Our overall experience with Nancy Aiello Tours was Great! We have worked with a number of different tour guides and agencies and have very high expectations. Our expectations were definitely met! Booking process was easy and went very smoothly. Great communication from Ann and thorough details and descriptions. We loved all off our guides Elena, Lucia, and Vincenzo. They made it interesting for the kids and were very attentive to my mother’s needs (bad knees). The drivers were great and informative and effectively handled challenges (traffic accidents/delays) when they arose. Everything ran smoothly, making our tour experience fantastic. I would absolutely recommend you to our family and friends. I came across Nancy Aiello Tours through Ciao Bambino.
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 appreciate the service you provided. While it was expensive, it was worth it. The skip the line feature at the Vatican and Coliseum was quite the time and sanity saver. We had our 4 and 6 year olds with us and we knew they would have a limited amount of energy for sightseeing. We didn’t want to waste it in line. Plus, it was quite fun walking past all the people who had stood in line for 2 hours. We only had 2 full days to spend in Rome and would not have seen and done as much as we did without our tour guide. Our guide was Catia and she was wonderful. She was patient with our kids. She was very personable. She gave us a background and history of the places we visited and pointed out things regular sightseers wouldn’t notice. We enjoyed our time spent with her immensely. At one point, our 4 year old was tired and cranky and hungry for Nutella. Catia remembered there was a place nearby that had a Nutella pizza and called ahead to confirm. That pizza was probably our kids’ favorite meal in Italy and it averted a major meltdown. We were appreciative of Catia’s thoughtfulness.
It’s difficult with small children on a regular tour as they have their own special needs and pacing, but having a private tour with Nancy Aiello was the way to make everyone happy.
I would most definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to my family and friends. We saw and experienced more than we would have in Rome than under any other circumstance. We were quite pleased with the experience.
I googled Rome for children and you were recommended in several travel sites and blogs. We looked at your website and saw that a couple of your tours looked exactly what we wanted.
Thank you. We were very pleased.
I wanted to follow up on our tours we had last week. We had an absolute wonderful experience with both of our guides. They truly made our trip to Italy wonderful. We loved Lucia in Rome; the kids will never forget her. We are so thankful we were able to spend three days with her. Please extend our thanks and appreciation to her!
We also had a great experience with Stephania in Pompeii. She kept our tired and hot children engaged and happy the entire time, which as a parent, is priceless! We will absolutely recommend your company to anyone traveling to Italy. We wish you were in more countries!! Thanks again,