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Guided tours of St Peter's, the Vatican

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Please note that unlike many of the attractions of Rome, the Vatican is the active, working capital of the Catholic Church, and church activities always take a priority over visiting hours. As a result of this there are occasional short-notice closures that are entirely outwith our control. Please ensure when buying your tickets that you include contact details (phone number, your hotel, etc) so that we can contact you in case of last minute changes.

St Peter's Basilica with audioguide

A reserved entrance tour which allows you to explore the masterpieces of Saint Peter's at your own pace with the official audioguide of the Basilica.

Enjoy the magnificent architecture and artworks of this remarkable church. The audioguided tour lasts an hour and is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Portuguese. As of April 2017 there's the option to use the audioguide on your own device - you'll be given WiFi access and usage instructions upon arrival. You'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace and in the order you decide - but be sure not to miss Michelangelo's "Pietà", the high altar and Bernini's "Baldachin", or the Chapel of the Confession!

This tour includes reserved entrance before the metal detectors, and the use of an official audioguide in one of ten languages for the Basilica (Earphones are not included - you can bring your own or purchase them at the desk for €1.) It doesn't include entrance to the Sistine Chapel or the Cupola, hotel transfers or any optional activities. You will also be entitled to purchase tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine chapel in the Atrium, except on Sundays and days when the museums are closed. The tour lasts approximately one hour and you may visit anytime during the time selected, usually either 'Morning' or 'Afternoon' with a few restrictions on holidays, Wednesdays and Sundays - you'll see which times are available on your chosen date during the checkout process.

On Wednesday mornings, access to the Basilica and St Peter's Square may restricted due to the Papal Audience.

Please note that there is a strict dress code for the Vatican - shoulders and knees must be covered and low cut/sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted for men or women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted to enter the Vatican.

It is obligatory to leave the following items outside: suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm, bags and backpacks that jut out by more than 15 cm from the body, baby strollers/buggies, medium to large umbrellas, any umbrella with a spike, walking sticks (unless necessary due to disablement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signs of any kind, knives, scissors, tools and any items that could be used to harm people or damage works of art.
It is forbidden to enter the Vatican with firearms or any kind of weapon.

Guided tour of St Peter's Basilica

Enjoy the wonders of the magnificent Renaissance Basilica of St Peters with the help of an experienced, licensed tour guide.

This small group tour (maximum 25 guests) lasts for an hour and 15 minutes and is conducted throughout the week in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese and German. Your experienced guide will show you the secrets and highlights of St Peters including Michelangelo's "Pietà", Bernini's "Baldacchino" and the underground Chapel of the Confession.

The tour includes your reserved entrance to the Basilica (saving more than an hour) and headphones so that you can hear your guide. It does not include tickets to the Sistine Chapel or the Cupola of St Peters.

Please note that there is a strict dress code for the Vatican - shoulders and knees must be covered and low cut/sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted for men or women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted to enter the Vatican.

It is obligatory to leave the following items outside: suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm, bags and backpacks that jut out by more than 15 cm from the body, baby strollers/buggies, medium to large umbrellas, any umbrella with a spike, walking sticks (unless necessary due to disablement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signs of any kind, knives, scissors, tools and any items that could be used to harm people or damage works of art.
It is forbidden to enter the Vatican with firearms or any kind of weapon.

Guided tour of St Peter's Basilica and the Cupola

This reserved entrance guided tour offers a chance to appreciate the wonders of the Basilica and includes a visit to the Dome or Cupola with its fantastic views of Rome.

With reserved entrance into both the Basilica and the Dome, you'll be in the hands of expert guides. You'll take the elevator up to the base of the Cupola - avoiding the 171 steps - and enjoy a breathtaking view of the interior of the Basilica. From there you can head upstairs to enjoy breathtaking views of the Eternal City, the Vatican Gardens and the panorama of Rome. The tour then continues to the interior of the Basilica where your guide will point out some of the most important features and secrets of St Peter's.

The tour lasts two hours, is available throughout the week and is conducted in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

This tour requires a degree of physical fitness, and is not suitable for over-75's or for sufferers of vertigo or claustrophobia.

