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St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 6 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Walking tour of St Peter's Basilica and Square
  • Gaze in awe at the impressive dome designed by Michelangelo
  • Rub the foot of the statue of St Peter, and see Michelangelo's La Pietà
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Headsets to enjoy better your live guide
Guided tour of the Basilica with Official Vatican guides
Taxes included
Toilet and possibility of adding the Cupola to your experience
Rome's Vox City Guide
Entrance ticket (the entrance at the Basilica is FREE)
Cupola entrance ticket

Departure Point

Border Path, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

The meeting point is under the atrium of Saint Peter's Basilica. There you will have our desk and from that location our tours will start. Visitors temperature will be measured (if a guest has a temperature above 37.5 °C, entry will be denied).

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide in the heart of Vatican City to begin your walking tour of one of Rome’s most legendary landmarks. Starting in St Peter’s Square, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, listening to stories from your guide about baroque sculptor and architect Bernini, who designed the square. Pause to check out a fountain and 13th-century Egyptian obelisk before arriving in front of the church.

Throughout the centuries, the humble church grew into the ornate icon it is today—the holiest of Roman Catholic sites. With your guide, walk around to see Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture, as well as his cupolone—St Peter’s famous dome.

Admire mosaic works, see a statue of St Peter, visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II and stare in wonder at Bernini’s baldacchino, the elaborate canopy alter that sits above St Peter’s tomb. Your tour ends inside the basilica, where you may continue exploring independently, if you wish.

