I wanted to follow up on our tours we had last week. We had an absolute wonderful experience with both of our guides. They truly made our trip to Italy wonderful. We loved Lucia in Rome; the kids will never forget her. We are so thankful we were able to spend three days with her. Please extend our thanks and appreciation to her!
We also had a great experience with Stephania in Pompeii. She kept our tired and hot children engaged and happy the entire time, which as a parent, is priceless! We will absolutely recommend your company to anyone traveling to Italy. We wish you were in more countries!! Thanks again,
Visited by over six million people per year the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel play an essential part in your Roman experience. The Museums contain one of the largest art collections in the world, ranging from classical statues to contemporary works. Spanning over 9 miles and containing 20,000 objects on display this vast museum can prove daunting to the visitor. With this in mind, we have designed a Jewish Vatican tour focusing on the most interesting bits with the insights of our passionate, brilliant and inspired guides. Hear the storied history behind the treasures you see with a special focus on the Jewish symbols and allusions depicted in the Sistine Chapel. As you travel back in time, your guide familiar with the collection will share a mix of historical information and surprising details with you.
The Vatican’ Sistine Chapel, the site of papal ceremonies used by the Cardinals for their election of a new Pope, is also a masterpiece of history of art. Furthermore, the Sistine Chapel itself matches the proportions of King Solomon’s Temple as described in the Old Testament. The vibrancy of the colorful biblical characters and the way Michelangelo decorated the 12,000 square feet vault never fails to inspire. Our Jewish Vatican tour will immerse you in the breathtaking art and history of Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. Learn about the techniques, hidden symbols and messages depicted in the heart of the Vatican. The chapel’s awe-inspiring ceiling portrays nine episodes from the book of Genesis the highlight of which is the Creation of Adam. The main altar wall illustrates The Last Judgement. The artist used secret messages that advocate for a reconciliation between Christianity and Judaism. When the Vatican private tour is over, either you can stay in the Museums or get skip the line access to explore St. Peter’s Basilica from on your own. Contact us for a private Vatican tour from a Jewish perspective.
* Private Vatican Skip the Line Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter Square
Our Vatican skip the line tour from a Jewish perspective follows a carefully planned route and comes with a private Vatican guide making the experience all the more interactive and personal. Your guide will be with an expert on the Museums who will listen to you, will answer your questions and create a dialogue to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Uncover the priceless art collection of the Popes in the Museums at your own pace. Discover the biblical messages depicted in Michelangelo Sistine Chapel and learn their meanings. This Jewish Vatican tour provides a thorough overview of the Museum’s most important collections from a Jewish perspective.
For those with an interest in art, history, or religion, there are not more satisfying experiences in Rome than visiting the Vatican, a place where art and faith meets. Walk straight into the Museums skipping the line. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces the Museums brim with treasures and history. The Sistine Chapel is the crowning glory of the Museums. The Chapel is decorated with a series of frescoes on the side walls illustrating Biblical scenes from the story of Moses on the left wall and the story of Christ of the right one. The meanings of these images are connected to the painting opposite to them. Our private tour of the Vatican ends in St. Peter’s Square as your guide points out Bernini ingenious use of optical illusion. This Jewish Vatican tour offers an emotional journey through art and faith packed with historical information and surprising facts.
How it Works.
As part of this private Vatican tour, we will provide pre-purchased entry tickets to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, which allow you to skip the long entry lines to the Museums. The Vatican closes on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year. With the vast amount of art to see we can help you focusing on some of the most important sections and pieces. During the booking process, you will be able to tell our Italian-based team when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel for you and yours. A private Jewish Vatican tour curated to your preferences. Advance reservations are essential.
In addition, to assist you in planning your visit 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 Tour
Raphael Papal Rooms
ADD ON Private Guided Visit of Raphael Papal Rooms
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes
One Way Private Transfer Service by 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. 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.
Can we enter the Sistine Chapel without going through the entire Museum?
The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museum’s entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.
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 tour is over will we be able to climb the Dome or visit the grottos where the Papal tombs?
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 use headsets on your 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.
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.
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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I had been working with another touring agency for two weeks and was continually frustrated that I was getting no where in defining costs, which was important for our budget. They made an initial excellent recommendation about seeing Florence first, but that was it. After 2 weeks, I gave up and searched the web, finding your company among others. The description of your agency and the length of time in business was what made me send an initial inquiry. Within 24 hours, not only had you detailed an itinerary to work from, you had all the costs associated with it! The promptness and detail was what won me over immediately. Rachel was excellent and accommodating to work with. Not only were the initial planning emails detailed and the final reservations easy, your organization followed through wonderfully on every aspect. The drivers were courteous and careful, and dressed in suits and ties even in the hot Italian weather (we encouraged them to lose the coat and tie to be more comfortable). Our drive from Pisa to Rome was especially memorable due to the driver’s congeniality; we even invited him to eat with us. As an opera singer, he regaled us with some of his work and our young daughter reciprocated with her own version of Sunrise, Sunset.
The tour guide in Florence, Elisabetta, was energetic, extremely knowledgeable with a masters in Art History and who was also sensitive to our kid’s needs to stop for a drink or some gelato. Again, we asked her to join us for lunch where we could converse some more. Our stop at her favorite gelato shop resulted in us going there 3 more times before leaving Florence. If it wasn’t so hot, we could have gone on for several more hours.
Our tour guide in Rome, Linda, was great; with children of her own, she was sensitive to my son and daughter. She moved at a quicker pace, skipping over some things to get at areas or topics that would be more interesting for the kids.
The cost of the tour seemed expensive to us at first and is why we deleted some things from our original plan. However, after being with the quality of individuals assigned to us, we think that the value for the money is worth it. We will not hesitate to book with you again or to recommend you to friends planning trips to Italy.
Thank you for helping make our trip to Italy memorable and enjoyable. Please feel free to use this letter or any part of it as testimonial on your website.
Hello! Specifically also to Ann who assisted in coordinating our tour: Thank you so much for this email, I am including my responses and was planning to email you today and let you know that I will be submitting my post to Travel Mamas today. I will be in touch with the link as soon as the post is live. My responses as well to your questions:
Our overall experience with Nancy Aiello Tours was wonderful! Vincenzo was a hit with my children who wanted him to stay with us for our remaining days in Rome. From start to finish my emails prior to our visit were response to quickly and professionally. It can be very stressful to try and accomplish such a tour with 3 very young children- however Vincenzo read us perfectly and gave us exactly the kind of tour to keep us interested and entertained.
In a word or a sentence, how would you describe your experience with Nancy Aiello Tours? Tailor made for what our family was hoping to see and experience on a guided tour.
I would absolutely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to my family and friends! I plan to include our very positive experience in an upcoming Travel Mamas post- and have already completed a TripAdvisor review. I would tell anyone going to Rome that this is the tour company to check out. My trip advisor link: http://goo.gl/B6oyVO
If you do not mind me asking how did you come across Nancy Aiello Tours? I googled family tours in Rome.
Thank you again so much for this experience and I will be in touch soon.