Discover St. Peter’s Basilica, in the heart of Christianity: our guided tour, about 3 hours-long, will take you to right into the magnificent building considered to be the largest Catholic Church in the world, with all the masterpieces it preserves.
- Free: 0-5 years old;
- Reduced: 6-18 years old;
- Students (reduced): aged 18-25. The reduced ticket will be accorded only on presentation of a valid student card, which must be shown at the time of entry and/or check-in.
|MEETING POINT||Piazza Pio XII, 5|
|ARRIVAL TIME||Visitors are kindly requested to reach the meeting point at least 15 minutes earlier than the beginning of the tour.|
|WHAT IS INCLUDED||Priority entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel|
|Exclusive, licensed and certified private guide providing explanations in English and Russian language|
|Groups of maximum 10 people|
|Radio transmitters with disposable earphones to listen to the guide|
|Reserved direct entrance and visit to St Peter’s Basilica|
|Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point|
|WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED||Tips (optional)|
|Food and drinks|
|Transfer from/to hotel|
|CANCELLATION||Free of charge, up to 24 hours before the beginning of the tour.|
SAINT PETER’S TOUR, WHAT AWAITS YOU
A wonderful journey into the heart of Christianity: St Peter’s Basilica and its majestic dome are the very embodiement of faith, a wonderful monument that welcomes thousands of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world every year. The guided tour that we propose will take you inside the the Basilica and up to the top of the Dome: together with one of our guides – all specialised and accredited by the Vatican City – you will discover the priceless treasures hidden inside.
Molded upon the remains of the original Basilica built by the will of emperor Constantine, St Peter’s is the product of the joint efforts by artists who have shaped the history of art: Michelangelo, Bramante and Bernini for nearly 200 years contributed to the creation of the world admired Basilica. With its perfect architectural balance and ageless harmony, St Peter’s Basilica is like a preciuos chest, preserving extraordinary elements of history, culture and above all art.
Among the marvellous works of art preserved inside, you will admire the famous Pietà by Michelangelo, a true hymn to beauty and perfection that Buonarroti sculpted when he was only twenty-four years old and the sole of his statues to bear the artist’s signature. You will admire Bernini’s famous bronze canopy, commissioned by Pope Urban VIII Barberini, with its unique and gigantic twisted columns, between whose tendrils rest the Barberini bees, symbol of the family itself.
Bernini is also the author of the marble basement of the canopy, displaying the face of a woman during the various phases of labor, from the beginning of contractions to childbirth; a highly original homage to the Mater Ecclesia (the Mother Church of all other Churches). After about 3 hrs.of tour inside the Basilica, your guide will take you to the parvis to tell you the story of Bernini’s colonnade and talk about the fountains, the Vatican Obelisk, the Wind Rose and show you the famous Heart of Nero.
DID YOU KNOW THAT?
- St Peter’s Basilica and its square stand on the remains of Nero’s Circus, an arena more than half a kilometre long where chariot races, circus shows and many executions were held.
- The colonnade of St Peter’s Square – designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini – is 320 metres long and topped by 140 statues. If you stand on the small tile located near the obelisk in the centre of St Peter’s Square, due to an extraordinary optical effect created by the gradual increase in the diameter of the columns themselves, the 4 rows will ‘become’ one.
- The bronze ball at the top of St Peter’s dome, which is no longer accessible for security reasons, is empty inside and large enough to host about twenty people. The last pope to ‘use’ it was Pius IX in 1847, on the eve of St Peter’s Day, but in the same year Gregory XVI even offered refreshments there for Tsar Nicholas I.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
The City of Vatican- under whose jurisdiction St. Petrr’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Squarel lie – is a separate and indipendent Nation with respect to Italy, subject to its own laws and security rules. Therefore, Saints Tour may be not held responsible for any eventual delay due to security checks and/or technical issues that may be occurring at the entrance of the Basilica.