St. Peter’s Basilica self-guided audio tour
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St. Peter’s Basilica self-guided audio tour

Language: English
Availability: On selected dates
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore at your own pace the holiest Basilica of Christendom
  • Gain important insights into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Admire magnificent Renaissance and Baroque artworks
What to expect

Explore St. Peter’s Basilica with the help of a self-guided audio tour on your phone. Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights into the most iconic landmark of Rome.

Your tour begins at the impressive square, where you’ll marvel at Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s imposing design. As you admire the colossal collonades and the Egyptian obelisk, you’ll learn about the fascinating background of the Basilica and its transformations through the centuries. Throughout your walk inside the Basilica, you’ll gaze in awe at exquisite works of Renaissance art and architecture designed by Bramante, Giacomo Della Porta, and Maderno. One of your tour’s highlights will be, of course, the jewel of St. Peter’s, Michelangelo’s 'Pietà'. You’ll also discover the Medieval bronze statue of St. Peter, a truly remarkable work of art that has been kissed and touched by millions of pilgrims during the Basilica’s long and exciting history.

Continuing your tour, you’ll find yourself standing ecstatic below the enormous dome of the church. There, you’ll marvel at St. Peter’s Baldachin, the monumental canopy that marks St. Peter’s tomb. As you examine Bernini’s impressive creation, you’ll gain valuable insights into its religious symbolism and detailed motifs. Your tour ends inside the vast underground graveyard, which is home to the tombs of the rich, the famous and the holy. Discover the stories of the powerful kings, queens, popes, and saints that rest in peace in the famed Vatican Grottoes.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
    • Offline content (text, audio narration and maps)
    What's not included
    • Entrance tickets to St. Peter's Basilica
    • Live guide
    • Smartphone or headphones
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pick up and drop-off

    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City

    Meeting point:

    The self-guided audio tour is designed to begin at St. Peter’s Square.

    What to remember
    • Please notice that this tour does not include the entrance tickets for St. Peter's Basilica
    • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
    • You will receive an email from the local supplier with important audio instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
    • You need to book per device to be used, not per participant
    • Please note that dress code is strictly enforced at St Peter's Basilica. Shoulders must be covered and men must wear long trousers while women must not have skirts shorter than knee length
    • St. Peter’s Basilica is accessible to people with disabilities from the right (north) side of the colonnade, where there are ramps to allow wheelchair access
    • Please consider that large backpacks and bulky bags/ luggage are not allowed in the Basilica
    • For the audio tour, you must have an Android or iOS smartphone and make sure you have enough storage space. The size for the app and the audio tour is 100-150 MB. Remember to bring your own headphones
    • The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
    • Internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak. So please download the audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit in order to enjoy it offline
    • This activity is non-refundable once activated
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    • Opening hours: Thursday to Tuesday from 7.00am to 6.30pm. On Wednesdays from 12.30am
    • Please note that the Basilica will be closed for tourists during Papal celebrations and other religious events. It might also close unexpectedly when Heads of State visit
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    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 1% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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