Every Friday from 14 April 2023 to 28 October 2023 it will be possible to visit the Vatican Museums from 18:00 to 20:00. In an evening atmosphere you can admire the Pio Clementino Museum, the Candelabra Galleries, the Tapestries Galleries, the Maps Galleries, the Egyptian Museum, the Cortile della Pigna, the Belvedere, the Art Gallery, the Baths of Nero.
Museum sectors that can be visited: Gregorian Egyptian Museum, Pio Clementino Museum, Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Geographical Maps, Raphael’s Rooms, Borgia Apartment, Contemporary Art Collection, Sistine Chapel, Galleries of the Vatican Apostolic Library.
Tickets purchased are NOT refundable
Ticket for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with priority entrance and permanence until the closure of the Museums. Smartphone ticket also accepted. Wheelchair accessible
The various sectors could be subject to temporary or early closures due to unforeseen activities of the Holy See or of the Vatican City state, not attributable to the tour operator.
Minors aged between 6 and 18, upon presentation of an identity document.
Students aged 25 or under (completed) in possession of a document issued by the school or university proving enrollment for the current year.
Children under the age of 6.
Don't miss the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of the Vatican Museums with us. In 1506 Pope Julius II blesses the first stone of the new St. Peter's Basilica, placing a sculpture from the 1st century BC in the Vatican. C. popped out that year on a cold February morning from the soil of a vineyard in Rome: the Laocoon, perhaps the most celebrated statue of antiquity. Pope Julius II had sent his architect Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo to the site. They had no doubts: that was the famous sculptural group that Pliny the Elder had seen and described in the palace of Emperor Titus. A month later the Laocoon was in the Vatican by the will of the Pope: the first of a collection of masterpieces which would later become the Pontifical Museum. Laocoon was the Trojan priest who had guessed the deception of the wooden horse with which the Greeks were about to take over the city. Before he could warn his fellow citizens, two snakes sent by enemy gods killed him and his two sons. As the founder of the new Christian Rome, Pope Julius II judged the discovery of the Laocoon "providential". He placed the statue in the Belvedere courtyard, on the highest level of the Vatican hill and soon joined other ancient masterpieces already in his possession, including the Apollo del Belvedere. On the artists whom Julius II called to work in the Vatican - and also on many artists of the following centuries - those statues had an extraordinary impact. The prophet Jonah who dominates the vault of the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo has his model in the Laocoon. Even the Christ of the Last Judgment painted by Michelangelo himself has the body of Laocoon and the face of Apollo Belvedere.