Entering almost an hour before the general public, your expert child friendly guide will steer you around the maze of The Vatican showing you the best there is. With the use of interactive technology, your kids will be highly entertained. Over many years we have created tours in Rome that will interest children of all ages and, to do that, we have worked with a fantastic team of guides who profess a great pleasure in working with children. Of course they are fully professional guides and will impart all the knowledge and information that Mum and Dad will want to hear on a tour but these guys are just able to connect with and engage children better than some others are. Your children will not want to leave as the tour finishes.
This tour is a great option for those families with young kids or teens. We all know that children, with their excitement and eagerness to get their day started, do not want to wait in long lines or stand behind hundreds of big folk. All they want is to be up close and doing the interesting stuff. We have it in a nutshell with this great family tour. Starting early in Rome is such a good idea. Avoiding lines and masses of people not to mention the midday heat in summertime. We will do everything possible to guide you around in a fun and crowd free environment.
We will meet directly at the marble doorway with the sign “Musei Vaticani” above it. Your personal child friendly guide will be holding a sign with your family name on it, ready for you at 7.30am. Spending a little more time with the areas that will stretch the minds and imaginations of youngsters, in the gallery of the tapestries they will have their visionary perception challenged as figures and objects seen in 2 dimensions appear in 3 and change direction also.
Being designed as a family tour as well as our classical Vatican tour, we also head off to see some things that we know from experience kids love. The Egyptian museum for instance, where we get to make a new friend..... a real mummy! We also go to see Nero’s marble bathtub, so huge that it would be a swimming pool to any family.
Everyone of any age is awe struck by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, so be prepared for the silence that hits you as people stare and wonder. Your guide will crack the myths and explain how this majestic creation was to come about. How did the world’s greatest sculptor spend many years of his life painting fresco art.
Then we get to use another privilege. We can enter St Peter’s Basilica without waiting in line. That alone is a saving of 2 or more hours. The simple vastness of this structure is mind blowing as inside you can fit 4 football fields. However, the size has not compromised its beauty. As you enter and turn off to the right, you will come to Michelangelo’s Pieta. A statue of pure beauty and poignant sadness. A depiction of the Mother Mary holding the body of her deceased son in her arms. Jesus is characterised as the size of a young child. This statue, which is as near to perfection in marble as you will ever witness, was created when the artist was a mere 23 years of age. There is a legend that goes something like this. After going on display, Michelangelo did return to watch the reaction of people as they viewed it. On hearing more and more that people were doubting that this was the work of a mere youth he was dismayed. He returned at night and carved across the breast of Mary “The work of Michelangelo of Florence” This is one of the very few works he ever needed to sign in his life.
Finally, you will be back out to daylight and standing in St Peter’s Square where looking on from the outside you will have a totally different perspective with your new-found knowledge. St Peter’s Square is a wonderful venue for children and adults alike. The genius architect and baroque Master was to create not just an incredible piazza but one with a few entertaining features that you will need a local to show you. Children love these.
As you complete this great introduction to the mysteries of the Vatican your children will still be smiling. Now we will be happy to show you where you can get some of the best gelato in Rome or point you to a great restaurant for lunch. You still have plenty of time to see a lot more today. This is a wonderful way to engage the whole family and take in all The Vatican has to offer in a fun exciting and educational experience.
- Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
- In case the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.