VATICAN FAMILY TOUR

This private guided Vatican tour designed for families with kids hits all the must-sees (& hidden gems). With an endless list of treasures to see – from ancient Greek and Roman statues, to the great Galleries and, of course, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica – this carefully crafted itinerary fits in all the highlights.

In addition to the undivided attention of your kid-friendly guide, skip the line access at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, you are also treated to a 100% tailored itinerary based on what excites you. A Vatican family tour that will actively engage the young, the old and everyone in between!

Private Guided Vatican Tour Designed Exclusively for Families with Kids

WHAT IS INCLUDED

âś…3 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour
âś…Private Family-Friendly Guide
âś…Skip-the-line tickets to access into the Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel
✅Skip-the-line tickets to access into St. Peter’s Basilica

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

❌Transportation
❌Headsets (when needed) – Earphones are compulsory at the Vatican for all groups composed of six or more participants.
❌Meals & Drinks
❌Tips (optional)

Vatican Family Tour Highlights

Pinecone Courtyard
Belvedere Apollo
Laocoön
Belvedere Torso
Greek Cross Hall
Gallery of Candelabra
Gallery of Tapestries
Gallery of Maps
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter’s Basilica
Michelangelo’s Pietà
Bernini’s Baldachin
St. Peter’s Square

WHAT TO EXPECT

Visited annually by over 6 million visitors, the Vatican Museums host one of the largest art collections in the world and a wonderful repository of stories. 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. This experiential and fun Vatican family tour comes with a carefully planned route, skip the line entry, and an expert guide at your side.

Your private immersive experience begins as you skip the long entrance lines at the Vatican. With your guide, you will dive into the world of stories behind the Museums’ supreme art treasures but also the history of the Popes and the artists who contributed to the beauty of the Vatican. Throughout the visit, our guide will regale you with anecdotes and encourage children to question what they see and what they know.

On this handpicked itinerary, you will enjoy an inspiring journey through time and art. Amongst others, you will learn about the museum’s famous Egyptian mummy collection and the myths behind the Greek and Roman statues displayed in various sectors of the Museums. In the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, where curiously among biblical scenes are also images of mythology, you will explore the history of ancient Italy. Last but not least, you will understand the Creation of the World through the scenes depicted in Michelangelo Sistine Chapel ceiling.

From the Sistine Chapel, you will exit the Museums straight to the Basilica. Once inside, admire masterpieces including Bernini’s bronze Baldachin and Michelangelo’s Pieta. By the end of the tour, thanks to this carefully crafted itinerary and special attention from your guide, both kids and their lucky parents will have developed a deeper appreciation for the art and stories of the Vatican City.

USEFUL TO KNOW

• Languages available: English, French, German, Spanish. Other languages upon written request at info (at) nancyaiellotours.com
• Accessibility: the guided Vatican family tour is not wheelchair accessible.
• Dress code: the Vatican has a strict dress code. Men, women and children must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Access to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica will be granted only to appropriately dressed visitors (sleeveless and low-cut garments, shorts, mini-skirts and hats are not permitted).
• What to bring: For security reasons visitors must present a valid ID/Passport prior to entrance. Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit.

GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

• St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be subject to unscheduled last minute closures due to liturgical celebrations or unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs during your visit, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Museums and Sistine Chapel. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
• Due to increased security measures, there is a security check through, which all visitors to the Museums are required to pass, and there is sometimes a line for this. You may experience delays in clearing security checks even with skip the line access.
• Guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican (smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth).

When the tour is over will we be able to climb the Dome?

Absolutely. If you and your family want to climb the Cupola of St. Peter before leaving St. Peter’s Basilica ask your guide how to access it. Visits to the Dome are possible every day from 8.00 to 18.00, April to September and from 8.00 to 17.00, October to March. However, those times are a bit arbitrary because last entry could be the stated closing time, or it could be around half hour before the stated closing time, depending on how long the lines are. And to climb via the stairs, it’s even earlier than that. So try to make sure you get to the ticket counter at least an hour before the stated closing time if you do not want to miss climbing St Peters Dome.

Kind note that the privileged Vatican entrance tickets do not cover admittance to the Dome. Tickets cannot be pre-booked and must be purchased on site. It costs 8 Euros to climb via the stairs, and 10 Euros to take the elevator. Payment in cash only. Again, this is the Dome only, the rest of the itinerary is covered by our skip the line Vatican tickets.

What happens if a site closes on the day of the tour?

We are NOT liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unexpected, last-minute closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. Please note that in the event of unexpected, last-minute closures by the Vatican, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary of the tours, or to offer an explanation of the monuments from the outside. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds or discounts will be issued.

The Vatican retains 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 or discounts 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 and will do the appropriate adjustments 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 is subject to last minute closures without notice. While we regret these inconveniences, the unforeseen closure of St. Peter Basilica is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. If this happens, the guided tour will therefore be carried out only in the Vatican Museums (still lasting 3 hours). In this event, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

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. If you wish a tour with St. Peter Basilica and Square please, do not choose Wednesday AM as your travel date.

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 refreshment areas with cafeteria, self-service and pizzeria services. Additionally, it is not permitted to bring alcoholic and super alcoholic beverages inside the Vatican Museums (these must be left in the cloakroom for the duration of the visit).

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