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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 73 Reviews

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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including views from the Top of the Cupola. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

On the day of the tour, we were thrilled to walk past the line that stretched around St Peter's Square to the front of the line where very courteous staff helped check us in and take us to the entry. Mercedes was our guide for St. Peter's. She was easy to understand, demonstrated she loved what she's doing, was entertaining and informative. She was also very willing to answer questions. We were off then to the top of the Cupola with Amil. We booked several tours and had many guides, but Amil was best by far. We loved her straight forward approach - - very entertaining and informative, easy to understand and offered personal insight and experiences. We felt as though we had met an old friend for a stroll around the Cupola. She was amazing!!! I would definitely try to arrange for Amil and Mercedes for English tours if possible. Well worth the cost and great tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

We loved it, the views from the top of the Cupola are amazing!
One thing that should be improved was the person whom is waiting at the meeting point was very unfriendly. He took our vouchers and stuck a sticker on us without saying a word, started walking away without giving instructions, we just to amused to follow him. Once inside the Basilica we we're handed over to our guide whom was full of knowledge and charm! We were grateful that he was not taking us around.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Educational I didn't realize that the paintings in the Basilica were all mosaics and worth doing to skip the lines. It is a long way up and down with a very narrow staircase fits only one person at a time to the top of the cupola, but it's worth it at the top to see the views. If you have issues climbing up and down stairs either bad knees or weak heart or are claustrophobic especially with narrow, spiral staircase, don't climb all the way to the top of the cupola.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Excellent tour. Our guide was great -- very informative and attentive the entire group in a very crowded space. The tour is worth the price simply to skip the line which looked to be two-three hours of a wait in the hot sun. We skipped every line and only waited less than three minutes for security and then inside for distribution of headsets and tour logistics five minutes. The trip to the top of the Cupola was worth it as well -- some find the climb long, but it's very interesting -- spiral staircases, seeing the curved walls of the inside of the dome, etc. Again, an excellent guide. Stop looking -- just book this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This tour was excellent, the guide was passionate and knowledgable. Although not for the unfit, the view was so worth the climb.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Fantastic tour of St Peter's and the cupola. Our guide was great! Skipping the line was fantastic!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Excellent guides. Clear and easy to hear. Small group. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

If there is one thing you need to know about the Vatican is that it is PACKED! This tour allows you to avoid the 2-3 hour long line! The tour guide is informative. TIP: If you will be upgrading to climb up the dome wear comfortable shoes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

It was a memorable tour not to be missed. It was everything we hoped for and more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was fantastic. Our guide's name was Cossimo. He was very knowledgeable and the tour was exactly as described. We will recommend this to friends and will be back to use the same tour group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Basilica is beautiful! The trip up to the Cupola is a challenge (as well as the way down) but the view from the top is well worth the effort.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The tour was very thorough and the guide was very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

amazing tour with an amazing tour guide. He told us so many meaningful details about the St. Peter's bacilica. Highly recomand for this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Great location, great guides, many steps with fantastic view. Much but not too much information provided by sympathetic and competent guides. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

The tour was very good. It was very crowded, so skipping the line was extremely helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Amazing view of a very special place. Antonia was so interesting. Hung on every word, that is when I was able to catch my breath from the climb.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Our guide was fabulous! Excellent knowledge, clear English and did an excellent job ensuring everyone was able to see and hear the highlights of the tour. I would recommend this tour to everyone visiting Rome. The duration of the tour was just right.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This tour is totally worth it...not only do you get to skip the long line at St Peter's but you get guides who are passionate and knowledgeable. There were only three of us on the tour as well, so even better. Sylvia in St Peter's and Claudia, who took us up the steps to the cupola were both terrific and really made our day. Thank you again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Efficient, reliable and professional. i booked the night before but the confirmation was prompt. The view from the cupola is amazing and the walk up 300 steps is an experience for those who can climb stairs. As the guides, Irakli and Paula provided highly informative and insightful tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

A view of the Basilica sanctuary and St. Peters Square that you rarely get. The guides were very good, but too rushed. Slow down and let us take more photos.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Excellent. Definitely worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was amazing!

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