Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: Varies (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5660STPETERS
See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on a comprehensive 1.15-hour walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable Vatican guide, your tour starts with a short walk from St Peter's Square, before continuing into St Peter's Basilica with a priority-access service. As you walk, hear tales of the popes, pilgrims and legendary artists who, throughout history, have helped make St Peter's Basilica the awe-inspiring place it is today.

Numbers are limited to 20 people on this St Peter's Basilica tour, ensuring you'll enjoy a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Often regarded as the holiest site in Christendom, St Peter's Square marks the heart of Vatican City -- Rome's famous papal enclave. Designed by Baroque architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the distinctive square is flanked on either side by a stone colonnade, said to represent Christ's open arms symbolically welcoming the world into the Catholic Church.

Your small-group tour starts in the square, and as you walk over from the colonnade to the terrace in front of the church, your guide will tell you tales of Bernini, whose work had so much impact on the Vatican as you see it today. See several sites of significance, including the northern fountain and the impressive obelisk that dates back to 13th-century BC Egypt.

Next, leave St Peter's Square and head inside the tour’s main attraction -- St Peter's Basilica. Reputedly built on the very ground where St Peter the Apostle was crucified, the church started out as a humble chapel to which Christian pilgrims flocked.

Over time, the church has evolved to become as ornate as it is sacred, home to priceless works of Baroque and Renaissance art. After skipping the long lines, head straight in and gaze up in wonder at the incredible cupolone -- the church’s dome -- created by colorful Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo. You'll also see his beautiful La Pietà sculpture, as well as various mosaic works.

Stop at the statue of St Peter and kiss or rub his foot for a blessing, before walking over to the tomb of Pope John Paul II. As you continue through the church, your guide will show you Bernini’s lavish, bronze canopy altar, known as the baldacchino. Positioned right in the center of the building, the altar marks the tomb of St Peter underneath.

Your tour finishes in St Peter's Basilica, where you can stay if you want to spend more time exploring this sacred place independently.

Audio Tour:
If you would like to see St Peter's Basilica at your own pace, select a morning or afternoon audio tour when booking. The audio tours last for approximately an hour, and are available daily with the exception of Sundays.

Upgrade:
Would you like to see the famous Treasury Museum? Upgrade your tour to include an audio tour of the Treasury Museum. Select a 1-hour morning or afternoon tour, and explore the museum at your own pace to discover the secrets of the Vatican treasury. The total duration of the tour including the upgrade is 2.5-hours approximately.

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St Peter's Square, Vatican City
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Tour concludes in St Peter's Basilica

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9:30am Departure
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour with English-speaking guide, departing at 9:30am

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2:30pm Departure
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour with English-speaking guide, departing at 2:30pm

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10am Audio Tour: 1 Hour
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Skip-the-line St Peter's Basilica audio tour. Starts at 10am and lasts for 1 hour.

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4pm Audio Tour: 1 Hour
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Skip-the-line St Peter's Basilica audio tour. Starts at 4pm and lasts for 1 hour.

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Upgrade: 2:30pm Tresury Museum
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour

Inclusions:
  • Skip the line entrance
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Audio Tour (if option is selected)
  • Audio Tour and entrance to Treasury Museum (if option is selected)
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Wheelchair no available
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: stallo, August 2014

the best tour ever. the best tour guide . his name was jose. very informative and we avoided the lines. thank you

Reviewed by: Charles, June 2014

WOW. Visiting Rome and not tour St Peter's Basilica, will be a pity. It does not matter what faith one have or follow. You feel something different once you enter the Basilica. The history is there and alive. We could not have completed the visit in Italy, unless one embrace the tour of The Vatican. Charles and Evelyn . Melbourne Australia

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