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Vatican Grottoes (Grotte Vaticane) Tours and Tickets

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Popes have been interred in St. Peter’s Basilica for centuries, and while many papal tombs are inside the basilica, others are located underground in the Vatican Grottoes (Grotte Vaticane). Take the stairs down from the transept to view the final resting places of dozens of popes along with a number of royals.

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Piazza San Pietro, Citta del Vaticano, Vatican City
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Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group
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Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes in a Small Group

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Enjoy a rare bird’s-eye view over Rome with this tour of St. Peter’s Basilica that includes a climb to the top of its dome. Visit St. Peter’s Square and church with an art historian guide to marvel at its Renaissance art and architecture. Then head underground to see the grottoes and St. Peter's tomb before climbing the dome to admire the church interiors and the surrounding city from above.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.23
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St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides

St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides

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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. 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.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.98
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St Peter’s Basilica Dome Climb with Optional Basilica & Papal Crypts Guided Tour
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St Peter’s Basilica Dome Climb with Optional Basilica & Papal Crypts Guided Tour

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Savor one of the best views in Rome before the crowds arrive with this morning tour to the top of St. Peter's dome. Enjoy fast-track access to the basilica and dome, pausing on the interior observation balcony to learn about the history and construction of this architectural wonder before continuing to the open-air viewing platform at the top to snap photos and admire the 360° panorama.
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  • 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican and Colosseum with Hosted Entry

Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican and Colosseum with Hosted Entry

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Check off the must-sees of Rome and Vatican City with this all-in-one pass that can be used over two days. Allowing you to visit the sights at your own pace, the prebooked sightseeing voucher includes skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the papal tombs. Just make one booking, and then use your pass to visit the landmarks at your leisure.
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  • 3 days
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Vatican City Saint Peter Basilica Private visit for your family and friends

Vatican City Saint Peter Basilica Private visit for your family and friends

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St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the world’s great repositories of art and architecture and taking it in on your own can be overwhelming. With this private tour, visit with a guide to learn about this magnificent church’s history and treasures. Admire the highlights inside at a more relaxed pace while you hear about the popes, saints, and artists who left their mark over the centuries.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes
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Private Tour of St Peter's Basilica with Dome Climb and Grottoes

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Combine e thorough guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica with a climb to the top of the dome for the best panoramic view of Rome. Discover marvels of art and architecture created by world-famous masters of the Renaissance with a private art historian.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Saint Peter Basilica VIP Private Tour with special sky breakfast on the Dome

Saint Peter Basilica VIP Private Tour with special sky breakfast on the Dome

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No visit to Rome is complete without a thorough exploration of the Colosseum, one of the city’s most visited landmarks. Bypass the queue and avoid long wait lines, then explore the first and second tiers with an art historian as your guide. Your tour also includes a visit to the Roman Forum and views from Palatine Hill.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Papal Grottoes Guided Tour

St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Papal Grottoes Guided Tour

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Start your Tour at the meeting point, where you will meet the highly qualified Tour Guide. Admire the marvelous work of St. Peter’s Square, created by Bernini, and its colonnade with 284 columns and 88 pillars, that will remind of a hug. After entering the Basilica, you will discover the beautiful artworks that fill its space. While walking on the colorful marbles, you will be mesmerized by the enormous dimension of the building and the ceilings entirely covered in gold. On the right, you will immediately see the Pietà by Michelangelo Buonarroti, defined as the most beautiful sculpture in the history of art and the most representative opera of the Renaissance. Following the Tour, you will be faced by the St. Peter’s Throne and the St. Peter’s Baldachin, bronze creations of the sculptor Bernini. Lastly enter the Papal Grottoes, which are the union between the old Constantinian Basilica and the modern one, and where the previous Pontiffs were buried.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$26.84
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Small-Group Tour of St. Peter's Basilica and Dome

