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St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour with Dome Climb

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Overview

Get to know St. Peter's Basilica as a privileged visitor and gain exclusive access to the dome area with this guided tour of about two hours.

You will explore, in small groups of maximum 20 people, the main church of the Holy See, where the pope gives his liturgies. An expert guide will take you through a tour full of history, art and architecture where you will enjoy works by artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini.

  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the main church of the Vatican.
  • Contemplate Rome with the exclusive panoramic view from the church's dome.

Appreciate works of art and architecture crafted by the likes of Michelangelo and Bernini.

What’s included

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to the dome area
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Square
  • Expert guide in history

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What to expect

By joining this guided tour of about two hours you will get to know St. Peter's Basilica, the main church of Vatican City, and gain exclusive access to the dome area.

An expert guide will accompany you and reveal the legendary secrets of the holy see, where the pope offers his liturgies to the parishioners.

You will climb up to the terrace of the dome, a monumental structure of 41 meters that will allow you to appreciate the city from an unparalleled perspective, with panoramic views of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and the Vatican Museums.

You will enter the papal necropolis, located a few meters below the central floor of the basilica. In this crypt are buried historical figures of the Catholic religion, such as St. Peter the Apostle and Pope John Paul II.

You will have the opportunity to appreciate the interior and exterior of this architectural marvel designed and built by famous artists such as Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

One of Michelangelo's creations that stands out is the sculpture Pietà del Vaticano, in which the Virgin Mary holds Christ after his crucifixion.

Bernini's The Vision of Constantine, an equestrian sculpture of 1670 in honor of the Christian emperor, dazzles in the right wing of the atrium of the basilica.

You can live this experience in small groups of a maximum of 20 people, in which you will also stroll through St. Peter's Square, where the faithful of Catholicism congregate daily among the 284 columns and 88 pilasters of the monument, known as the Colonnade, also a work of Bernini.

Reviews

4.2
· 2285 Reviews
  • K
    Kate
    5
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    One of the most visited places in the world and rightly so, there is art everywhere, incredible sites, the crypt as an amazing historical site and the dome that allows you to appreciate amazing views of Rome.
  • A
    Ana
    5
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    Very good visit and very interesting. There is a lot in the basilica to learn and the tour is a beautiful experience.
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    Mia
    5
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    Climbing the dome was great, it's the icing on the cake. A highly recommended tour, fun and interesting from start to finish.
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    Paula
    5
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    The guide had extensive knowledge of the place, plus you could feel in the way he spoke that he liked what he was doing and knew what he was talking about. We enjoyed the tour very much thanks to him
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