Visiting Vatican Museum with kids

If you read travel forums you will see people suggest not to go to Vatican museum with kids because it is always crowded. Sometimes it is an option to leave your kids behind and you may not be able to come to Roma again. I read few articles that there are families who bring their kids to the museum but we have to be realistic. I crossed guided tours because Achita may not have the patient so we just have to do it DIY with the help of Rick Steves audio tour. I really recommended to download Rick Steves audio tour prior to your trip. I downloaded some of his audio tours and listened to it throughout my Italy trip.

We bought Vatican museum ticket online from the official website:

Alyssa is free but Fabio need to pay for the reduced ticket.

Today is the day where DH had to leave to Jakarta for his urgent office meeting so I had to made do with 2 kids by myself. We took the bus to Vatican museum. I bought bus tickets at the nearby tobacco store. Tips: best to calculate how many you would need and buy them in one go. Sometimes they can be difficult to find.

We got to Vatican too early as our ticket entrance is only 10am. So we went to a nearby cafe and had some breakfast. I made sure kids tummy are filled so they are not cranky when we spend a long time in the museum

Tips: cafe near Vatican is overpriced so it is actually best to have breakfast near your place. And we can only enter museum according to our entrance time in the ticket

We entered the museum at 10am and saw a ridiculously long queue which we skipped. There are few routes of how you want to see the museum but they all ended in Sistine Chapel. We chose the routes which do not involve stairs yet. There are stairs involved here and there along the museum route. I am sure there is a path for wheelchair for user but as Achita is awake I just folded her stroller and carry it as needed. Yoyo stroller is the best when it comes to travelling.

I briefed Achita when we finally got to Sistine Chapel that she had to stay quiet. We are not allowed to take any pictures inside the chapel.

We went outside to see the Vatican garden and I got really confused on how to walk to St Peter Basilica from inside the Vatican. We finally found an exit but it took us back to the museum entrance.

Frustrated I finally decided to go for lunch first and then figured out how to make our way back inside to visit St Peter Basilica. We had lunch in McDonald which is always the easiest option and found that the entrance to Vatican is not too far. So after lunch we went back inside Vatican and saw the long queue to enter St Peter Basilica lol. St Peter Basilica is free so we can not skip the lines. There might be an entrance to St Peter Basilica from the museum which could skip the queue but we could not find it. Achita was asleep already so Fabio and I braved ourselves to queue in the heat. I got my umbrella and Fabio had his hat. What I am missing is portable fan!!!!!

When we finally passed security clearance, apparently stroller is not allowed to enter inside St Peter. So Fabio and I took turned to enter St Peter while the others waiting with Achita still sleeping

Achita finally awoke as we made our way out from Vatican city.

We walked ahead to see Castel Sant Angelo which is just next to Vatican. We didn’t come inside and just took pictures from the outside.

From there we continue walking to Campo di Fiore as it looks like a nice walk in the shade and we can always stop for more gelato

On the way we stumbled into Piazza Navona again but this time it was so much nicer with street musician playing. We rested there and just relaxing while Achita counted all the pigeons

When we finally reached Campo di Fiore, it was already closed. So we took a bus home passing Piazza Venezia which look really pretty.

I took the kids to have dinner in Japanese restaurant close to the apartment because Achita was craving rice. She was so excited she finished 3/4 of the rice and fell asleep after her tummy was full. Tomorrow we are going to take the train to Firenze.