We loved the tour! Roberta was patient and provided us with answers on the things that interested us most during the tour. Also, she gave us tips for visiting more around Rome and sites that could be very exciting for the kids. We could see she loves Rome and enjoys showing it to other people too!
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 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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Hello, we would definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours and would score all areas in the good to excellent range.
In particular, both the driver and tour guide greatly contributed to our excellent visit to Rome.
The Rome vehicle was very clean and well kept and was a comfortable size for our group.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the private tour allowed us to see the main highlights we wanted in Rome.
We found your company on the internet while researching travel options for our trip to the Mediterranean. When we booked the tour, we initially thought the price was a bit high, however considering that it was a private tour and given the excellent service we received, it was very good value for money.
This option fit well with our limited time schedule.
Our experience with Nancy Aiello Tours was the highlight of our trip to Rome. Our guide (Lucia) was really knowledgeable and able to adapt and please us (the parents), a 17 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. Which is asking a lot!! She made the day interesting and fun! I feel we learned things that we would have never found in a large guided tour or through audio or guide books. It was great that she was able to navigate around long lines and bring us to the places that were of interest to us. We didn’t have a lot of time before our trip to make plans for our stay in Rome, which was fine because you did everything for us. It felt like we were out with a friend showing us Ancient Rome, just happened that that friend was extremely knowledgeable!
Would definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours – really worth it if you are busy and don’t have the time to do a lot of research before traveling (which you need to do as there is so much that Rome has to offer). Fantastic for kids as it wasn’t just a lot of information thrown at us but it was information that all of us found really interesting. Our guide was able to lead us and answer questions about what we found interesting instead of just throwing facts our way. My son said it was the highlight of his trip to Rome and my daughter is telling everyone all the things that our Guide told her!!