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Tour Saint Peter Basilica in Rome

Saint Peter's Basilica guided tour

Language: English (monolingual)
Availability: every day except for religious holidays. On Wednesday and Sunday this tour is available only in the afternoon.
Tour starting time: 10:30 am; 1:30 pm. On Wednesday and on Sunday, 1:30 pm.
Price: 27,00 euro per person
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Price includes: monolingual guide service, entrance into the Basilica, headphones to hear the guide explanation comfortably.

Reduced ticket 22,00 euro for children from 7 to 17 years of age. 
Children under 7 years old enter free.
Free entrance is also available for disabled people.

Meeting Point: St. Peter’s Square – Vatican State

The meeting point is – facing the Basilica - under the right side colonnade*, just in the middle, precisely in correspondence of the Police hurdle (see drawing below).The staff - wearing a blue jacket with the Vox Mundi logo printed on it - will wait for you to accompany you, through a dedicated gate, inside the Basilica.

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Pietà by Michelangelo in St. Peter's Basilica

Michelangelo born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March1475 – 18 February 1564) was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect and poet. He was one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance.


Some of Michelangelo’s famous works include the statue of David, Pietà and paintings in the Sistine Chapel including the Last Judgement. At a young age, when he was sent to study grammar, Michelangelo showed no interest in school. He was instead interested in copying paintings from churches and watching painters work. When he was thirteen he became an apprentice to a painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. After a year he was offered an opportunity to study classical sculpture in the Medici gardens under the sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni. While there he was also exposed to brilliant poets and scholars. These combined influences laid the groundwork for what would become Michelangelo’s distinctive style.

The Pietà carved between 1498 – 1499 when Michelangelo was 24 years old, is a masterpiece and is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed. It portrays the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the crucifixion. The sculpter was finished in less than one year and it is one of the most highly completed works by Michelangelo. The Pietà’s first home was the Chapel of Santa Petronilla which was chosen by the Cardinal as his funerary chapel. The statue has been moved five times since and is, at the present moment, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican city

Michelangelo’s Pietà is one of his famous completed works which is a must see. It represents the body of Jesus in the arms of his mother just after he was taken down from the cross.


Saint Peter's Basilica tour: the itinerary

A journey into the heart of Christianity to discover some of the most famous art masterpieces by Michelangelo and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. During this tour, you will admire the gorgeous Saint Peter's colonnade, the Pietà by Michelangelo, you will learn all details regarding the Michelangelo's dome and its constructions and you will visit the Basilca entering from a reserved access (fast track entrance).

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Given the low turnout of the period, the meeting point has been moved inside the basilica and will be indicated on the confirmation voucher. Therefore, there is no reserved access. Please highlight the presence of CHILDREN under 6 years old in the filed "notes" of the reservation form.


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The price is only a little over the single entrance ticket. The tour is run from 1 participant onwards.

St. Peter's Basilica

The St. Peter’s Basilica is certainly one of the most famous church all over the world and the symbol of the Vatican City and of the Catholic Church. St. Peter’s Basilica is also known as the Papal Basilica of St. Peter as its history is strongly linked to the history of Rome and of the Vatican State.
The imposing Basilica of St. Peter’s stands at the end of Via della Conciliazione in Rome and overlooks the huge, homonym square and the great Bernini’s Colonnade.

St. Peter’s Basilica is open every day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm from April to September. From October to March, the Basilica closes one hour before, that is at 6:00 pm.
St. Peter’s Basilica is visited every year by millions of visitors and pilgrims and it is therefore very crowded. Visitors usually find long queues to enter the Basilica, that’s the reason we suggest them to book in advance their ticket to visit the St. Peter’s Basilica jumping the line. Entrance to St. Peter is free but in this case visitors risk to stay in line for hours before entering the Basilica.

The cheapest chance to skip the line is booking St. Peter’s ticket combined with the audioguide, the audioguide is available in several languages and offer a very professional comment of St. Peter’s Basilica architectural structure and of the most important art treasures hosted by this great complex.
St. Peter’s Basilica main attractions are the Basilica itself, principally designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, Michelangelo’s Dome, Michelangel’s Pietà, the Papal Tombs and the extraordinary mosaics which decorate most of the inside walls and ceilings of the Basilica. 

Italy Travels Guides

Italy Travels tour guides staff is represented by licensed guides of great experience and high level of professionalism, competence and excellence on their job. All Italy Travels guides are authorized by the provincial administration of Rome and most of them are art historians and teachers in art subjects.

All regular tours organized by Italy Travels always include pre-reserved museum tickets when museum tours are included in the tour itinerary. In this way visitors avoid waisting time waiting in line in front of museums ticket offices.