- 2.5 hours
- Product Type
- Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
- Raphael Rooms
Please note: These dates are by request with the Vatican, and can be difficult to secure. Please provide your alternate availability in the additional details section at checkout. We do our best to work with the Vatican's highly sought-after timeslots that are available before and after their open hours.
This was the high point of our time in Rome. We were able to visit the Sistine Chapel by ourselves. Also the guide showed us part of the Vatican Gardens, which were not part of the tour. It was remarkable and overwhelming. I was in tears. – Mark, a 2018 Context Traveler
Special Notes About this Experience:
- This tour is available by request only. Please share alternate availability when you place your order to maximize the opportunity of securing a date.
- Please note that the availability of certain galleries is subject to change due to unexpected activities or events hosted by Vatican City.
- Not all of the Vatican Museum galleries will be accessible during this after-hours visit, including the Pinacoteca and Egyptian collections. The Belvedere Courtyard is often closed after hours but will be included if possible. St. Peter’s Basilica will not be available.
- We normally spend a significant amount of time (35-40 minutes) inside the Sistine Chapel and divide the rest of our time between the Gallery of Maps, the Tapestry Gallery, and the Raphael Rooms, including other collections as time and security permits.
- Though this is an after-hours visit, there are a small number of other groups that may be in the museums at the same time, which means we may run into other visitors while in the museum. The number of people in the museums after-hours, however, is minuscule compared to daytime crowds.
- This tour meets promptly at 5:45 PM, or 6:45 AM (depending on your booking), so that we may maximize our available time in the galleries together. Meeting point details will be provided once your reservation has been confirmed by our team.
- To assist you in planning your trip to the Vatican, we have created an informative resources page on how to tour the Vatican.
- Visitors with disabilities may be entitled to free entry to the Vatican Museums. Please consult the Vatican Museums website for further information and please contact us to discuss if you qualify. Vatican Museums Accessibility Information.
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