St. Peterâs Basilica is the most important church in Christendom and this is the most complete tour of the Basilica available. From the heights of the immense dome to the depths of the Papal Crypt and all the fantastic art in between, youâll explore every corner of this amazing church and come away in even more awe of itâs grandeur than when you started.
Your tour starts early, before the crowds arrive. After exploring St Peterâs Square and seeing the Swiss Guard, youâll head for St. Peterâs Basilica dome. You and your intimate group of 15 people or fewer will take the special elevator to the first terrace of the Dome to admire the beautiful mosaics up close as your guide points out details you might otherwise miss.
To reach the top of the dome you have to climb 231 steps (thereâs no elevator) but the view alone is worth the effort. In fact, itâs the single best view of Rome, Â stretching from St Peterâs Square across the Tiber and beyond.
When you come down from the dome your expert guide will lead you on a full tour of the Basilica, from Berniniâs colossal baldachin to Michelangeloâs heart-wrenching PietÃ¡. Youâll also discover the small details, stories, history and lore that are packed into every nook and cranny of this nearly 400-year-old building, including why everyone is so intent on rubbing the foot of a certain statue.
Finally your tour will include a rare visit to the Papal Crypt Â where your guide will point out the most significant tombs. Itâs forbidden to speak inside the Crypt (itâs a sacred site) but before you enter, your guide will tell you the stories of the men buried in them.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please note that skip the line access is not possible at the dome or at St. Peters Basilica's security line (although it is possible for guests entering via the Vatican Museums, who use a different door), so you may need to spend some time in unavoidable queues. Your guide will use the time well though, entertaining you with stories and pointing out the incredible details of St. Peter's Square.