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Vatican Private Tour of St Peter's Basilica including the Cupola and Vatican Mosaic Studio

Vatican City, Italy
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Enjoy a unique, in-depth Vatican experience on this private tour that includes visiting the cupola of St Peter’s Basilica and the usually-closed Vatican Mosaic Studio (Studio del Mosaico). With an informative private guide, you’ll ride up to Michelangelo’s enormous dome for an up-close look at his mosaic design and an unbeatable view of Rome. At the fascinating and rarely visited Mosaic Studio, learn about the expert artists who work on the restoration of the historical mosaic pieces. Skip-the-line entry to the very popular St Peter’s Basilica is the icing on the cake! Select a departure time when booking.
  • 4.5-hour walking tour of the Vatican with a private guide
  • Bypass the queues with skip-the-line entry to St Peter’s Basilica and its cupola
  • Marvel at the magnificent art and architecture of the church
  • Take in panoramic views from the cupola
  • Gain exclusive access to the Mosaic Studio
  • Meet the diligent master craftsmen who restore the Vatican’s elaborate mosaics
  • Private, small-group tour limited to 10 people, ensuring an in-depth, personalized experience
Your private tour starts in the heart of the Vatican, where you’ll meet your guide at St Peter’s Square. Begin your walking tour at the Mosaic Studio, a workshop typically closed to the public where skilled artists use traditional techniques to restore and protect the Vatican's many mosaics. Learn how they keep the historical pieces in prime condition, and hear about the gifts often given by the pope to dignitaries who come to the Vatican on official visits.

Next, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, home to Renaissance treasures like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture. Go straight inside with your skip-the-line entry to ride the elevator up to the cupola, Michelangelo’s famous dome that dominates the Rome skyline. Look down at the nave below, and enjoy an up-close look at the mosaics that line the cupola’s interior. Then climb 300 steps to the upper level, the highest viewpoint in Rome, for unparalleled views of the city.

Return to ground level to continue your walking tour with your private guide, listening to tales about the Vatican’s long history and many popes. Your tour ends at St Peter’s Square, from where you can explore more on your own.

Please note: The order of your tour may vary based on events taking place at the Vatican on the day of your tour. The afternoon tour begins with the St Peter's Basilica portion. Click on the 'View additional info' link to see a map of the meeting location.
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St. Peter's Square
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La Pieta
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St. Peter's Basilica
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Vatican City
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Vox Mundi
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Cupola di San Pietro
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Sphere within a Sphere
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This tour was absolutely amazing!! We...
Diane M
, Aug 2017
This tour was absolutely amazing!! We had three tour guides- Valery, Mercedes, and Amil and they were all fantastic! The tour of the Mosaic Studio was a once in a lifetime experience. We were the only guests during the tour and it was fascinating. St. Peter's Basilica is beyond description and the views from the Cupola are second to none. We highly recommend this private tour to anyone who wants an exceptional experience in Rome!
This was the best tour we took. We...
Charles A
, Jul 2017
This was the best tour we took. We learned more on this tour about the history of the Vatican than we could have learned in a course at a university. Behind the scenes style tour in the Vatican City. Highly recommend.
Our guide was Lily and she was so...
Peter G
, May 2017
Our guide was Lily and she was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic she made our Vatican tour a wonderful experience and one I would wholeheartedly recommend.
Excellent tour.... The Vatican...
, Dec 2016
Excellent tour.... The Vatican Mosaic Studio is incredible place....the artisans and their works are beautiful and beyond description. Paola explained everything and brought us around to meet the artisans and see them at work. You cannot say enough about St. Peters' and even though we had been in the basilica on our own before, Paola is so knowledgeable she provided so much information about statues, etc. that gave us a better and deeper understanding. The view from the cupola is amazing....but getting there is also fascinating. Catalina was excellent in providing the background to better understand everything we were seeing... This is a great way to see St. Peter's in a more meaningful light. We highly recommend it.
Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. It said...
Christine E
, Nov 2016
Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. It said private and it was. Tour guide and just us 2. No one else. We were introduced to the director of the Mosaic Studio who showed us the operation of his workshop of 11 artisans. Great. And then, again, just us 2 with a private guide through the Basilica and to the Cupola with earphones so we could hear the guide clearly - good quality and a knowledgeable guide. We will do a similar tour again.
Amazing tour. We had limited time in...
Dava S
, Aug 2016
Amazing tour. We had limited time in the mosaic studio, but it was amazing! The guide for our tour of St Peter's was phenomenal. We went up to the cupola, but did not hike it to the top for view. I did that last year and got very claustrophobic. Would highly recommend.
Mosaic tour - excellent! We were in an...
Lisa M
, Jul 2016
Mosaic tour - excellent! We were in an area of the Vatican that very few people see, talking directly with one of the studio artists. Cupola tour - excellent! Lily was so much fun and full of interesting information and history.
Cosimo was the best tour guide, he...
Diane T
, May 2016
Cosimo was the best tour guide, he spoke perfect English which made everything so much better. He was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed every minute of this tour. It is amazing the mosaic - they are so beautiful and the people designing them are so very talented. I would recommend this tour guide and tour to everyone. Cosimo also gave us a wonderful pizza suggestion, it was the best we had.
Absolutely amazing, photos don't do it...
, Jan 2016
Absolutely amazing, photos don't do it justice, and the mosaic studio was so interesting and we actually saw commissioned pieces being made. The gentleman who explained everything that goes on was excellent. So worth a visit
Excellent Tour Guide. Very...
, Nov 2015
Excellent Tour Guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional.

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