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Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

1. Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

This family orientated tour of the marvels of Vatican City will have your kids engaged throughout the whole 2.5-hour experience. Today you and your children will learn with entertaining anecdotes full of details the stories that bring the art works to life. All guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions for you and your family. The tour starts in front of the Vatican Museums, where you will meet your guide and go through the priority entrance with them to buy your tickets. See and feel the history while your kids are engaged with scavenger hunts, stories and games throughout the Vatican Gardens, the Gallery of the Carriages, and the Gallery of Maps. You will have priority exit from the Museums and conclude the trip at St. Peters Square.

Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

2. Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

Prepare to be amazed on this private, child-centered two-and-a-half-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Imagine your children immersed in rich tradition and ancient wonders with a local English-speaking guide who makes learning fun. Give your family the experience of a lifetime on this tour that’s designed and priced for up to 15 participants. Sightseeing can be overwhelming for children when it involves waiting in boring lines to see places and artifacts they don’t understand. On this tour, your children are the center of activity. With reserved admission to historic sites, there is no boredom or fidgeting in the long ticket lines. Interactive visual learning tools, pop-up books, iPad games, and trivia are all incorporated into the experience to provide a realistic glimpse into life in ancient times. You’ll be escorted through the Vatican Museums for the thrill of a lifetime. Following a treasure hunt theme, children will engage in conversations about the fascinating history of Roman civilization. Through the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Caravaggio, and a host of other artists, your family will become acquainted with what it was like to live in ancient times, as an artist, a parent, a child, or even an emperor or soldier.

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Organize your sightseeing tour and admire all of Rome's major attractions, including the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Spanish Steps. Enjoy stunning views on board of a comfortable double-decker bus and learn about the city's history as you listen to detailed audio commentaries. Also known as The Eternal City, Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Make the most of your vacation by exploring the city's historic monuments and exciting atmosphere with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Admire the architectural sumptuousness of Rome from the deck of the bus, or hop-off at any of the world-famous attractions, such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the Vatican. Pick from 13 languages and learn about Rome's timeless beauty through the complimentary set of headphones. The pink buses are on the move all day long and will take you to the city’s most important monuments and cultural venues while you are comfortably seated. Hop-on and off at your convenience and reward yourself with marvelous views of Rome you will never forget from one of the single or double-decker buses. A Panoramic ticket includes: Stazione Termini Santa Maria Maggiore Colosseum Archaeological Area Circo Massimo - The Mouth of Truth Piazza Venezia - Shopping Area Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & Castel Sant'Angelo Spanish Steps Piazza Barberini and Trevi Fountain

Vatican City: Early Vatican Museums Private Tour for Kids

4. Vatican City: Early Vatican Museums Private Tour for Kids

See the highlights of the Vatican Museums, learn about the history of the Vatican, and see some other famous sights like the Sistine Chapel and the Cabinet of the masks on this kid-friendly day tour, appropriate for all ages. Enter the Vatican Museums with early access skip-the-line tickets and visit with the whole family before the rest of the crowds get the chance to get inside. Visit the main highlights inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Cabinet of the Masks with this tour especially tailored to keep the entire family engaged, by making it an interactive experience for both the adults and kids alike. Learn all about the artworks and history while having fun with a kid-oriented guide before stepping into the Sistine Chapel and admiring the beautiful and famous frescoes by Michelangelo.

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Kids Fun Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour

5. Skip-the-Ticket-Line Kids Fun Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour

Your guide will meet you near Vatican City. Then, skip the ticket line at the entrance of the Vatican Museums.  If required, you can store any belongings you may have in the Vatican cloakroom before the start of the tour. Throughout your tour, your children will join in games and win prizes whilst discovering more about the Vatican’s collections. Marvel at the multitude of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as the sarcophagi of Empress Helena and Constantina, the mother and daughter of Constantine the Great.  Next, move through the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Sobieski Hall, and the sumptuously decorated Raphael Rooms.  Then, enter one of Italy’s most popular attractions, the Sistine Chapel, which is still in use, primarily for the papal elections. The chapel is home to Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgment' and other frescoes depicting Biblical stories, such as the creation of Adam.  From the Sistine Chapel, continue to the most important Catholic church in the world - Saint Peter’s Basilica. This tour is the perfect way to explore all that the Vatican has to offer, as well as keep your children entertained and engaged, as they have fun and learn. Your family will love teaming up to solve quizzes, participate in treasure hunts, and much more. Your guide will personalize your tour, creating a unique experience for your family. Your tour ends in Saint Peter's Square next to the taxi rank and bus station.

