An unmissable small group tour in Rome to explore the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the dome and the homonymous square designed by Bernini, accompanied by the story of an accredited guide. Skip-the-line tickets included and pick-up from hotels located in the city center.
This guided tour for small groups of St. Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's dome and the famous square in front, with skip-the-line tickets included, will take you to discover one of the most fascinating and rich in history places in the world. Accompanied by an expert guide, you can listen to the history, legends and anecdotes about the construction of the most important Catholic Church, admire the view from the dome and stroll among the columns of St. Peter's Square.
A comfortable tour with pick-up service and skip-the-line tickets
This tour is tailor-made for travelers looking for an experience lived in the comfort, tranquility and safety that only a small group can guarantee. That's why you can start the experience, on request, directly from your hotel (as long as it is located in the center of Rome). The minivan will accompany you to St. Peter's Square where you will join your expert and qualified local guide to experience an unforgettable adventure walking around the history of art, spirituality and architecture. Once you reach the entrance to the Cupola, you won't have to wait even a minute before entering it thanks to the skip-the-line option included in this tour.
The dome and St. Peter's Basilica
To begin the tour, you will discover the dome of St. Peter accompanied by your expert guide. Designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti inspired by Bramante's original project and completed in 1612, the dome is one of the best known symbols of the Eternal City and of all Christianity. Thanks to its impressive height, it is also one of the main viewpoints of Rome. For the more sporty it will be possible to tackle the 551 steps inside the dome to reach the top, while for all the others a comfortable lift will allow you to avoid some of the fatigue on foot (you will save about 200 steps, but it will be anyway necessary to climb on foot for the last part). In any case, the incomparable sight will repay any physical fatigue. You will be speechless observing the seven hills with their neighborhoods and monuments, together with some historical wonders of the Roman Empire. Back down to the ground floor, with practical skip-the-line tickets in hand, you won't have to wait even a minute before entering and walking through the immense aisles, a triumph of world architecture and art. You can also admire Michelangelo's famous and moving Pietà and Bernini's huge Baldacchino di San Pietro.
St. Peter's Square
After visiting the majestic interior of St Peter's Basilica, you will exit with the guide in the centre of St. Peter's Square. A notable example of Baroque architecture and urban planning, the square is one of the most beautiful and largest in the world. For centuries, it has been the daily meeting place for thousands of Catholic faithful from all over the world. Its trapezoid shape framed by four colonnades of 284 columns and 88 pillars was designed by Bernini in this way to facilitate the passage and welcome the devotees during different liturgical rituals, from blessings to processions led by the Pope. Thanks to this tour, you can take it with all the calm necessary to admire its details. Let yourself be enveloped by the embrace of St. Peter's Square and be read to take many pictures of this must-see place!
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