This Fall, See the Sistine Chapel at Night

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Sad that Rome's many summer events are coming to an end? Don't fear — autumn brings a new roster of events. And from September 3 to October 29, the Vatican museums will be open at night.

If the September heat and crowds are getting you down, just book at the Vatican's online ticket office, print your voucher, and go. Since few people have caught on, the museums are usually almost completely empty. It's a much calmer, and cooler, way to take all the art in.

The details: The museums will be open each Friday from 7pm to 11pm (last entrance 9:30). Yes, fewer galleries will be accessible, but you'll be able to see all the greatest hits — including the Raphael rooms, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, and, of course, the Sistine Chapel. As for reserved tickets during the day, the cost is €15 (€ 8 reduced, including students and under-18s: college students, bring an ID), plus a €4 reservation fee.

And if you're planning a spring trip to Rome, don't worry. The Vatican Museums at Night should return in April through July, as it did last year. Stay tuned.

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  1. I just went a couple weeks ago on a Friday evening! If you have a chance, purchase a reserve ticket…it’s very special. The entire museum is darker which puts even more emphasis on the “greatest hits.” The Sistine Chapel was remarkable. Lit by theatrical spots outside the high windows–a magical experience.

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