SKIP THE LINE PRIVATE JEWISH VATICAN FAMILY TOUR

Jewish Vatican family tour is a fun experiential learning experience that captures the imagination of the kids and captivates the curiosity of the adults. A place of wonders the Vatican 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 that is a vital stop on any visit to Rome. 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 their parents too.

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.

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Family Tour

St. Peter Basilica Tour with Children

ADD ON  Private Guided Skip the Line Visit of St. Peter Basilica an Inspiring Must-See in Rome 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. With this optional upgrade your personal guide heads you straight to St. Peter’s Basilica from the Sistine Chapel allowing you to skip the line that often stretches around the Basilica at the height of the season. Children of all ages will be in awe at the stunning St. Peter’s Basilica world’s largest Christian church capable of holding 60,000 people. Within it lie works of art covering almost 2000 years of history. Inside the Holy Basilica of St. Peter learn how the Vatican is born from the very sacred burial of St. Peter himself and 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, the only sculpture he ever signed. Bernini’s bronze baldachin over the papal altar and the chair of St. Peter among many other religious and art treasures. Please 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: 90 minutes

One Way Private Transfer by Private Deluxe Vehicle

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

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

Schedule your private tour later in the day to avoid the morning crowds. Nancy Aiello highly recommends that parents avoid taking children at the busier morning times.

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.

The Vatican closes on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year.

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.

Since skip the line Vatican tickets sell out fast tour must be reserved well in advance.

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 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.

Large bags, backpacks, tripods, big umbrellas and glass bottles must be left at the Vatican Museums cloakroom.

When you contact our family travel consultants let us know what your children interests are, as well as what they have studied, where they have travelled and what they like to do 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 a private Jewish Vatican family tour?

Unfortunately this is not a service we offer. Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in individual and family private tours. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form small groups. Our private tours mean that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Your private tour is tailored to your individual needs and interests. You are able to ask all your questions and have your guide answer them in depth without having to accommodate other people’s interests.

Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?

Yes. This private Vatican tour includes priority entrance ticket to skip the line. For fast, hassle-free entry your Vatican ticket will be pre-booked and pre-paid by us on your behalf. Nancy Aiello will take care of the necessary reservation in advance and you will skip the line. Remark: ALL visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point 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?

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 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 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 uff.scavi@fabricsp.va 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.

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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    Yes, both Genevieve and I really enjoyed the tour with Cinzia. She pitched it perfectly to a 10-year old, using pictures and telling entertaining stories. I also learned things I hadn’t known before, so it was good for me as well.  Further, towards the end, she would give us the choice of doing two things, one more strenuous, one less, depending on how Genevieve felt.  Overall, a 10 out of 10 and I would recommend it to others. Best regards,

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    Hi There
    I’d like to say thank you to your team and particularly Cynthia for taking such wonderful care of us during our two tours in Rome. Cynthia is absolutely lovely and has an amazing depth of knowledge about the subjects. We all enjoyed every minute of the Vatican and the Colosseum/Forum. The booking process, the directions, and the tour themselves were easy to navigate and I would highly recommend your services to friends, family and the general public.
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