Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with Access to Underground Grottoes and Dome

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Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Experience Highlights

Take advantage of this guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica with underground caves and dome to explore in depth these emblematic places of the city. You will be accompanied by an expert local guide, who will provide you with all the relevant information at each point of the visit, which will last approximately 1 hour and a half.

In this activity, designed for small groups, you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the dome, experience the mystical atmosphere of the caves and enjoy a complete tour of the Basilica. In addition, so that you don't miss anything, you will have headphones and a radio to listen to the guide during the visit.

  • Visit three of the city' s main tourist attractions with an expert local guide.
  • Dive into the underground grottoes
  • Benefit from the exclusivity and personalisation of a guided tour for small groups.

What’s included

  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica with underground grottoes and dome
  • Expert local guide
  • Headphones
  • Free time in the basilica after the tour
  • Access to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour of the Dome

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Keep in mind you need to arrive 20 minutes before start

Step by Step

A guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica with underground grottoes and dome is the best way to get the most out of these sites. As you will be accompanied by an expert local guide, you will receive quality information and live commentary as the tour progresses.

You'll have headphones and a radio to listen to the guide, so you'll be sure not to miss anything he has to tell you. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the history of this special place in the company of a small group of participants.

You will climb to the top of the dome, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the marble floor. You will also get a close-up view of the iconic mosaics of the dome. If you dare, you can climb even higher to the upper balcony to look out over the imposing city of Rome.

You'll tour the interior of the Basilica, discovering its history in depth with your guide. From below you will also be amazed by the colourful marble, the golden ceilings and the impressive mosaics. During the visit you will have the opportunity to see several renowned Renaissance and Neoclassical works of art by renowned artists such as Canova and Bernini. You are sure to be moved by the image ofMichelangelo' s Pietà and its expressive power.

The grottoes will welcome you with their mystical underground atmosphere. There you can touch the ancient walls of the original basilica, dating back to the 4th century, and admire the beautiful frescoes.

The total visit will last approximately one and a half hours. After the tour is over, you will have some free time in the basilica. This will be the perfect opportunity to revisit the areas that have caught your attention and finish exploring this architectural marvel at your leisure.

Reviews

4.6
· 12324 Reviews
  • G
    Gil
    5
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    The route is beautiful.
  • M
    Magda
    4
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    The experience did not live up to my expectations, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this guided tour, especially when we were in the Papal Grottoes. Recommended to do it once.
  • R
    Renato
    5
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    Very comprehensive.
  • C
    Claudia
    5
    (0 Reviews)
    It was a most enjoyable experience from start to finish, we saw so many amazing places that day and learned a lot about each of them.
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