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

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.


  • 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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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.

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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour guide. Great with providing all kinds of info. We are very glad we did the tour. Well organized.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour allowed us to skip the line to enter the Vatican. The guides took us to where we could pick up the audio guide. Once in the Vatican we were on our own. The guides were where we were directed to, easy to find. This is exactly what we expected and wanted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was an amazing tour and Katrina was a GREAT guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great way to get into St. Peter's! The line was stretched clear around the colonnade that day. I have to believe it would have been over an hour to stand in line. We got to sit on the colonnade in the shade waiting for the group to assemble and just walked in at our time and had unlimited time to spend exploring in the Basilica.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were picked up on time and taken to the pick up point so we didn't have to wait in the two hour line in the sun , the tour was really good and guide very good Do this tour if you are undecided

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Definitely recommend this tour!
My apologies for not remembering our guides names --- Both guides were friendly, efficient, and helpful. We were able to get in very easily and very quickly - consider there was a line of 100's waiting to get in, we bypassed this line and were in within minutes.
I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour guide, ample time to ask questions and take photographs. Very enjoyable and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour in great city
Christina our tour guide was very good
had great knowledge of the Vatican
and passionate about her job

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an interesting tour and well done. St Peter's is SO crowded that it's always chaotic to get around. Our guide did a nice job of moving us around the crowds. One of our group was showing more skin than the guard wanted and less than other people in the group but our guide found her a scarf to put on. Thank you!

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