St. Peter's Basilica

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  • No booking fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • duration 2 hours
  • tour type Group Tour
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Rome, Italy
  • Ends Rome , Italy
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Prereserved tickets to climb St. Peter’s Basilica Dome
  • Enjoy a fullyguided tour of St Peter’s Basilica & Square
  • Descend into the Papal Crypt for a rare guided tour
St. Peter’s Basilica is the most important church in Christendom and this is the most complete tour of the Basilica available.

From the heights of the immense dome to the depths of the Papal Crypt and all the fantastic art in between, you’ll explore every corner of this amazing church and be awed at it’s grandeur.

Your tour starts early, before the crowds arrive. After exploring St Peter’s Square and seeing the Swiss Guard, you’ll head for St. Peter’s Basilica dome. You and your intimate group of 15 people or fewer will take the special elevator to the first terrace of the Dome to admire the beautiful mosaics up close as your guide points out details you might otherwise miss.

To reach the top of the dome you have to climb 231 steps (there’s no elevator) but the view alone is worth the effort. In fact, it’s the single best view of Rome - stretching from St Peter’s Square across the Tiber and beyond.

When you come down from the dome your expert guide will lead you on a full tour of the Basilica - from Bernini’s colossal baldachin to Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching Pietá. You’ll also discover the small details, stories, history and lore that are packed into every nook and cranny of this nearly 400-year-old building, including why everyone is so intent on rubbing the foot of a certain statue.

Finally your tour will include a rare visit to the Papal Crypt where your guide will point out the most significant tombs. It’s forbidden to speak inside the Crypt (it’s a sacred site) but before you enter, your guide will tell you the stories of the men buried in them.
Customer reviews about Walks of Italy
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Based on 298 reviews
Rebecca's review for another Walks of Italy tour
5 - Excellent
  • Rebecca
  • From Australia
  • On Oct 10 2015
“Maria was so wonderful!! The Vatican tour was really interesting and considering how much there is to see, she did a great job of giving us as much information as possible in such a short amount of time!!”
Review for another Walks of Italy tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Jun 13 2016
“We had Lisa as our guide and found her to be pleasant and informative. Given her history as an archaeologist, her knowledge was immense and gave a wonderful introduction to Rome. Most of the sites were under construction due to refurbishment, which was not disclosed, but she still gave us a good time.”
Juliette's review for another Walks of Italy tour
5 - Excellent
  • Juliette
  • From Australia
  • On Sep 29 2015
“Great tour and excellent tour guide!”
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert local guide
  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St. Peter’s Basilica Dome
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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GOOD TO KNOW
•Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure. •Please remember that St. Peter's Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. •St. Peter's Basilica is subject to unforeseen closures due to Vatican affairs. In the event that this happens, Walks of Italy will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule. In the rare case that the tombs are closed we will spend extra time in St. Peter's Basilica and Square. •Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. However, large bags, pointy umbrellas and objects must be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica, next to the official audio-guides desk. •Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction. •Please note that skip the line access is not possible at the dome or at St. Peters Basilica's security line (although it is possible for guests entering via the Vatican Museums, who use a different door), so you may need to spend some time in unavoidable queues. Your guide will use the time well though, entertaining you with stories and pointing out the incredible details of St. Peter's Square. •Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
CANCELLATION Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

Amendments:
- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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