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Vatican Museums under the Stars Tickets


An extraordinary opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums after sunset.

 Every Friday from May to the end of October, the Museums will be open to visitors from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm (last entrance at 9:00 pm).

Visitors will be able to admire important collections, following an itinerary that includes the Pio-Clementine Museum, the Egyptian Museum, the Upper Galleries (Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps), the Raphael's Rooms, the Borgia Apartment, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel. 

Exit from the galleries begins 30 minutes prior to closing time.

N.B.: tickets and reservations are not refundable.

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Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City, Rome

Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Last entrance time 3:00 pm.

Closing: Sundays and religious holidays. Please see the calendar below for 2012.
Entrance can be booked every 30 minutes.

Please note: in case of cancellation, Vatican Museums tickets are non-refundable in any case.

 confirmed entrance time may not be always the same time you have requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out. In case you want to point out some time restrictions (for example, no later than..., or not before than...) please write them in the form blank space. If no restrictions are pointed out, this means you are open to accept any different entrance time in the day you have requested, two hours before or later than the original requested time.

For example: you have requested 11.00 am. No time restrictions are pointed out. This menas you will acceopt any entrance time between 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Italy Travels cannot be held responsible for partial closing museum rooms, itinerary variations inside the museum, cancellations or entrance delays due to unaspectable events, strikes or decisions taken by the museum direction or unspected variations of the Pope deplacement which involve the museum buildings. 


It is possible to purchase a ticket at a reduced price for children aged between 6 and 18 years old (18 years included). It is also possible to purchase a ticket at a reduced price for students under 26 years old on presentation of a valid International Student Card or a student identity document on the day of the visit.

Children under 6 uyears old do not need any reservation nor any entrance ticket.

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Vatican Museums Under the stars

Vatican under the stars: a not to be missed tour!

Have you ever wondered how it would be to visit a museum like the Vatican under the moonlight?
Now it is possible. With the evening entrance, it will be possible to visit the Vatican Museums from half April until October from 7 pm to 9 pm.
It is a very unique experience: admiring he beautiful Vatican Museums and the art treasures that they contain in a romantic atmosphere under the stars. The visit is very fascinating thanks to the artificial lighting set up for the occasion.
Visiting the Vatican Museums under the moonlight represents a unique experience also for the most demanding visitor. Actually the museums on Friday evening are less crowded. The temperature is also cooler than during the day, when the temperature inside the crowded corridors can rise. In occasion of the night special opening, the Vtaican Museums close at 11 pm. Do not forget that you can take a cocktail at sunset atthe lounge bar located in the evocative Cortile del Belvedere.
The museum sections opened during the evening hours are: the Pius-Clementine Museum, the Gallery of Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, the Raphael’s Rooms and of course the beautiful Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican Museums host the most famous works of art ever found in Italy, as the Laocoon and his Sons, found in 1506 on the Esquiline, the Apollo Belvedere and the famous Etruscan bronze known as the Mars of Todi. During the Renaissance some rooms were decorated with frescoes, as the Sistine Chapel, the Rafael’s Rooms and the Borgia Apartment. The buildings hosting the Vatican Museums are the renaissance building that were built for popes as Sixtus IV and Julius II, while the long courtyards and galleries linking the Belvedere palace of Innocent VIII to the other buildings where projected by the architect Bramante for Julius II.

The Vatican museums under the stars: an immense collection under the Moonlight

Summer Friday nights in Rome have a different flavour since the Vatican decided to open its museums during the evening. By purchasing a no-line ticket you can visit the Vatican Museums during this part of the day. It is also possible to book a guided tour or a ticket with the audio-guide.
The audio-guides are a precious tool for the visitor. They can make their visit much more pleasant by directing them to the most important works and providing complete explanations on the works and on the entire museum complex.

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