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St. Peter’s Basilica

Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 2.5hrs
  • Start Time: 8:15 AM

Tour Highlights

  • Give St. Peter’s Basilica the time it deserves on this, the most complete tour available.

  • Climb the dome for the most beautiful view in all of Rome. You’ll also glimpse the Basilica’s mosaics up close.

  • Skip the line into St. Peter’s Basilica and save what could be hours of waiting in line.
Bernini's Baldachin inside St Peter's Basilica Bernini's Baldachin inside St Peter's Basilica Michelangelo's 'Pieta' inside St Peter's Basilica Bernini's stained glass window Rubbing St Peter's foot for luck St Peter's Basilica See the mosaics of St Peter's Basilia from the terrace Statues on the roof of St Peter's Basilica Statues on the roof of St Peter's Basilica View from the roof of St Peter's Basilica Tour St Peter's Square Colonnades of St Peter's Square

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

GET TO GRIPS WITH CHRISTIANITY’S MOST IMPORTANT CHURCH ON THIS COMPLETE TOUR

St. Peter’s Basilica isn’t just the most important church in all of Christianity, it’s also the most impressive. With architecture by Michelangelo and interiors by Bernini, it’s a true Renaissance masterpiece. It’s also an enormous space, making it a very difficult site to visit (and understand) alone.

Traveling with an expert guide and a small group of just 15 people or fewer, we’ll help you to understand the history that makes this particular site so sacred. Your guide will also point out the details that make the basilica such a masterpiece. This is the most complete St. Peter’s Basilica tour available, offering you a chance to explore the church from top to bottom, inside and out.

CLIMB ST. PETER’S BASILICA DOME FOR INCREDIBLE VIEWS

Your tour starts early in the morning with a tour of St. Peter’s Square and an introduction to the ostentatiously-dressed Swiss Guard. You’ll arrive before crowds gather for the climb up the dome so you won’t have to wait for long. Your St. Peter’s Basilica dome tickets include an elevator ride, taking you to the first level. Here you’ll get up close to the stunning mosaics and stucco embelishments inside the dome. Seen from below these mosaics are beautiful but up close, you’ll understand just what impressive works they really are.

From there it’s 281 steps up to the top of the dome. Before you go up, your guide will give you some notes on what to look out for up there. From the top of the dome you’ll see the most incredible views over St. Peter’s Square, along the straight avenue bulldozed by Mussolini and across the Tiber to the ancient heart of the city. There’s no competition – this is the number 1 view in all of Rome.

ENJOY A 1-HOUR TOUR INSIDE ST. PETER’S BASILICA

Back on solid ground, you’ll embark on a guided St. Peter’s Basilica tour. Explore the side chapels of the basilica with their hidden crypts; see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ and learn why this is the only work he ever signed; understand the mastery in Bernini’s altarpiece; and learn how Michelangelo triumphed as the only person who could crown St. Peter’s Basilica with the perfect dome.

After you’ve seen all there is to see at ground level, your guide will lead you down into the papal crypt. This is the crypt where many of the Popes have been interred and is therefore an important pilgrimage point for Catholics. Although your guide can’t talk down here, they’ll give you full details on the most important popes to look out for.

And there you have it – St. Peter’s Basilica top-to-bottom, inside-and-out.

Sites visited

  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter’s Basilica dome
  • St. Peter’s Basilica crypt
  • St. Peter’s Square

Included

  • St. Peter’s Basilica dome tickets
  • Expert tour guide
  • Small groups of max 15 people

Reviews

5-stars from over 37 Customer Reviews

Our guide, Vincenzo, was professional, knowledgeable and eager to share his pride in Italy and the culture. I highly recommend both he and Walks of Italy. Thank you!
Our guide was fantastic! She was knowledgeable, personable and well organized. The tour itself was excellent. I would recommend to anyone interested in a Vatican tour.
It was an amazing experience and Luigi did a great job ! We will certainly come back to you for further visits or walks as we appreciated the well organized approach from your organization.
Suzanna was a gracious informative guide. Very enjoyable tour. Thank you.
Francesca was fantastic!
Thank you for an excellent tour of StPeter's basilica, our guide Martina was very attentive, had excellent material providing background info and pointed out most interesting details. Well organized and prompt. Our family of 5 truly got a lot out of this tour!
Francesca was awesome perfect for our family if 4 very engaging with the group-- loved the opportunity!
We got lost on our way to the tour, Our guide actually called us and made sure we found them. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that.
Our tour guide was great, she was so friendly and knew so much about what we were seeing, not to mention that her english was perfect. We really enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend it to family and friends!
Used you before. ALWAYS first rate service, excellent guides. Highly recommended.
Our tour guide was great! She was knowledgeable and you can feel her passion in sharing her historical knowledge. I just hope audiosets were provided.
Martina was a brilliant guide on this tour, st peters was amazing and the dome in particular ,was the highlight of our few days in italy
The tour was FANTASTIC and our guide was very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
This was a great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
Ivana was amazing. She was very knowledgable, friendly, and open to what we were interested in. She answered all our questions and more.
Ivana was amazing. She was very knowledgable, friendly, and open to what we were interested in. She answered all our questions and more.
Uta was truly wonderful. She gave us a wonder tour of Saint Peter's, and was especially good with our 9.5 year old daughter. I could recommend her more highly.
Uta was truly wonderful. She gave us a wonder tour of Saint Peter's, and was especially good with our 9.5 year old.
Luigi was very knowledgeable and made the tour outstanding. Thank you.....
Luigi was very knowledgeable and made the tour outstanding. Thank you....
The guide was very good.
Our tour of the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica with dome climb and crypt access was absolutely amazing. My daughter and I enjoyed this tour thoroughly. The guide was very knowledgeable and a delight to spend the morning with at the Basilica. We would definitely recommend Walks to family and friends!
Everything as advertised. Our guide, Jebila, was very knowledgable and accomodating. We were very happy with the tour.
Luigi was an excellent guide
She was great. Extremely knowledgeable, very personable. She provided great insight. It is the only way to see the sites.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Please remember that St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.

