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Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour for children

  • in St' Peter's Aquare
  • In the Belvedere Courtyard
  • Below the bronze pinecone
  • In front of St. Peter's Basilica
  • In front of the Bronze Door
  • In the Octagonal Courtyard
  • It is a private, walking tour. Your English-speaking guide is reserved only for your family.
  • The length of the tour is 3 hours; it is mostly indoors.
  • Not available on Wednesday mornings, Sundays, certain holidays, or during other special events as announced. Evening tours are available without the Basilica visit during Friday nights when scheduled openings are announced during high season.
  • Transportation to the tour is not included, but can be arranged for an extra fee.
  • 24 hours minimum notice is required for a reservation. Availabilities are limited, so order early!
  • Occasionally, events at the Basilica of St. Peter may prevent touring inside the church on the day of your tour. When this happens (often with little prior notice that makes rescheduling impossible), we will spend the remaining time touring more areas of the Vatican museums instead.

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  • We visit rain or shine, so bring appropriate protection from the elements. No long umbrellas are allowed in the museums.
  • The Vatican is not 100% handicap friendly, but wheelchairs and strollers are welcome on this tour if absolutely required. It is recommended that unless necessary, it is better to get around the often crowded and narrow spaces without them.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water (there are fountains available so you can refill your bottle)
  • Entrance tickets are required and will be purchased in advance according to reservation instructions.
  • Dress code is required. Shorts and skirts must cover the knees. Shoulders must be covered. It is not necessary to dress in formal attire.
  • Long umbrellas or large backpacks are not allowed and must be checked. It is difficult to retrieve them at the end of our tour and therefore advised to not bring them. Small purses, camera bags, and bottled water are okay.
  • Pictures may be taken in the museums except for inside of the Sistine Chapel.

Tour description

Our Vatican Tour will take your family through the most famous and impressive art museum in Italy. The Vatican is known throughout the world to be the home of the Pope and also as a museum containing a collection of paintings and art from some of history’s most famous Italian artists – Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Caravaggio, just to name a few.

"Thank you for organising the tour with Simona. She was a great guide and catered the tour well for the children. She delivered the tour well and explained points simply and through visual aids which was really useful for us and the children. Please pass on our thanks to Simona and also to you for organising the tour and all other aspects at such short notice". Ritu Parti, -United Kingdom

On our tour you’ll not only see this impressive collection but you will also have access through a special shortcut passage from the Sistine Chapel to the Basilica of St. Peter’s. Here you may see the Swiss Guards protecting the entrance to the holy staircase of the previous Pope’s residence.

Currently the Pope lives in an apartment that is separate from the museum and church that is not possible to be seen by the general public. At the old apartments he uses this area instead for meetings with ambassadors and other special dignitaries of the world

The itinerary of our Vatican Tour will show you the most famous and interesting highlights of the Vatican museums (including the courtyard with the giant pinecone!), the Rooms of Raphael, Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling and sculpture of the Pietà, and St. Peter's Basilica

. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required in order to reserve this tour. This does not guarantee availability, especially during high season. At least 2 weeks notice or more is recommended.

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