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Private Family Experience: Vatican Tour for Kids

2 hrs 30 mins
Refundable booking
vatican tour for kids

LivTours Family Experience: Vatican Tour for Kids Private Tour is the perfect tour for the whole family! A fantastically fun tour, your private Vatican Treasure Hunt explores the vast history and art collections of the Vatican Museums in a way that is fun and engaging for kids: a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt. Who are we kidding… it’s a lot of fun for adults too! Highlights of your private tour include the many collections of the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other special gems, like the pope’s carriages, added specifically for our younger guests.

We understand that traveling with kids can be difficult sometimes, especially in large museums like the Vatican, which can easily be overwhelming for a child. With LivTours, a Vatican Silver Level Collaborator,  you can rest assured that even the youngest ones will be engaged, have fun, and learn a whole lot! With a LivTours original treasure map and a fun quiz to go with it, your family will make its way through the incredible collections of the museums, led by your very own LivTours top-rated family-friendly expert guide. It will surely be an experience to remember and for your kids to share with their friends when they get home!


  • Enjoy an exclusive Private Tour of the Vatican that is perfect for your kids
  • Skip the Line and delight in direct entry to the Museums – no waiting in lines
  • Engage in a fun scavenger hunt for the whole family throughout your tour
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece - the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn from and have fun with a LivTours top-rated kid-friendly guide

Exclusive private Tours and Experiences. Also offered in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish and Russian

Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)

Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English

Easy to book and prepay your tours with our secure payment system

Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions

Your Vatican Tour for Kids is designed to make the most efficient use of your time right from the start, so the little ones never have a chance to get bored. That is why you begin with Skip-The-Line access, and get your adventure going without having to wait in long lines. Your guide will start with getting to know the kids and finding out what they are curious and interested in. Maps will be handed out and the games begin!

You will not only visit the highlights, but your guide will also tailor the tour to include rooms and collections that are the most fun for kids, and free from big crowds. This will give your children time and space to be curious and ask questions, so they can really take it all in. Marvel at the tricky Momo’s Staircase and match the clues on your LivTours treasure map. Visit and awe at the gold horse carriages and vintage cars that the popes have used throughout history. You and your kids will love seeing these fancy vehicular collections that many people never get to see! Continue through the museums as you make your way through your treasure map, full of fun questions, clues, and, of course, treasures! Visit the spacious outdoor Pinecone and Octagonal Courtyards, walk through the impressive Gallery of Maps (a kids’ favorite!), and make your way to Michelangelo’s incredible Sistine Chapel.

Lots of tales exist about how this Chapel came to be, stories that have been passed down for centuries. LivTours is committed to continuing this tradition, passing these stories down to your kids, the next generation of art lovers.

As you exit the Sistine Chapel, your guide will walk you through a direct entryway into the world’s largest church: St. Peter’s Basilica. See Bernini’s Baldacchino, an altar made entirely of bronze; the Pietà, another Michelangelo masterpiece; the Holy door, which absolves sins when walked through during a Jubilee year, and more.

As your tour ends, your guide will check to see that all the treasure map questions have been answered and award prizes to the kids.


  • LivTour's exclusive Treasure Hunt Material & Gifts
  • VR Goggles
  • LivTours free App
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Muses, Greek & Round Rooms
  • Gallery of Candelabra, Tapestries & Maps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Saint Peter's Basilica

  • The treasure hunt maps are only made in English.
  • This tour material is designed for children from ages 5 – 10 years old. If older children are also present, our guides are capable and ready to adapt material and the tour’s content.
  • Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
  • There is no photography allowed in the Sistine Chapel.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be closed unexpectedly for liturgical ceremonies. If closed, the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended.
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is closed on most Wednesdays mornings due to the weekly Papal Audience. If you book this tour for a Wednesday the time inside the Vatican Museums will be extended.
  • Please be aware that the Sistine Chapel is a Holy Place and talking during your visit inside is strictly forbidden, therefore your guide will give you an explanation of the Sistine Chapel beforehand during your tour, in order to give you a comprehensive explanation before entering the chapel.
  • Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
  • LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.

When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.

*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


Make your day even more unique and comfortable by upgrading your tour with a customizable LivTours optional add on!

Pick-up service
With the one way pick up service, your driver will pick you up directly from your accommodation and drive you to the meeting point where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Guarantee stress-free. One way only.
starting from 50 €
Add VIP visit to Cabinet of the Masks
Visit the Cabinet of the Masks, a Vatican secret room which is open only to Silver Level Collaborators. See exclusive ancient Roman statues of Aphrodite & Nymph, inspired by Ancient Greek masterworks and a series of intricate mosaics lifted from Emperor Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli.
100 €
Add Exclusive Fresco Making Workshop
Get a hands-on workshop in a local artisan laboratory in the centre of Rome right after your tour to understand, appreciate and learn the incredible Fresco making technique,.
starting from 220 €
Add Exclusive Mosaic Making Workshop
Get a hands-on experience on the ancient and incredible technique of Mosaic making in a phenomenal and original lab in central Rome. Your guide will walk you there as soon as the tour is over.
starting from 220 €

Must show Vaccination or Negative test for Italy & France Tours

For all France and Italy tours that include an indoor activity, a museum or an archeological park visit, it is now National Law in both countries, to present a covid-19 vaccination card OR negative covid-19 test result from the past 48 hrs accompanied by your personal ID to the local authorities for all adults over the age of 12. Lack of ability to present such documentation may result in loss of tour and funds lifting LivTours from all responsibilities.

St Peter's Basilica Direct Access

The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. Our top-rated guides will do their best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. In the eventuality this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit. Please be aware that this alert may have expired by the date of your tour.

Davide rocks!

"Boy are we glad we booked this tour! The kids would have been bored and cranky with all the miles to walk and artwork that goes a bit over their heads. But with LivTour's Davide, he had them eating out of his hand for the entire tour! They were excited to take part in his treasure hunts, "where's wally"-kind of games, questions that were really stimulating for them and that provoked them to really use their imaginations. They chattered about how much fun they had and how much they had learned throughout dinner that night. This was money extremely well spent!!"

Chystal - USA

Vatican with 10 year olds

"The meeting point was easy. And our guild was very knowledgeable and happy to be guiding us around. I would highly recommend Raf. She was great at engaging our two 10 year old kids, asking them questions and answering ALL of theirs (no easy feat). She took and sent us a great family photo, which made our experience that much more memorable. Wonderful experience for all of us!"

Shelly - USA

We were very pleased

"My family and I spent a wonderful morning with Davide, our Livitaly tour guide, exploring the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. He had an incredible depth of knowledge and shared it in an engaging and pleasant way. He really connected with the kids and was able to impart the information in a way that made it fun and easy to digest. He navigated the crowds with skill and a very pleasant demeanor."

Wolfgang - Austria


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