Small-Group Tour of St. Peter's Basilica and Dome

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Combo tour of the Basilica of St. Peter's with Papal Crypts and Dome climbing. Your professional friendly dedicated guide will walk you to explore the St. Peter's Basilica, the church was built in over 120 years & it was commissioned to important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque times such as Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Sangallo and Bernini. Once inside you will admire the impressive architecture & beautiful art-works. Your attention will be captured by the Michelangelo's "Pieta" & the bronze canopy projected by Bernini. The Dome decorated with beautiful mosaics from the Vatican School. Michelangelo has been working to the project of the Dome until his death at the age of 89 years. Your guide will walk you through the Papal Crypts to see Saint Peter's Tomb and of many other Popes. Your next adventure will take you up to the Dome, you will climb it partially with an elevator and then walk along 320 steps. Once on top you will enjoy a 360° amazing panoramic view of Rome.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Small Group Tour

St. Peter's Basilica with Dome Small Group Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of Rome on this full-day private tour. Visit the city’s highlights such as the Colosseum, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and more as you traverse the city on foot or by private vehicle—at an extra cost. Avoid long lines with skip-the-line entrance tickets and listen to informative commentary about the history culture of Rome from your guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Early Dome Climb with Skip-the-line and direct access to St. Peter’s Basilica
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Early Dome Climb with Skip-the-line and direct access to St. Peter’s Basilica

You will get the chance to take part in this unforgettable exclusive guided tour, where you will have an early-morning, priority access to the St. Peter’s Basilica’s Dome. Experience the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Vatican City and Antient Rome in the first rays of the early morning light. Climb down straight into the St. Peter’s Basilica, avoiding the long and exhausting lines altogether. Descend to the Vatican Grottoes and get to witness the Papal Tombs, that is considered to be one of the most visited places in the Vatican City. Bask in the marvelousness of this imposing and splendid Basilica with your local highly experienced professional guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$42.94
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$42.94

ST PETER'S DOME Sky BREAKFAST + BASILICA & GROTTOES | VIP Morning PRIVATE TOUR

ST PETER'S DOME Sky BREAKFAST + BASILICA & GROTTOES | VIP Morning PRIVATE TOUR

A sky breakfast on THE DOME. St. Peter's Basilica Exclusive Early Morning with Italian Breakfast on the Dome (Cappuccino & Brioche or other Hot Drink) PRIVATE Tour. Visit the Vatican at the quietest time before the crowds descend. Meet your guide and enjoy an intimate, exclusive tour. Delight in the wonders of this site in the most unique of Rome and the Vatican State experience. By an elevator, head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the Basilica's inside view of the dome on the Bernini’s canopy below and the array of incredible mosaics which circle the dome. Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the dome (320 steps), at the height of 448 ft (150 Mt), from the highest point within Rome, admire breathtaking views of the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Come down from the Dome to enter the Basilica to admire the Pietà of Michelangelo and all the masterpieces adorning the Basilica before descending to the underground crypts & ST. PETER'S TOMB.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Best of Rome Private Tour & Climb St Peter's Dome and Basilica's Roof Breakfast
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Best of Rome Private Tour & Climb St Peter's Dome and Basilica's Roof Breakfast

SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF ROME & PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF ST PETER'S BASILICA, CRYPT AND DOME INCLUDING a small breakfast on the St. Peter's Basilica roof. Be picked up by a private Chauffeur to reach St. Peter's Basilica. Visit the Vatican at the quietest time before the crowds descend. Meet your guide and enjoy an intimate, exclusive tour. By an elevator, head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony and have breakfast. Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the dome (320 steps), from the highest point within Rome, admire breathtaking views of the city. Come down from the Dome to enter the Basilica to admire the Pietà of Michelangelo and all the masterpieces adorning the Basilica before descending to the underground crypts & ST. PETER'S TOMB. Soon after the driver will take you to the sightseeing, historical centre of Rome TO ADMIRE THE MOST IMPORTANT SITES OF THE ETERNAL CITY in your private air-conditioned car or minivan. Back to your hotel or other agreed spot in Rome.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$267.29
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Combo St. Peter Basilica and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

Combo St. Peter Basilica and Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica are two of the UNESCO–listed Vatican’s top attractions, and the entry queues can be long. On this tour, visit them in the early morning calm, and avoid the queues that form later in the day. With headsets to hear your guide clearly, learn the secrets of the Vatican Galleries’ beautiful paintings, and marvel at Michelangelo’s world-famous artworks.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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