We had an absolutely wonderful experience! I cannot express my appreciation for the wonderful service that we were provided! Our booking process was very smooth. I was making many last minute changes to dates and each one of my requests was dealt with efficiency and ease by the company. The tours were fantastic. I was traveling with my mother and 2 younger sons. Each of our three tours felt catered to include interaction by the tour guide with each age group. Everyone felt a part of the experience. I would absolutely recommend your tour company again and I have already. I came across your company name from the website ciao bambino, which I was researching because I was traveling with my 2 sons. Thank you again! We loved every minute of it!
St. Peter Basilica Vatican private tour is an awe-inspiring journey into the heart of Christianity. With the help of our art historian guides we will open your eyes to the history and treasures housed within the Basilica’s walls. Explore one of the most important Basilica in the Christian world that amazes its guests by both its architecture outside and the masterpieces of arts inside!
Be amazed at the Basilica marvelous feats of architecture and art. Touring this singular holy place will provide a deep appreciation of the Vatican’s history. Founded by Constantine in 324 it took 22 Popes and 150 years to complete as it is today with the help of Renaissance masters including Michelangelo and Bernini. This architectural and artistic wonder reflects the essence of the Vatican through the ages. Enjoy perusing through this huge structure admiring and discovering priceless artworks. Contact us for a Vatican City tour built around your interests.
* Private Vatican Skip the Line Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* St. Peter’s Basilica
* Tomb of the Popes
* St. Peter’s Square
* Best Photo Ops
St. Peter Basilica private Vatican tour begins from St. Peter’s Square the most famous Roman square in the world. This huge square is flanked on both sides by Bernini semicircular colonnade topped with 140 statues of Saints. The colonnade embraces the faithful representing Christ’s open arms welcoming the world into the Catholic Church. At the front of the square are colossal statues of St. Peter and St. Paul, the patron saints of Rome.
Head inside St Peter’s Basilica the largest Church in Christianity in the world where majestic artworks and stunning architecture are everywhere you look. The Basilica is huge but once inside “it does not seem so large” a typical reaction even though it can accommodate 60.000 people. The reason this monumental church feels small is that all its proportions are harmonious and not overwhelming. Your expert guide helps you navigate this amazing complex introducing you to its defining highlights. Learn how the Vatican is born from the sacred burial of St. Peter. Hear tales of the Popes and discover priceless art works. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s Pieta, a marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the body of Christ. Marvel at Bernini canopy altar, known as the baldachin. This large sculpted bronze canopy shelters the papal altar and the holy relics of St. Peter. Visit the tombs of the Popes, including the late Pope John Paul II.
Do you combine people to share the tour?
All our tours are private, luxurious, and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.
Do we need tickets to enter St. Peter Basilica in Rome?
Entrance to the Basilica is free. No ticket is required to enter into St. Peter . St. Peter is a church and charges NO entrance fee.
When our tour is over will we be able to climb the Dome?
Absolutely. Once the tour is complete your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction to continue the visit on your own.
Do you use headsets on your St. Peter Basilica Vatican tour?
In the Basilica headsets are mandatory for groups composed of 6 or more participants. The Basilica requires that you rent whisper or similar audio headsets at the door so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican. Your personal guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces.
Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?
St.Peter Necropolis sometimes just called the Scavi or Excavations, which contains tombs dating from the origins of Christianity are organized by the Vatican itself. They accept applications and confirm the tour only the day before. Unless you are planning an extended stay in Rome, you will have trouble arranging this tour. This 90 min. tour into the excavations of the Necropolis underneath St. Peter must book well in advance. You need to email the Vatican directly at [email protected] Children under 11 are not allowed.
Can I take my bag/umbrella inside St. Peter's Basilica?
Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. Large bags and objects must however be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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We just returned from our week trip to Italy and the 4 days we spent in Rome with your knowledgeable, energetic and fun guide Roberta were fantastic.
I truly believe we saw more in 4 days than most people see in 2 weeks. Roberta made sure we never stood in line for anything – we literally walked into both the Vatican and the Vatican museum. Besides seeing many of the major sites in Rome proper, we also spent a day in Tivoli. Our group of 9 ranged in age from 12 to 69and had a variety of interests and physical abilities.
Roberta made sure that there something each day to appeal to every member of our family. For example, my 69-year-old dad wanted to visit some local open air markets and try restaurants with some true atmosphere; my teenage sons were interested in the more bizarre sites such as the catacombs and the Crypt of the Capuchin. This is just a sampling of what we accomplished in a very few days. We were able to go at a pace that kept the younger members involved, but did not wear out my parents.
For our family, this was a truly memorable experience and the best way to see Rome in a short time.
I had been working with another touring agency for two weeks and was continually frustrated that I was getting no where in defining costs, which was important for our budget. They made an initial excellent recommendation about seeing Florence first, but that was it. After 2 weeks, I gave up and searched the web, finding your company among others. The description of your agency and the length of time in business was what made me send an initial inquiry. Within 24 hours, not only had you detailed an itinerary to work from, you had all the costs associated with it! The promptness and detail was what won me over immediately. Rachel was excellent and accommodating to work with. Not only were the initial planning emails detailed and the final reservations easy, your organization followed through wonderfully on every aspect. The drivers were courteous and careful, and dressed in suits and ties even in the hot Italian weather (we encouraged them to lose the coat and tie to be more comfortable). Our drive from Pisa to Rome was especially memorable due to the driver’s congeniality; we even invited him to eat with us. As an opera singer, he regaled us with some of his work and our young daughter reciprocated with her own version of Sunrise, Sunset.
The tour guide in Florence, Elisabetta, was energetic, extremely knowledgeable with a masters in Art History and who was also sensitive to our kid’s needs to stop for a drink or some gelato. Again, we asked her to join us for lunch where we could converse some more. Our stop at her favorite gelato shop resulted in us going there 3 more times before leaving Florence. If it wasn’t so hot, we could have gone on for several more hours.
Our tour guide in Rome, Linda, was great; with children of her own, she was sensitive to my son and daughter. She moved at a quicker pace, skipping over some things to get at areas or topics that would be more interesting for the kids.
The cost of the tour seemed expensive to us at first and is why we deleted some things from our original plan. However, after being with the quality of individuals assigned to us, we think that the value for the money is worth it. We will not hesitate to book with you again or to recommend you to friends planning trips to Italy.
Thank you for helping make our trip to Italy memorable and enjoyable. Please feel free to use this letter or any part of it as testimonial on your website.