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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

Explore St. Peter's Basilica from top to bottom with an expert guide and small group of 15 people or fewer. This is the most intimate and extensive St. Peter’s Basilica tour on the market, designed for lovers of great architecture and jaw-dropping churches. We’ll help you to understand the history of the building and point out the details that make the Basilica such a masterpiece. You'll go from floor to dome, Pietá to baldachin, and everywhere in between.

CLIMB ST. PETER’S BASILICA DOME FOR INCREDIBLE VIEWS

Your St. Peter's Basilica tour starts early in the morning with a stroll around St. Peter’s Square and an introduction to the Swiss Guard. Then it's up to the dome. You’ll arrive before the crowds gather and use your pre-reserved St. Peter’s Basilica dome tickets, which include an elevator ride to the first level. Here you’ll get an up-close look at the stunning mosaics and stucco embellishments 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, 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 no. 1 view in Rome.

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

Back on solid ground, your guide will take you on a full St. Peter’s Basilica tour. Explore the side chapels and the hidden crypts; see Michelangelo’s ‘Pietá’ and learn why this is the only work he ever signed; understand the mastery in Bernini’s baldachin; and learn how Michelangelo triumphed as the only person who could crown St. Peter’s Basilica with the perfect dome.

Your final stop is the papal crypt. This is where many of the Popes have been interred and is an important pilgrimage point for Catholics. Although your guide can’t lead the group here, they’ll give you full details on the most important Popes to look out for.

For anyone who loves, art, architecture, and amazing churches this is a unique experience that will be the highlight of your vacation.

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 156 Customer Reviews

Paola was our gide. She is a really very very very great gide. She knows a lot, is very friendly and answers all your questions. We loved it.
the guid was very witty, funny and very knowledgeable. My wife and I learned a lot and had a wonderful time.
What a great tour! Our guide Tiberius was excellent and most knowledable! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the details of St. Peter’s Basillica.

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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Paola was our gide. She is a really very very very great gide. She knows a lot, is very friendly and answers all your questions. We loved it.
the guid was very witty, funny and very knowledgeable. My wife and I learned a lot and had a wonderful time.
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What a great tour! Our guide Tiberius was excellent and most knowledable! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the details of St. Peter’s Basillica.
Really interesting tour. Very glad we started early as the queue to go to the top of the dome was enormous when we finished. We walked straight in with the only wait being the security check at the beginning which took about 15 mins. Great tour guide very knowledgeable
Luciana provided an entertaining and informative morning - very enjoyable, thank you!
Our tour guide was phenomenal, and the tour showed interesting parts of St. Peter’s. I would highly recommend for anybody interested in seeing St. Peter’s from a different perspective.
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Wonderful tour, very informative, small group, sensible early start, most enjoyable and very memorable. Thank you
Perfekte Organisation, englischsprachige Führung, die auch für uns Österreicher perfekt verständlich war, abwechslungsreich gestaltet mit vielen Detailinfos
Our guide was very good, very pleasant and very organised - her approach was inclusive.
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Our host was excellent and made sure that we got to see the most of everything on our tour.
Amazing experience. Dario was a great guide
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I really enjoyed this tour! I had also visited the scavi the day before and I still learn new things about St Peter’s Basilica. The tour guide had a good sense of humor and gave thorough explanations. I would recommend this tour to others
Francesca had so much enthusiasm and knowledge to pass along to us. We find ALL alks of Italy guides to be so good which is why I chose to book these tours. Small group size is great
Our tour guide was just amazing. She was passionate, funny and very knowledgeable. I would live to follow her through Rome for days.
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Had a wonderful time but I know there are time restraints but I would have liked 5 minutes longer at the first level overlooking the interior of St. Peter’s. Fabulous and enjoyed every minute Our guide Maria was excellent
Fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and engaging.
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Excellent guide , very passionate about the history and facts he shared with us. Tanguy was very well organised, friendly and attentive. My family very much enjoyed the tour which was the second tour we done with walks of Italy on our short city break and would not hesitate to recommend your company to friends and family
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We waited in line for 3+ hours, but our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot.
Maria Grazia was wonderful! She was very knowledgable and experienced. She was very persistent with a Vatican employee and made sure we had the opportunity to view the open casket of one of the deceased Popes. This was truly amazing to see. She also made sure everyone in our group was okay after climbing the many steps to the top of the Dome. I was the last one to arrive to the top since my knee was hurting and she was very patient and climbed with me to ensure I got up okay. She is truly a gem!
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Sev was a fabulous guide. Very informative and we'll organized tour. We all enjoyed the stories behind some of the personalities, locations and works of art.
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Tour was great and Guide was extremely well prepared! A part of Rome that should not be missed!
Thank you so much to Paola for unforgettable tours!!!
The tour of Saint Peter's Basilica that included the dome climb, partial ground floor and the crypt level was outstanding. Our guide, Felix provided a great amount of information and kept the group moving along. The time flew by. Highly recommended.
This was a good tour and Flaminia was a great tour guide. My event rating of 3 is only because the sheer number of people in the Vatican made it impossible to enjoy the way I would have liked.
Wonderful experience! Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. For us, this was one of the highlights of our Roman Holiday.
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Our Guide was amazing!!!!!
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Tiberius was an outstanding guide. Excellent tour. Highly recommend. Thank you!
Our guide was fantastic.
Flaminia was a fantastic tour guide. I had a great time learning about the history of St. Peters from her.
Camilla was warm and welcoming. Easy to understand. Handled the tour professionally. Gave good info for mailing items from Vatican Post Office. Also gave time to use bathroom.
Only thing was she walked too fast and I got lost at one moment, but we met up.
Guide was passionate, friendly and knowledgable. Occasionally I struggled to follow his stories from beginning to end, but not a major issue.