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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up & down the stairs.
Skip the line and begin your Vatican Treasure Hunt with the help of a child-friendly English-speaking tour guide.
Our child-friendly guide keeps your kids engaged during the entire tour. This is a fun way to introduce children to the most famous art in the world.
Learn about Green and Roman mythology as you and your family visit the iconic statues in the Octagonal Courtyard, including Laocoön and His Sons.
Spot the mummies, stone lions and gods with animal head on your Vatican Treasure Hunt.
From one slithering tale to another, your children will learn the story of the miserable Medusa, as they try to find some of the Vatican's hidden symbols and optical illusions along the way.
Hercules holds one of the clues on how to progress further through the museums. you'll need to listen to the story carefully to find the answer.
Find the sea monster in the Gallery of Maps.
The chance to admire the Sistine Chapel’s splendor is also a well-earned reward for parents and a chance for tired kids to take a sitting break.
The most important church in all of Christendom, the home of the papacy and one of the most remarkable buildings ever built. There’s no better place to wrap up your family-friendly Vatican tour.
After leading your group the incredible collections at the Vatican Museums, your kids deserve a special prize.
A Family-Friendly Vatican Tour
Skip the Line Vatican Tickets
Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
If you’re planning a family trip to Rome with kids, we offer a family-friendly Vatican tour. Any parent who’s tried to bring young kids to a museum knows the struggle of keeping little ones amused and engaged; why not leave the heavy-lifting to us? After skipping the lines, go on a Vatican Treasure Hunt with clues that reveal hidden secrets and uncover meaning behind the treasured art in the collections. With a private child-friendly guide, this tour is best suited for families with kids between 5 and 10 years old. With multiple start times, this three hour tour includes:
After meeting your personal guide, follow them into a shorter security line before going into the Vatican Museums and beginning your Vatican Treasure Hunt. This family-friendly Vatican tour puts your children in charge. Each child is given a map, which features a path through the museums, along with a list of items to discover along the way. As your kids find certain symbols, paintings, tapestries and optical illusions, the Vatican Museums spring to life. There is also plenty of time for storytelling in between stops.
Kids love learning about ancient Egypt. The Egyptian Collection at the Vatican Museums features sculptures and other important artwork that illustrates the relationship between the Roman Empire and ancient Egypt. Among other pieces acquired by former popes, find impressive statues of animal-headed gods and prized sarcophagi from the third century B.C. There’s even a mummy featured in the gallery.
Next up is a visit to the Octagonal Courtyard (designed by Bramante Lazzari), home to the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons, the Belvedere Torso, the River God Arno and Perseus Triumphant. This is where Renaissance and Baroque masters like Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini used to sit and sketch. Learn about the fascinating Greek and Roman mythology behind the iconic statues in the courtyard, then, visit one of the biggest and oldest bathtubs you’ll ever see. Emperor Nero’s giant porphyry bathtub, 25 feet across, weighs thousands of pounds and costs over two billion dollars.
The Hall of the Animals was set up under set up under Pope Pius VI (1775-1799) and features a “stone zoo” of animal sculptures. The animals are positioned in amusing interactions with one another, and also relate back to the gods and heroes of the ancient world. At this stop in the tour, the children are asked to look around and spot various animals among the numerous statues.
Explore the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and our personal favorite, the Gallery of the Maps. In each of these rooms, the kids look for optical illusions and assorted images in the artwork. In the Gallery of the Tapestries, designed by the school of Raphael, look out for the image of Christ whose eyes follow you. In the Gallery of the Maps, hunt for the image of a sea monster hidden among the largest collection of topographical maps ever created.
Only when you are inside, is it clear why the Sistine Chapel is one of the most celebrated works of art in Western civilization. No speaking is allowed inside the sacred Chapel, but don’t worry, before you enter, your guide explains the magnitude of Michelangelo’s artwork. The chance to admire the Sistine Chapel’s splendor is also a well-earned reward for parents and a chance for tired kids to take a sitting break.
Please Note: Since the Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, both men and women (and kids) must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
The tour concludes in St. Peter’s Basilica, a massive church filled with artwork from some of the most celebrated artists in history. On this family-friendly Vatican tour, skip the long lines snaking through St. Peter’s Square and head into the most palatial church in the world. Once inside, admire masterpieces including the Baldacchino, La Pieta, the statue of St. Peter and more.
Even if you aren’t an art fanatic, just the size of the basilica (two football fields) will floor you and your family. If you've worked up an appetite, ask your guide where to eat near the Vatican before you say Arrivederci.
Important: You cannot return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums you must forgo the basilica. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour. Also, if you’d like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. The security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended so we suggest you stay inside and explore on your own after the tour is over.
If you and your family want to take in some incredible views, climbing St. Peter’s Dome is one of the best things to do in Rome. Before leaving St. Peter’s Basilica, ask your guide how to access it. You can skip over 200 steps, which is a great option for the kids, by catching an elevator part of the way, then it’s another 320 steps after the elevator ride to the top. Tickets to the dome costs about 8-10 euros, but trust us, the view is worth it.
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Q: Do I have to pay for babies and toddlers?
A: Children under three are free of charge, but if you want them to receive the gift at the end of the tour, pay for a "five and under" ticket.
Q: I don't see any availability in the calendar, what should I do?
A: If you're trying to make a booking up to 2 weeks in advance, the website will show no availability, but feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Caffè Vaticano – on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum Entrance. Your guide will be there holding a sign with your name on it.
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€266 BASE PRICE
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The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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We felt very fortunate that Brandon was our guide. Unable to Find a Group booking for a vatican tour, we paid a marginal increase to get a tour for ouWe felt very fortunate that Brandon was our guide. Unable to Find a Group booking for a vatican tour, we paid a marginal increase to get a tour for our Family of 4 (ages 13, 17 And adults). Brandon speaks 5 languages fluently And is a total art history scholar/addict/nerd. And he is really a wonderful human being. He understood the capacity of the human brain for content, ready to quiz/engage the kids with what they knew from School with out ever their feeling uncomfortable; and balancing educaton with the performance requirement inheirant to the job...more
This was a wonderful tour! Highly recommended! We had 12 family members, so getting anywhere on time was a challenge. Julia our tour guide, was the beThis was a wonderful tour! Highly recommended! We had 12 family members, so getting anywhere on time was a challenge. Julia our tour guide, was the best! She was patient with us (as we were a little late getting to the meeting spot). Her kindness was present throughout the entire tour. Her knowledge and passion of the Vatican could be seen by all family members. Any questions we may have had was answered. I would definitely recommend Julia and the Roman Guy for any tours in Italy. ..more