Skip the Line: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour for Kids and Families more_vert
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Keep everyone in your family engaged with this private 3-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel that's specifically designed for families and children. Learn about the rich art collection of the Vatican Museums, including Raphael's Rooms and the Gallery of Maps. See Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and his Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica. Your children will love this interactive tour.

Meet your private guide near Vatican City. With your guide, you'll get to bypass the long queues at the entrance of the Vatican Museums. You may secure your luggage and umbrellas in the Vatican cloakroom.

Once out of the cloakroom, you will begin your visit of the collections. Kids will play games and win prizes while exploring Vatican artwork. You will see brilliant Greek and Roman sculptures and the sarcophagi of Empress Helena and Constantina, the mother and daughter of Constantine the Great.

Your tour continues to the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Sobieski Hall, and the colorful Raphael's Rooms.

You will then reach the Sistine Chapel, the venue for papal elections and one of Italy’s most visited sites. You will view Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgment' and listen to stories from the Bible, including the creation of Adam.

After the museum, you will enter the grandest church on earth, Saint Peter’s Basilica.

The best way to learn is by playing. Your family will have a lot of fun teaming up to solve quizzes, answer trivia, engage in scavenger hunts, and many more captivating games during the tour. Your local guide for children and families will fully-customize your tour and make it unique. Children will actively participate in the visit and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Your tour will end in Saint Peter's Square next to the taxi and bus station.

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Skip-the-line tour of Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican with Local Guide more_vert
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Visit the grandest church in the world with a local expert guide. This 1.5 hour guided tour of Saint Peter's Basilica will take you to the heart of Catholicism; you will learn about the history of the Vatican and the Popes, lives and artworks of the great artists that gave their contribution in building the church.

Facts and anecdotes, mysteries, secrets and important stories will be revealed to you during the tour. You will find the answer to the most popular questions about St. Peters' and more. Why was the church built on that location? What masterpieces are contained inside? What happens when a new Pope is elected? What great works were made by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bramante and other famous masters? What are the details of the dome?

On this small group tour you will be able to skip the long entrance lines and ask the guide about every aspect of the church. 

Visit the grandest church in the world with a local expert guide. This 1.5 hour guided tour of Saint Peter's Basilica will take you to the heart of Catholicism; you will learn about the history of the Vatican and the Popes, lives and artworks of the great artists that gave their contribution in building the church.

The visit starts in St. Peter's square at the Obelisk where you will see the Popes' palace, the chimney where smoke comes out after Popes are elected and the balcony where they bless people. By skipping the long entrance lines you will go inside the Basilica.. You will see the Chapel of the Baptistry and the Chapel where weddings take place.

Your guide will explain to you in detail the most famous masterpieces preserved in the church including Michelangelo's Pietà , Bernini's Baldacchino, Canova's Monument to the Stuart Family and many more... including Di Cambio's bronze statue of St. Peter that every pilgrim touches during their holy trip. You will then walk toward the altar where the Popes only hold mass and admire the dome from inside with its spectacular mosaics.

The church is still today the center of the Catholic ceremonies so part of it may be closed to public during special events. If open you will explore also the tombs of the Popes and other areas off-the-beaten tracks.

You will love this tour, your guide and the Vatican art and history!

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Before Hours Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Basilica Tour more_vert
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The Before Hours Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Basilica Small Group Tour offers you the chance to see and learn about timeless masterpieces before they are awoken by the thousands of regular visitors each morning! Your group tour will enter the Vatican museums a whole hour before the general public is allowed inside. Taking you straight to the Sistine Chapel, where you will be one of the first to enter this sacred room, you'll enjoy plenty of time to admire Michelangelo's incredible masterpiece before the crowds flood in.

The group tour finishes with a guided tour of St Peter's Basilica, educating you more on the history of the Vatican and the church and showing you the only work of art actually autographed by Michelangelo.

If you've ever seen the lines waiting outside the Vatican Museums, then you'll truly understand the meaning of 'lined up round the block'. With this tour you will not be subject to that experience!

