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Skip the Line at St. Peter's Basilica

Skip the Line at St. Peter's Basilica

As the largest church in Christendom and home to many papal tombs, St. Peter's Basilica is the grand centerpiece of the Vatican. It’s free to enter, but you’re likely to find long lines to get inside. See below to learn how to bypass the queues.

Guided Skip-the-Line Tours

Booking a special skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's means you get to use a special entrance rather than simply waiting in the usual long line to enter. Choose between tours with a knowledgeable guide leading the way and independent options that include an audio guide.

Skip-the-Line Vatican Museum Tours

Access to St. Peter's Basilica isn't included in Vatican tickets, but most museum tours end in the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll find a side door with a direct path to St. Peter's Basilica. Book a skip-the-line Vatican Museums tour and use this door to skip the extra line for the church.

Combo Tours

Combine a skip-the-line basilica walking tour with a self-guided tour of the church's cupola — head up into the cupola with an audio guide, and be prepared to take in one of the best views in Rome. Alternatively, combine a skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's with an exclusive visit to the Vatican's Mosaic Studio, which dates back to the 16th century and is generally closed to the public. Meet the artists who repair and restore the intricate mosaic artwork inside the church.

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected). Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.72
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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex before it opens to the general public on this early access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.37
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide

Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide

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To dig deep into the history and art of St. Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a self-guided audio tour. Explore 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$5.97
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