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Rome: Saint Peter's Basilica Private Visit

Product ID: 182399
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Enjoy a private, tailor-made tour of the Basilica with your family and friends. See the best of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City on a comprehensive 1.5-hour tour led by a knowledgeable Vatican guide with 7 different languages to choose from.
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Duration: 1 hour
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Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Wheelchair accessible

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Skip the line with fast track for the entrance in the Basilica
  • Visit the most famous UNESCO world heritage site in Italy and the biggest Christian church in the world
Full description
Begin your small group tour in St Peter's Square, where as you walk over from the colonnade to the terrace in front of the church, your guide will tell you tales of Bernini, whose work had so much impact on the Vatican as you see it today. See several sites of significance, including the northern fountain and the impressive obelisk that dates back to 13th-century BC Egypt.

Then, leave St Peter's Square and continue into the tour's main attraction, St Peter's Basilica with a priority-access service. As you walk, hear tales of the popes, pilgrims, and legendary artists who, throughout history, have helped make St Peter's Basilica the awe-inspiring place it is today.

Head straight in and gaze up in wonder at the incredible cupolone, the church’s dome, created by colorful Renaissance sculptor, Michelangelo. You will also see his beautiful La Pietà sculpture, as well as various mosaic works.

Stop at the statue of St Peter and kiss or rub his foot for a blessing, before walking over to the tomb of Pope John Paul II. As you continue through the church, your guide will show you Bernini’s lavish, bronze canopy altar, known as the baldacchino. Positioned right in the center of the building, the altar marks the tomb of St Peter underneath.

Your tour finishes in St Peter's Basilica, where you can stay if you want to spend more time exploring this sacred place independently.

Includes
  • Official St. Peter's guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide
  • Taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Tips and gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

• You can find the meeting point near the metal detectors located at the intersection of Via Paolo VI and Piazza del Sant’Uffizio. Looking towards the Basilica, this is at the end of the row of columns on the left. • Look for a host wearing a blue jacket with a Vox Mundi logo. They will accompany you inside through a separate entrance.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please observe the strict dress code for the Basilica; no shorts or sleeveless shirts are allowed
• 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)

From £222.19 Per group up to 6

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Product ID: 182399