Your group tour will enter the Vatican museums a whole hour before the general public is allowed inside*. Taking you straight to the Sistine Chapel, where you will be one of the first to enter this sacred room, you'll enjoy plenty of time to admire Michelangelo's incredible masterpiece before the crowds flood in.

The Popes have spent centuries collecting masterpieces that are displayed throughout the Vatican museums. Not all of these, however, are hung on the wall, as some walls themselves have actually been decorated by the likes of Raphael and Michelangelo. This Vatican small group tour will introduce you to some of the world's most famous works of art, before leading you into the incredible St Peter's Basilica. You'll soon understand why more than 5 Million visitors come to see the Vatican each year!

The Before Hours Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Basilica Small Group Tour offers you the chance to see and learn about timeless masterpieces before they are awoken by the thousands of regular visitors each morning! The group tour finishes with a guided tour of St Peter's Basilica, educating you more on the history of the Vatican and the church and showing you the only work of art actually autographed by Michelangelo.

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Sistine Chapel Raphael Rooms Private Tour more_vert
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Enjoy a private 3 hour tour (max 6 people) of the Vatican Museums including the Raphael Rooms and The Sistine Chapel ending with a privileged entrance to St.Peter's Basilica.
Highlights include the Belvedere courtyard, Pine courtyard, Gallery of Maps ,Gallery of Tapestries ,Pio Clemente museum and the Raphael Rooms.

The tour departs at the entrance of the Vatican Museums and ends with a privileged entrance to St.Peter's Basilica. Along the way you will visit The Belvedere Courtyard, Pine Courtyard, Gallery of Maps ,Gallery of Tapestries, Pio Clemente Museum and the Raphael Rooms. Your guide will then lead you to the Sistine Chapel where you can enjoy the Creation of Adam and the Final Judgment by Michaelangelo. 
at the end of the tour you will be escorted by your guide to St.Peter's Basilica, where you will have the option to visit The Cupola (€8 fee by elevator) or spend the rest of the day in the Basilica on your own time.

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In-Depth Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica more_vert
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Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this in-depth group tour. In the company of an expert guide, you’ll learn about the history of the Vatican and the geniuses of the Renaissance, including Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo Da Vinci. Highlights include the masterpieces of the often overlooked Pinacoteca (“Picture Gallery”), famous statues such as “Laocoon”, and the sublime ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Join us on a journey through centuries of art and history, learning all about the lives of the popes and artists on this in-depth group tour of the Vatican. You’ll have the opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, on a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will explain this fascinating historical context of the frescoes and tell you all about the life of Michelangelo.

The Vatican Museums are full of inspiring artworks, as you’ll discover on your walk through the galleries. The Raphael Rooms are another highlight; these extraordinary frescoes, which were commissioned for the apartments of Pope Julius II, represent Raphael at the height of his artistic powers. You’ll be amazed by the range of artistic treasures in the Vatican Museums, from classic Roman statues such as the “Apollo Belvedere” to Baroque paintings by great artists such as Caravaggio. Your guide will also show you some hidden gems in the Pinacoteca, one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, usually overlooked by other tour companies.

The Vatican is the world centre of Catholicism, but regardless of your religious beliefs, St Peter’s Basilica is unmissable for anyone with an interest in art, history and culture. Built on a vast scale, the sheer size of the Basilica makes a visit a humbling experience. On your tour of St Peter’s Basilica you’ll discover more great works of art, such as Michelangelo’s moving statue “Pietà”, which depicts the Virgin Mary tenderly holding the body of Christ. You’ll also learn all about the artistic visions of Bernini, the Baroque artist and architect who transformed the Basilica and St Peter’s Square.

As you stand in St Peter’s Square, gazing up at the iconic dome of the Basilica, you’ll hear stories of the Catholic Church and the lives of the popes, many of whom had a huge, long-lasting impact on both the political and artistic history of Italy. Throughout the centuries, the complex webs of power and politics at the Vatican have influenced not only religion, but European history. There is no better way to appreciate the importance of the Vatican than on a tour, walking through St Peter’s Square with an enriched understanding of the powerful men who once lived and worked here.

