Rome by night: Your 5-hour midnight city stroll

Mar 18, 2019 | 3 mins read

If I have to be honest, Rome at night is truly a fascinating place to be. The lights are all lit and the streets are livelier than ever. I can guarantee you that you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this city in this part of the day…

The Vatican City

The Vatican is known as the smallest country in the world, but it is grandiose. In fact, its museums hold one the finest collections of art and antiquities found nowhere else. Some of its most famous sights are: the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Library holding over 100,000 medieval manuscripts and books, Michelangelo’s Pieta, The Throne of St Peter and Raphael’s Rooms, that consist of 4 rooms with frescoes.

During the warmer months, from April till Octoberyou can visit the Vatican museums on every Friday night. Don’t miss this truly magical experience in Rome! 

Castel Sant'Angelo

Right after visiting the Vatican you can just cross the street and follow the crowds going to Castel Sant’Angelo . Formerly, a mausoleum for Hadrian and his family, it was later used by the popes as a fortress, prison and later a castle. Nowadays, Castel Sant’Angelo is a museum holding lots of historical monuments. Some of them are Hadrian’s tomb, a secret corridor connected with the Vatican and rooms decorated fully with beautiful frescoes.

In the summer months, from June till September, the museum can be visited till 10:00 pm. Also, bear in mind that it is closed on Mondays, so your visit should be any other day!

Piazza Navona

Once a city market, Piazza Navona is now one of the most spectacular squares in Rome. With its Baroque Roman architecture it is attracting many tourists to its beautiful fountains at night.

The biggest fountain of the square is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or the Fountain of four rivers. It was designed in the 16th century by Bernini for Pope Innocent X, whose family palace faces the famous square.

 In addition to the main fountain, you can also check the Moor Fountain and the Fountain of Neptune. The Moor Fountain is designed by Porta and represents a Moor fighting with a dolphin surrounded by four Tritons. It is also placed in a basin of rose-colored marble. The Fountain of Neptune was also designed by Porta and represents the fight of Neptune with an octopus.

Night working hours and pricing in Rome

The Vatican Museums
Castel Sant'Angelo

"Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour."

John Heywood

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