We had an excellent Rome family trip. Ann was fabulous, she listened, understood what we were looking for and our needs. She was extremely responsive to our questions and made our short mini break to Rome fabulous and flawless. My four daughters loved all 3 family tours in Rome. We got so much more out of our visit because of the expertise of our guide Roberta. She was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. She catered to my daughters’ interest in Roman mythology and taught us all so many things about what we were seeing. The girls learnt so much and loved hearing about the history of Rome.
Jewish Vatican family tour is an experiential learning experience that captures the imagination of the kids and captivates the curiosity of the adults. A place of wonders the Museums offer culture spanning from ancient to modern times. Welcome to an exciting journey through the world of art where different chapters of history come to life. This private skip the line Jewish Vatican family tour exposes children to awe-inspiring treasures while sharpening their skills of observation. The Museums hold countless masterpieces which tell captivating stories and inspire young learners to ask questions. Your expert kid-friendly guide actively engages your family with open-ended questions bringing the sight to life.
Delve into Roman and Greek mythology through the rich collection of classical statues. Discover the Jewish aspects of Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. Learn about the symbols and allusions the artist used in its extraordinary frescoes. Find out the secret stories behind the biblical figures depicted in the ceiling. Gaze in amazement at the Creation of Adam and understand the wonder of the creation of the world. 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 Square
Visited annually by over 6 million visitors, the Vatican Museums host one of the largest art collections in the world, making it a treasure trove of history. Tackling a museum of this size with children requires careful planning. Do not be overwhelmed by the extraordinary vastness of the Vatican’s treasures, or the length of its lines. Our private Jewish Vatican family tour with skip the line entry, a planned route, and an expert kid-friendly guide at your side is an educational tour with a Jewish perspective that engages young learners and parents.
After skipping the line your own dedicated guide leads you on an emotional journey of art packed with historical information and surprising facts. Michelangelo, Julius II, and Raphael will come alive at every turn. Your guide keeps the whole family engaged in lively discussions with inquisitive questions and insights. Hear the history and stories that bring the masterpieces to life. We focus on works and rooms that tell amazing stories or have a unique history. Discover the biblical images that Michelangelo left us in the heart of the Vatican. In child-friendly language your guide explains the symbols and captivating history of the Sistine Chapel. The secret Jewish messages and the details of the making of that creation are an amazing lesson to learn.
Find out 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. Learn the story behind Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. 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. Children will be amazed at what went into this creation marveling at how the Renaissance artist painted the 12,000 square feet ceiling. The size of the Sistine Chapel is based on Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, as described in the Old Testament. The southern wall is decorated with the Stories of Moses, the northern wall tells the story of Jesus Christ, both seen as liberators of humanity. The central part of the ceiling shows scenes from Genesis. Bordering the ceiling there are twelve figures. The seven men are Biblical prophets. The five women are pagan sibyls from ancient times, who according to the Church had predicted the coming of Jesus. Among the prophets from the Old Testament there are Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel. Both the Prophets of Israel and the Sibyls of the pagan world have been included by Michelangelo as a sign that the Messiah was to come not just for the Jews but also for the non-Jewish people. Jewish Vatican family tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, but does not include the Basilica itself.
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. In addition, 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.
Optional Add Ons to Enhance Your Private Family Tour
St. Peter Basilica Tour with Children
ADD ON Private Guided Skip the Line Visit of St. Peter Basilica. Continue the family tour with a visit to 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. Learn how the Vatican is born from the sacred burial of St. Peter himself. Get a real understanding of this awe-inspiring cathedral where majestic artworks and stunning architecture are everywhere you look. The most important Basilica in the Christian world contains Michelangelo’s Pieta, Bernini’s bronze baldachin and several other art treasures.
Please Note: On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica is subject to last minute closures without notice (i.e. for a special mass). 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 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. 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.
Important Note: When entering the Basilica 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
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! The 2000 years old St. Angel Castle one of Rome’s most striking landmarks which has an intriguing history is very popular with children. This old Castle combines an ancient tomb, a Papal fortress, a prison, a castle, torture chambers and a museum. The Castle located just outiside of the Vatican City is a microcosm of Rome layer upon layer building upon building telling the history of Rome, a real time machine! 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 your kids. With this optional upgrade your personal guide takes you from the Vatican City to St. Angel Castle to explore the Papal apartments and the Armory Rooms that host ancient weapons. 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. Below the Papal apartments adorned by magnificent frescoes are several floors which include old jails and even a torture chamber. Adults and children alike enjoy the visit of the notorious dungeons. 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 Service by Private Deluxe Vehicle
ADD ON One Way Private Transfer with Private English Speaking Licensed Driver by Deluxe A/C Vehicle
Do you combine people to share the tour?
All our tours are private 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 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 tour?
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?
We are 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. 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.
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.
When our private Vatican family tour is over will we be able to visit St. Peter 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.
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 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.
Do you use headsets on your Jewish Vatican family tour?
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.
Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?
St.Peter 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 must book well in advance. You need to email the Vatican directly at [email protected] Children under 11 are not allowed.
Is this Jewish Vatican family tour wheelchair accessible?
Nancy Aiello is pleased to cater to wheelchair users. Yes, this private Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel tour is accessible for disabled travelers.
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.
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– overall experience: terrific, would highly recommend
– booking process: most grateful for thorough, timely responses and attention to detail. felt completely well prepared for our tours before we left.
– tour experience: simply amazing. made all the difference in our trip to have participated in these tours. cinzia was a MARVELOUS tour guide; not only was her expertise astounding and her storytelling riveting, but she did a simply phenomenal job of catering to our group, which included some adults who were very interested in the subject matter, two four-year-olds with limited understanding of what they were seeing (and jet lag, and tired little legs), and some distracted parents! she met every single one of us at our own level, with grace and good humor, and made rome so magical for us all. our kids gave her big hugs at the end our last tour and later told us they missed her. i was amazed after we got home to hear my son recounting the stories she shared with us, and for my daughter to be able to point out symbols and images we had learned about at the vatican museums. cinzia was just wonderful and i cannot have imagined our trip without her wonderful guidance!
– would strongly recommend nancy aiello tours to family and friends, and will look into you again should we book more travel!
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Thank you again so very much and please send our best wishes and gratitude to cinzia!
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