Vatican children tour exposes your family to some of the most amazing artworks in history through a fun educational approach. This private skip the line Vatican children tour is an interactive learning experience that engages the whole family in an exploration of art. The Vatican Museums hold countless masterpieces which tell intriguing stories and inspire kids to ask questions. Our guides are trained to spark intimate thought-provoking dialogue with young learners. Your expert kid-friendly guide engages your family with open-ended questions bringing the extraordinary vastness of the Vatican’s treasures to life. Learning can be great fun for all involved! Delve into Roman and Greek mythology through the rich collection of classical statues. Find out the secret stories behind the figures on the Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. 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. Children of all ages will be in awe at the stunning St. Peter’s Basilica capable of holding 60,000 people. Within it lie works of art covering almost 2000 years of history. St. Peter’s Basilica world’s largest Christian church contains Michelangelo’s Pieta, the only sculpture he ever signed. Bernini’s bronze baldachin among many other  treasures. Contact us for pricing and availability.

* Private Half-Day Walking Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Guide
* Vatican Skip the Line Access
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter’s Basilica
* St. Peter’s Square

Visited annually by over 6 million visitors, the Vatican Museums hosts one of the largest art collections in the world, making it a treasure trove of history that is a vital stop on any visit to Rome. Tackling a museum of this size with kids requires careful planning. Do not be overwhelmed by the extraordinary vastness of the Vatican’s treasures, or the length of its lines. Our private Vatican children tour with skip the line entry, a planned route, and an expert kid-friendly guide at your side is designed and guided to be experiential and fun for the entire family.

After skipping the long entrance lines your own dedicated guide leads you on an exciting journey of discovery. Your guide keeps the whole family engaged in lively discussions with inquisitive questions and insights. Hear the history and stories that bring the artworks to life. In child-friendly language your guide explains the symbols of the Vatican, the story of the Popes, Emperors and interesting facts about the rich and captivating history of Michelangelo Sistine Chapel.

Learn about the myths behind the Greek and Roman statues of various gods, goddesses and mythological creatures. Explore the early history of Italy in the Gallery of Maps containing a series of painted maps of the papal lands. The maps would be incredible enough on their own but the real amazing thing about the Map Room are the decorations on the vaulted ceiling depicting biblical and mythological scenes. Discover Egyptian mummies. Learn the story behind Michelangelo Sistine Chapel and understand the Creation of the World through the scenes depicted in the ceiling. More than 350 figures are portrayed on the ceiling, including families with children and angels and demons, some of them wearing the faces of Michelangelo contemporaries. The vibrancy of the colors and the size of the ceiling never fail to inspire for its sheer grandiosity. You will be amazed at what went into this creation marveling at how Michelangelo painted the 12,000 square feet ceiling. Vatican children tour continues with the visit of St Peter’s Basilica, the most sacred site after the Holy Land in the heart of Vatican City. Tradition says it was built at the place where St. Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ and considered the first pope, was buried.

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

St. Angel Castle Tour with Children

ADD ON  Private Guided Visit of St. Angel Castle. A Huge Hit with Kids and a Place of Mystery and Intrigues for Everyone!

Discover the secret stories of St. Angel Castle. The 2000 years old St. Angel Castle has an intriguing history and is very popular with children. This old castle combines an ancient tomb, a Papal fortress, a prison, torture chambers and a museum. This impressive riverside Papal fortress, residence and prison is crowned by the figure of an angel. More than mere adornment this angel is the subject of a legend that your guide would love to share with you. The Castle is linked to the Vatican palaces by secret underground passages. Several popes have felt the need to take advantage of the secret routes in times of threat. At the top of the castle, the Terrace of the Angel is a wide-open space with spectacular views of Rome and the Vatican City. This is our favorite view of the city. Rome looks like a city in miniature with thousands of red roofs, dozens of domed churches and the milky green Tiber River winding through the city.
Please Note: St. Angel Castle closes on Mondays.
Extra Time Duration: 120 minutes

One Way Private Transfer by Deluxe Vehicle

ADD ON One Way Private Transfer with English Speaking Licensed Driver by Deluxe A/C Vehicle

To assist you in planning your family trip to the Vatican, we have also created an informative resources page – How to Tour the Vatican which offers helpful advice.

The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel close on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year. In 2018 the Vatican will be closed on March 19th, April 2nd, May 1st, June 29th, August 14th & 15th, 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). You can only access the Sistine Chapel through the museum therefore, you have to walk through the entire Vatican 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 and/or St. Peter’s Basilica 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.

St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for religious ceremonies or unforeseen circumstances. Due to the unpredictable nature of the Basilica’s schedule, last minute closures can happen without notice. While we undertake to tell guests ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica’s opening hours, this is not always possible. In the unlikely event that St. Peter’s Basilica is closed, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and an introduction to St. Peter’s Basilica from outside.

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 Vatican 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.

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 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?

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 Vatican Museums. You can only access the Sistine Chapel through the museum therefore, you have to walk through the entire Vatican Museum.

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. 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 rare 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.

When our tour is over will we be able to visit St. Peter's Basilica or climb the Dome or the grottos where the Papal tombs are?

Absolutely. Once the tour is complete your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction to continue the visit on your own.

Are strollers allowed in the Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel?

Yes you are allowed to bring strollers in the Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel. It is useful to know that there are several places where carriages must be carried upstairs, therefore lightweight models are best!

Do you provide wheelchairs at the Vatican?

Yes. We are pleased to reserve wheelchairs on your behalf to experience the 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.

Do you use headsets on your family Vatican tour?

In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups of 6 or more people. Your private guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces. The Vatican makes it COMPULSORY for all groups of 6 or more participants to use whisper headsets so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The quickest way to find answers to your questions about our private tours is to review the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the information you are looking for please contact us.

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