SKIP THE LINE PRIVATE VATICAN ROME FAMILY TOUR IN A DAY

Perfect for those short on time, our private Rome family tour in a day combines the ancient city and Vatican City top sights with skip the line entrance. Expose your children to the myths of the ancient world and the storied history of the Sistine Chapel. With an expert kid-friendly guide at your side and skip the line access to the Coliseum and the Vatican, we make sure that you get the best from your precious time in one exciting day! Rome family tour in a day begins at the archaeological heart of the city. Experience first-hand a day in the life of the Romans. Walk in the footsteps of Gladiators as you enter the Coliseum skipping the line. Learn about its exciting history, the games, and entertainments that went on within its walls. Relive the glory days of Imperial Rome when gladiators were athletic superstars. Your guide keeps you actively engaged with informative stories and fun facts that bring centuries of history to life. Stroll where Caesars walked. Enter the huge Roman Forum littered with temples of the gods. Climb to the top of the Capitoline Hill. Discover the breathtaking view over the Forums and enjoy a gelato break.

After your feast of Roman history Rome family tour in a day continues with skip the line access to the Vatican. Here, in the awe-inspiring galleries filled of priceless artistic masterpieces, your guide gently steers you through the museums. Your guide brings the artworks to life with curiosities about the artists and the historical context in which they worked. In the Sistine Chapel gaze in amazement at Michelangelo’s extraordinary frescoes. Bypass the crowds once again to enter St. Peter’s Basilica through a special access door from the Sistine Chapel. Experience the stunning masterpieces held within including Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s baldachin. Rome family tour in a day ends in St. Peter’s Square the most famous roman square in the world. Contact us for pricing and availability.

* Private Full-Day Walking Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Coliseum Skip the Line Access
* Arch of Constantine
* Roman Forums
* Capitoline Hill
* Vatican Skip the Line Access
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter’s Basilica
* St. Peter’s Square
* Best Photo Ops

One day Rome tour for children is purely for your family, offering the personal attention required to experience one of the world’s leading cities at your own pace. Get the answers to the questions you are burning to ask from your expert kid-friendly guide. Discover all the main sights in detail. Learn all about Rome’s secret stories that bring the city history to life. This living history and experiential private one day Rome tour for children is the most time-effective and rewarding way to experience the city’s key sights without wasting time waiting in line.

Enjoy an exciting journey into the past. Visit the archaeological core of the city. Step back in time. Experience ancient history firsthand while entering the Coliseum skipping the line. Hear the storied history of the Roman Empire and gladiator games as your guide regales you with animated stories of Emperors and Gladiators. Gain insights into the ancient city’s social life at the ruins of the Forum, the heart of Roman daily life. Climb to the top of the Capitoline Hill surrounded by the square designed by Michelangelo. Keep going up to the roof terrace to discover treasured panoramic views over the Roman Forum and grab some gelato.

From here, your private one day Rome tour for children heads to the Vatican City. Once again, slide right past the crowds with our skip the line access. The art-filled Vatican Museums will leave you speechless for the sheer extent of treasures. We take you straight to the highlights that appeal to you the most. Hear tales and lesser-known facts behind the masterpieces. Delve into Roman and Greek mythology through the rich collection of classical statues. Learn the story behind Michelangelo Sistine Chapel and understand the Creation of the World through the scenes depicted in the ceiling. Bypass the crowds once again to enter St. Peter’s Basilica through a special access door. Inside the Basilica, the largest church in Christendom your guide provides insights into its priceless works including Michelangelo Pieta and Bernini’s bronze canopy. One day Rome tour for children ends in St. Peter’s Square, where you feel spiritual embraced by Bernini elliptical colonnade.

How it Works
We will get the tickets ahead of time so that you won’t have to wait in any lines. During the booking process, you will be able to tell us when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour for you and yours. With that, we will create the perfect tour for you.

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Tour

Underground Excavations of the Basilica of St. Clemente

ADD ON Private Guided Visit of the Undergrounds of the Basilica of St. Clemente an Off the Beaten Path Fun Archaeological Layer Cake for Children to Explore
For a complete history lesson continue your travel back in time by descending deep below this multi layered Basilica. San Clemente is the only place in Rome to hear the underground river that flows beneath the city! This historical layer cake showcases different slices of Roman history, a time capsule where kids can step from the 12th century, down to the 4th century, to the 2nd and 1st century, under the streets of the city. Experience with your own eyes underground Rome layers of history and  enjoy the history of the city all in one building! San Clemente is not just another church in Rome, it is unique and it is the best example of how everything in Rome is built on something else. Descend three layers underground to a depth of 60 ft. and go back over 2000 years of discovery. Wander through buried churches and ancient passageways. Under the top-most, 12th century church is a 4th-century church and under that church is a Mithras pagan temple and a Roman house. Descending beneath this church kids easily realize the passage from paganism to Christianity.
Please Note: When entering churches always ensure that you dress appropriately, no shorts or sleeveless dresses. By not being properly attired you run into the risk of being denied entry.
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes

