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Sunrise and sunset in Vatican City

Sunrise today: 7:15 h
Sunset today: 17:32 h
(Times for Vatican City)

Sunrise and sunset times in Vatican City are determined by the moderate location in the northern hemisphere. Not as extreme as in the Nordic countries, but still noticeable. The days are longer in summer (June to September) than in winter (December to March). With up to about 15:20 hours, there are the longest days in June. The longest dark nights, on the other hand, are in winter. A December night in Vatican City lasts almost 15 hours and the days start about 2 hours later.

During these days, the sun in Vatican City rises at 7:15. The early sunset at 17:32 makes the day currently a bit too short.


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Average length of day in Vatican City

The following graph shows the times of sunrise and sunset over the course of the year. The duration of twilight can be seen at the top and bottom edges. The vertical offset between March and October shows the effect of daylight saving time, when the time is set one hour ahead.Average length of day in Vatican City
      sunshine duration       twilight phase


Sunrise and sunset by month (Vatican City)

MonthSunriseSunsetHours of daylight
January07:33 am05:05 pm9:31 h
February07:04 am05:43 pm10:39 h
March06:20 am06:17 pm11:56 h
April06:28 am07:51 pm13:23 h
May05:48 am08:24 pm14:36 h
June05:32 am08:48 pm15:16 h
July05:46 am08:45 pm14:59 h
August06:16 am08:12 pm13:56 h
September06:48 am07:22 pm12:34 h
October07:20 am06:31 pm11:10 h
November06:58 am04:51 pm9:53 h
December07:28 am04:41 pm9:12 h



Duration of the sunset

The distance from the equator and the path of the sun determines not only the time of sunrise and sunset. The farther a country is from the equator, the more oblique the sun's path is to the horizon, causing sunset to last for a different duration. Vatican City lies on the 42nd degree of northern latitude and is therefore very far away from the equator. While a sunset near the equator lasts only about 20 minutes, in Vatican City, this period averages 35 minutes. In June, it's about 38 minutes in Vatican City, while in December it's 33 minutes.

International cities for comparison

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Berlin (Germany)07:37 am05:02 pm9:25 h
New York (USA)06:59 am05:20 pm10:22 h
Sydney (Australia)06:19 am07:58 pm13:38 h
Manila (Philippines)06:22 am05:58 pm11:36 h
Moscow (Russia)08:11 am05:15 pm9:04 h
Shanghai (China)06:42 am05:34 pm10:52 h
Helsinki (Finland)08:20 am04:47 pm8:27 h

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