Guided tour

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica, Grottoes & Square

Activity provider: Touriks
Guided tour

Rome: Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica, Grottoes & Square

Activity provider: Touriks
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From US$ 27.26 per person

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Enjoy a thorough guided experience in one of the most important sights in Italy. Choose either a private or a small-group tour and explore this art & architecture masterpiece with a passionate guide.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Italian, Spanish, French, English, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Admire the Basilica's marble, ceilings, and mosaics
  • Take in the famous Pietà of Michelangelo
  • See St. Peter’s Tomb and the original Basilica walls
  • Enjoy detailed information from your professional guide
  • Choose between a small-group or private tour
Full description

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.

  • Professional art-historian guide
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Sterilized headsets to clearly hear your guide
  • Full on-site assistance
  • The Vatican Museums
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line service
  • Entrance ticket to the Dome

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Largo del Colonnato 5, by the first columns of the Colonnade. Look for a yellow label with the local partner's, Touriks, logo on it. The meeting point is outside the Basilica before entering St. Peter's Square. Please do not go through the metal detectors before meeting the guide.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  Modest clothing is required to enter the Basilica (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Please be aware that the lines to clear security checks at the entrance are not skippable and may take 5-45 minutes
  • You will be required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the square
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 101 reviews

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We had a really nice tour that started with a nice organization at the meeting point, everything was super clear and nicely explained. After that, we had a tour of the square, and basilica, and bought an additional ticket to climb the dome. The tour guide had extensive knowledge about all the things on the tour and had a really nice personality. Would highly recommend doing this tour and taking your time to absorb the immensity of the church you are walking through!

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March 31, 2023

The guide was well-educated and with a fluent accent. She explained in detail the most important things about both the Saint Peter's Basilica and Square. We were very pleased with her. We were also surprised to find out that the ticket for the dome was included in the price.

March 31, 2023

Sans doute le meilleur guide que nous avons eu à Rome. Véritable expert, Mario nous a proposé une visite guidée pleine d’enthousiasme où s’entremêlent histoire de l’art, anecdotes et humour, ce qui rend l’expérience passionnante et très vivante. Outre ses talents de conteur, il s’est montré très disponible, et a su répondre avec gentillesse et précision à toutes nos questions. On aurait voulu que la visite ne s’arrête pas et partir à la découverte de Rome avec lui. Par contre je ne recommande pas ce site sui n’est qu’une plateforme de réservation avec un guest service des plus déplorable. Sachez qu’en cas d’imprévu ( panne de notre scooter de location) vous perdez tout, mis à part des désolés aucune alternative n’est proposéee, business is business. De plus la qualité des guides est très aléatoire. On vous appelle pour changer les horaires des visites 48 heures avant et il faut se battre pour maintenir l’horaire réservé. Horrible expérience client. Fuyez !

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 391412