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  • Location: Rome, Italy
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See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on a comprehensive 1.15-hour walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable Vatican guide, your tour starts with a short walk from St Peter's Square, before continuing into St Peter's Basilica with a priority-access service. As you walk, hear tales of the popes, pilgrims and legendary artists who, throughout history, have helped make St Peter's Basilica the awe-inspiring place it is today.

Numbers are limited to 20 people on this St Peter's Basilica tour, ensuring you'll enjoy a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour 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 your 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
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people ensures an intimate experience in this holy place

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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

Often regarded as the holiest site in Christendom, St Peter's Square marks the heart of Vatican City -- Rome's famous papal enclave. Designed by Baroque architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the distinctive square is flanked on either side by a stone colonnade, said to represent Christ's open arms symbolically welcoming the world into the Catholic Church.

Your small-group tour starts in the square, and as you walk over from the colonnade to the terrace in front of the church, your guide will tell you tales of Bernini, whose work had so much impact on the Vatican as you see it today. See several sites of significance, including the northern fountain and the impressive obelisk that dates back to 13th-century BC Egypt.

Next, leave St Peter's Square and head inside the tour’s main attraction -- St Peter's Basilica. Reputedly built on the very ground where St Peter the Apostle was crucified, the church started out as a humble chapel to which Christian pilgrims flocked.

Over time, the church has evolved to become as ornate as it is sacred, home to priceless works of Baroque and Renaissance art. After skipping the long lines, head straight in and gaze up in wonder at the incredible cupolone -- the church’s dome -- created by colorful Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo. You'll also see his beautiful La Pietà sculpture, as well as various mosaic works.

Stop at the statue of St Peter and kiss or rub his foot for a blessing, before walking over to the tomb of Pope John Paul II. As you continue through the church, your guide will show you Bernini’s lavish, bronze canopy altar, known as the baldacchino. Positioned right in the center of the building, the altar marks the tomb of St Peter underneath.

Your tour finishes in St Peter's Basilica, where you can stay if you want to spend more time exploring this sacred place independently.

Audio Tour:
If you would like to see St Peter's Basilica at your own pace, select a morning or afternoon audio tour when booking. The audio tours last for approximately an hour, and are available daily.

Upgrade:
Would you like to see the famous Treasury Museum? Upgrade your tour to include an audio tour of the Treasury Museum. Select a 1-hour morning or afternoon tour, and explore the museum at your own pace to discover the secrets of the Vatican treasury. The total duration of the tour including the upgrade is 2.5-hours approximately.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

so glad I booked this tour and skipped the queue .
Guide was excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour was absolutely fabulous,St. Peters was quit busy, our guide kept us on track and avoided the crowds as much as possible, will still proving a very educational experience. I would highly recommend this service to any one. The guided service with a knowledgeable person made our experience that much more memorable.
Thanks for the great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We definitely recommend this tour to anyone in Rome. We were able to skip the line to enter St. Peter's and the audio tour made it possible to see the Basilica at your own pace. Totally worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We booked this tour because it was not part of our private tour of the sistine chapel and we did not want to miss the Basilica. It was a perfect addition to our Vatican Tours. It was amazing to skip the lines and get right in. It was very crowded and hot the day we went and the ability to get right in was awesome. The tour did include an excellent guide who was very knowledgable. At the end, we added the tour of the dome at the end. It is a tricky walk, difficult for some folks, but the view was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Absolutely loved this tour! It was the highlight of my trip. Our tour guide was wonderful and knowledgable when it came to details about St. Peter's Basilica.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful to skip the line. The tour guide was wonderful. An absolute must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fabulous tour guide! She did a great job and the tour was very informative for the whole family. Being able to skip the line was a definitive plus instead of having to wait in the hot sun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Worth it to pay to skip the line. Otherwise you'll be in line for hours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Paula was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Uncomplicated booking! Pickup point easy to find! Procedure is troublefree!

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