St. Peter’s Basilica: The Holiest Site of Rome
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.
Abigail Blasi is a travel writer specialising in Italy. She has written on Rome for Lonely Planet and multiple newspapers and magazines.
|Starting point||Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City|
|Finishing point||Underneath St Peter|
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|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|
|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|
|Mandatory Items||Charged Android / iOS Smartphone & headphones|
|Directions to Starting Point||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.|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.