Take your young ones on the experience of a lifetime as you travel through Italy. You'll start in Venice, where you'll explore on a slew of scavenger hunts. Follow it with Florence, where you'll learn to craft your own gelato, before you make your way through the markets and museums of Rome while engaging in interactive activities. The activities throughout this trip are specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, allowing you to experience many of Italy's highlights while keeping the little ones entertained.
Your kid-friendly guide will meet you in front of the Vatican Museums, learning what interests your kids and what makes them curious. You’ll receive a special treasure map, and the games will begin. You'll explore different rooms and collections, focusing on the most fun for kids. These special areas are free from big crowds and allow your children time and space to be curious and ask questions. Along the way, you’ll marvel at the tricky Momo’s Staircase and match the clues on your treasure map. Admire the gold horse carriages and vintage cars that the popes have used throughout history. Not many tourists get the chance to see these unique collections!
Continue through the museums as you make your way across your map, taking time to answer fun questions, decipher clues, and, of course, find treasures! You’ll 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.
As you exit the Sistine Chapel, your guide will lead you through a direct entryway into the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica. Admire Bernini’s Baldacchino (an altar made entirely of bronze), the Pietà (another Michelangelo masterpiece), the Holy Door (which absolves sins during a Jubilee year), and more. Your guide will check to see that the kids answered all the treasure map questions and award prizes before saying goodbye.
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Itineraries with Vatican Highlights Family Treasure Hunt
This week-long Italian excursion is ideal for families, with plenty of interactive activities. Start by cruising the canals in Venice, where you'll learn how to craft your own Carnival mask and explore the halls of the Doge's Palace and islands within the lagoon. Then head to Rome, where you'll visit top sites by golf cart, taste your way through the markets, and learn the hidden secrets of the Vatican's museums. With activities specially designed for families with kids aged 5-12, you'll hit the highlights of Italy while keeping the little ones entertained.
With two full weeks, your family can embrace what Italy has to offer on this tour, focused on kids aged 5-12. You'll craft Carnival masks and follow engaging clues through the canals of Venice, then experience the Renaissance arts of Florence. Tour ancient sites, extensive art collections, and fruit-filled markets in Rome before you end your trip in Naples, home of both ancient Pompeii and some of the best pizza you can find.