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St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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Explore the largest church in the world and discover what makes St. Peter's Basilica one of the most popular architectural works from the Renaissance. Go on a guided tour of basilica in the company of an official Vatican guide and learn all you need to learn about the holiest of Catholic shrines.

Saint Peter's Basilica Guided Tour Highlights

  • Meet your official guide at St. Peter's Square before you enter the basilica via a reserved entrance.
  • Enjoy a fun and educational tour of the most important temple in all of Christendom.
  • Check out stunning works of art and architecture by Bernini, Donato Bramante, Carlo Maderno and more.
  • Pay homage to Pope John Paul II at his tomb.
  • Learn about the iconic chair of St. Peter - presumed to have been used by St. Peter, the first Pope of Christianity.
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Why You Shouldn't Miss This

While Rome has many tourist attractions, the St. Peter’s Basilica has to be the most important and prominent one. Visible from kilometers away, the Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most prominent sights in Rome. Lovingly called ‘Cuppolone’ by the Romans, it is the highest architectural point in Rome and provides a fantastic vantage point.

On this guided tour, you will not only get to explore the insides of one of the greatest buildings and churches in the world, but do so in the company of an official guide. Along with priority access at the entrance, allowing you to skip the ticket queue, this is one of the best ways to experience St. Peter's Basilica.

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Your Experience

The tour begins at a designated meeting point situated in St. Peter's Square, adjacent to the basilica. If you stand in St. Peter's Square and face St. Peter's Basilica, then the exact meeting point is located on the right-hand side of the square, outside the colonnade and in front of the Vatican Post Office. Here you will see your guide wearing a blue vest with the Vox Mundi logo printed on it. Be there 15 minutes before the beginning of your tour so you can find your guide with ease.

Your guide will then lead you inside St. Peter's Basilica through a dedicated passage. Inside, you will be able to check out masterpieces of Renaissance art such as Michelangelo's Pieta, the giant bronze canopy of St. Peter’s Baldachin, the Chair of St. Peter and others. This is a cultural experience you cannot miss!

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  • Skip the Line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Chapel
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Know Before You Go

Tour Timings

10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On Wednesday mornings & afternoons St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public due to the Papal Audience taking place in Saint Peter’s Square. If you wish to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, please plan to travel on another day. The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies.

Getting There

The closest station to the Vatican is the Ottaviano-S. Pietro station. Line A of the Rome Metro stops at this station every few minutes. Your meeting point in St. Peter's Square is a 5-minute walk from this metro station.

What to Wear

Please be dressed appropriately. Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

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Out of 5
Very Good
Kathleen Mullins
Reviewed in July, 2018

Must visit for all irrespective of religious beliefs

Sonia Vasquez
Reviewed in June, 2018

the reason we picked this tour was become of its official Vatican Guide. Trust me he really makes the spent worth it

Herbert Richardson
Reviewed in June, 2018

A well thought out and planned tour. The history of the whole place is mindblowing

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How to Redeem Your Voucher

• You will receive your guided tour voucher in a few minutes.
• On the day of the experience, head to the meeting point and display the voucher on your mobile phone along with a photo ID to begin your tour.
• The exact meeting point is located on the right-hand side of St. Peter's Square, outside St. Peter's Square and in front of the Vatican Post Office.
• Look for the guide wearing a blue vest with the Vox Mundi logo printed on it. The guide will be waiting for you 15 mins before the booked time, in order to accompany you - through a dedicated gate - inside the Basilica.

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St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

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