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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

Kathy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Spectacular tour, loved every minute of it, very informative. The tour guides were very friendly and nice. Well worth it.

Martin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a fantastic tour with an awesome tour with a knowledgeable guide.

moody

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My wife and I signed up in advance of visiting Rome for the Skip the Queue St Peters Tour - the Tour guide was Mercedes, who was one of the best Tour guides we have come across - Professional, Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic and demonstrated a genuine care in ensuring all members of the tour had a fair access to the various areas of the Basilica and sights. She took time to take photos of each couple / member of the tour on top of the Dome - a nice touch. Mercedes appeared to have a knack of getting access to some of the areas of the Basilica other tours appeared were not able to do. We had originally paid for the tour of the Basilica but decided to take up the option to pay a further 50 for the tour of the Dome A fantastic experience. Thoroughly recommend this tour operator if Mercedes is representative of the quality of staff they use to conduct their tours. Cannot speak highly enough about her and the Tour.

D2693

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is a must book guided tour . We had an excellent tour guide and highly recommend the No wait access: St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour .

Steve B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to see St Peter's Basilica. The only suggestion is making the meeting point easier to find. Its hard to locate where to meet the guides.

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

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