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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.

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

  • Available language:
    French, English, Italian, Spanish, German

  • Duration:
    1 hour

  • Instant ticket delivery:
    Yes

  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair accessible

  • Ticket on smartphone:
    Available

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

Instructions

  • Enter St. Peter’s Basilica from the right colonnade of St. Peter’s Square
  • Go through security checks
  • Introduce yourself in the atrium of the basilica. Here an official guide in a blue jacket and badge will be awarded
  • At the end of the guided tour it is possible to autonomously continue your visit of the monument

Additional information

It is not allowed to carry large bags, suitcases and bulky backpacks (at the discretion of the staff), as well as umbrellas, tripods, video cameras and blunt objects. These must be deposited in the cloakroom.

The ticket may not be changeable after purchase. At the discretion of the Vatican.

Dress code

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

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