St. Peter’s Basilica self-guided Virtual Experience: The Highlights










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Experience the St. Peter’s Basilica from the comfort of your home with an engaging self-guided virtual tour narrated in English, from your PC or smartphone browser. It’s so simple! You will receive an email with the tour link and instructions, and in a couple of minutes, you will travel back in time and enjoy a virtual journey from the comfort of your couch!


Through the power of storytelling combined with street and satellite views, you will discover not only historical facts but also unknown stories and tales of ancient and modern times that will amaze your family and friends. The tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief intriguing stories that will make your virtual visit both engaging and informative. The tour is only available online and you can access it repeatedly anytime.


This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the Holiest place in Rome and immerse yourself in the surroundings/exhibits in an entirely innovative way.


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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.


There is no meeting point. The virtual tour doesn’t require a visit to the site and it is designed to start at St. Peter’s square.

  • Virtual Self-guided Tour for the St. Peter’s Basilica with satellite & street views
  • Audio content with engaging original stories in English
  • This is a virtual tour for the St. Peter’s Basilica that you can take from the comfort of your home and feel like you were there
  • No live guide or meeting point required
  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to access your tour via a link. Check your spam folder as well
  • No special equipment is needed (i.e. special glasses)
  • This product can be accessed from any web browser and requires internet access

Cancellation Policy: This product cannot be refunded once activated.

St. Peter’s square: Enjoy a grand beginning at the impressive Piazza to 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, from its early erection by Emperor Constantine and the massive reconstruction during the 16th and 17th century up to the architectural interventions in the ’40s.


St. Peter’s Baldachin: Below the enormous dome of the church you’ll marvel at the sight of the impressive monumental canopy that marks St Peter’s tomb. Examining its overwhelming decor, you’ll discover amazing stories about its religious symbolism and detailed motifs. 


The Dome: Explore the tallest dome in the world and learn the stories of the famous architects that worked on the project such as Michelangelo and Bramante 

Desktop, Laptop or smartphone device, Internet connection


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Why take a self-guided tour?

Clio Muse Tours’ self-guided virtual experience takes you on an informative and entertaining journey to the world’s top destinations. If you’re looking for the best way to sate your wanderlust while at home, gain insight into the world-class monuments or take a first taste from the sites you’re planning to visit on your next trip, Clio Muse virtual experiences are bound to captivate your attention.
Based on the award-winning storytelling methodology developed by the Clio Muse team, each one of the self-guided virtual experiences is complemented with the fascinating narratives curated by handpicked authors, tour guides, destination experts and historians. The combination of real satellite and street view images and our exceptional audio content brings to life on your screen acclaimed sites and museums.
Purchase a virtual experience from your laptop, desktop, smart TV or smartphone and you will be redirected to a new browser window on your device to enjoy the tour online!

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