I have seen several posts concerning private after-hours tours of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms after hours. However, these posts seem to be several years old. I know there are some in October, but we will be there in May 2010. I contacted the Vatican via their website and they responded with a “send us another email in October” reply.
I know these tours are VERY expensive but I think it would be worth it. The last time I was in the Sistine Chapel, it was overrun by pushing, shoving, and talking tourists. It was not pleasant… I will be with my parents to this trip and do not want their experience to be marred by ugly tourists. Any suggestions or comments will be greatly appreciated!