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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What You Can Expect
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.
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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It was an excellent tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept our interest the entire way. She included additional facts that were very interesting. Well worth the cost of entry.
Catalina was excellent. This was our first time to do such a tour, and as a result, we have decided to do it throughout our one-week stay in Italy. We did a bicycle tour in Florence yesterday, and today are back in Rome for a Colleseum tour. Having a guide there to tell us about things, made the whole experience so much richer. The Basilica has such a depth of history, which we were totally unaware of. We would have walked around for 20 minutes, having no significant idea what we were looking at. The tour guide made the experience.