St. Peter's Basilica is subject to unforeseen closures due to Vatican affairs. In the event that this happens, Walks of Italy will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule. In the rare case that the tombs are closed we will spend extra time in St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. However, large bags and objects must be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, next to the official audio-guides desk.

Please note that skip the line access is not possible at the dome or at St. Peters Basilica's security line (although it is possible for guests entering via the Vatican Museums, who use a different door), so you may need to spend some time in unavoidable queues. Your guide will use the time well though, entertaining you with stories and pointing out the incredible details of St. Peter's Square.

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One of our kids favorite tours. The climb up was actually fun. You get to know your climbing neighbors. :-) What a view when uou get to the top. Luigi also had good stories and was a wealth of information on everything we could see from the top of the dome, and from inside the Basilica too. Highly recommend.
Our guide, Vincenzo, was professional, knowledgeable and eager to share his pride in Italy and the culture. I highly recommend both he and Walks of Italy. Thank you!
Our guide was fantastic! She was knowledgeable, personable and well organized. The tour itself was excellent. I would recommend to anyone interested in a Vatican tour.
It was an amazing experience and Luigi did a great job ! We will certainly come back to you for further visits or walks as we appreciated the well organized approach from your organization.
Suzanna was a gracious informative guide. Very enjoyable tour. Thank you.
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Francesca was a FANTASTIC guide - she got to know all of us right off the bat since we were such a reasonably sized group (only 9 or so people) and she was so thorough with her description and knowledge of everything involving St. Peter's. We will absolutely be recommending this tour to our friends and family in the future.
We had trouble finding meeting point, and missed our tour time....we were about 10 minutes late, but through some rough conversation with folks at the meeting site (when we finally arrived), we ran to square to see if we could find described tour guide. We found a guide with Walks of Italy, I don't think she was assigned to us originally, but graciously took us in.....we were very grateful. A note here...when we arrived in Italy we bought Italian sim cards for our cell phones...this rendered our phone numbers we used to register as void (until we put back in the US sim card), so we did not receive the message they called trying to locate us (until on our way home). We tried to find a number for us to call to notify Walks we were having trouble finding them....but number we tried didn't go anywhere, and we were afraid to call 'emergency number' thinking we might get police (and it wasn't that kind of emergency). In the end it all worked out, but it was somewhat stressful until we found the tour group.
Francesca was fantastic!
Thank you for an excellent tour of StPeter's basilica, our guide Martina was very attentive, had excellent material providing background info and pointed out most interesting details. Well organized and prompt. Our family of 5 truly got a lot out of this tour!
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Francesca was awesome perfect for our family if 4 very engaging with the group-- loved the opportunity!
We got lost on our way to the tour, Our guide actually called us and made sure we found them. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that.
Our tour guide was great, she was so friendly and knew so much about what we were seeing, not to mention that her english was perfect. We really enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend it to family and friends!
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Used you before. ALWAYS first rate service, excellent guides. Highly recommended.
Our tour guide was great! She was knowledgeable and you can feel her passion in sharing her historical knowledge. I just hope audiosets were provided.
Martina was a brilliant guide on this tour, st peters was amazing and the dome in particular ,was the highlight of our few days in italy
The tour was FANTASTIC and our guide was very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
This was a great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
(No comment)
Ivana was amazing. She was very knowledgable, friendly, and open to what we were interested in. She answered all our questions and more.
Ivana was amazing. She was very knowledgable, friendly, and open to what we were interested in. She answered all our questions and more.
Uta was truly wonderful. She gave us a wonder tour of Saint Peter's, and was especially good with our 9.5 year old daughter. I could recommend her more highly.
Uta was truly wonderful. She gave us a wonder tour of Saint Peter's, and was especially good with our 9.5 year old.
Luigi was very knowledgeable and made the tour outstanding. Thank you.....
Luigi was very knowledgeable and made the tour outstanding. Thank you....
The guide was very good.
Our tour of the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica with dome climb and crypt access was absolutely amazing. My daughter and I enjoyed this tour thoroughly. The guide was very knowledgeable and a delight to spend the morning with at the Basilica. We would definitely recommend Walks to family and friends!
Our tour of the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica with dome climb and crypt access was absolutely amazing. My daughter and I enjoyed this tour thoroughly. The guide was very knowledgeable and a delight to spend the morning with at the Basilica. We would definitely recommend Walks to family and friends!
Everything as advertised. Our guide, Jebila, was very knowledgable and accomodating. We were very happy with the tour.
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Our experience with Rosa was exemplary! She brought a deep understanding and instruction to the tour. She was thoughtful and engaging; my sister and I felt very fortunate to have a teaching/walking/talking tour with her. It set the stage in a very positive way for the later tours we had. Thanks so much! Diane
Our experience with Rosa was exemplary! She brought a deep understanding and instruction to the tour. She was thoughtful and engaging my sister and I felt very fortunate to have a teaching/walking/talking tour with her. It set the stage in a very positive way for the later tours we had. Thanks so much
Luigi was an excellent guide
She was great. Extremely knowledgeable, very personable. She provided great insight. It is the only way to see the sites.
We traveled to Rome in celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary. Prior to leaving I had scheduled all our tours through Walks of Italy through the recommendation of Rick Steves. Each tour was better than the next. Our guides were knowledgeable on the subject matters, energetic, animated and welcoming. The guides took a storyteller approach. I felt I had jumped into a history. It was simply magical thanks to the Walks of Italy!