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Private St Peter's Basilica Tour with Dome & Papal Crypts

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As one of the most beautiful and important churches in all of Christianity, St Peter's Basilica deserves more than a passing glimpse. Give it the time it deserves with this top-to-bottom exploration, with your own private guide to provide context, history and guidance throughout.

Your tour starts early, arriving at the entrance to St Peter's Dome before the crowds descend, to avoid the lengthy line this renowned site accumulates. With your guide, you ascend the winding staircases carved into the interior walls of the building to the crown of the intricate church. From here, you can enjoy the best views of the city on one side and a birds'-eye view of Vatican City on the other.

Then it's back down to ground level and inside the Basilica itself. Explore the artwork within – from Bernini's stunning Baldachin altar, to Michelangelo's moving Pietà sculpture. Discover the equally amazing beauty of the side chapels, rub St Peter's foot for luck and come to understand what makes this site such hallowed ground for Christians.

Next, learn about the popes that are famously entombed here. See the tomb of the recently sainted John Paul II and of the first pope, St Peter himself. Your guide leads you to the most important papal tombs inside the Basilica and takes you below it with a visit to the crypts. Finish the tour with a look around St Peter’s Square before thanking your guide and heading back out into the bustling streets of Rome.

As one of the most beautiful and important churches in all of Christianity, St Peter's Basilica deserves more than a passing glimpse. Give it the time it deserves with this top-to-bottom exploration, with your own private guide to provide context, history and guidance throughout.

Your tour starts early, arriving at the entrance to St Peter's Dome before the crowds descend, to avoid the lengthy line this renowned site accumulates. With your guide, you ascend the winding staircases carved into the interior walls of the building to the crown of the intricate church. From here, you can enjoy the best views of the city on one side and a birds'-eye view of Vatican City on the other.

Then it's back down to ground level and inside the Basilica itself. Explore the artwork within – from Bernini's stunning Baldachin altar, to Michelangelo's moving Pietà sculpture. Discover the equally amazing beauty of the side chapels, rub St Peter's foot for luck and come to understand what makes this site such hallowed ground for Christians.

Next, learn about the popes that are famously entombed here. See the tomb of the recently sainted John Paul II and of the first pope, St Peter himself. Your guide leads you to the most important papal tombs inside the Basilica and takes you below it with a visit to the crypts. Finish the tour with a look around St Peter’s Square before thanking your guide and heading back out into the bustling streets of Rome.

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Private St Peter's Basilica Tour with Dome & Papal Crypts

Activity Location

St. Peter's Basilica

Piazza San Pietro

Rome

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Bar Polese

    Piazza Citta' Leonina

    Rome


Highlights

  • Thorough exploration of the stunning St Peter's Basilica

  • Panoramic view of Rome & Vatican City from the Basilica Dome

  • Seeing papal tombs, including St John Paul II & St Peter

  • Extended tour of the Basilica includes Michelangelo's Pietà

  • Expert guide with a wealth of knowledge to lead the way


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica and Dome

  • Admission fees

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off


Know Before You Book

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • St Peter's Basilica is subject to unforeseen closures; when this occurs, an alternative date is offered.

  • If the tombs or the dome are closed, you will visit more of St Peter's Basilica instead.