Visit the grandest church in the world with a local expert guide. This 1.5 hour guided tour of Saint Peter's Basilica will take you to the heart of Catholicism; you will learn about the history of the Vatican and the Popes, lives and artworks of the great artists that gave their contribution in building the church.
The visit starts in St. Peter's square at the Obelisk where you will see the Popes' palace, the chimney where smoke comes out after Popes are elected and the balcony where they bless people. By skipping the long entrance lines you will go inside the Basilica.. You will see the Chapel of the Baptistry and the Chapel where weddings take place.
Your guide will explain to you in detail the most famous masterpieces preserved in the church including Michelangelo's Piet , Bernini's Baldacchino, Canova's Monument to the Stuart Family and many more... including Di Cambio's bronze statue of St. Peter that every pilgrim touches during their holy trip. You will then walk toward the altar where the Popes only hold mass and admire the dome from inside with its spectacular mosaics.
The church is still today the center of the Catholic ceremonies so part of it may be closed to public during special events. If open you will explore also the tombs of the Popes and other areas off-the-beaten tracks.
You will love this tour, your guide and the Vatican art and history!