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Why Choose It?
- Invigorate your morning with a happy hour-style aperitivo in the Vatican.
- Admire Michelangelo’s magnum opus, the Sistine Chapel, without any crowds.
- Venture deeper into the Vatican, viewing the off-limits Cabinet of Masks.
Offering cocktails in the courtyard, majestic moonlight bathing Apollo Belvedere, and a divine dinner surrounded by stoic statues, our Vatican Night Tour promises an unforgettable evening in the Vatican Museums. Embrace summer with open arms as the warm winds and moonlight douse this historic city with enchantment and allure. The Vatican opens its doors on Friday evenings during this season for visitors to view the masterpieces down its hallowed halls. On our Vatican Night Tour, the moonlight drenches each piece with a cool, otherworldly glow for a sight that is seldomly seen.
Wander through the Vatican Museum highlights
See the remarkable Laocoon and his Sons in the flesh, a statue pouring with pathos, showing a father struggling in vain to save his sons. Make your way through the illustrious Hall of Tapestries, admiring the craftsmanship that has gone into each piece. Lose yourself among the seemingly-boundless Gallery of Maps, learning how people of previous centuries understood their world.
Visit the sublimely frescoed Raphael Rooms
The Vatican Raphael Rooms boast frescoes unparalleled elsewhere in the Vatican, with the exception of the Sistine Chapel. In fact, Raphael and Michelangelo worked on both around the same time, competing with each other to leave the most lasting artistic legacy. Listen to your private guide recount the fascinating stories of frescoes like the School of Athens, then wander the rooms and passages leading to the Sistine Chapel.
Bathe in the immeasurable beauty of the Sistine Chapel
Bask in the glory of Michelangelo’s ultimate work in the peace of the night with few surrounding crowds. This opportunity to behold the Sistine Chapel alone and without the crowds is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you’re more of an early bird, you can also see it on our VIP earliest access tour. If you’re more of an owl and like to take tours with like-minded people, our small group Vatican Tour by Night might be the one for you.
Prosecco and canapès in the courtyard precede a stunning happy hour-style aperitivo. To conclude our Vatican Night Tour, cool off with a sparkling glass of one of Italy’s favorite drinks and nibble on savory bites of local cheeses and cured meats. Surrounded by the timeworn statues of ancient Rome and the shapely gardens in the Pinecone Courtyard, your culinary experience within the walls of the Vatican Museums will be an unforgettable memory.
- Itinerary:Vatican Museums highlightsSistine ChapelPinecone Courtyard aperitive
- Included:Skip-the-line tickets and reservationsPrivate licensed guidePinecone Courtyard happy hour
- Wheelchair accessible:Yes. (Itinerary may differ).
- Meeting Point:Vatican Museums entrance (under the statue of Michelangelo and Raphael)
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Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
Wonderful Wine Tour My husband and I did the secret wine bar tour with Sara. She was an absolute delight—so easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable. She took us places we would... read moreMy husband and I did the secret wine bar tour with Sara. She was an absolute delight—so easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable. She took us places we would have never chosen on our own and they were all amazing!
My only warning is that you will be full by the end of this tour—which is a great thing! We weren’t sure how much food would be provided, so we made late dinner reservations that we ended up canceling because we had plenty to eat on the tour!!
I highly recommend this experience, and highly recommend requesting Sara as your guide! read less - 4/01/2022
A great evening with Marcos. I always wanted to know how to make the perfect pizza and gelato. Here, Marco the expert will show you how. It was a great participation event with lots... read moreI always wanted to know how to make the perfect pizza and gelato. Here, Marco the expert will show you how. It was a great participation event with lots of laughs, and we all got to sit down together afterwards to eat our creations. This is a great event for adults and children alike. Narco and his team are a credit to the company. read less - 12/05/2021
Exceeding Expectations in Unexpected Location This is an essential tour. After many trips to Rome this is an excursion we were excited to take. Our expectations were exceeded. Sara was great and made the tour... read moreThis is an essential tour. After many trips to Rome this is an excursion we were excited to take. Our expectations were exceeded. Sara was great and made the tour special. She has a great personality and is engaging. The chef, assistant, and team at Castel Gandolfo were all terrific to work with.
If there is one thing to do when visiting Rome after the major sites and time around the city, take this trip. read less - 12/03/2021
Geeking out at The Vatican Rosi was our guide for the experience and she was A+. Not just knowledgeable but also passionate and a great story teller. She was patient w questions and made the... read moreRosi was our guide for the experience and she was A+. Not just knowledgeable but also passionate and a great story teller. She was patient w questions and made the overall experience incredibly fun. read less - 11/30/2021
The 2 villas of Tivoli We did the Private tour of Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. The driver picked us up from the hotel in Rome and drove to the Villa Adriana, where... read moreWe did the Private tour of Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. The driver picked us up from the hotel in Rome and drove to the Villa Adriana, where our guide, Barbara, met us. Thoroughly versed in ancient history and art history, she was a lively and fascinating guide. Never exhausting or boring, always good company, Barbara clearly loves what she does, sharing her knowledge of Rome and environs and deepening the appreciation of discerning travelers who want to learn about what they see. She was a good sport, because it was a windy rainy day, not ideal for a long day outdoors! I would definitely hire her again. read less - 11/04/2021
Gracious, Knowledgeable, Experienced Walk Inside Rome has the best, most informed guides and they never disappoint!
From the first inquiry through the tour they are also the most gracious and accommodating. Our most... read moreWalk Inside Rome has the best, most informed guides and they never disappoint!
From the first inquiry through the tour they are also the most gracious and accommodating. Our most recent guide at the Vatican was TEO, knowledgeable, friendly, and someone who clearly loves the city of Rome. The owner of WIR, Marilena is hands on, and considers you a friend after the first tour! read less - 11/02/2021
Great Guide and Tour Very impressed and happy - From booking to the tour, everything was very smooth. I had some questions about the tour before booking - sent an email with responses prompt... read moreVery impressed and happy - From booking to the tour, everything was very smooth. I had some questions about the tour before booking - sent an email with responses prompt and the relevant information. We did the early morning Vatican Tour with Walks Inside Rome with our guide Barbara, who was amazing. Spending the extra money was worth the experience of WIR, in depth knowledge of the guide, early access to the Vatican and the path/route to see the highlights and relevant areas of the Vatican. Would highly recommend for anyone to book this tour, and would consider them for other tours next time in Rome! Thanks to the team at WIR and special shout out to Barbara who was so very considerate (my Mom was 89 years old and visiting the Vatican for the first time, making sure my Mom was at the front and able to see everything even though she was a tiny bit slower than everyone else! Grazie Mille! read less - 10/12/2021
Making Pizza & Gelato in Roma This was a fun, educational experience. I enjoy cooking, baking, etc so learning to make authentic Roman style pizza and a simple recipe for gelato is a skill I... read moreThis was a fun, educational experience. I enjoy cooking, baking, etc so learning to make authentic Roman style pizza and a simple recipe for gelato is a skill I can take home! Our chef/instructor, Marco, was enthusiastic and his experience shown through as he explained what and why following the recipes was important. The kitchen space was well equipped and the dining space magical. Next time we’re in Rome (yes we tossed coins in the Trevi Fountain) we will take another course from his organization. read less - 9/27/2021