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Included
Guided tour of the Basilica with Official Vatican guides
Skip the line service before the entrance of the metal detectors
Headsets
Not Included
Guided or Audio guided tour of the Cupola
Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Optional activity costs

Advantages
Mobile Voucher
Printed Voucher
Easy Cancellation
Key Details
Monday - Sunday
Collection point: Vaticano, Città del Vaticano
Group: Max 25 people

Before You Go

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.


Description

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.


The only thing not to love about these world famous sites is the waiting to get in to see them. Picture it, you’re at the entrance to St Peter’s Basilica, right at the back of a long line. But with the dedicated entrance, this problem is solved! St Peter’s Basilica fact track access means you avoid the hours of queuing and enter St Peter’s only having to pass through the security checkpoint.

Aside from the fast track entrance, what are the other advantages of St Peter’s Basilica Guided tour?


Why take the tour?


The Basilica is to be the most splendid and important buildings in history. In fact, American Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson described it as ‘an ornament of the earth… the sublime of the beautiful’. Built in the style of the Renaissance, the Basilica is seen as the primary temple of Christianity.
 
A guided tour of St Peter's Basilica offers a plethora of advantages including the knowledge and experience of a licensed expert guide. 
 
You will meet your expert guide at the indicated collection point. All you have to do is relax and be whisked off on your tour which will help you fully appreciate the multitude of artwork such as Michelangelo’s La Pieta and the Bernini masterpieces such as the 96-foot tall Baldacchino.

 

What else can you see on the tour?


 
Your tour begins with one of the most important pieces of art from Michelangelo. La Pieta is one of the worlds most precious pieces of art and as such, visitors can observe it through a bulletproof glass. This comes after an attack from an onlooker who broke away part of the sculpture. You also have the opportunity to visit the tomb of Saint John Paul II. Widely regarded as one of the nicest, gentlest people of our time, Pope John Paul II is hailed for a more modern view of Christianity.
 
You get to enjoy all this and more on your tour of the Basilica. Having a tour guide really does add something to the experience of visiting a site such as this, you don’t just appreciate the aesthetics. Instead, you understand why it is the way it is and the history behind it, all in conjunction with its beauty.

Tour Highlights

  • Skip the line tickets so you can walk straight past the queues of tourists clamoring to get in and save yourself over an hour (or more) of waiting.
  • Get a personalized tour from a licensed guide with a small group.
  • Enjoy the highest rated online tour of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Receive your headphones in case the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from your friends are a little distracting!
  • An abundance of art (The Basilica stands out even in a city where there is an abundance of activities and so many famous sites to visit such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City, the numerous Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. The basilica is iconic to the Roman skyline, and inside, you can explore the various works of art such as La Pieta, the tomb of St John Paul II and the Chapel of Confession. The religious amongst you may already know that this last spot gets his name after the confession of faith by St. Peter, which led to his martyrdom.)

Please note, there are some things you need to be aware of before your visit or you won’t be allowed to enter. Here is a list of a few things to remember for St Peter’s Basilica Guided tour:

  • There is a strict dress code to enter the Vatican. Essentially you must keep shoulders and knees covered, and you can’t wear a hat indoors.
  • There is an airport-style security check before you enter the Basilica so don’t bring liquids or sharp objects. Don’t try to sneak anything past the Swiss Guards; they’re very good at their job!
  • The Basilica & St.Peters Square may be closed at certain times on Wednesday mornings due to the Papal Audience.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes early so you can check in, leave on time and enjoy everything St Peter’s Basilica Guided tour has to offer!

History Sneak Peek

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

 

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.



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