Fantastic tour of St. Peter's Basilica, including the top of the cupola. Tour guides were very knowledgeable, articulate, and friendly. It was a highlight of my time in Rome. Highly recommended.
We only decided to take this tour after we heard stories about the waiting line. So glad we did! Our guide for the basilica shared with us that she likes to highlight specialties of the Basilica that cannot be commonly found in all the guide books. Smart.
Our dome guide, Amil, was both knowledgeable and energetic. Be sure the dome part of your tour! The view of the Basilica from inside the drum is exciting -- you are surrounded by walls of mosaics and can view the inside of the dome. Once on top of the dome, you view St. Peter's square, surrounding buildings, gardens and all of Rome! from high up..Stunning views.
The only complaint is that it took a long time for the tour guides to get our groups organized. We had to state and re-state our names and type of tour multiple times to several different guides before we were able to start the tour.
We had a wonderful guide for our tour. She was knowledgeable, energetic and very friendly. Couldn't have had a better tour! We thought she was a life long citizen of Rome with all the intimate knowledge that she had. But she told us she only moved there ten years ago from Romania. Congratulations to her for all she's learned, and now taught us, about the Vatican and St Peter's Basilica!
The best part of this tour is getting to the top of the cupola. And we had an awesome guide Camile, i think who is very energetic and happy to share with us everything about the basilica.
Susy C Australia
So many times have been here but with no explanation. We thoroughly enjoyed our guides tour explaining about St Peter's Basilica. And then enjoyed the 320 steps climbing to the Top with the views of the gardens and Rome.
The tour guide informed me the day before, that the tour ist not possible due to a mass for the pope. That was not realy good, because I had already planned the days.
But we could find an other day.
Skip the line was perfect, we have been in 10 Minutes in St. Peters Basilica. The tour guide was very good - in fact really worth to do it!
This tour was excellent and one of the best we took during our tour of Italy. Our group was small and our guide Hercules was fantastic in knowledge and presentation. The instructions to find the guide were clear and easily achieved. Skip the line is the only way to go and climbing the dome will remain a significant highlight of our holiday.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
This tour was excellent, the guide was passionate and knowledgable. Although not for the unfit, the view was so worth the climb.
Fantastic tour of St Peter's and the cupola. Our guide was great! Skipping the line was fantastic!!!
Excellent guides. Clear and easy to hear. Small group. Highly recommend!
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.
It was a memorable tour not to be missed. It was everything we hoped for and more.
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.
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.
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!