Guided tour

In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

4.6 / 5

62 reviews

Activity provider: Touriks

In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

Activity provider: Touriks

From US$ 30.35 per person

Enjoy a thorough guided experience in one of the most important sights in Italy. Choose either a private or a small-group tour and explore this art & architecture masterpiece with a passionate guide.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, Russian, Chinese, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Admire the Basilica's marble, ceilings, and mosaics
  • Take in the famous Pietà of Michelangelo
  • See St. Peter’s Tomb and the original Basilica walls
  • Enjoy detailed information from your professional guide
  • Choose between a small-group or private tour
Full description

Start your tour in St. Peter's Square and be fascinated by its architectural secrets. Discover the optical illusions as were thought by its designer, Bernini. Enter the Basilica and be amazed by its magnificence. Marvel at the mosaics all around you and see why it took 150 years to rebuild.

Walk past renowned masterpieces of Renaissance and Neoclassical art with your expert guide. Stand in front of the harmonious 98.5-foot high canopy, and appreciate the expressive power and delicate beauty of Michelangelo's "Pietà".

Conclude your tour by descending to the underground grottoes to see St. Peter's tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica while you admire the work of the beautiful frescoes within.

  • Professional art-historian guide
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Sterilized headsets to clearly hear your guide
  • Full on-site assistance
  • The Vatican Museums
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line service
  • Entrance ticket to the Dome
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with the local partner's, Touriks, logo on it. The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's Square. Please do not go through the metal detectors before meeting the guide.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  Modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance are not skippable and may take 5-45 minutes
  • You will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 62 reviews

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We had a really nice tour that started with a nice organization at the meeting point, everything was super clear and nicely explained. After that, we had a tour of the square, and basilica, and bought an additional ticket to climb the dome. The tour guide had extensive knowledge about all the things on the tour and had a really nice personality. Would highly recommend doing this tour and taking your time to absorb the immensity of the church you are walking through!

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August 28, 2022

As indicated, there is no queue to enter St. Peter's Basilica, but it is specified so we were not surprised. While we were queuing (impressive from the outside but all in all went quite quickly), we had explanations. It was convenient for that to meet before. We arrived a little late (we were at the Vatican Museums before and underestimated the time between these 2 visits, plan a lot) and another guide kindly helped us find your guide (phew, otherwise we won't would never have reunited with the world...). Very interesting visit to the basilica, visit in French, I unfortunately forgot the name of the guide who was really great with a lot of knowledge and caring with everyone. Alone we would have missed a lot of information. Unfortunately, we did not continue with the visit of the Dome (claustrophobia) but to do for those who can, the view must be fantastic.

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May 30, 2022

With my wife and my 12 and 13 year old daughters I took part in this in-depth guided tour of the Basilica and St. Peter's Square. It was an extremely pleasant and educational experience, the organizer was very precise with the timetable and general management. Daniele V, our fantastic guide, did not spare himself in anecdotes and historical explanations, he confidently answered all our questions and knew how to involve us for the duration of the experience. He has never bored us and has enthusiastically transmitted his passion for feeling like "ambassador" of his city. I wish everyone to meet Daniele V in your tourist experiences.

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March 7, 2022

Product ID: 391412