Our groups are limited to 13 people, in order to give you a more personal, intimate experience, and you will have plenty of opportunities to talk to your guide (an art historian), and ask questions. In addition, all tickets are bought in advance, which means you can skip the line and spend more time exploring the marvelous collections of the Vatican Museums.

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Pope's Summer Residence Day Trip from Rome Including Garden Visit and Lunch more_vert
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Delight in the rare privilege of discovering the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, recently opened by Pope Francis for a select number of tours. Until a short time ago such a visit would have been impossible, but for the first time we offers an exclusive experience of this magical realm, filled with secrets and history, that is sure to charm you thanks to our privileged position as an official Vatican partner, all with benefits you can’t find anywhere else!

On this unique tour, we take you on a journey of discovery to the Vatican’s most coveted getaway in Castel Gandolfo just 15 miles south of Rome in the verdant Alban hills, where you will be treated to a guided visit of the Papal summer residence, including the Apostolic Palace and the Barberini Gardens, as well as a once in a lifetime chance to have a buffet lunch on local products that come directly from the Pope’s private farm, with the chance to buy them for yourself, a rare privilege usually reserved exclusively for Vatican citizens, dignitaries, the high clergy or the Pope himself, and we’re the only tour operator to offer this!

Meet our expert guide who will accompany you throughout the day at a central location in Rome before embarking on the 1-hour bus ride to Castel Gandolfo via private coach.

Once arrived and fresh with the captivating stories and commentary provided by your guide on the way up, you’ll have some free time in the town of Castel Gandolfo for a coffee break, shopping for souvenirs or just exploring its narrow alleys and sweeping views.

You will then be handed over to an official Vatican guide for a spectacular 45-minute guided visit to the Apostolic Palace for an insider’s look at the rare treasures and history it contains. This 17th century abode has served as a summer residence to the Popes since Urban VIII chose it for its stunning position and panorama in 1626. Explore this remarkable complex, often referred to as the ‘Second Vatican’, culminating in the breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape from the Papal Terrace, a privilege reserved for very few.

After the first leg of your visit, you will continue with your official Vatican guide for a 1 hour and 15 minutes guided stroll covering the best of the Barberini Gardens, some of the most beautiful in Italy and the world. Built over the ruins of the Emperor Domitian’s villa, this Renaissance masterpiece can be described as nothing less than a feast for the senses. Admire the extraordinarily evocative natural and archaeological features of this earthly paradise, including the Magnolia Garden, Path of Roses, with the impressive ruins of the imperial theatre, the ancient ‘crypto-portico’ covered passageway, and more until you reach the Belvedere Gardens with sweeping views that reach all the way to the sea.

A 10-minute shuttle transfer and you’ll be off to sample products from the Pope’s private farm for a lunch. Listen to your guide as they describe the farm in detail. You’ll then be ready to sit down and enjoy a meal fit for the Pope himself composed of yogurt, cheeses, honey, bruschetta with oil and tomatoes, salads, fresh produce and more, all produced from the surrounding land and of uncompromising quality. You’ll even get to try the famed ‘Pope’s Milk’!

You’ll be back on your private bus for Rome enriched by this unique experience with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the evening in Rome

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Vatican Museums Highlights for Families with Skip the Line Ticket more_vert
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The Vatican Museums are an absolute must-see for tourists of any age coming to Rome, so if you’re wondering whether your kids are going to get the most out of it look no further! On this specially crafted tour, we have literally removed the barriers between children and visiting the masterpieces held within the Vatican’s 9 miles of wall to wall art. This fantastic guided visit for the whole family starts with our special partners' Skip the Line entry, a 2-hour itinerary designed especially for families with children aged 7-12, careful explanations of some of the world’s best art, as well as specific activities and materials that your children are going to love!

