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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 skip-the-line 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.

Highlights

  • 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 a 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
  • Tour limited to 20 people

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What You Can Expect

No Wait Access: St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Tour

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 skip-the-line ticket, 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 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.

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Customer Reviews

Nathalie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Absolutely no wait, the guide was wonderful, and we switched to a french guide at the last minute. Great service from everybody, great visit!

Estelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We loved this part of our Rome experience, just thought that the plan of the Basilica handed to us, could have been better marked, as we did not always listen to the correct audio guide as we went along....it was a bit confusing. But what a visual experience!!!

sbavkar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent guide. The no wait access was very useful.

Cristina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Everything went fine, guide was very helpful. Highly recommended. A tip: guides are situated close to the check for metals/bags under the column, Show your ticket for people controlling the access under the columns. Do not head to the queues.

Catherine E S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent - a very informative guide, who provided a very accessible tour around the treasures

Caroline C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was very insightful and the guide was friendly and easy to understand. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see St. Peter's in a pinch, but still would like some information instead of aimlessly wandering around. This tour took about an hour. Great tour!

Darryle E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour, outstanding tour guide, been in St Peters before, but this brought to life with History, facts and trivia. Sylvia , I think was the guide, very very good

Cynthia A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide is very good, a true Roman who pride in her history.

Karen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous, no waiting in long queues and our guide, Catalina, was brilliant she was so knowledgeable and really made the tour come alive with her descriptions of the sculptures and art work. I would definitely use this service again.

Hasan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour was excellent we enjoyed very much we like to thank the young lady for her good English

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