Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Under the Stars

An in-depth evening inside the Vatican Museums Galleries and Sistine Chapel during the Charming Night Opening

Focus

  • Art
  • Religion

What makes this tour Special

Spend Friday night at the museum, far from the general public and lost in the evocative atmosphere of the Roman night

Enjoy a Renaissance focused tour of the Museums with a stunningly enlightened Sistine Chapel as your grand finale

Avoid the crowds of the day and treat yourself with an evocative grand soirée

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

3 hours

START TIME

18:30

PICK UP

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour

NOT AVAILABLE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Blue badge certified private tour guide
  • Skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
  • One Way transfer from your hotel to the tour site
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Drop Off back to your hotel after the tour (available upon request)

Sites you’ll visit

  • Vatican Museums
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Famous throughout the world, the multiple galleries and rooms can take days to visit although only just over a third of the art that Popes throughout the centuries have collected is on show to the public. The museums house an immense collection that includes some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world along with some of the most precious Ancient Rome and Egyptian statues.
  • You will be fascinated by the Raphael Rooms, not only by their beauty as soon as your eyes feast upon the previous private pope apartments but also for the hidden political messages entwined through the fantastic frescos he left. Raphael was called to work in the Vatican when he was just 25 years old, by the Pope Julius II and from that day he was a great rival of Michelangelo, who are both considered masters of the Renaissance Age.
  • The Borgia Apartments are named after the private chambers of Borgia Pope Alexander VI, the Spanish Pontifex played by Jeremy Irons in the Borgias TV series! They were frescoed by early Renaissance master Pinturicchio and features, among the many excellent painted details of cloths, jewels and human feelings, an impressive but secret hint (it is said) of the almost contemporary discovery of the New World by Columbus.
  • Definitely the most known work of art of all time, the frescoes by Michelangelo are considered the finest work of art ever created by Man. The iconic narration of the vault dedicaded to the Holy Creation and the Bible is a pendant of the huge wall scene (60 feet tall) just behind the altar: the “Last Judgment” with its 391 figures. The side walls welcomed Michelangelo’s creation with pre-existing stories of the Life of Jesus and Moses by Botticelli and the Renaissance masters. Despite the religious dedication, the meaning of the Sistine Chapel trascends the time and space of the Church and reveals its universal meaning for mankind.

Tour description

Meet your private guide to visit one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Touring around the Vatican Museums, your private guide will help focus your attention on the most important masterpieces, explaining everything you wish to know. Spend Friday night at the museum, far from the general public and lost in the evocative atmosphere of the Roman night. 

Among the many treasures you will find within are the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, adorned with detailed Italian maps.

Walk through the Raphael Rooms, the four papal rooms famous for their frescoes painted by Raphael, one of the most important collections from the High Renaissance in Rome. Discover the Borgia Apartments, a suite of rooms in the Apostolic Palace adapted for personal use by Pope Alexander VI, adorned with wonderful paintings and frescoes.

End this incredible tour inside the Sistine Chapel, where you will see Michelangelo's famous frescoes The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, before heading to the Vatican Library.


Useful information

  • This tour is available on Friday only
  • Even with your ‘Skip the Line’ ticket you are NOT exempt from the line (queue) for the Security Check. As you enter in the Museums all visitors and their bags have to be screened under metal detectors and to be checked by the Vatican guards.
  • It is not possible to bring large bags or backpacks, as well as bulky bags, big umbrellas and selfie-sticks. All weapons, hazardous or flammable objects are strictly forbidden.
  • Food and beverages are permitted but must be checked.
  • Appropriate clothing is recommended, especially in high season when visiting some important holy sites, such as the Sistine Chapel. Shoulders and knees have to be covered.

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