St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican is an amazing place to visit, but who wants to stand in a queue for 3 hours waiting to enter? Nobody. But good news, you don’t have to wait in line! Skip the queue and save yourself over an hour (or more) of standing in line with St Peter’s Basilica guided tour and fact track access! Enjoy one of Rome’s most beautiful, important and magnificent attractions without the need to stand in line for hours on end.
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.
There will be an airport-style security check before you enter St. Peter's Basilica; please leave liquids and sharp items at home and carry your possessions in a lightweight bag (you may be refused entrance to St. Peter's Basilica if you do not follow this)
On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter's Basilica & Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience
Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure point.
The history of St. Peter's Basilica reaches back almost 2000 years. Despite this, the one you see today is not the original. The St. Peter's Basilica we see today was constructed between 1506 and 1626.
The Basilica is named after St Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Saint Peter is said to have traveled to Rome where he met his martyrdom in 64 AD. The Basilica is said to be the burial site of the Saint and thus explains the importance of the Basilica to people of faith. He was crucified close to the Obelisk that stands in St Peters Square today. Known as ‘The Witness’ the Obelisk is a reminder of the crucifixion of the Saint and his sacrifice.
Old St. Peter's Basilica stood in the same spot as the ‘new’ one from the 4th to 16th Centuries. It is known as the Old Basilica in order to make a distinction between the two buildings. The Basilica stands over what used to be Circus of Nero (Circus of Caligula as its also known). The Circus of Nero was the spot of Saint Peter's execution in what was part of the horrific practices of the time, the state-sponsored martyrdoms of Christians.
A shrine was built in honor of St. Peter, only to be replaced 300 years later by the more grand Basilica. Over time, the Basilica fell into disrepair and was ordered to be restored. One of the most famous architects charged with the redesign of the Basilica was Michelangelo. He was most responsible for its appearance, despite him never seeing it completed.
For centuries it has been at the center of the Catholic Church due to its history. With a total capacity of over 60,000, it is one of the largest religious buildings in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Peter's Basilica is a place of pilgrimage for many. You can enjoy the best view from the Basilica from the central dome. This will give you a wonderful of Rome and in St. Peters Square.