Private Tour

Vatican for Kids Private Tour

Art & History
Family
Duration: 3 Hours
Languages: EN, RU

Get your kids interested in art on a private tour of the Vatican designed for families. Visit the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with a knowledgeable and friendly guide who will keep the whole family engaged. Perfect for art-loving parents who want to share their passion with their kids.


Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Families with Kids
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Whether your family is religious or not, you will surely want your kids to experience the art and history of the Vatican City. But let’s make it fun, too! Expose your family to the the highlights of one of the world’s great art museums on a tour designed for children of all ages and conducted just for you. In addition to the undivided attention of an expert guide at your side, this immersive experience comes with a carefully planned route and skip the line entry at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

This paramount religious complex and artistic masterpiece is enormous! The Basilica itself is a treasure trove as big as two football fields. And the Sistine Chapel, home of the most famous frescoes in the world, is at the far end of the Vatican Museums. Tackling a site of this size with kids requires careful planning. Do not be overwhelmed by the extraordinary vastness of the Vatican’s treasures instead prepared to be wowed!

 

We have carefully chosen the parts of the museum that your kids are going to like best, weaving a rich narrative that covers not only the Vatican’s timeless masterpieces, but also the history of the Papacy itself. Thanks to this handpicked itinerary focused on making sure your kids get the most out of their Vatican experience and special attention from your friendly guide, this fun and informative tour is sure to be a hit with the whole family

 

Travel back to the Italian Renaissance, the Egyptian, the Greek and Roman times. Your guide will lead you through the centuries keeping the kids amused and engaged with inquisitive questions to bring the artwork to life. This personalized exploration of the Vatican highlights artifacts that kids will appreciate such as classical sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

 

Discover cool Renaissance-era maps and drama-filled tapestries “saving the best for the last”. The Sistine Chapel is the last room you get to visit while on your Vatican Museums tour. And it’s worth the wait. Here every inch inspires awe. Gaze in amazement at Michelangelo’s ceiling and understand the Creation of the World.

 

With skip the line access directly from the Sistine Chapel gain immediate entry to St. Peter’s Basilica where your guide will show you more treasures, like Bernini’s bronze Baldachin and Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ inside the world’s biggest ancient cathedral. By the end of the tour, thanks to this carefully crafted itinerary and special attention from your own dedicated guide, the whole family will have developed a deeper appreciation for the art and stories of the Vatican City.

 

Looking for an adult approach to seeing the Vatican? See our Private Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica


Highlights

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

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica fast track entrance tickets

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • If your group numbers more than 6, the Vatican requires that you rent earphones at the door for 3 Euro/person, paid directly on site (earphones prices may vary slightly without notice)
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At an easy to find location near the entrance to the Museums. Full details provided upon booking. Upon request, we can arrange a private luxury vehicle for commuting to the Vatican.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request from Monday to Saturday.
  • Vatican Museums Closing Days in 2021: 29 June, 15 August, 8, 25 and 26 December.
  • 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.
  • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.
  • On Wednesday mornings, except late July and August, the Pope holds an audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed. If you want to see the Basilica, skip Wednesday mornings and consider touring on Wednesday PM.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • All members of your party must present at the Vatican Museums a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • The Vatican has a strict dress code. Men and women must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Access to the Museums will be granted only to appropriately dressed visitors (sleeveless and low-cut garments, shorts, mini-skirts and hats are not permitted).
  • You may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican (smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth). Anything bigger than this, or any umbrellas or camera tripods, must be checked into the Vatican Museums cloakroom at the beginning of the tour. The cloakroom storage is free of charge, but please be aware that it is located approximately 20 minutes walking distance from the conclusion point of the tour. And because the cloakroom closes at 4pm, those doing the afternoon tour may not be able to retrieve their belongings until the following day. Thus, we recommend traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at the hotel.
  • The Vatican Museum reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual not adhering to their entrance rules and restrictions including, but not limited to, providing proper identification and conformance to its dress code.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Why can’t I see a price?

We offer personalized, private travel experiences. The price depends on your party size and preferences.

What is the best time of year to visit with kids?

With over 6 million visitors every year, we recommend visiting off-season, if possible. October, November, January, and February are the least crowded months to plan a visit with kids. Please keep in mind that the Vatican is generally more crowded on Mondays and Saturdays. It is best to book this tour in the early afternoon when the morning crowds are more likely to have thinned out.

Can I visit the Sistine Chapel only?

No you can only access the Sistine Chapel walking through the Museums. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and as such, can only be entered through the Vatican Museums.

When the tour is over can we climb the Dome?

Yes. If your family want to take in some incredible views climbing St. Peter’s Dome, you are more than welcome to climb the Dome independently after the tour has finished. Please note that, the privileged Vatican entrance tickets do not cover admittance to the Dome and that there may be a line to enter throughout the high season. 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. 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.

Do you do tours of the Necropolis under the Vatican?

No, tours of the Necropolis (or ‘Scavi’) can only be booked through the Vatican Excavations Office directly. The only way to get into the Scavi is to contact the Vatican directly through the Vatican Scavi office by emailing scavi@fsp.va to request access. Please bear in mind that only children who are 15 years or older are permitted to make the visit.

Are strollers allowed in the Vatican?

Yes, strollers are allowed inside the Vatican. However, it is useful to know that inside the Vatican Museums there are some steps so we recommend bringing a baby carrier instead. Strollers are not permitted inside St. Peter’s Basilica but there's storage next to the basilica to deposit the stroller. Your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.
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