We are taking out kids (13, 11, 9 & 7 at the time) to Italy in June. We are looking for kid friendly guides. I have bought SolaRoma's book, which has great tips, and we are renting a 2 bed/2 bath apt. through Rome Rents in the Campo di Fiori area.
I am thinking of booking with Context Rome as they have some kid friendly programs for the Colluseum (and also for Venice and Florence), but they strongly suggest to not take the kids through the Vatican Museums. Michael and I have been through them twice, once with a guide, so we really don't need to see the collection in detail. I really just want the kids to see the Sistene Chapel, as we will most likely never take them back (too many other places in the world to take them, and hey, 4 kids is expensive!!!).
I have read that some of you have gone really early and walked straight to the Sistene Chapel. Is there a short cut through the museum to do this? It seemed to me that the only way to get there was by going through the whole museum. I do know that if the kids had an engaging guide talking about kids stuff...like why there are naked people all over the place, the Egyptian stuff, why some naked people have "cloths" in appropriate places, etc. they would enjoy the museum a whole lot more. Any suggestions?