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Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

1. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

Explore iconic sights in Rome on this guided walking tour. Stroll thorugh St. Peter's square and take in the views of the city from the top of St. Peter's Basilica. Admire artwork like Michelangelo's emotive 'Pietà' statue and go below the Basilica to uncover St. Peter's final resting place. Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square then start the tour by climbing your way to the top of the Basilica’s dome. Enjoy an exclusive look at the Dome’s impressive mosaics then head further up to the top balcony. From here, marvel at panoramic views across the city, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic landmarks. Descend into the Basilica and admire its impressive interior and discover why it took 150 years to build. Gaze at the colorful marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics that surround you. Learn about the renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassic artists that are housed here.  Next, head underground to the Basilica’s historic grottoes and visit St. Peter’s Tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica and admire its beautiful frescoes. Finish the tour in St. Peter’s Square and soak up its majestic architecture. 

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

3. Vatican: Papal Audience and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

See the Pope himself on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Receive your invitation for the Papal Audience from the staff at Piazza del Sant'Uffizio, just in front of St Peter's Square. Then watch the Pope make his way to the stage and join the weekly gathering which includes prayers, blessings, and a homily. After the audience, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Basilica of St. Peter. As you tour the Renaissance-style church, with its famous dome and unrivaled architecture, see masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. To get a complete experience, select the option with the Vatican Gardens and enjoy insightful commentary on an open bus.

Rome: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

4. Rome: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

Visit Vatican City - the smallest state in the world, on a tour in Rome. Explore the Vatican and discover its museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel all in one with a local guide, without having to wait in line. Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums, where your guide will lead you through the main galleries and point out its unmissable highlights. Meet your guide and set off to admire the magnificent St. Peter's Square outdoor and its impressive colonnade by Bernini. Marvel at the centuries-old frescoes preserved in the Sistine Chapel and learn all about Michelangelo and the making of his masterpiece: The Last Judgement.

Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

5. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Once you arrive at the agency, you will start the tour right away. You will participate in Pope Francis' audience which takes place every Wednesday either in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall, inside the Vatican State. After receiving the blessings from the Pope, the activity coordinator will lead you to the bar where you will enjoy a typical Italian breakfast with a cappuccino (or americano) and cornetto (croissant). You will then venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, your guide will explain to you the history of the magnificent St. Peter's Square and the reason why it is so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, the guide will take you directly inside the Vatican Museums, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. You will be able to see the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see, your guide will lead you to the Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you will admire the stunning ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. At the end of the tour, you will enter the well-known Sistine Chapel, hold on tight — the extreme beauty of the celestial is something very unique and special. Pope Giulio II gave carte blanche to Michelangelo who developed this original and colossal fresco work. At the very end, you can choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

6. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Organize your sightseeing tour and admire all of Rome's major attractions, including the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Spanish Steps. Enjoy stunning views on board of a comfortable double-decker bus and learn about the city's history as you listen to detailed audio commentaries. Also known as The Eternal City, Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Make the most of your vacation by exploring the city's historic monuments and exciting atmosphere with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Admire the architectural sumptuousness of Rome from the deck of the bus, or hop-off at any of the world-famous attractions, such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the Vatican. Pick from 13 languages and learn about Rome's timeless beauty through the complimentary set of headphones. The pink buses are on the move all day long and will take you to the city’s most important monuments and cultural venues while you are comfortably seated. Hop-on and off at your convenience and reward yourself with marvelous views of Rome you will never forget from one of the single or double-decker buses. A Panoramic ticket includes: Stazione Termini Santa Maria Maggiore Colosseum Archaeological Area Circo Massimo - The Mouth of Truth Piazza Venezia - Shopping Area Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & Castel Sant'Angelo Spanish Steps Piazza Barberini and Trevi Fountain

Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

7. Rome: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

After meeting your guide, listen as he illustrates the history of the Holy See and of Rome's popes. Learn about the important details of the magnificent and iconic St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Follow your guide as he escorts you to your seat for the event. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a spiritual experience with Pope Francis. Once the event ends, meet your guide so he can give you some more information on your stay in Rome before you head out for the night.

Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

8. Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

See Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square and attend his weekly public prayer service. Join the thousands of pilgrims who make their way to the Vatican City to receive an Apostolic Blessing every Wednesday. Benefit from the services of a host who will escort you from your hotel to St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Take a seat outside St. Peter's Basilica to enjoy a truly spiritual experience in an amazing atmosphere. Listen enraptured as Pope Francis offers readings in several languages, and then join him in prayer before he imparts his Apostolic Blessing upon the adoring crowd.

Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

9. Rome: Highlights Vespa Tour with Coffee and Gelato

Explore Rome like a local on this guided Vespa tour. See Saint Peter's Square, the imposing Colosseum, the Tiber River, and the famous Trevi Fountain. Enjoy panoramic views, and relax with a refreshing gelato and a delicious Italian coffee. Meet your guide outside your hotel, and drive along the quaint cobblestone streets to the Colosseum and the lesser-known Mouth of Truth. Stop to refuel with a coffee and a gelato, then continue to Palatine Hill. Enjoy views of picturesque pines and ruins of the enormous Circus Maximus. Drive past Saint Peter’s Square and the biggest church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica. See the ancient Castel Sant’Angelo, a private mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family dating from the 2nd century.  Zip along the Tiber River and see the iconic Trevi Fountain. Toss a coin into the elegant Baroque pool to ensure you come back to Rome. Return to your hotel having seen all the important sights of Rome.

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

10. Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.

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What people are saying about Saint Peter's Square

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4.2 / 5

based on 12,830 reviews

A delightful tour of a beautiful, sacred place. This tour was just what we wanted - a unique view (from the duomo) and a knowledgeable tour of the basilica and the underground. Our tour guide was fantastic and paced the tour perfectly for our group. I recommend this tour for anyone looking for an intimate look at St. Peter's and an adventurous view from the top of the world!

Cuma our tour guide and Miko our driver did am outstanding job. They were so knowledgeable and we saw places we would never have known about but for this tour. They were so enthusiastic about their jobs. Made the trip one of the most enjoyable things we have done in Rome. Took the night tour and it’s a great way to cool off after walking around the city in the summer.

Beautiful and informative tour and guide with time to explore on our own after, would definitely recommend and go again!

Well organised and our guide, Eleanor, was excellent - informative and enthusiastic.

Our guide was excellent. She explained everything with great clarity and pace.