Please note that there is a strict dress code for the Vatican - shoulders and knees must be covered and low cut/sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted for men or women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted to enter the Vatican.

It is obligatory to leave the following items outside: suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm, bags and backpacks that jut out by more than 15 cm from the body, baby strollers/buggies, medium to large umbrellas, any umbrella with a spike, walking sticks (unless necessary due to disablement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signs of any kind, knives, scissors, tools and any items that could be used to harm people or damage works of art.
It is forbidden to enter the Vatican with firearms or any kind of weapon.

Guided tour of St Peter's and the Mosaic Studio

An exclusive tour of St Peter's Basilica and the Mosaic Studio with an experienced, qualified guide.

A fascinating opportunity to experience the wonders of the Vatican, with an informative guided tour of the Basilica of St Peters. You'll also visit the Mosaic Studio which is responsible for maintaining the wonderful mosaics of the cathedral and producing gifts for state leaders. You'll have a chance to appreciate some of the hidden wonders of the Vatican, including Bernini's 'Baldacchino' and Michelangelo's 'La Pietà'. The tour includes your reserved entrance and headsets. Entrance to the Sistine Chapel and other optional costs are not included.

The tour lasts roughly two and a half hours and is available in English, French, German and Italian. The minimum order is for two participants.

Please note that there is a strict dress code for the Vatican - shoulders and knees must be covered and low cut/sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted for men or women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted to enter the Vatican.

It is obligatory to leave the following items outside: suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm, bags and backpacks that jut out by more than 15 cm from the body, baby strollers/buggies, medium to large umbrellas, any umbrella with a spike, walking sticks (unless necessary due to disablement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signs of any kind, knives, scissors, tools and any items that could be used to harm people or damage works of art.
It is forbidden to enter the Vatican with firearms or any kind of weapon.

Guided tour of St Peter's Cupola

This reserved entrance guided tour offers a chance to appreciate the wonders of the Dome - Cupola - of St Peters, with its fantastic views of Rome.

With reserved entrance to both the Vatican and the Dome of St Peters, you'll be in the hands of expert guides. The tour lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and group sizes are kep deliberately small - a maximum of 20 guests. You'll take the elevator up to the base of the Cupola - avoiding the 171 steps - and enjoy a breathtaking view of the interior of the Basilica. From there you can head upstairs (approximately 300 steps) to enjoy breathtaking views of the Eternal City, the Vatican Gardens and the panorama of Rome from the highest building in the city. These are views of Rome that simply can't be had elsewhere!

The tour lasts around 75 minutes, is available throughout the week and is conducted in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

This tour requires a degree of physical fitness, and is not suitable for over-75's or for sufferers of vertigo or claustrophobia.

Please note that there is a strict dress code for the Vatican - shoulders and knees must be covered and low cut/sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted for men or women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted to enter the Vatican.

It is obligatory to leave the following items outside: suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm, bags and backpacks that jut out by more than 15 cm from the body, baby strollers/buggies, medium to large umbrellas, any umbrella with a spike, walking sticks (unless necessary due to disablement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signs of any kind, knives, scissors, tools and any items that could be used to harm people or damage works of art.
It is forbidden to enter the Vatican with firearms or any kind of weapon.

4.6 stars out of 5 from 63 ratings. See all 41 reviews

5 stars
CL, United States
16th Jun 2017
Skipping the lines and being able to tour the St Peters on your own during the hottest weeks to go was the best thing we could've done. We focused on what we wanted on our own pace.
5 stars
SM, United States
5th Apr 2017
Loved it! Great guide, wonderful tour!
5 stars
SB, United States
21st Mar 2017
We really enjoyed going to the top of the Cupola
5 stars
NW, Austria
23rd Jan 2017
I can definitely recommend the skip the line access, especially during high season. For me the audio guide was sufficient for the Basilica (don't miss out on the grotto ;) )
5 stars
AV, United States
18th Sep 2016
Perhaps one of the best guided tours I have taken in my life. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was very effective keeping the group engage in the tour. I would recommend it to anyone.
5 stars
CB, Australia
11th Sep 2016
It was great Thank you