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Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide

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From USD 5.79

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

To dig deep into the history and art of St. Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a self-guided audio tour. Explore St. Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica. 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.
  • Audio guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • 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'
  • Listen to audio commentary as you explore at your own pace

What's Included

  • Audioguided tour of the Basilica with fully narrated tour
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Free wifi and toilets
  • Over 30 point of interest to visit
  • Headphones (you can use your own or buy them at the desk for €1,00)
  • Basilica entrance ticket (the entrance in the Basilica is free)
  • Cupola (Dome) entrance ticket
  • Skip the Line (security checks can result in queue)

What To Expect

See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the self-guided tour lets you decide what you want
to visit and when. 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.

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 audio guide on, explore at your leisure to discover Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s 'La Pietà' sculpture, as well as the Cupola—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.

No meeting point needed: at the time of booking you will receive a QRCode that will allow you to download the audio guide track. This will allow you to go to the Basilica when and how you want without having to respect fixed times and appointments.

If you prefer to use a traditional audio guide, you can request it - showing your booking voucher - at the reception desk located in the atrium of the Basilica. The desk hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 and from 13:00 to 17:30 on Sundays
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St. Peter's Basilica

No need of meeting point: at the time of booking you will receive a QRCode that will allow you to download the audio guide track. This means that you can go to the Basilica when and how you want without having to respect fixed times and appointments. If you prefer to use a traditional audio guide, you can request it - showing your booking voucher - at the reception desk located in the atrium of the Basilica. The desk hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 and from 13:00 to 17:30 on Sundays

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NO Ticket is needed to enter St. Peter. Basilica. This is an Audio-guide service.
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to Covid emergency, you need to be equipped with a FFP2 mask
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note: Due to religious celebrations, the venue might be not accessible on the day of your tour; it is recommended that you contact the local operator to avoid any inconvenience
Operated by Vox Mundi

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?

A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.

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Traveller Tips


Skipping the main line is worth it unless you don't mind queuing for well over an hour.
Entry to the museum and the location of Peter's bones are an extra cost.
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DON’t BUY
Frdrique_V, Oct 2021
There was a gigantic line outside which we weren’t allowed to skip. I had to wait 40 minutes outside before I could get in. Of course, I understand that it is like that because of the pandemonium, but I bought the ticket just to skip the line, which I wasn’t allowed to. SO DON’T BUY, it’s not skip the line!!!
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Dear customer, we are really sorry for your negative experience. Unfortunately this product is not entitled to a skip-the-line access (which at the Saint Peter's Basilica has been suspended since the Covid emergency began). As you will be able to note, in fact, in the description of the service on the internet page in any section it is indicated "skip-the-line access" (which is usually emphasized already in the title / name of the product). We hope you can come back soon to enjoy the beauties of St. Peter's Basilica, this time without inconvenience. Regards
DO NOT BUY. BORED TO DEATH
MissYTS_T, Oct 2021
The Audioguide sounds like it was recorded a long time ago and the man narrating it was monotonous and only talks about the history of the pop when I wanted to learn more about the building! I would prefer having more of a balance of learning both. Some of people we come across during our visit said the kids version was actually better and more informative On top of that the person manning the Audioguide stand wanted to take the postcard back (used to facilitate the use of the Audioguide device) because he didn't have much left!!!! We were so annoyed as it was obviously a souvenir but he wanted it back so he didn't have to order more. Overall. DO NOT PURCHASE. I DO NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Dear Miss YT, Thanks for your review. We are sorry you did not find the audioguides as good as we were hoping. The audioguide is provided in 2 options: 1) with the old system (as you say) which includes an hardware and a postcard (which need to be returned). 2) more modern system which provide the all history and audio-content on you phone and guess what... You can keep it with you and use it as many times as you want. Probably our staff forgot to propose the alternative option (on your phone). We are sorry and we wish you could give us another possibility to surprise you. Hope to see you again in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican City.
Efficient and easy.
FK_E, Feb 2020
It was easy to find the Viator representative, and the subsequent wait was very short. The whole experience was good.
A bit pricey but worth it
Leon_M, Jan 2020
Skipping the main line is worth it unless you don't mind queuing for well over an hour. The "Skip the queue line" still has a line but only had to wait 15 mins The audio app is easy to use and deliveries you the flexible to stop start and take photos all within the app.
Excellent and professional services
Efstathios_L, Jan 2020
Totally professional recommended to avoid long waiting time in the security. Friendly and worth the assistance provided.
Worked well
henrikhB4239CH, Nov 2019
Worked well with the reception at the meeting point and entrance to the basilica. The basilica itself is absolutely amazing
Mockery under the Portico
Paul_C, Nov 2019
In order to rent an Audio guide, you need to leave an ID as collateral. We were informed to return the audio guide to the same location we picked it up at before 1630 to get back your ID. At 1620 we returned to the spot we picked it up and were told by the old man there that we needed to return the guides to the satellite desk outside the Holy Doors upstairs. We went up to the desk and were told by the young guy there that we needed to return the guide to the desk downstairs around the corner where we just were. We told him the old guy told us to come upstairs to you. The young guy got on the phone and chatted and laughed with someone, hung up and told us that the ID will be here in 3 minutes. It was just before 1630. Meanwhile other people were turning in their devices and getting their IDs at the desk from the young guy. Every 10 minutes I asked where the IDs were and were told over and over 3 more minutes. Finally at 1650 the old guy from downstairs desk comes to the desk with my ID and laughs and says “sorry” sarcastically. This happened right under the portico of the holiest Basilica in the Roman Catholic Church. They didn’t care – they wouldn’t see us again - it left a bad taste in our mouths – Of all places.
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No Wait Access and AudioGuide were Excellent
John J, Oct 2019
The No-wait access worked perfectly and we literally walked right in saving us a two-hour wait otherwise. The audioguide in English was excellent and allowed us to pick and choose what elements we wished to see and hear about in any order. We did wish that the website would point out that there would be a 1 Euro charge for headsets if we didn't bring our own. We had accumulated a number of them on other tours (at no charge) and would certainly have brought one of those along if we had known. That small irritant aside, we certainly had no issues with the tour itself and were delighted that we booked it through Viator.
Lines, lines, and more lines
Paul_M, Oct 2019
I have used Viator for several other tours and, in these other cases, "skip the line" really meant "skip the line". This visit was different but, in fairness, we went on a Sunday at 1 PM after a canonization service for 5 people. Unfortunately, this is the only opportunity we had. I would not have gone without the viator booking, but here are some things that happened. First, we couldn't get into the St. Peter's until after 1 PM, as entry was barred as people exited the service for 30 minutes. Second, we could not find the Vox Mundi people for about 15 minutes, but I suspect they were not able to set up exactly at 1 PM; therefore, we wandered around for a bit looking for them. Next, we stood in a 20-minutes "skip the line" to get an orange sticker, that put us in another 20-minute security line to get into the Basilica. Before going inside the building, we went to an outside location where audioguides were being distributed but were told the ones for English were inside. Inside, we got in another audioguide line only to find out it was not for our ticket and that we should go to the audioguide queue in the atrium outside the church. Here, we waited another 10 minutes but, as the line did not seem to be progressing, we gave up and went into the basilica without the audioguide. Finally, something you should know, is that the ticket only gets you into the basilica. Entry to the museum and the location of Peter's bones are an extra cost.
Amazing!
Kristen_C, Sep 2019
This was the best tour I've ever had. Much of it was due to our outstanding tour guide geo. I'd go on any tour, any where with her. The Vatican museums were stunning and I thought we saw just the right amount of everything. Having a private moment in the sistine chapel was worth every penny of the cost.

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