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Vatican with kids?

We are taking children 4, 7, and 9 for a 3 tour of Italy, and plan on going to the Vatican/Sistene Chapel. I am considering a kids oriented tour, but my husband, a true art/history buff, doesn't want it too watered down. Any suggestions for this or any other tours you might recommend? I've heard angel tours are good. Thanks.

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Angel tours are great. The guides are young art history students so really know their stuff and they are great with kids. I think you will get the best of both worlds. I did a tour with about 8 kids from about 4 to 10 years of age and they all really enjoyed it. The guides really try to invlove them without ignoring the 'oldies'. Give them a try I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Posted by
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or you could take a stroller for the kids, give them some medication that would make them sleep (Benadryl) and enjoy the tour yourself.

Posted by
1589 posts

Thanks, Tim. It looks like you have won the Father of the Year contest.

These children are certainly old enough to enjoy a pleasant walk in an exciting place. Perhaps they won't remember much of the tour, but, in later years, they won't be able to complain about being left behind!

Have a great trip!

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I certainly encourage family travel and exposing the children to this wonderful place..but please remember this is a holy place and as in any church the children should be polite and well mannered. I know during travel babies can get out of their normal pattern and be difficult, please be considerate of those around you if the little ones are having a difficult day. The shorter tour may be the ticket you're looking for...maybe dad can return while the kids are napping. Good luck and enjoy yourself too!!!

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I really urge you to try the angel tour with the kids. Yes kids can get grizzly but the noise level on any visit to the Vatican museums is almost defeaning. There are so many people that there is just a high level of background noise. Also your kids won't be the only ones trust me.