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Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

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Guided tour of one of the wonders of the Italian Renaissance: St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Ascent to the Dome and guided tour of the Basilica and the Papal Crypts.

  • Location:
    Right colonnade, St. Peter's square

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  • Duration:
    3 hours

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Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
Interior of St Peter's Basilica with Bernini's baldachin in the foreground

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Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

This guided tour is ideal for immersing yourself in one of the wonders built by mankind, St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, which houses some of the most famous works of art ever made. One among many: Michelangelo’s Pietà.

The basilica and its treasures

The visit to the basilica allows us to discover an architectural and artistic period of maximum expression of the Italian Renaissance. The basilica was built starting from 1506 and finished in 1626 AD by the hand of some of the most important architects of the time, from Bramante to Michelangelo, to Carlo Maderno.

In addition to having considerable dimensions (it is 211.5 meters long and reaches 132.5 meters in the center of the dome), the basilica represents an immense collection of notable works, located among its 45 altars and 11 chapels.

In particular, it is possible to admire:

  • Dome of St. Peter (visible from the inside. Access to the dome not included in the ticket)
  • Bernini’s canopy
  • Pietà by Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Papal altar
  • Confession
  • Chair of St. Peter
  • Monument of Clement XIII made by Antonio Canova

What is included in the ticket

  • Guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica and the Papal Crypts
  • Headphones for optimal listening to the guide
  • Access to St. Peter’s dome and its 320 steps
  • Free time after the tour to explore St. Peter’s Basilica at your own leisure


  • Meet in Piazza della Città Leonina (near the arches, where the square meets Via di Porta Angelica). Facing the arches, the meeting point is at the corner of the square, on the left side, next to the kiosk. Here the coordinators of City Wonders will hold a sign and wear blue jackets.
  • At the end of the guided tour you can continue your own visit of the monument.

Additional information

Bulky duffel bags, suitcases and backpacks (at the discretion of the staff), as well as umbrellas, tripods, video cameras and blunt objects are not permitted. These should be deposited in the cloakroom.

Not suitable for those suffering from claustrophobia, vertigo or other serious medical conditions.

The ticket can be changed after purchase within 24 hours of the visit.

Dress code

It is mandatory to dress soberly. Shoulders and knees must be covered.

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