As in years past, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are again opening their doors for Friday night visits through the summer.
From May – October the Vatican Museums are open Fridays from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
The cost is the same as daytime visits, €16 for the ticket, plus €4 for the reservation.
The crowds are much smaller and most evenings feature concerts in various rooms and courtyards.
As always, only book on the official Vatican Museums website. You can book just the entrance or join a guided tour. I prefer to visit at night without a guide as you can just hang back and be in some of the rooms absolutely alone. It’s a beautiful thing.
I made some videos of my first nighttime visit back in 2010.
If you want an aperitivi before your visit, you should stop by nearby Feliziani.