5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Walk through the heart of Vatican City and the 16th-century Mosaic Studio (Studio del Mosaico) – a Viator Exclusive that can’t be booked anywhere else! You’ll meet the studio director and artists who work to restore the mosaics of Saint Peter's Basilica after a guided walking tour of the important papal church. With skip-the-line access, you’ll have 2.5 hours to experience the site, including Michelangelo’s Pietà and the tomb of St Peter. Enjoy personal attention from your expert guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour St Peter’s Basilica walking tour and Mosaic Studio – a Viator Exclusive!
  • Skip the lines with fast-track access to St Peter's Basilica
  • Walk through a private section of Vatican City on your way to the Mosaic Studio
  • See how mosaics are repaired and restored at the workshop, closed to the general public
  • Hear commentary by your Vatican guide via audio headset and meet the studio director
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people ensures a personalized visit
  • This tour cannot be booked anywhere else – don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Meet the local artists working on the mosaics of St Peter’s Basilica and tour the Mosaic Studio, which is not normally open to the public. A great tour for art lovers!

What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Skip-the-Line St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Vatican Mosaic Studio

Finish your tour and enjoy free time to admire St Peter's Square

Meet your expert guide in St Peter’s Square in the afternoon (view meeting point under 'View Additional Information') and begin your exclusive small-group tour. With fast-track access to St Peter’s Basilica through the Vatican, you don’t have to wait in any long lines!

Follow your guide through the world’s largest Catholic church and discover all the highlights, including Michelangelo’s famous statue, the Pietà. Through your audio headset, listen to your guide describe the basilica’s historical significance and its 16th-century construction on the site where St Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried. Rub the statue of St Peter for a blessing and pass some of the 91 papal tombs while learning about this holy sanctuary.

During your walking tour, marvel at the basilica’s amazing feats of architecture and art, including the mosaics that adorn St Peter's cupola. After approximately one hour, take a short walk through a private section of Vatican City and visit the Mosaic Studio, which is not generally open to the public. The workshop, established in 1578 by Pope Gregorio XIII, stands next to the Fabbrica di San Pietro and Santa Marta, the building where the pope resides.

Meet the workshop director, who will escort your small group around the studio – a unique experience that’s only available with this exclusive tour! You’ll be introduced to the master artists working to repair the mosaics used in 32,800 square feet (10,000 square meters) of St Peter’s Basilica. See the techniques used to restore the masterpieces and learn how some mosaics are produced as papal gifts to prime ministers, presidents and royalty during official visits to the Vatican.

At the completion of your tour, exit Vatican City through a gate marked Conciliazione, guarded by the Swiss Guards in St Peter’s Square, where you can continue to explore on your own.

Click on 'View additional info' to see the meeting point.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This tour was very private and had exclusive entry into the Vatican Mosaic studio. Most of all, now having visited the mosaic lab, one can appreciate more of its art work.

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