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from US$ 80.52 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • See the Vatican museums – after hours – without queues or crowds
  • Admire High Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael
  • Marvel at the sheer scale of the Sistine chapel
  • Small intimate group
  • Headsets to hear your guide better
  • Overview

    Available only on Fridays, this privileged small-group tour gives you after-hours admission to the magic of the Vatican. Without the daytime throngs and with an expert English-speaking guide to explain the works, you'll get the very best from your Vatican visit, understanding more about all that you see.

    Available with an advance booking, experience the sensational aura of the seat of papal administration in a more intimate setting. The tour gives you a chance to admire the upper galleries of the Vatican Museums including the Gallery of the Tapestries and Candelabra, as well as the Hall of the Maps, the Octagonal Court, and Raphael’s Rooms. Feast your eyes on some of the finest pieces of Renaissance art in existence – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and his ‘Last Judgment’, as well as Raphael’s glorious frescoes.

    The Vatican houses one of the best collections of art in the world, ranging from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to late Renaissance. From the exquisite classical statues like the famous Laocoon to the gorgeous Flemish tapestries, the tour is a visual treat like no other. Making it a synesthetic experience will be our expert guide’s enchanting commentary, sharing intriguing anecdotes about the Vatican’s notorious history - to the murky world of politics surrounding the most important Catholic site of pilgrimage to inimitable heritage of the Roman civilisation. Trust us when we say this is an experience you would not want to miss for anything in the world!

    Hurry and book now - space is limited on this exclusive tour that treats you to one of the most iconic destinations in the world!

    *St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or an alternative. We endeavour to inform guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, however, this is not always possible. In such cases, we are unable to provide any refund or discount.


  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    26 Apr 19 - 25 Oct 19 : Friday


    2 hours 30 minutes

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani).
    So there's no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early.

    Ending Point

    Vatican Museum

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English-speaking guide
    • Walking tour
    • The Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
    • Head-sets
    • After-hours entrance into the Museums, after public closing time


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and beverages
    • Gratuities
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 48 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    Please remember that entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees need to be covered and no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts on either men or women are allowed. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. isango! or its local partner, unfortunately, will not be able to help in such a scenario.

    Photography is not allowed inside the Vatican museums.

    This tour is, unfortunately, not suitable for customers with wheelchairs, walking disabilities, strollers or baby carriages.

    Please understand that the Vatican is a high surveillance area and extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. This is why you may experience slight delays at the entrance due to the presence of mandatory security checks.

    The Vatican unfortunately does not allow visitors to enter with large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks so we would suggest that you carry small bags to avoid getting stuck at security check-ins. In case you do need to carry any of the above mentioned items, you can have them checked into the free luggage storage area.

    The Museums may sometimes be closed due to unforeseen circumstances, as a result of which our itinerary may change. For example, Raphael’s rooms could be replaced with Pio-Clementino Museum and so on.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Great tour!

      Very well organised, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining and engaging. There are still many tours in the museums at the time this tour starts, but definitely...

      Ines Mueller, Australia, 23/Jul/2013
    • Interesting tour. Avoided the daytime crowds. Good and knowledgeable to dictionary tour guide that spoke and understood English well.

      Robert Nastulski, United States, 25/May/2017