My apologies for being slow to follow up. I am finally over my jet lag! Just wanted to thank you for your help in setting up our tours in Rome, Florence, and Venice. We had an extraordinary time. All of your guides were very knowledgeable, and Vincenzo, Elisabetta, and Emilio were really exceptional. Vincenzo and Elisabetta in particular knew how to engage and entertain our ten-year-old son, and their passion for history and architecture really left an impression on all of us. Would you please pass our regards along to them? Do let me know, too, whether it would be helpful to provide some more formal feedback. Thanks and regards
Our private family Vatican tour with teenagers is an interactive learning experience that engages high-school visitors and parents in an appreciation of art. With skip the line entry, a planned route, and an expert family-friendly guide at your side our Vatican tour with teenagers aims to spark teens’ interests in art promoting a fun family conversation. This thought-provoking experience offers curious adolescents opportunities to express their ideas and participate. We put the works in context in a manner that invites discovery and discussion. Rather than just telling the history of art, we give families the tools and skills they need to engage with the art they see. Your own dedicated guide keeps the whole family involved using open-ended questions to foster creativity and develop thinking skills.
Vatican tour with teenagers covers the Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. 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. Learn the story behind the history of St. Peter’s Basilica, the epic Renaissance centre of Catholicism. 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 Popes’ collection is one of the largest in the world. In fact, the reason that Vatican Museums is plural is because is a huge complex housing multiple museums that include the Sistine Chapel. With sumptuous galleries full of priceless art spanning nearly 3000 years of history the Vatican Museum complex can be challenging. The Museum is obviously too extensive to wander around without someone who really knows it. Do not be overwhelmed by its extraordinary vastness or the length of its lines. Our private Vatican tour with teenagers with skip the line entry, a planned route, and a dedicated guide at your side is designed and run to be experiential and fun for the entire family.
Vatican tour with teenagers appeals to families eager to expand their understanding of the art. And whether you are a confirmed art lover or just getting interested, your expert guide will keep the conversation flowing at the right level. After skipping the line your guide leads you on a discovery journey revealing curiosities and anecdotes beyond the guidebooks. Along the way your guide will make sure to keep the dialogue and pace that is best suited to the teen’s interests and engagement. Hear the story behind the history of the Vatican City. Discover the artists and Popes who promoted knowledge of art. There are many must-sees at the Vatican. We focus on works and rooms that tell amazing stories or have a unique history.
Michelangelo Sistine Chapel is the crowning glory of the museums and holds many great lessons for adults and children alike. Michelangelo frescoes completely cover the ceiling. The vibrancy of the colors and the size of the ceiling never fail to inspire for its sheer grandiosity. Bypass the lines once again to enter St. Peter’s Basilica through a special access door. Experience the Holy Basilica, the largest church in Christendom where proportions appear to have been forgotten in a triumph of marble, bronze and mosaic works. Your guide provides insights into its treasures including Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s bronze baldachin. Your Vatican tour with teenagers ends in St. Peter’s Square as your guide points out Bernini ingenious use of optical illusion.
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
Raphael Papal Rooms Family Tour
ADD ON Private Guided Visit of Raphael Papal Rooms
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes
St. Angel Castle Family Tour
ADD ON Private Guided Visit of St. Angel Castle. A Place of Mystery and Intrigues for All Ages!
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 Service by Deluxe Vehicle
ADD ON One Way Private Transfer with English Speaking Licensed Driver by Deluxe A/C Vehicle
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 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?
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.
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.
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 and St. Peter Basilica?
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 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.
Are there wheelchairs available inside St. Peter's Basilica?
Unfortunately, St. Peter Basilica does not provide wheelchairs. However, the Basilica is equipped with elevators and routes dedicated to disabled visitors who already have their own wheelchair.
Do you use headsets on your family Vatican 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.In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups of 6 or more people.
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.
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.
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.
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We appreciate the service you provided. While it was expensive, it was worth it. The skip the line feature at the Vatican and Coliseum was quite the time and sanity saver. We had our 4 and 6 year olds with us and we knew they would have a limited amount of energy for sightseeing. We didn’t want to waste it in line. Plus, it was quite fun walking past all the people who had stood in line for 2 hours. We only had 2 full days to spend in Rome and would not have seen and done as much as we did without our tour guide. Our guide was Catia and she was wonderful. She was patient with our kids. She was very personable. She gave us a background and history of the places we visited and pointed out things regular sightseers wouldn’t notice. We enjoyed our time spent with her immensely. At one point, our 4 year old was tired and cranky and hungry for Nutella. Catia remembered there was a place nearby that had a Nutella pizza and called ahead to confirm. That pizza was probably our kids’ favorite meal in Italy and it averted a major meltdown. We were appreciative of Catia’s thoughtfulness.
It’s difficult with small children on a regular tour as they have their own special needs and pacing, but having a private tour with Nancy Aiello was the way to make everyone happy.
I would most definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to my family and friends. We saw and experienced more than we would have in Rome than under any other circumstance. We were quite pleased with the experience.
I googled Rome for children and you were recommended in several travel sites and blogs. We looked at your website and saw that a couple of your tours looked exactly what we wanted.
Thank you. We were very pleased.
Ann Sadly, we returned home last night from a wonderful holiday in Italy. I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for such a great experience. Nancy Aiello Tours played a very large role in our holiday, from the initial emails with you through our tours, and every tour exceeded our expectations. The family tours in Florence with Silvia and Ancient Rome with Lucia were outstanding. Their ability to keep the children engaged and interested and entertained for three hours was amazing and wonderful to witness. That was exactly the reason I chose your tour company and you did not disappoint! Further, Maurizio was such a wonderful guide on our tour through Chianti. He was such an engaging individual as well and was very knowledgeable on the region and the wineries.
What a fabulous tour company and team of guides you have working with you. Please pass along our gratitude to everyone involved. I am happy to act as a reference to anyone who is interested in speaking to me. I know I will certainly be referring your company to friends who are traveling to Italy in the coming months. And I hope to be back in Italy again soon and will reach out again to you.
Thanks again. Ciao!!