Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with access to the dome

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Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Experience Highlights

Get to know St. Peter's Basilica as an insider and gain exclusive access to the dome area with this guided tour of about two hours.

You will explore, in groups of around 25 people, the main church of the holy see, where the pope gives his liturgies. An expert guide will take you on a tour steeped in history, art and architecture where you will enjoy works by artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini.

  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican's main church.
  • See Rome with an exclusive panoramic view from the church's dome.
  • See works of art and architecture by the likes of Michelangelo and Bernini.

What’s included

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to the dome area
  • Headphones to hear the guide clearly.
  • Free time after the visit to explore the Basilica at your leisure.

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Keep in mind you need to arrive 20 minutes before start

Step by Step

By joining this guided tour of about two hours you will get to know St. Peter's Basilica, the main church of Vatican City, and gain exclusive access to the dome area.

An expert guide will accompany you and reveal the legendary secrets of the holy see, where the pope offers his liturgies to the parishioners.

You will climb up to the terrace of the dome, a monumental 41-metre structure that will allow you to appreciate the city from an unparalleled perspective, with panoramic views of St. Peter's Square, the Vatican and much of Rome.

You will have the opportunity to appreciate the interior and exterior of this architectural marvel designed and built by famous artists such as Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

One of Michelangelo's creations that stands out is the sculpture Pietà del Vaticano, in which the Virgin Mary holds Christ after his crucifixion.

Bernini's The Vision of Constantine, an equestrian sculpture from 1670 in honour of the Christian emperor, stands out in the right wing of the basilica's atrium.

You will also stroll through St. Peter's Square, where the Catholic faithful congregate every day among the 284 columns and 88 pilasters of the monument, known as the Colonnade, also by Bernini.

Reviews

4.3
· 12467 Reviews
  • K
    Kate
    5
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    One of the most visited places in the world and rightly so, there is art everywhere, amazing sites, the crypt as an amazing historical site and the dome that allows you to see amazing views of Rome.
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    Ana
    4
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    We went at Easter and the truth is that we had to wait a long time to get in. There were a lot of people, but it was worth it all the same. The dome is spectacular.
  • M
    Mia
    5
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    Climbing the dome was great, the icing on the cake. A highly recommended tour, fun and interesting from start to finish.
  • P
    Paula
    5
    (0 Reviews)
    The guide was very knowledgeable about the place, but we had to wait a long time to get in. There were a lot of people in the group.
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