Tour Rome in Comfort and Style by Private Transportation

ADD ON Private English Speaking Licensed Driver and Deluxe Air-Conditioned Mercedes Benz Vehicle

The beauty of a private guided car tour lies in the comfort and flexibility that it offers. Upgrade your tour to include a private driver (in addition to your private guide). With this optional private transportation service, guests have their own vehicle with a driver, and a guide for a total of 2 professional people at disposal for the whole length of the tour, including accommodation pick up and drop off. A private car and a driver (in addition to your private guide) is the perfect solution for those who want to tour in comfort and style.

Make the most out of your precious holiday time. Enjoy the flexibility of touring at your own pace with the convenience of an on-hand driver. Having a car and driver in addition to the guide is beneficial as you cover more sites, see off the beaten path sites that are not accessible on foot, and save energy as you are chauffeured from site to site in the luxury of an air-conditioned vehicle, thereby skipping the long walks.

For safety reasons even with booking reservations, there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the Coliseum and the Vatican.

The Colosseum is free on the first Sunday of every month. There is NO skip the-line access on these days. Visitors will thus enter the Colosseum WITHOUT priority admission.

Coliseum Opening times
08.30 – 16.30 from the last Sunday of October to 15 February
08.30 – 17.00 from the 16 of February to 15 of March
08.30 – 17.30 from the 16 of March to last Saturday of March
08.30 – 19.15 from the last Sunday of March to 31 of August
08.30 – 19.00 from 1 of September to 30 of September
08.30 – 18.30 from the 1 of October to the last Saturday of October
Last admission 1 hour before closing time

Good Friday 8:30 am – 2 pm
June 2nd 1:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Coliseum Closing times
1 January , 1 May, June 2nd AM, Good Friday PM and December 25th

The Colosseum is subject to occasional last minute closures without notice due to rain, assembly meetings, strikes or other factors. If this happens your guide will modify the itinerary working with the circumstances given. While we regret this inconvenience, the unforeseen closure of the Coliseum is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued.

The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel close on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year. In 2017 the Vatican will be closed on April 17th, May 1st, June 29th, August 15th & 16th, November 1st, and December 8th, 25th & 26th.

The Vatican dress code requires appropriate attire. No bare shoulders, no shorts, no dresses above the knee, and no bare feet or exposed midriffs are allowed.
Large bags, backpacks, tripods, big umbrellas and glass bottles must be left at the Vatican Museums cloakroom.

The Sistine Chapel is not available separately but is only able to be visited as part of the tour of the Vatican Museums. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Museums and the entrance is located on the far end from the Vatican Museum entrance (an approx. 15 min. walk along the Museums).

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum at any time, and without prior notice. The unforeseen closure of specific areas of the Museums and/or Sistine Chapel is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. Your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.

On rare occasions St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to last minute closures without notice (for religious ceremonies). If this happens you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums and an introduction to St. Peter Basilica from outside. Your guide will modify the itinerary working with the circumstances given and will do the appropriate adjustments. The unforeseen closure of St. Peter Basilica is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds or discounts will be issued.
If your travel date is on Wednesdays there is the possibility that access to St. Peter Basilica and St. Peter Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums. If you wish a tour with St. Peter Basilica and Square guaranteed to be included please, do not choose Wednesday AM as your travel date.

When you contact our family vacation consultants let us know as much about your children interests in order to make the experience as interesting as possible for them.

A little advance preparation in learning about the city will reward you and your family with a very enjoyable visit. To enhance the experience, Nancy Aiello suggests children’s books so that you can prepare for the tour.

Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private, luxurious, and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else – without having to accommodate other people’s interests. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.
We specialize in private, tailor-made vacations for individuals, families and friends.

Do we skip the line to enter the Coliseum?

Yes. This tour includes entrance tickets to skip the line. Your tickets will be pre-booked and prepaid for fast hassle-free entry.
Please Note: Recently, due to increased security measures, new screening procedures were put in place for entry to the Colosseum. For safety reasons ALL visitors must pass through security checks and metal detectors, so even with reservations there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the site. Because of the security measures, the line for entry may be quite long during peak seasons and holidays. However, no time will be wasted. Your experienced guide will use this time to provide an overview and contextualization for the tour.

