ST. PETER BASILICA PRIVATE TOUR

St. Peter Vatican art tour is an awe-inspiring journey into the heart of Christianity. Experience the most important Basilica in the Christian world. Learn how the Vatican is born from the very sacred burial of St. Peter. Be amazed at the Basilica marvelous feats of architecture and art. Experience art, faith, and history in one with your own dedicated guide. 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. Your expert guide helps you navigate this amazing complex introducing you to its defining highlights. Hear tales of the Popes and discover priceless art works. Contact us for an intimate St. Peter Vatican art tour experience.

* Private Half-Day Walking Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Guide
* St. Peter Basilica
* Tomb of the Popes
* St. Peter’s Square
* Best Photo Ops

Begin your private guided St. Peter Vatican art tour 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. 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.

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Tour

One Way Private Transfer by Deluxe Vehicle

ADD ON One Way Private Transfer with Private English Speaking Licensed Driver by Deluxe A/C Vehicle

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There will be an airport-style security check before you enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Due to increased security measures ALL visitors must pass through security checks and metal detectors. Please leave liquids and sharp items at home and carry your possessions in a lightweight bag. You may be refused entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica if you do not follow this rule. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry the Basilica may be quite long especially during peak seasons and holidays. However, no time will be wasted. Your experienced guide will use this time to provide an overview and contextualization for the tour.

St. Peter Basilica has a strict dress code. No bare shoulders, no shorts, no dresses above the knee, and no bare feet or exposed midriffs are allowed.

This tour is not available on Wednesdays AM, on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year.

This private guided tour of St. Peter Basilica and St. Peter’s Square does NOT include the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel that are covered in our Vatican Sistine Chapel and Vatican In-Depth private tours .

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 Basilica.

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 provide wheelchairs at the Basilica?

Unfortunately the Basilica does not provide wheelchairs.

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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    Dear Rachel:
    Thank you so much for the information on renting wheelchairs and for arranging our tours. You have been wonderful to work with. Excellent on everything. We would definitely recommend your company.

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