Included in your visit you will receive Vox City Guide, an audio-experiences selfguided visit of the city of Rome with audio commentary and stories from local experts. The code to download your VCG will be delivered directly to the Basilica.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
The most famous and the biggest square of the Vatican City. It is from here that you may see the Pope blessing. In the middle of the huge square enjoy the Obelisk from Egypt (over 2500 years old)
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Pieta
The marble sculpture made by Michelangelo Buonarroti. La Pietà is considered the first masterpiece of the artist, one of Michelangelo's greatest works of art
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Great Official Vatican Guides will explain the secrets of the Queen of all of the Basilicas!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vatican City
the smallest state in the world
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
The greatest masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This huge mausoleum is right on top of the Tomb of St. Peter
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Obelisco Vaticano
In the middle of the most famous and biggest square of the Vatican Citythe, you can see the Obelisk from Egypt (over 2500 years old)
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cupola di San Pietro
The highest building in Rome, from its top you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Eternal City and of the Vatican area
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Monument to Alexander VII
The sepulcher of Alexander VII is the funerary monument of Pope Alexander VII Chigi, sumptuous work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tomba di Giovanni Paolo II
The tomb of Pope John Paul II which was proclaimed Saint by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Porta Santa
The Holy Door is open only during the Jubilee
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Peter Enthroned
It represents St. Peter in a sitting position, with his blessing hand and with the keys of the Kingdom of God
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tomb of Urban VIII
It is the funerary monument of Pope Urbano VIII, sumptuous work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo del Tesoro della Basilica di San Pietro
The Treasury Museum houses church ornaments, statues, papal miters, and various other objects, usually gifts from kings or other nobles.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Grottoes
Here are the tombs of numerous Popes
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fontane di Piazza San Pietro
The twin fountains of St. Peter's Square
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Apolistic Palace
From one of these windows the Holy Father looks out for his blessing
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At the time of booking, you will receive a QR code that will allow you to download the audio guide track. This will allow you to go to the Basilica when and how you want without having to respect fixed times and appointments.
  • Visitors must wear a FFP2 mask and their temperature will be measured (if a guest doen't have the appropriate mask and/or its temperature is above 37.5 °C, entry will be denied).
  • If you prefer to use a traditional audio guide, you can request it - showing your booking voucher - at the reception desk located in the atrium of the Basilica. The desk hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 and from 13:00 to 17:30 on Sundays
  • To collect the “physical” audio guide you will be asked for an identity document which will be retained until the return of the device.
  • Entrance to the Vatican requires a strict dress code (shoulders and knees must be covered - Low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts are not allowed for both men and women). Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note: Due to religious celebrations, the venue might be not accessible on the day of your tour; it is recommended that you contact the local operator to avoid any inconvenience
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vox Mundi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Disorganised check-in,but otherwise worthwhile to have been able to skip the line and get in to St Peters." See review
  • "The Basilica is a must see, but having the full understanding is essential." See review
  • "All in all an excellent cultural experience well worth the money." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Admittance to St Peter's...
Matt_M
, Jan 2022
Admittance to St Peter's is free. The line for getting thru security check is extremely long. There is no option to skip the line. Our tour was long gone once we made it inside. Touring on our own was wonderful but we regretted paying for a tour. Viator should give clients a heads up to allow an extra hour minimum. Additionally the Viator app did not work, it noted 48 hours to reset my password. I still. have not received the email to reset. too late now.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Good morning Matt. We are very sorry for your bad experience. Access to St. Peter's Basilica has always been free and this is well highlighted on all the pages that market our products. The dedicated access (or skip the line) service has been suspended since the beginning of the Covid emergency. If there is something written on your voucher regarding a hypothetical skip-the-line service, please send us a copy of the voucher in order to refund you the service and then ask Viator for clarification about the inclusion of such misleading news on its internet pages. Concerning istead the "Viator App" is not up to us (Vox Mundi). Hoping to see you again in the Basilica soon - to enjoy a better experience - we send you our best regards.
star-4
Overall Good Tour but Arrive Early!
Ed_T
, Jan 2022
Guide was very good and seeing Saint Peter's Basilica is a must. She even gave us some tips for later own in our trip. Only issue we ran into was we found the start location to be unclear. It is actually in the Basilica, past the security check-in but just before the front door. Our tickets said the departure was "Border Path, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City" which actually came up on Google Maps but that is most certainly not the start point. Unfortunately that caused us to miss the first 15min of our tour.
star-5
Exhilarating
John_O
, Dec 2021
Quiet informative if there could be a brochure that one would use later for reference. The guide was very knowledgeable, kudos to him.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for your review. We love to see our service was appreciated and we wish to see you again in St. Peter's Basilica for other interesting visits.
star-5
AMAZING !
Liliana_D
, Dec 2021
Very nice guide with great knowledge of the basilica and history as well. Learn a lot and highly recommend it
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It is absolutely...
Elena_V
, Nov 2021
It is absolutely necessary to visit the basilica with a guide, we spent an unforgettable hour with our excellent guide Carmella and the small group of 10 people. I’ll certainly will recommend this visit, good value for money.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Grazie per il suo apprezzamento. La Basilica di San Pietro e’ indubbiamente tra i monumenti e luoghi più apprezzati al mondò averle offerto una bella esperienza ci da ancora più forza per affrontare questo delicato periodo di pandemia La aspettiamo a San Pietro per altre visite o anche solo per un saluto
star-5
Vatican St petter Basilia
Gioconda_G
, Oct 2021
Amazing experience and espectacular place to visit. I will highly recommend this tour!! Beautiful country
star-1
Bad non visit
Robert_M
, Oct 2021
Line was super long, and even though we paid fir a private tour, could not find where it started. Instructions on ticket were not clear. So we gave up. Paid for, but never got to experience. Don’t bother with this
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Customer, we are truly sorry for the serious inconvenience you have suffered. Could you kindly tell us the day and time of your booking? We would like to find out who was on duty that day and find out why they didn't call you when they didn't meet you at the meeting point. The instructions to reach the meeting point that we sent to Viator are as follows: "Meeting point - after passing the Police checks, head to the Basilica, go up the staircase that overlooks the Square and entrer the Portico through the central gate. Please address yourself to the white desk, placed almost opposite the Holy Door." What did you find written on your voucher? Waiting for a reply, I greet you cordially
star-1
Bad translation
JeanetteBrehme_F
, Oct 2021
The translated descrrption on danish was a so badly quality, that the informations was wrong and because of that we miss the guided tour. If you send a translated version to you customers, be sure that the translation is okay and not a Google translation.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Customer, we are really sorry for your bad experience, but we are sure that this service is not offered by our company. The visit you are reviewing on is a visit with St. Peter's Basilica official guides, it is not an audio guide. Among our services we obviously also have the audio guided tour, but among the 10 languages ​​available, we do not have Danish. We therefore ask you to delete this negative review and we look forward to meet you at St. Peter's Basilica to test our audio guides. Regards
star-5
St. Peters Basillica
Julie_P
, Oct 2021
Amazing tour! The history behind all the art, the structures, the altar. Viator is has the best service and tours!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie per la sua bella recensione. Il suo contributo aiuterà altre persone a godere delle bellezze della Basilica di San Pietro e usufruire dei servizi messi a disposizione con le nostre ottime guide professionali. Speriamo di rivederla a breve in Basilica.
star-5
St Peter’s Basilica
Anne_M
, Oct 2021
Dora our English speaking guide led us around the Basilica. She was extremely knowledgeable and very informative. Very worthwhile tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie per la sua bella recensione. Il suo contributo aiuterà altre persone a godere delle bellezze della Basilica di San Pietro e usufruire dei servizi messi a disposizione con le nostre ottime guide professionali. Speriamo di rivederla a breve in Basilica.

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