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

1. 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: Audience Pope Francis with Tour Guide

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

3. 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.

In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

4. In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

Start your tour in St. Peter's Square and be fascinated by its architectural secrets. Discover the optical illusions as were thought by its designer, Bernini. Enter the Basilica and be amazed by its magnificence. Marvel at the mosaics all around you and see why it took 150 years to rebuild. Walk past renowned masterpieces of Renaissance and Neoclassical art with your expert guide. Stand in front of the harmonious 98.5-foot high canopy, and appreciate the expressive power and delicate beauty of Michelangelo's "Pietà". Conclude your tour by descending to the underground grottoes to see St. Peter's tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica while you admire the work of the beautiful frescoes within.

Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

5. Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Next, stop outside St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, where you’ll see Bernini's sculpture, Estasi di Santa Teresa. It was here that Langdon found the third dead cardinal, who was branded with the word fire. Your guide will take you through the most important places in the ancient city center, including Repubblica Square, and Navona Square, where you’ll see Bernini's stunning Fountain of the 4 Rivers and the obelisk. According to the book, Langdon finds the last dead cardinal here, branded with the word water. From Navona Square you’ll head to the last stop, Castel Sant’Angelo, a gathering place of the Illuminati, and hear about the passetto, a hidden passage that leads to Vatican City. This shortcut was used by past popes as a way to escape, and in the book it is used as a hideout for the assassin.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in Dutch

6. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in Dutch

Enjoy a tour of Vatican City with an expert Dutch-speaking guide. You will experience a unique visit in your own language and you will also avoid lengthy queues. The guide leads you through the Vatican Museums with highlights including the Animal Room, Laocoon and His Sons, the Torso of Belvedere, Nero’s Bath, and the Gallery with Flemish tapestries and Gallery of Geographical Maps. You'll then enter, in silence, the Sistine Chapel where on March 13, 2013, Pope Francesco was elected. Your passionate guide has since unraveled every secret of the chapel. You will get to know Michelangelo as if you were there yourself.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

7. Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy priority admission on this 3-hour tour and experience all the major highlights of Vatican City! This popular tour includes the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See one of the most important collections of art in the world at the Vatican Museums, which comprise more than 1,200 rooms. Highlights include the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will ensure that you get there quickly, while seeing the most important masterpieces along the way.

Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

8. Rome: Private Vatican Tour w/ Cabinet of the Masks

This Vatican Private Tour with Cabinet of the Masks will offer a unique experience. You will visit not only the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel but also the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks, a part of the museums which is usually closed to the general public. The visit will start when you meet your private guide in the morning. Begin immediately to explain the history of the Vatican. The guide will expertly guide your group through the Vatican Museums' extensive galleries, to let you take in all the history and art of the works exhibited. With this tour, you will also have the unique chance to visit the Cabinet of the Masks. This constitutes an exclusive area of the galleries, whose name comes from the beautiful Roman mosaics depicting masks that adorn its floor. Your tour will continue with the gem of the Vatican, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Sistine Chapel. Thanks to the earlier access, you will be able to admire its beauty together with a limited number of visitors and enjoy it as it deserves.

Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

9. Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

Navigate through a vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a licensed guide on this walking tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Start your walking tour in front of the Vatican museums. Admire collections like the Maps Room and the Tapestries Hall. Appreciate masterpieces like Raphael’s 'Transfiguration' and 'The School of Athens.' Listen as your guide tells you tales of Vatican intrigue as you pass through spaces like the Courtyard of Pigna, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Animals, and the Gallery of Muses. Spend time contemplating the statues in the Candelabra Gallery or the masterpieces in the Raphael Rooms. Make your way to the frescos that decorate the Sistine Chapel ceiling and take a stop at The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Hear about the history of this chapel before heading to St Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this renowned work of Renaissance architecture by masters like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Finish your tour with a stroll inside St. Peter's Basilica.

St. Peter’s Dome, Basilica, & Sky Breakfast Private VIP Tour

10. St. Peter’s Dome, Basilica, & Sky Breakfast Private VIP Tour

Discover some of the most spectacular treasures of the Vatican Museums on an intimate and exclusive tour of St. Peter’s Dome and St. Peter’s Basilica with a professional guide. Climb the dome and visit the basilica before enjoying a sky breakfast on the dome. By elevator, head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the basilica's inside view of the dome on Bernini’s canopy and the array of incredible mosaics which circle the dome. Then, climb the spiral staircase to the top of the dome (320 steps). At the height of 448 ft, from the highest point within Rome, admire breathtaking views of the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Take a break and enjoy an Italian breakfast on the dome, including a cappuccino or other hot drink and brioche. Come down from the dome to enter the basilica to admire the Pietà of Michelangelo and all the other masterpieces adorning the space before descending to the underground crypts and St. Peter’s tomb.

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What people are saying about Saint Peter's Square

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based on 12,223 reviews

The tour is highly recommended. Our tour guide Mariella made the tour very interesting and told us many exciting details. You could hear her very well. Mariella has an incredible amount of knowledge, which she shares with great pleasure. She is also very considerate as a tour guide.

Simona Capodimonti, our guide, has done her job very well. It left ample room for the group's questions and my husband's interventions. Tour lived up to our expectations. Ok

Luisa was our guide and she was fabulous She was prompt, courteous and extremely knowledgeable We wouldn’t hesitate one bit to book with Get Your Guide again

It is an unforgettable experience. The tickets are free, but they give you tips to see the Holy Father up close and it was really worth it

Raul was very attentive, eloquent and engaging. We enjoyed the tour very much.