If you think that visiting the Vatican will be boring for kids, think again! The Vatican Museums offer children a unique and unrepeatable adventure. The tour that we propose, with children specifically in mind, is led by a guide who knows well the preferences and interests of young visitors, and therefore they will be enriched by the anecdotes and details which will leave them enchanted. Beginning with the history of the Vatican, the smallest sovereign state in the world and governed by an absolute monarch, the Pope, the children will satisfy their curiosities discovering, for example, that still today the popes are elected in the Sistine Chapel and that during the conclave the cardinals gathered cannot leave the Chapel to eat or to sleep, while waiting for the white smoke which will announce to the world that a new pope has been elected (habemus papam).
They will also enjoy hearing about the quarrels between Michelangelo and Julius II during the period in which the great artist painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and they will not believe their ears when they will hear that the genius not only worked alone and always standing on his feet, with his head up with paint dripping into his eyes, and that he worked only four years to complete the biggest masterpiece ever created by human hands. In the end, thirty years later, Michelangelo, painting the Last Judgment, played around with the faces of those who were condemned to hell, portraying his enemies! In the Pius-Clementine Museum the classical sculptures will be brought to life by the words of the guide, who knows how to relay to the children the most intriguing mythological stories. The optical illusions in the Gallery of the Arazzi will divert the young ones from the first signs of being tired.
The tour is designed to entertain a young audience but also to introduce them to the most important themes of art, history, and religion. Always, of course, while skipping the line!