Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $70.00

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Walk through the heart of Vatican City and the 16th-century Mosaic Studio (Studio del Mosaico). You’ll meet the studio director and artists who work to restore the mosaics of Saint Peter's Basilica after a guided walking tour of the important papal church. With skip-the-line access, you’ll have 2.5 hours to experience the site, including Michelangelo’s Pietà and the tomb of St Peter. Enjoy personal attention from your expert guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small group ensures personal service
Meet your expert guide in St Peter’s Square in the afternoon (view meeting point under 'View Additional Information') and begin your small-group tour. With fast-track access to St Peter’s Basilica through the Vatican, you don’t have to wait in any long lines!
Follow your guide through the world’s largest Catholic church and discover all the highlights, including Michelangelo’s famous statue, the Pietà. Through your audio headset, listen to your guide describe the basilica’s historical significance and its 16th-century construction on the site where St Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried. Rub the statue of St Peter for a blessing and pass some of the 91 papal tombs while learning about this holy sanctuary.
During your walking tour, marvel at the basilica’s amazing feats of architecture and art, including the mosaics that adorn St Peter's cupola. After approximately one hour, take a short walk through a private section of Vatican City and visit the Mosaic Studio, which is not generally open to the public. The workshop, established in 1578 by Pope Gregorio XIII, stands next to the Fabbrica di San Pietro and Santa Marta, the building where the pope resides.
Meet the workshop director, who will escort your small group around the studio – a unique experience that’s only available with this tour! You’ll be introduced to the master artists working to repair the mosaics used in 32,800 square feet (10,000 square meters) of St Peter’s Basilica. See the techniques used to restore the masterpieces and learn how some mosaics are produced as papal gifts to prime ministers, presidents and royalty during official visits to the Vatican.
At the completion of your tour, exit Vatican City through a gate marked Conciliazione, guarded by the Swiss Guards in St Peter’s Square, where you can continue to explore on your own.

Click on 'View additional info' to download the meeting point map.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City
Departure Time:
2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes by the Swiss Guards in St Peter's Square

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8:30am: English Departure
Code: EN0830

Tour departs at 8:30am

USD $69.88
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2:30pm: English Departure
Code: EN1430

Tour departs at 2:30pm

USD $69.88
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Skip the Line: St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including Vatican Mosaic Studio

St Peter's Basilica

  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Access to the Vatican Mosaic Studio
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • 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 not available
  • 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
  • Due to religious celebrations the Basilica might be not accessible, please contact the supplier
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: myraucr, June 2016

The Mosaic studio is one of the lifetime unique experience because you are not allowed not enter the studio inside vatican city without joining the tour. The staff showed me how the color on the mosaic glass created in furnance, how different kind of mosaic art put together. There are over 27000 different color of mosaic glass, They are the only studio commissioned by pope to make art piece for him as gift to foreign head of state.

Reviewed by: Louis C, March 2016

Outstanding tour! Easy to find meeting point thanks to detailed instructions from tour provider, Vox Mundi, quick security check with virtually no waiting in line, then a nearly 1.5 hour tour of the Basilica in a group of only 4! by a friendly and extremely knowledgeable guide a nice Romanian lady, can't remember her name although I believe it began with an A. She spoke excellent English and helped us to understand the long and rich history of the site, the Catholic church, and the current basilica new St. Peter's, as well as enlightening us with regard to all of the incredible art and architecture. After the basilica tour, since my mom and I were the only two who'd signed up for the mosaic studio visit, we had a private tour! We were led out of the church and into the heart of Vatican City all of a sudden, there were no throngs of tourists, felt like we were entering behind the scenes by our very kind and personable guide, Valéry. A couple minutes walk took us to the workshop, right next to where Pope Francis lives!, where Valéry gave us a thorough explanation in good English of the workings of this amazing artistic enterprise that creates breathtaking mosaic paintings to be given by the pope as gifts to world leaders and also sold to collectors, in addition to their main role of restoring all of the mosaics in St. Peter's, showing us all of the materials used, examples of different styles of finished pieces, and taking us around to view the half-dozen or so craftsmen as they did their incredible and incredibly painstaking work. Truly fascinating to see them work at all different stages of the process. Felt privileged to have witnessed these artists/artisans carrying on these centuries old traditions. Both parts of the tour were remarkable, and are highly recommended to lovers of art and history, and especially to those who've already visited the Vatican once before as we had and who want something more in-depth and unique. Many thanks!