Does your skip the line tour of the Coliseum go to the underground level or the 3rd tier?

The Colosseum does not allow any company to conduct private visits to the Underground areas. The underground and third tier level access of the Colosseum is run exclusively by the Colosseum and only available for those joining group tours. Therefore, the visit of these areas are NOT included in our private family tours.

What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?

Nancy Aiello Tours is not liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unscheduled closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. In the event of an unexpected closure of a site or attraction your guide will promptly provide an alternative itinerary. The Coliseum is subject to closure due to assembly meetings, strikes or other factors without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases the Coliseum may make changes that may affect your tour, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given and will do everything possible to make appropriate adjustments but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum and/or Sistine Chapel at any time, and without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.

On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica (i.e. for a special mass) is subject to last minute closures without notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. When this occurs, we are happy to offer our guests an extended tour of the Vatican Museums and an introduction to St. Peter Basilica from outside.

Do we stop for lunch on tour?

Yes! In a city with so much great food, it would be crazy not to. The duration of the tour includes time for breaks to grab a quick snack and/or lunch (cost of lunch not included in the price). Some people like to grab a quick pizza or a snack, and some people like to sit down for a relaxing meal. Either is an option, but just know that if we sit down for a relaxing meal we might have to move faster to get in the rest of the sights.

Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?

Yes. This tour guarantees your reservations and tickets to enter the the Vatican skipping the line.
Please Note: ALL visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint before entering the Vatican so please, expect to wait for few minutes to clear security.

Is there a way to see the Sistine Chapel without having to walk through the entire Vatican Museums?

You have to go through the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and the entrance is located on the far end from the Vatican Museum entrance an approx. 15 min. walk along the Museums. You can only access the Sistine Chapel through the Museums therefore, you have to walk through the entire Vatican Museum.

Are strollers allowed in the Vatican?

You are allowed to bring strollers in the Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel. However, it is useful to know that there are some steps in the Vatican so it is recommended to use a baby carrier instead of a stroller.
Strollers are not permitted in St. Peter’s Basilica. While strollers are perfectly acceptable while touring the Museums before visiting St. Peter’s Basilica they must be checked in. St. Peter’s Basilica is not accessible for strollers. Strollers are not permitted inside the Basilica but your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction where they can be left for free.

Do you use headsets at the Vatican?

In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups composed of 6 or more participants. The Vatican requires that you rent whisper or similar audio headsets at the door so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican. Your personal guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces.In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups of 6 or more people.

Is this family Vatican tour wheelchair accessible?

Nancy Aiello is pleased to cater to wheelchair users. Upon request at time of booking we can reserve free of charge, for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel a manual wheelchair available on a first-come first-served basis. It is not possible to bring wheelchairs borrowed from the Vatican Museums into the Basilica and the Basilica does NOT provide wheelchairs.

Do you provide wheelchairs at the Vatican?

Yes. We are pleased to reserve wheelchairs on your behalf to experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel around the Vatican accessibility routes. Remark: Wheelchairs at the Vatican are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. You must present a passport as identification. Remark: It is NOT possible to bring wheelchairs borrowed from the Vatican Museums into the Basilica and the Basilica does NOT provide wheelchairs.

Will we be able to take pictures especially in the Sistine Chapel?

Pictures are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. All throughout the museums the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures and visitors are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistine Chapel.

Can Roma Pass be used for the Vatican Museum admission?

Roma pass can only be used in Rome NOT for the Vatican admission. The Roma Pass does not include the Vatican Museums which are in Vatican City, a city state within the city of Rome. The Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel are not part of the circuit of museums that can be visited with the Roma Pass and/or the Roma and Più Pass.

Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?

St.Peter’s Necropolis sometimes just called the Scavi or Excavations, which contains tombs dating from the origins of Christianity are organized by the Vatican itself. They accept applications and confirm the tour only the day before. Unless you are planning an extended stay in Rome, you will have trouble arranging this tour. This 90 min. tour into the Excavations of the Necropolis underneath St. Peter’s must book well in advance. You need to email them directly at [email protected]
Please keep in mind that children under 11 are not allowed.

Can I take my bag/umbrella inside St. Peter Basilica?

Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. Large bags and objects must however be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter Basilica.

Is food allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel?

You are not allowed to consume food and drink inside the Museums, except in designated places such as the cafeteria.

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