Rome: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of Vatican City and Museums

6. Rome: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of Vatican City and Museums

Head to the Vatican Museums with your guide and skip the lines with your pre-booked tickets, ready to begin exploring. The first stop will be at the vast collection of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures uncovered through the years during excavations across Rome. Your guide will show you the most important of these, including the “Belvedere Apollo” and the “Sarcophagi of Helena and Constantina,” the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine. Next up will be the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you’ll see rare Roman mosaics and view the magnificent statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses, and a multitude of Greek philosophers. The tour will then head through the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall, and the Raphael Rooms. Once the private apartments of Pope Julius II, the Raphael Rooms were decorated by Raphael and it’s here you’ll see two of his most famous works, “The Parnassus” and “The School of Athens.” The highlight of any tour of the Vatican is, of course, the Sistine Chapel, Italy’s most popular attraction. You’ll hear from your guide about Michelangelo’s frescoes, “The Last Judgment” and “The Creation of Adam,” as well as stories of Moses and Jesus in paintings by Botticelli, Perugino, and other renowned Renaissance artists. You’ll then move on to the world’s most famous Catholic Church, Saint Peter’s Basilica, which houses Michelangelo’s famous “Pietà” as well the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Finally, you will leave the basilica into the vast expanse of Saint Peter’s Square. From here you can see the chimney used to announce the election of a new pope, as well as Bernini’s famous statues. After a couple more anecdotes, your guide will say goodbye, leaving you to explore the square at your leisure. A perfect end to a brilliant tour of Vatican City.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

7. Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy priority admission on this 3-hour tour and experience all the major highlights of Vatican City! This popular tour includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See one of the most important collections of art in the world at the Vatican Museums, which comprise more than 1,200 rooms. Highlights include the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will ensure that you get there quickly, while seeing the most important masterpieces along the way.

Rome: 3-Hour Morning Private Vatican Tour for Kids

8. Rome: 3-Hour Morning Private Vatican Tour for Kids

Enter the Vatican Museums before the opening of the doors to the general public and see the galleries with a limited number of people. Everybody in the family will be able to appreciate and enjoy the tour. After the visit of the Vatican galleries with their incredible works of art, you will reach the Sistine Chapel, where you will have some free time to admire the artworks. This 3-hour educational and fun tour, where small and big travelers can learn without stress and without being in the crowd. The Vatican Museums in high season can reach over 25,000 visitors. With this tour, you will have the chance to visit the Vatican galleries, the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks and the Sistine Chapel with a child-friendly guide that will show you the highlights of one of the most beautiful museums in the world before the opening to the general public. Itinerary: - Octagonal Court - Round Room - Gallery of the Candelabra - Gallery of the Tapestries - Gallery of the Maps - Sistine Chapel

Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

9. Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

This Vatican Private Tour with Cabinet of the Masks will offer a unique experience. You will visit not only the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel but also the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks, a part of the museums which is usually closed to the general public. The visit will start when you meet your private guide in the morning. Begin immediately to explain the history of the Vatican. The guide will expertly guide your group through the Vatican Museums' extensive galleries, to let you take in all the history and art of the works exhibited. With this tour, you will also have the unique chance to visit the Cabinet of the Masks. This constitutes an exclusive area of the galleries, whose name comes from the beautiful Roman mosaics depicting masks that adorn its floor. Your tour will continue with the gem of the Vatican, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Sistine Chapel. Thanks to the earlier access, you will be able to admire its beauty together with a limited number of visitors and enjoy it as it deserves.

Kid-friendly Vatican Tour with Carriage Pavilion

10. Kid-friendly Vatican Tour with Carriage Pavilion

Your family will have the capacity to learn a great amount about the Vatican and the historical backdrop of the Roman Catholic Church finding segments by and large excluded in a normal Vatican tour. You will see the Gallery of Paintings and showstoppers from Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Tiziano and significantly more. Your children will love the Carriage Pavilion, an energizing accumulation of verifiable vehicles utilized by the distinctive popes including a Grand Gala Berlin made in Rome in 1826 for Pope Leo XII or the Fiat Campagnola known worldwide as the auto where Pope John Paul II remained upon the arrival of his endeavored death in St. Dwindle's Square in 1981 in addition to three 'popemobiles' (Land Rover, Toyota and Mercedes 230 GE) and the Renault 4 donated to Pope Francis in 2013. Voyage back to the Roman Empire going by the New Wing with its antiquated statues of the sovereign Augustus of Prima Porta, Roman gods and a secretive statue of the River Nile. Your guide will draw in the children and guardians of your gathering with fascinating stories, exercises and diversions. She will also give a point by point outline of the Sistine Chapel. Your family will have a great time and learn a great amount without stalling out in an enormous group amid the visit. 

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Visiting the Vatican as a small group was definitely worth the money. It meant that we could navigate everything quickly and easily as the Vatican can get very packed and busy. Our guide, Matteo was very informative and our children (10 & 14) really benefited by being able to ask him questions easily which in a bigger group might not have happened. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are very happy that we signed up to this tour.

With a three year old and six year old, the tour was absolutely fantastic for our party! Our guide kept the six year old fully engaged for almost three hours. Should we stop over in Rome in the near future, we’ll be using the same guide service for other attractions in Rome!!

Myself and my 3 teenage daughters did this tour and it was great. Our guide was fun and could gauge when the girls attention was slipping with all of the historical facts.

A excellent way to see the highlights of Rome with the flexibility of staying as long or as little as you want at each site.

your travel excurions were great we had a good time at everyone of them