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
    • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
    • Personal ID: You do NOT need a passport to enter the Vatican.
    • Personal Items: Large bags and large umbrellas are NOT allowed in the museum, retrieving checked items could effect your ability to cover the entire suggested itinerary.