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St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides

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Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica with Vatican official guides

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
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:  
Vaticano Egyptian Obelisk
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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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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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.
star-5
Spend the day
Susan_K
, Oct 2021
Just plan on a whole day… Get the earliest Tori you can and stay until lunch. Go out for lunch and then go to the museums. Or, start at the museums and come back to the Basilica in the afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie per il suo commento. Siamo lieti che l'esperienza di visita guidata della Basilica di San Pietro le sia piaciuta. Tutto lo staff di Vox Mundi la ringrazia e si augura di rivedervi in Basilica.
star-4
Good tour.
Diane_G
, Sep 2021
We have used Viator many times and have memorable experiences. For this tour The group size was larger than advertised which really didn’t make a difference. Unfortunately the directions for meeting the guide were not corrected. After waiting at the meeting point for awhile, I called the contact number and was directed to the correct location. The tour itself was very good.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie per il suo commento. Siamo lieti che l'esperienza di visita guidata della Basilica di San Pietro le sia piaciuta. Tutto lo staff di Vox Mundi la ringrazia e si augura di rivedervi in Basilica.
star-5
Amazing, engaging
Jacky_S
, Aug 2021
This experience was amazing from start to finish. My boyfriend and I purchased tickets for a certain time (4:30 pm) not realizing that there would quite a process before getting into the basilica to meet our tour guide. We ended arriving at the stand at 5 pm and the staff was extremely patient and understanding. I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to do the tour, but they accommodated us and we’re very kind. Our tour guide, Carmela, was a talented storyteller. You could really tell she loves sharing about the history of the basilica with guests, and her passion made the experience all the more engaging. We were so engaged that we wished we had booked a longer tour by the end of it! 10/10 recommend
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are very glad you and your boyfriend loved our experience and we wish to see you again in St. Peter's Basilica.
star-3
Nice church
Manouk
, Jul 2021
Pretty church, bad guide. We could barely hear her and her English was bad. The church was nice, I would recommend to climb to the top for the view.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Manouk, we would like to apologize for the negative experience you had. We'd like to learn more from your specific situation and make things right. Could you please send us an email at visit@voxmundi.eu with the reference number of your booking and your details and your complaints? Our customer care team will answer as soon as possible. Regards, Vox Mundi Team
star-2
Choose another operator
Jason
, Jul 2021
The meeting place description was misleading and did not provide a skip-the-line service as confirmed by the operator. The tour information was mediocre.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Jason, we are sorry we could not completely satisfy your request of skipping the line. Because of this pandemic the police authorities request every guest to pass the security and helth controls. We already informed the different "market places" about this change. I am glad you liked the guided tour and we wish to see you again in the Basilica.
star-5
Excellent tour, wrong meeting point information
Patrick
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide with superb language skills. Only downside: The information about the meeting point was incorrect. This is unnecessary aand should be improved. All in all an excellent cultural experience well worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for your review
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was family-friendly
Jill_G
, Jun 2021
The tour inside the Basilica was very code-specific and tricky as the Basilica is a very sacred place. Kids have to be tamed so as not to disturb others doing a very spiritual visit. Our Vatican-based tour guide was very considerate of us tagging our 7 and 10 year old kids with us. The tour highlighted information that was never available if you do the tour on your own.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the review

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