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  • Location:Rome, Italy
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a walking tour with a Vatican guide. From St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, jumping past the entrance queue with your skip-the-line ticket. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline. Options are also available for an audio tour only or a tour upgrade to include a visit to the Treasury Museum. 

Highlights

  • Walking tour of St Peter's Basilica and Square
  • Explore St Peter's Square, with a Vatican guide, and learn about its creator, Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to St Peter's Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Gaze in awe at the impressive dome designed by Michelangelo
  • Rub the foot of the statue of St Peter, and see Michelangelo's La Pietà
  • Tour limited to 20 people

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the heart of Vatican City to begin your walking tour of one of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Starting in St Peter’s Square, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, listening to stories from your guide about baroque sculptor and architect Bernini, who designed the square. Pause to check out a fountain and 13th-century Egyptian obelisk before arriving in front of the church.

Enjoy fast-track entry to the basilica with your skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to go straight inside the spectacular structure, said to be built upon the site where St Peter the Apostle was crucified. Throughout the centuries, the humble church grew into the ornate icon it is today—the holiest of catholic sites. With your guide, walk around to see Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture, as well as his cupolone—St Peter’s famous dome.

Admire mosaic works, see a statue of St Peter, visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II and stare in wonder at Bernini’s baldacchino, the elaborate canopy alter that sits above St Peter’s tomb. Your tour ends inside the basilica, where you may continue exploring independently, if you wish.

Audio tour option:
If you’d rather experience St Peter's Basilica on your own but still gain insight into its history, you may select an audio tour instead of the guided walking tour when booking. The audio tour lasts about an hour and is available daily.

Treasury Museum upgrade option:
Combine your St Peter’s tour with a 1-hour audio tour of the Treasury Museum for a well-rounded and more in-depth Vatican experience. When booking, select a morning or afternoon option, and explore the museum independently to learn about the Vatican treasury. If you select this option, the total duration of your tour is approximately 2.5 hours.

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Customer Reviews

Terrence R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What a beautiful place with so much history our guide was very good

Heather J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent way to get in front of the crowds. There was a queue of about an hour and we just waltzed past. It wasn't so easy to find the place we should go to near the brown booth on the left arm of the square, but if you allow fifteen minutes time in advance, you should be fine.

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The girl who was our guide wS excellent would highly recommend herShe shRed an excellent knowledge of the cathedral.The arrangments went smoothly

Noella G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Only five of us in the group and the guide was excellent. We found the meeting spot easily and were quickly entered into the church.

Sharon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic tour guide, very informative and helpful. An absolute must if you want the best out of St Peter's Basilica, particularly if you don't want to stand in the long queues. I would def' book again.

kbolton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was fantastic! Our train was late getting into Rome, so we missed our 10am tour time, but the company was great about getting us into the next available tour. It was nice having all the time we needed to see everything without having to wait in line. Fabulous outing!

Andrew W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Best tour we did when in Rome, we added once there the tour of the dome which was AMAZING

Jennifer D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

If you have children this is a great tour to splurge a little on. Nevermind all the people who remark that the Basilica is free, the line moves fast, and the tours are rip offs, if you are not a big fan of HUGE lines and crowds and waiting with squirmy kids in the hot sun, i.e. you max out your fastpasses at Disneyworld, splurge on the audio for less stress. It costs less than the tour with a guide and you get the same primary benefit of skipping the lines and going quickly through security. With kids in tow and even without them this is my top priority. Moreover, with the audio guide, you can make your way around the basilica as you like, liberated from the constraints and neck straining mobs of a guided tour. And you can actually hear what is being said into your headphones. For kids, the headphones are great, because they are in control of what they see and learn and they actually pay attention to what they are seeing and are engaged adults too for that matter in learning. You can keep the audio for about 2 hours, even though it says one hour for the tour. You have to pay 3euros for each set of headphones and leave an ID at the front - the tour info did not tell us that. Make sure to return the headphones before exiting, it is not clear exactly where to pick up the headphones but it is directly across but somewhat far away from where you pick them up.

Robin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was good.

Emily G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide for St. Peter's Basilica was fantastic! Just what we were looking for- pointed out the key features with short history without getting long winded. Would definitely recommend this tour! Skipping the line was very nice and for first time visitors to the Vatican it was very nice to have someone to show us the key pieces and what we could look at on our own once the tour was over.

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