Your family tour will begin as you walk straight past the huge lines with our special Vatican partners’ entrance, which means you will get in even faster than those in the standard group entrance that most tour operators bill as ‘skip the line’. Your kids will still be full of energy and burning with curiosity as you step into the museum for a specially prepared visit with a passionate guide who is full of insight, stories and games that will keep your children engaged for an experience that is both educational and fun at the same time.

We have carefully chosen the parts of the museum that your kids are going to like the best, weaving a rich narrative that covers not only the Vatican’s timeless masterpieces, but also the history of the Papacy itself. Your young travelers will embark on a journey they will never forget as they explore with their expert guide and imagination to lead them. See the Pope-mobile, the wonders of ancient Egypt, the Gallery of Maps and trace Michelangelo's inspiration through the Vatican's original collection that led to some of the most important figures in the Sistine Chapel ceiling and Last Judgment frescoes, perhaps the greatest artistic achievements of all time, all done by just one person. You'll discover that even geniuses have their limits when you see what Michelangelo thought a whale looked like!

After the tour ends inside the majesty of the Sistine Chapel, your guide will show you and your family where to gain direct Skip the Line access to St. Peter's Basilica, which you will be able to explore at your own pace to see more treasures, like Michelangelo's 'Pietà', inside the largest and most important Catholic church in the world.

Thanks to this handpicked itinerary, specific activities focused on making sure your kids get the most out of their Vatican experience and special attention from your expert guide, this fun and informative tour is sure to be a hit with the whole family, and your kids will also feel that you did something special for them as they discover the best of the Vatican Museums!          

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Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St Peter Basilica more_vert
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Enjoy a private 3-hour tour to immerse yourself in the art and culture of Vatican City. Explore the Vatican Museums, marvel at the Sistine Chapel, and stand in awe at St. Peter’s Basilica with skip the line access included.

After meeting your tour guide in the morning or afternoon (your choice), the expedition starts at the Vatican Museums, where you will be exposed to a plethora of Roman art from 3 artistic styles: Baroque, Renaissance, and Medieval. In turn, you will also see ancient Roman sculptures, mosaics, and art-craft. Your guide will explain over 2,000 years of Roman history along the way.

Enter the Raphael Rooms, a suite of four reception rooms, and take in their gorgeous frescoes. Paired with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, they are the most famous fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance period in Rome.

The journey continues as you make your way to the Sistine Chapel. Upon entrance, our guides will explain the life, times and works of Michelangelo and the patron of this chapel, Pope Julius II. As you enter, imagine a work of art so vast that it paints nine scenes of a story. This is Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Your eyes will thank you for the beauty they have just witnessed.

It only gets better as you walk through one of the largest churches in the world, and one of the most recognized works of Renaissance architecture, St. Peter’s Basilica. St. Peter’s was designed by the great artists Donato Bramante, Carlo Maderno, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Michelangelo, and holds up to 20,000 people. You will also see Pietà, the most recognized religious sculpture by Michelangelo.

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Vatican Highlights Group Tour Specialized for Families with Children more_vert
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Explore the highlights of the Vatican Museums on this specially tailored 3-hour tour for families with children. A scavenger hunt helps to engage visitors of all ages in the art and history of the collection, including the Sistine Chapel.

Meet your guide near the entrance of the Vatican Museums to begin your family-oriented tour of this world-famous collection of art and artifacts. Each guide has been carefully chosen for his or her ability to make what is sometimes complex history and art interesting and understandable for children of all ages, often through interactive activities.

Go through the priority entrance with your guide and your small group to avoid waiting in a long line. Walk through the various rooms of the vast museums, including the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Carriages, and the Sistine Chapel. Your guide has scavenger hunts and games as well as fascinating stories to keep the kids engaged.

At the conclusion of the 3-hour tour, you'll exit the museums through the Sistine Chapel and into St. Peter's Square. St. Peter's Basilica is easy to visit immediately afterward, but is not included on this tour.

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