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The Best St Peter’s Basilica Tour 2024

€ 52€ 41,60
105 minutes
Live tour guide
Small group

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About St. Peter’s Basilica Tour

Visit the iconic St Peter’s basilica and uncover the hidden wonders of the Renaissance, like Michelangelo’s Pietà. Marvel at the captivating views of St Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’ Angelo, and other monuments from the top of the dome.


St. Peter’s Basilica Tour

Explore the wonders of one of Rome’s most magnificent and well-known sites with a professional tour guide during the St. Peter’s Basilica Tour. Discover for yourself why the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson described it as “an ornament of the earth…the sublime of the beautiful”. Also, during this incredible tour, you will have an opportunity to climb the dome, where you will be able to enjoy captivating views of the entire Rome!

Referred to as the Queen amongst the basilicas, the St. Peter Basilica is the largest church in Italy, and it’s built in the Renaissance style of architecture. With its central basilica’s dome that dominates Rome’s skyline. On this St. Peter’s Basilica guided tour, you will notice that the entire interior of St. Peter’s basilica is lavishly decorated with reliefs, marble, gilding, and architectural sculpture. It’s incredibly luxurious and elegant.

Visit St Peter’s Basilica on a small-group or private tour (depending on the option selected) and let your experienced tour guide tell you all about this magnificent building.

Prepare to be in awe when you step inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Not only is this temple of Christendom a religious landmark, but it’s more or less a piece of art. Study outstanding Renaissance architecture and witness art by Donato Bramante, Carlo Maderno, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and more. Learn the story behind an ancient and legendary chair that the first-ever pope may have used. And get the facts on how and why Italy’s most prominent church was built! After your tour, stay inside for as long as you like. Soak up all that ambient charm of old before heading back out into the modern world.

  • Expert tour guide
  • Entry fees to the top of the Dome by elevator
  • Headset, so that you can always hear your guide
X not included
  • Visit to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropolis
  • English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese
X not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Pets
  • Sleeveless shirts

Meeting Point

The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's Square, at the address Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Do not go through the metal detectors before meeting the guide.

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Experience you don’t want to miss out on!

Peter’s Basilica

Join a guide for a special in-depth tour of one of Rome’s most essential and majestic buildings.

Former Pope John Paul II

Visit St Peter’s Basilica and pay your respects to Saint John Paul II, head of the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005.

Chair of Saint Peter

Learn the story behind the ‘Chair of Saint Peter’, an ancient and legendary chair that may have been used by St. Peter, who was the first-ever pope.

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FAQ – St Peter’s Basilica Tour

Can I visit St Peter's Basilica for free?

Yes, entry to the St. Peter's Basilica is free. However, if you want to gain a better understanding of the artworks you're seeing, we suggest booking a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. That way, not only will you learn more about the history of the world's largest church, but you will also get access to the top of its dome from where you can enjoy the perfect views of the St. Peter's Square.

Do you need a tour of St Peter's Basilica?

It would be best to book a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica if you would like to learn more about the artworks displayed inside the church. Accompanied by an expert tour guide, you will gain better insight into the lives of influential figures and their impact on the Catholic Church. You will also discover the meaning behind Michelangelo's and Bernini's sculptures.

Is it worth going inside St Peter's Basilica?

Without any second thought - YES! St Peter’s Basilica is undoubtedly worth your time and money. A visit to this majestic church is guaranteed to be the highlight of your day spent in the Vatican!

How long does it take to walk St Peter's Basilica?

The guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica without climbing up to its dome takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, depending on your pace. If you wish to climb to the top of the dome (which is definitely worth it), it will take you 1 more hour.
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Good to know before you go

  • No photography or filming is permitted inside the Sistine Chapel
  • It is obligatory to deposit suitcases, large backpacks and umbrellas in the cloakroom
  • Students aged 18-25 must have their international student cards and ID cards as a proof of age with them on the day of the visit
  • Children under 18 years must have their documents with them as a proof of age on the day of the visit
  • Please note that the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropolis are not part of this tour.
  • The Dome's terrace might not be accessible during bad weather. In that case, you can ask for a partial refund and visit the other areas, or cancel for a full refund.
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The BEST St. Peter's Basilica tour you'll find!

The structure is so big it is hard to take it all in. Our guide explained it all, but by bit. By the time we finished, we had a better grasp of the history and historical figures. Our guide also pointed out how to attend the papal ceremony each Wednesday, where the crypts started, and how to take the dome tour. We had a good time and would recommend this tour.


Amazing organization & easy booking process!

The magnificent interior of the basilica is worth seeing in person. In addition to the tour, we also went on St Peter's Basilica dome climb. The Dome climb was incredible, and we took amazing photos from there. The tour allowed us to have skip-the-line privileges, and it was one of the most enjoyable guided tours we had in the Eternal City.


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Ever wondered what's inside the world's largest church? Book this St. Peter's Basilica tour and find out!

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