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Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica, Dome Climb & Crypts Guided Tour

1. Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica, Dome Climb & Crypts Guided Tour

Experience St. Peter's Basilica from the top of the dome and admire views of the Vatican and Rome. Follow your guide to see the dome's interior and the Vatican crypts. Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, then head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the array of incredible mosaics depicting the saints, the magnificent Latin scripts which circle the dome, and the top of Bernini’s 3-story canopy below. Listen to your guide share facts and stories about the history of the dome, and everything you need to know about the Dome’s artists and Renaissance splendor. From the first level, take the spiral staircase to the top of the dome and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Then head above the double structure of the dome and pass by windows that give a tantalizing glimpse of the Vatican rooftops below. After 320 steps find yourself on the viewing platform 448 feet above the basilica floor. From the highest point within the Vatican, admire breathtaking and panoramic views of the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Looking into the distance, you can also marvel at the monuments of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Pantheon. The only point above you is the cross containing the timbers from the True Cross. When you leave the dome there is no need to line up again to get inside the basilica, the stairs bring you directly down to the basilica floor so you can avoid the long lines which you’ll have seen growing across St. Peter’s Square from the top. With your guide, navigate through the basilica, admiring the array of statues, chapels, and pilgrim sites located here, before descending to the underground crypts. Here, you can see where hundreds of popes and members of royalty have been buried since the 11th century.

Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

2. Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

Experience the celebratory atmosphere as the Pope and his Cardinals greet and bless the crowd at the Vatican. Partake in this jubilatory event at the heart of the Catholic world with a guide that will help you find the best viewing point and understand the occasion's significance. Have your tickets organized for you and secure a strategic vantage point in the audience to get you as close as possible to the Pope. Relax in the hands of your guide as they navigate the crowds of thousands of people from around the world. Learn about Pope Francis and hear stories from papal history as you await the beginning of the ceremony, to appreciate the event in its full context. Witness the main event, as the Pope arrives and greets the crowd. Watch and listen as the Holy Father addresses the audience with a themed speech, conducts homilies, songs, and sometimes even blesses babies. Enjoy the atmosphere as the rejoicing crowd celebrates the Pope’s presence with songs and cheers. See the Pope up-close as he passes through the audience, and feel the warmth of the reception around you at this special occasion.

Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

3. Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

After meeting your guide, listen as he illustrates the history of the Holy See and of Rome's popes. Learn about the important details of the magnificent and iconic St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Follow your guide as he escorts you to your seat for the event. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a spiritual experience with Pope Francis. Once the event ends, meet your guide so he can give you some more information on your stay in Rome before you head out for the night.

Papal Audience Experience Tickets with Expert Guide Included

4. Papal Audience Experience Tickets with Expert Guide Included

No need to go through the hassle of reserving and collecting your ticket for the Papal Audience: it’ll already be there waiting for you when you meet your guide. While others are still collecting their tickets, you’ll be taking up a carefully chosen spot in St. Peter’s Square and settling in to wait for Pope Francis to arrive. Your guide will prepare you for the Pope’s entrance by explaining the rich history and traditions behind the Papal Audience, and the Papacy itself. Even as the crowd builds in anticipation of the ceremony, your headset will still let you hear your guide loud and clear. When his holiness Pope Francis himself arrives, circulating to greet the crowd, find that he passes right by your vantage point. The Pope will take the stage to give a special greeting to the assembled crowd, then he and his Cardinals will perform blessings in multiple languages, sing hymns and perform homilies. With the background provided by your guide, have an even richer appreciation of the ceremony. Pope Francis has earned a reputation for interacting with his audience more than any previous pope, with crowds encouraged to pray and sing along. Papal Audiences today can be transformative events, and record numbers of people wish to attend. This is your chance to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience without the stress of navigating the booking process or the 100,000-strong crowd.

The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

5. The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

The spectacular Vatican collections are unique in the world: where else can you witness Michelangelo and Raphael’s crowning achievements, the greatest sculptures of the ancient world, priceless tapestries, Renaissance maps and jaw-dropping Renaissance architecture all under one roof? Treat yourself to the luxury of a private art-historian guide and discover the miraculous masterpieces of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s incredible frescoes. Learn about the fascinating story of the Renaissance as the past is brought to life by our expert, and customize your visit to suit your interests. Skip the lines at St. Peter’s and gaze on Michelangelo’s touching Pietà as well as Bernini’s majestic canopy above St. Peter’s altar. Our tour of the Vatican is optimized to offer you a VIP experience of the great masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca, the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica. There is only one route that brings you to the Sistine Chapel, passing through courtyards and palaces dense with history and studded with works of art. Don't rush through them like a stranger; enjoy them in all their splendor. Our guides will accompany you into the great building projects of the Italian Renaissance and together we will relive the environment of the Florentine Renaissance and the Papal court in Rome in which Michelangelo created his masterpieces. Our VIP Vatican Tour uncovers the meaning of the figures of Jonah, Adam, Eve, Noah and thousands of others on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and in the Last Judgement, revealing the ideals of Michelangelo and of the Renaissance. Then you will understand how and why these frescoes have changed for ever not only art, but the way in which we look at the world. Some of the most important works that we will discover, such as timeless Greek masterpieces like the Laocoon, the Belvedere Torso and the Apollo Belvedere, were excavated at the time of Michelangelo and Raphael, who studied and admired them in the same architectural context in which they are preserved today. The artworks that they created are the fruit of their careful study. And so, we too will pass through the Pinecone courtyard, the Belvedere courtyard and the tapestry galleries, discovering a selection of masterpieces with a guide capable of recreating the climate of the epoch, helping you to appreciate the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel in their historical context. The tour ends in St. Peter's Basilica. This part of our guided visit will bring us to the heart of the Christian faith, and along the way we will discover an incredible collection of relics and religious tokens that have accumulated here over the course of nearly 2,000 years at the site of St. Peter's tomb. Our Vatican group tour is optimized to allow you to experience these amazing objects in their original context. At the same time you will have the chance to admire and understand enchanting works of art.

Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

6. Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

See the Pope himself during the papal audience ceremony and enjoy a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Meet the staff with an orange umbrella at the meeting point: the staff which will help you with your reservation. Join the Papal Audience (free entrance) after the security check. Then watch the Pope make his way to the stage and join the weekly gathering which includes prayers, blessings, and a homily. After the audience, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Basilica of St. Peter. As you tour the Renaissance-style church, with its famous dome and unrivaled architecture, see masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. To get a complete experience, select the option with the Vatican Gardens and enjoy insightful commentary on an open bus.

Rome: Public Papal Audience

7. Rome: Public Papal Audience

Enjoy an immersive experience in Catholic tradition, see Pope Francis himself and learn the unique history of the Vatican City. Join this tour for Wednesday Papal Audience. The Audience represents a very intense point of contact between the Pope and the faithful coming from the four corners of the world. Pope Francis and the Cardinals will pass through the crowd to reach the stage and then greet and bless people in different languages, with hymns and homilies. With reserved pre-booked tickets for this extremely popular event, a coordinator will help you access the best possible seats as well as an audio device. The Audience may be celebrated in the majestic venue of St. Peter’s Square or in the dedicated Nervi Hall, according to Vatican schedule. In St. Peter's Square, you will also walk close to the monumental Castel Sant'Angelo and along Via della Conciliazione, in order to reach St. Peter's in the background and pass the security check-points to the Vatican City. The coordinator will tell you the stories and the secrets of the Vatican, suggest where to sit and help you have a smooth arrival despite the crowds. Then, at the end of the Audience, about 11:30-11:45 am, you will meet the coordinator again at Via della Conciliazione 48 to return the audio device.  Papal Audience tickets are free but are in very high demand. Planning your own arrival to this event could be very difficult. Book in advance with this tour to ensure you get to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You may also choose to combine this special morning with an afternoon visit of the nearby charming Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, or of the other icon of Rome: the Colosseum.

Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

8. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Once you arrive at the agency, you will start the tour right away. You will participate in Pope Francis' audience which takes place every Wednesday either in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall, inside the Vatican State. You will then venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, your guide will explain to you the history of the magnificent St. Peter's Square and the reason why it is so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, the guide will take you directly inside the Vatican Museums, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. You will be able to see the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see, your guide will lead you to the Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you will admire the stunning ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. At the end of the tour, you will enter the well-known Sistine Chapel, hold on tight — the extreme beauty of the celestial is something very unique and special. Pope Giulio II gave carte blanche to Michelangelo who developed this original and colossal fresco work. At the very end, you can choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

9. Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

See Vatican City's top attractions on a sightseeing tour where you don't have to wait in line. Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums with a guide or on your own. Take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's incredible artworks. Explore the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Meet near the Vatican Museums and enjoy fast-track access to Europe's most renowned art collection. Dive into the art world with an expert guide or explore on your own, depending on the option chosen. Take in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and more. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the Gardens of Vatican City and receive your audio guide. Learn about the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Palace, and the Governor's Palace. Admire St. Peter's Basilica from a unique perspective and immerse yourself in this peaceful hideaway. Or choose the option that includes the Vatican 360 experiences gives you 360 access to the Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Starting off at the Vatican Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Europe’s most renowned art collection. Accompanied by an expert guide, enjoy fast track entrance and dive into the history of the Art world. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Once you’ve had your art fix, it’s time to explore the Vatican Gardens. Stretching an impressive 57 acres. Enjoy the picture-perfect landscapes and uncover the impressive garden architecture that draws influence from both the baroque and renaissance era. After spending the morning at the Vatican City, it’s time to head out of town by train to explore the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo, about an hour north of Rome. Pick up your audio guide at the welcome desk and start your journey through the Apostolic Palace. First up, enjoy the museum and experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the impressive display of the Pope’s portable throne. Then, it’s up to the Papal apartment. Step into the true home of Christianity as you admire the Pope’s clock parlour, music gallery, the Swiss Hall, and even the Holy Father’s library. The all-access Vatican experience wraps up with a tour of the Barberini gardens. There you’ll not only enjoy stunning panoramic views, but also a complimentary picnic with locally sourced porchetta and wine.

Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

10. Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

See Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square and attend his weekly public prayer service. Join the thousands of pilgrims who make their way to the Vatican City to receive an Apostolic Blessing every Wednesday. Benefit from the services of a host who will escort you from your hotel to St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Take a seat outside St. Peter's Basilica to enjoy a truly spiritual experience in an amazing atmosphere. Listen enraptured as Pope Francis offers readings in several languages, and then join him in prayer before he imparts his Apostolic Blessing upon the adoring crowd.

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4.2 / 5

based on 8,113 reviews

Ed was super amazing. Our tour was only supposed to be for an hour but since we were so interested about the information that he was giving us it went on for 2 hours. Since Ed was also an archaeologist he knows so much and we are very happy with him . Ed was the best tour guide we ever had and we have been doing this for a very long time. You won’t be disappointed. 100 stars to Ed! Ciao!

So glad I booked the guided tour!!!! Our group walked past so many people and other groups waiting in line. Also glad I booked an 8:30 tour. Best way to avoid the crowds

Easy location to find tour. Guide was great. Got right into all sights before the crowds. Tour did not include St. Peter’s Basilica as advertised.

The woman who did the tour was extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and had a great sense of humor. I’d definitely do another tour with her.

The tour guide was very polite, comprehensive and fully understandable.