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The magnificent Saint Peter’s Basilica is without equal. One of the largest Catholic churches in the world, it’s considered both an iconic symbol of t...

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Discover St. Peter’s Basilica in full freedom and at your own pace using your own mobile phone or tablet. With your guaranteed reserved entr...

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1 hour
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This tour for small groups allows you to discover the best parts of the Vatican following the explanations and the routes traced by your exp...

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3 hours
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Benefit from skip-the-line access to some of the Vatican's top attractions. Discover the beautiful Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and S...

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2 hours, 30 minutes
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Get the most out of your visit and discover all the treasures of the Vatican! Skip the long lines and learn about the fascinating collection...

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3 hours
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St. Peter is known as the Queen of all the Basilicas and its central dome dominates Rome’s skyline. Discover the secrets of one of the great...

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1 hour
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Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public and enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace, before embarking on a thoroug...

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3 hours, 45 minutes
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This tour includes a guided visit of two of the best examples of the stratifications of Rome and the rise in levels that characterize the Ur...

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3 hours
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Those with limited time to explore the Vatican can't miss the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Until now, an express visit for these...

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2 hours
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Enjoy a professional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. With this tour, you'll have priority a...

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3 hours
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This is the tour for people who want to see everything and get the total Vatican experience. With an expert guide, you’ll spend three hours ...

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3 hours, 30 minutes
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Explore Rome at your own pace with this 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus! Jump on and off anywhere you please to visit famo...

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2 days
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With this Skip-the-line private Vatican tour, you will have the time and flexibility to experience areas of the Vatican Museums, such as how...

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3 hours
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The inside story

The magnificent Saint Peter’s Basilica is without equal. One of the largest Catholic churches in the world, it’s considered both an iconic symbol of the city and the heart of Christianity. The work of Bramante, Michelangelo, Maderno and Bernini among others, the cathedral overflows with Renaissance beauty. Guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, just don’t be caught wearing shorts (the dress code is strict).

It was Pope Julius II who commissioned Bramante to build a new basilica. Built on the tomb of Saint Peter and the remains of a 4th-century church, it took more than a century for the cathedral to be completed. After Bramante died in 1514, construction stalled until Michelangelo took over at the age of 72; he didn’t live to see its completion. It fell to Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana to oversee the dome’s construction and Carlo Maderno to finish the project.

Beyond its imposing architecture, it’s also well worth a visit for its interior features. Don’t miss Bernini’s enormous balachin, which hangs over the the papal and is one of the heaviest bronze objects in the world. The cathedral is also home to Michelangelo’s famed Pieta, sculpted when the artist was just twenty-four.

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Saint Peter’s Basilica Basilica di San Pietro, Piazza San Pietro Rome
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