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St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

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Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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Overview

To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a walking tour with a Vatican guide. From St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, jumping past the entrance queue with your No Wait Access Ticket. 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.
  • Walking tour of St Peter's Basilica and Square
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to 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
Meet your guide in the heart of Vatican City to begin your walking tour of one of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Starting in St Peter’s Square, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, listening to stories from your guide about baroque sculptor and architect Bernini, who designed the square. Pause to check out a fountain and 13th-century Egyptian obelisk before arriving in front of the church.

Enjoy fast-track entry to the basilica with your No Wait Access, allowing you to 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 Roman Catholic sites. With your guide, walk around to see Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture, as well as his cupolone—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. Your tour ends inside the basilica, where you may continue exploring independently, if you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
The most famous and the biggest square of the Vatican City. It is from here that you may see the Pope blessing. In the middle of the huge square enjoy the Obelisk from Egypt (over 2500 years old)
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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La Pieta
The marble sculpture made by Michelangelo Buonarroti. La Pietà is considered the first masterpiece of the artist, one of Michelangelo's greatest works of art
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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St. Peter's Basilica
Great Official Vatican Guides will explain the secrets of the Queen of all of the Basilicas!
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vatican City
the smallest state in the world
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
The greatest masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This huge mausoleum is right on top of the Tomb of St. Peter
Duration: 5 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Vaticano Egyptian Obelisk
In the middle of the most famous and biggest square of the Vatican Citythe, you can see the Obelisk from Egypt (over 2500 years old)
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Cupola di San Pietro
The highest building in Rome, from its top you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Eternal City and of the Vatican area
Duration: 40 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Monument to Alexander VII
The sepulcher of Alexander VII is the funerary monument of Pope Alexander VII Chigi, sumptuous work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Tomba di Giovanni Paolo II
The tomb of Pope John Paul II which was proclaimed Saint by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Porta Santa
The Holy Door is open only during the Jubilee
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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St. Peter Enthroned
It represents St. Peter in a sitting position, with his blessing hand and with the keys of the Kingdom of God
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tomb of Urban VIII
It is the funerary monument of Pope Urbano VIII, sumptuous work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo del Tesoro della Basilica di San Pietro
The Treasury Museum houses church ornaments, statues, papal miters, and various other objects, usually gifts from kings or other nobles.
Duration: 40 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Grottoes
Here are the tombs of numerous Popes
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fontane di Piazza San Pietro
The twin fountains of St. Peter's Square
Duration: 3 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Apolistic Palace
From one of these windows the Holy Father looks out for his blessing
Admission Ticket Free

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Excellent
monishabhikhi
, Feb 2020
Forgot the guide name, she was very good and explained everthing in detailed. Happy to choose your service
star-5
Amazing
jessicapatt1985
, Oct 2019
Jed was great. Super informative and funny! Highly recommend the early tour. Rooms were open and didn’t feel like packed sardines
star-4
Organised Chaos
Graeme F
, Oct 2019
Disorganised check-in,but otherwise worthwhile to have been able to skip the line and get in to St Peters. Guiding good in the midst of the crush
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Amazing St Peter's
christinelorkin
, Sep 2019
This was one of the highlights of our holiday. The only negative was trying to find the guide at the start of the tour. With thousands of people around this was not easy. We were late when we eventually found someone. From there the tour ran smoothly. Our tour guide in the Basilica was bery informative.
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St.Peter’s with a senior citizen
N2327TKangelam
, Sep 2019
We toured the Basilica with my 82 year old aunt, which we anticipated to be a challenge. Julia was a wonderful guide... easy to follow, relaxed and very knowledgeable. At times, she hesitated translating her presentation to English, but she was very conscientious. The tour brought the Basilica to life for our first-time visitors.
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Historical tour St. Peter’s Basilica
Jessosull
, Sep 2019
Our tour was wonderful, we learned a lot about the history of St. Peter’s Basilica and our tour guide was great!!
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Nice and complete visit
Michel B
, Sep 2019
The tour operators and tour guide were efficient and knowledgeable. They point out details you would miss otherwise in a self guided tour. Recommended.
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St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Smith936065
, Aug 2019
Ms. Constanza was our tour guide. Our group was quickly escorted through security and into the church. She was very informative and friendly.
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10 STARS! ⭐️
AnnaBellaChick
, Aug 2019
If I could rate this higher than 5 stars I would. Our guide Michele was fantastico! He gave us an English and Italian narration of all the beautiful locations. He was a great captain and we were all comfortable and safe on board. Our ages range from 11 to 70 and every single one of us had a wonderful time. The views are beautiful and the water wad bluer than the sky! Michele went out of his way to keep us engaged and happy. The on board “happy hour” was a pleasant break from snorkeling and swimming!
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St Peter's Basilica
raymondfh
, Jul 2019
A very nice tour with a knowledgeable guide. Finding the tour guide was a challenge but we found the meeting place in time for the tour.

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