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The Sistine Chapel And The Vatican

Explore the highlights of the Vatican on this privately-guided, family-friendly tour.
Cultural Visit
3 hours
Private Certified Guide
Skip the line tickets

Meet your private, fully-licensed guide and let them welcome to the Vatican, the smallest country in the world and home to the Pope. This enclave within the city of Rome holds a lot of fascinating and priceless treasures, including the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Follow your guide as he/she turns this visit into an unforgettable experience for your whole family. Our skip-the-line tickets will grant you an easy entrance inside the Vatican Museum. Then, follow your guide through a part of the museum in order to reach the famous Sistine Chapel where you will witness Michelangelo’s masterpiece.
The tour ends inside the jaw-dropping Saint Peter’s Basilica, the biggest basilica in the world. If the line is not too long, you will even be able to take the elevator and climb up in the dome (there are still 320 steps to climb up and down, even if you take the elevator!).
Not only will our experienced guide keep your children entertained with great fun facts and interesting stories, but each child will get a game booklet that will make this cultural visit both enjoyable and interesting.

To avoid the oppressing crowds and heat during the summer, we suggest you book our priviledged Early Morning Access. For this, please contact us.
NOTE: The Vatican enforces a strict dress code, and shoulders, arms, and knees must be covered.

This tour is available in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Meeting Point: A the entrance of the Vatican Museum
Finish: In front of Saint Peter’s Basilica

6 years
3 Hours
A private, fully-licensed guide who knows how to keep the children engaged
Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican
A visit to the top of the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica (if lines are not too long: the small elevator can only hold that many people)
A game booklet and gift for each child
Transportation to and from the Vatican
Tips and other purchases such as souvenirs
Some of the highlights of the Vatican Museum
The Sistine Chapel
Saint Peter’s Basilica: both inside and, if possible, the panoramic view from the dome

Is this tour private?

Yes, it is. No one else will be joining your private tour, and you will have your own private guide throughout the visit. However, there will be other people visiting the Vatican at the same time.

How long will we stay in the Sistine Chapel?

Absolute silence is requested inside the Sistine Chapel, so you will not be able to talk, nor will the guide be able to give you explanations. Pictures are not allowed. So, while the time is not limited, you will probably stay not more than 10 minutes inside the Chapel.

Are the parents staying with the children or separated?

We always promote a family-bonding moment, where parents and children enjoy an activity together as a family. So, parents and children will not be separated. However, if you choose to send your children on this activity alone, it is possible, provided that a babysitter accompanies the children regardless of the age, for insurance purposes (our guides are not responsible for the children).

When is the best time to visit the Vatican?

During the summer season, it gets incredibly hot and crowded in the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel (no air conditioning), which is something you will want to avoid, especially when traveling with children. An early morning Access tour (8:30AM) is available, please contact us for details (supplements apply). Otherwise, try to come later in the day, 3 hours before it closes.

Is it suitable for kids under 6 years old?

We recommend this tour for kids aged 6 or older, because they must know how to read and write in order to enjoy the fun-filled game booklet. Our family-friendly guide will be able to adapt to younger children if necessary.

Will we have to wait in line?

We provide skip-the-line tickets, but on very busy days, there might be a line for security checks which cannot be avoided.

Will we climb up the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica?

Taking the elevator to reach the higher parts of Saint Peter’s Basilica is included, but if there are too many people, it will have to be cancelled (unless you want to do wait in line at the end of the tour and go up without your guide). The elevator is small and can only hold that many people each time. Please note that another long flight of stairs awaits you if you wish to go all the way up.

Once the tour is finished, can we stay inside Saint Peter’s Basilica?

It is possible to stay inside Saint Peter’s Basilica, but it will not be possible to get back to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum.

Can I bring a stroller or a wheelchair?

Yes, the Vatican is stroller and wheelchair friendly. The only part which is not accessible to them is the climb up the dome because of the stairs.

Will my teenage kids like the tour?

Sure they will! They might not want to have the game booklet, but since it is a private tour, our professional guide will adapt their speech to keep your teenagers engaged and entertained throughout the tour.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, the Vatican enforces a strict dress code (if not met, you will be denied entry). Shoulders, arms, and knees must be covered, and hats are not allowed.
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