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Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica, Dome Climb, and Underground Tour

1. Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica, Dome Climb, and Underground Tour

Experience St. Peter's Basilica from the top of the dome and admire views of the Vatican and Rome. Follow your guide to see the dome's interior and the Vatican crypts. Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, then head up to the first level of the dome to the viewing balcony. Admire the array of incredible mosaics depicting the saints, the magnificent Latin scripts which circle the dome, and the top of Bernini’s 3-story canopy below. Listen to your guide share facts and stories about the history of the dome, and everything you need to know about the Dome’s artists and Renaissance splendor. From the first level, take the spiral staircase to the top of the dome and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Then head above the double structure of the dome and pass by windows that give a tantalizing glimpse of the Vatican rooftops below. After 320 steps find yourself on the viewing platform 448 feet above the basilica floor. From the highest point within the Vatican, admire breathtaking and panoramic views of the city, including the Vatican Gardens below. Looking into the distance, you can also marvel at the monuments of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Pantheon. The only point above you is the cross containing the timbers from the True Cross. When you leave the dome there is no need to line up again to get inside the basilica, the stairs bring you directly down to the basilica floor so you can avoid the long lines which you’ll have seen growing across St. Peter’s Square from the top. With your guide, navigate through the basilica, admiring the array of statues, chapels, and pilgrim sites located here, before descending to the underground crypts. Here, you can see where hundreds of popes and members of royalty have been buried since the 11th century.

Vatican: Basilica Dome Climb & Tour with Papal Tombs Access

2. Vatican: Basilica Dome Climb & Tour with Papal Tombs Access

Uncover the history, art, and architecture of the Vatican City. Visit sites like St. Peter’s Square and Basilica in the morning light before the crowds arrive for the day.  Meet your guide in Piazza della Città Leonina and dive into the ancient history of the Vatican City. Admire the statuesque columns and majestic pilasters in St. Peter’s Square. Walk through the walk close to the 1st balcony which is decorated with amazing frescoes. Together with an expert guide enter the Basilica with skip-the-line access and reach the summit of the Dome after 320 steps, where you are rewarded for the climb with views of the city center. Have some free time to enjoy views of monuments like the Roman Colosseum and Pantheon. At your own leisure be captivated by the Basilica's interiors which are filled with masterpieces from masters like Bernini and Michelangelo. See pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Continue to explore the Vatican’s historic Grottoes to get a closer look of the rooms, chapels, and the papal tombs, where many Popes, royals, and other dignitaries are laid to rest.

Rome: Papal Audience Experience with Local Guide

3. Rome: Papal Audience Experience with Local Guide

Attending the Papal Audience is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity to see the Pope himself. Every Wednesday morning the Pope will across St. Peter's Square on his "Papa-Mobile", passing by the faithful, on his way to the podium in front of St. Peter's Basilica, from where will be delivering his message and give the Papal blessing. Be aware that entry tickets to the Papal Audience are free, but often hard to find. We will take care of finding them for you.

Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

4. Rome: Papal Audience with Pope Francis

Experience the celebratory atmosphere as the Pope and his Cardinals greet and bless the crowd at the Vatican. Partake in this jubilatory event at the heart of the Catholic world with a guide that will help you find the best viewing point and understand the occasion's significance. Have your tickets organized for you and secure a strategic vantage point in the audience to get you as close as possible to the Pope. Relax in the hands of your guide as they navigate the crowds of thousands of people from around the world. Learn about Pope Francis and hear stories from papal history as you await the beginning of the ceremony, to appreciate the event in its full context. Witness the main event, as the Pope arrives and greets the crowd. Watch and listen as the Holy Father addresses the audience with a themed speech, conducts homilies, songs, and sometimes even blesses babies. Enjoy the atmosphere as the rejoicing crowd celebrates the Pope’s presence with songs and cheers. See the Pope up-close as he passes through the audience, and feel the warmth of the reception around you at this special occasion.

Rome: Vatican City Small Group Guided Tour in French

5. Rome: Vatican City Small Group Guided Tour in French

Take a small group, guided tour of the Vatican City, and discover the papal art collection in the Vatican Museums. See antique statues, such at “Laocoonte” (“Laocoön”) and the “Apollo Belvedere,” along with mosaics from ancient Roman villas. Walk through the "Garden of Italy" in the Gallery of the 16th Century, see maps by ancient cartographers, and more. Next, go into the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Learn the meanings of his sacred art and their relationship to concepts of beauty. Enter St. Peter's Basilica to see yet more staggering art by Bernini and Michelangelo, before admiring Bernini’s colonnades on St. Peter's Square. Look at the dome of the church and the famous chimney that emits white smoke upon the papal election. See the balcony of the papal benediction at Urbe et Orbi. Your guide will talk about the concept of Christianity and the papacy throughout history, and how they have often been apart. Hear stories of intrigue and conspiracies in the papal court, displays of power, status, and the wealth of the popes. Hear about modest popes who wanted nothing else than quiet contemplation and a return to the original concept of Christianity.

Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

6. Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

See Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square and attend his weekly public prayer service. Join the thousands of pilgrims who make their way to the Vatican City to receive an Apostolic Blessing every Wednesday. Benefit from the services of a host who will escort you from your hotel to St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Take a seat outside St. Peter's Basilica to enjoy a truly spiritual experience in an amazing atmosphere. Listen enraptured as Pope Francis offers readings in several languages, and then join him in prayer before he imparts his Apostolic Blessing upon the adoring crowd.

Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

7. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Experience the Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Museums on a skip-the-line tour with entry tickets included. Step back in time to the Renaissance while exploring historic paintings and frescoes. Get the most out of your trip with a licensed guide leading the way. After meeting your guide, start your tour by participating in Pope Francis' audience, an event that takes place every Wednesday, either in St. Peter's Square or at Nervi Hall inside the Vatican State. Then, venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, Vatican City. Learn the history of St. Peter's Square and discover the reason why it's so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, quickly enter the Vatican Museum, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. See the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see. Your guide will lead you to Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you can see the ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. Before the end of the tour, visit the Sistine Chapel. You can then choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

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

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

See the Pope himself during the papal audience ceremony and enjoy a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica. Meet the staff with an orange umbrella at the meeting point: the staff which will help you with your reservation. Join the Papal Audience (free entrance) after the security check. 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, at 11:30 AM, 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

9. 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, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

10. Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Experience all the wonders and history the Vatican has to offer on this guided tour. Step inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line entry. Once inside, seethe best of the Pinecone Courtyard and Gallery of Tapestries. Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, and learn all about its history from your guide. Return to St. Peter’s Square to admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion and the St. Peter's Basilica's heavenly facade.

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Excellent Tour - Sarah is the BEST! Very thorough, answering all questions and very kind, patient and caring throughout the tour.

Great tour, it was a lot to try and fit into 3 hours. Also came during holidays so pretty busy, but that was expected.

Great tour, very interesting. Unfortunately we weren’t able to visit the crypts.

You need to move to the edge immediately if you want to see the Pope up close

Sabina was excellent !!! Very funny and insightful! The tour was very fun.