Firstly, a guide who will prioritise your children and center the tour experience around them is the one we will assign. This, of course, does not mean everything is watered down, on the contrary, it means more engagement and involvement so this tour will be very enjoyable for all members of the family. See all the usual highlights and a few exceptional areas that we know kids love. The first thing we like to explain to children and adults alike is that it is important to remove a couple of misconceptions. Firstly, although named as Vatican Museums, it is not what people expect of a museum. What we have is a palace that has set aside some areas for displays, mostly though you will be passing through parts of the palace or old palace apartments such as the Raphael rooms which have been opened up. So do not expect to see room after room of dusty antiques. Secondly, it is not about religion. There is no museum of Catholic History in the Vatican. It is for everyone of every age. Prepare to be amazed and mostly to enjoy.
To begin, meet your personal child-friendly guide at the Vatican entrance. With direct access tickets you will not be waiting in line. Soon, your guide will be showing you around the best areas of this huge museum as well as using visual aids along the way to bring things to life even more for your children.
Let us guide you and your children through the maze that is The Vatican Museums and select some areas that will get them questioning how without the aid of computers some effects were achieved. Let your kids enjoy some exhibits that will make them question their eye to brain coordination. Artists and craftsmen from five hundred years ago will confuse them in a very beautiful way! Immerse your family in ancient civilisations, Etruscan, Roman, Greek and meet a real life dead mummy along the way! By bringing into focus the most interesting galleries, we keep the interest at a high level. As you experience the illusory effects created by the incredible craftsmen, The Tapestry gallery will amaze you and your children. Incredible lifelike statues hammered out of marble by the Masters. Priceless Masterpieces everywhere. Take advantage of our partnership with the Vatican and explore the Cabinet of the Masks, an area usually closed to the public. Lastly, visit the Sistine Chapel. The Masterpiece of fresco art by none other than Michelangelo. As you and your children will want the answers on how its creation came about, your guide will happily provide them for you.
To leave, use a special passage that will take you to St Peter’s Basilica and all its inside wonders. Although it is reputed to be the world’s biggest Catholic Church, in some ways, the size is dwarfed by all the beauty inside.
Finish at the huge, astoundingly beautiful St Peter’s square that features Bernini’s colonnades, amazingly, your guide will still have some secrets to amaze you with before you end the tour.
Maybe it is an Italian thing but we believe that the most important people are children, not just ours but any children. We treat friends and relatives' children the same as we treat our own. We take them out with us when we meet friends for dinner and rarely use babysitters. We just love kids so yours will feel right at home immersing themselves in Italian culture and discovering its beauty and warmth!
Please let us spoil yours children for a few hours and, sure, you can come along too!
- 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 but may be customized to meet this requirement upon special request.
- Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.