St. Peter’s Basilica: The Holiest Site of Rome

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  • Self-guided audio tour
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  • English
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St. Peter’s Basilica: The Holiest Site of Rome

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Overview

  • 1 hour
  • 59 stories
  • 0.6km distance
  • 15 stops

Waltz in the St. Peter’s Basilica with a self-guided audio tour on your phone and gain great insights into an iconic landmark.

Your tour begins at the impressive Piazza in front of the Basilica. There, you’ll admire the colossal collonades and the Egyptian obelisk and learn about the site’s transformations through the centuries. Once inside the Basilica, you’ll gaze in awe exquisite works of Renaissance art and architecture designed by Bramante, Giacomo Della Porta, and Maderno among many, many others!

One of your tour’s highlights will be, of course, the jewel of St. Peter’s, Michelangelo’s Pietà. Moreover, you’ll discover the Medieval bronze statue of St. Peter, a truly remarkable work of art that has been kissed and touched by millions of pilgrims through the centuries. Continuing your tour, you’ll also 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. Eventually, your tour culminates inside the Vatican Grottoes, home to the tombs of the rich, the famous and the holy!

* * Kindly note that ticket/entrance fee to the St. Peter’s is not included.

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The Great Escape

The structure that looks like a fortified wall, which you can see stretching further beyond is, in fact, a secret passageway connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo. The 800m-long raised escape route was built by Pope Nicholas III in 1278. He used as a base the 6th-century walls that were once built by the King of the Ostrogoths, Totila. This Pope also moved the Holy See from the Lateran to the Vatican. Yet, Pope Nicholas didn’t actually leave a great legacy in the history of the papacy. It is quite revealing that in Dante’s Inferno we encounter him in the eighth circle of hell as a punishment for his acts of nepotism.

Abigail Blasi

Abigail Blasi is a travel writer specialising in Italy. She has written on Rome for Lonely Planet and multiple newspapers and magazines.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Self-guided audio tour in English for your smartphone (Android & iOS)
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges

 

  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English 
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app

Exclusions

  • Entrance fee to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

 

  • Entrance fee to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
    App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Mandatory items

Charged Android / iOS Smartphone & headphones
  • Charged smartphone
  • Headphones

Charged Smartphone, Headphones, Comfortable shoes

The location

Address

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Starting point

The tour is designed to start at St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City).

Directions to starting point

The easiest way to get there is by Metro. Take Linea A (red line) toward Battistini and exit at Ottaviano-S. Pietro. Walk south on Via Ottaviano toward St. Peter’s Square. If you choose to go on foot from the city center, the most direct route is to cross the Tiber and walk straight up Via Conciliazione.

Finishing point

The tour ends at the Vatican Grottoes below St. Peter’s Basilica. (Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City).

Areas

Piazza Pope’s Secret Escape Route,Navicella
Holy Door
Pieta,
Saint Sebastian & Saint John Paul II
Altar of St Jerome, Baldachin, Cathedra of Saint Peter, Monument to Pius VII, Vatican Grottoes

Important information

Opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica is open daily: Apr-Sep 7:00-7:00 pm & Oct-Mar 7:00-6:30 pm

**Grottoes: Apr-Sep 7:00-6:00 pm & Oct-Mar 7:00-5:00 pm

Please note that the Basilica will be closed for tourists during Papal Celebrations & other event and that might close unexpectedly when Heads of State visit & on other exceptional occasions

Know before you book

  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • Please consider that admission fees for St. Peter’s Basilica are not included
  • Please book per device to be used, not per participant
  • After booking, you will receive an email from Clio Muse Tours, with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please note that for the audio tour you must have an Android or iOS smartphone and make sure you have enough storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
  • 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
  • Non refundable once activated
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • Please consider that admission fees for St. Peter’s Basilica are not included
  • Please book per device to be used, not per participant
  • After booking, you will receive an email from the local supplier, Clio Muse Tours, with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please note that booking requests received between 10.00 pm – 7.59 am will be served next moring from 8.00 am.
  • An Android or iOS smartphone is required. (Windows phones are not compatible with the app)
  • 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
  • Please ensure you have enough storage space (100-150 MB)

Know before you go

  • Check the email that you’ve received from Clio Muse Tours, and follow the instructions in order to access your tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please consider that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak at St. Peter’s Basilica. So kindly, download the tour on your smartphone, prior to your visit, to access it offline and avoid roaming charges
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it
  • 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
  • Please consider that large backpacks and bulky bags/ luggage are not allowed in the Basilica 
  • 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  

 

  • Check the email that you’ve received from Clio Muse Tours, and follow the instructions in order to access your tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Please consider that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak at St. Peter’s Basilica. So kindly, download the tour on your smartphone, prior to your visit, to access it offline and avoid roaming charges
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy it
  • 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
  • Please consider that large backpacks and bulky bags/ luggage are not allowed in the Basilica 
  • 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  
  • Opening Hours

 Apr-Sep 7:00-7:00pm & Oct-Mar 7:00-6:30 pm

**Grottoes: Apr-Sep 7:00-6:00 pm & Oct-Mar 7:00-5:00 pm

  • Please note that the Basilica will be closed for tourists during Papal Celebrations & other events. It opens at approximately 12:30 pm every Wednesday
  • Kindly note that the Basilica might close unexpectedly when Heads of State visit & on other exceptional occasions

Download the app

To take this self-guided tour, you will need to download the Clio Muse Tours app on your iOS or Android device. Enjoy your tour!

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