Saint Peter's Square

Enter your dates to find available activities

Saint Peter's Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    1. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. First your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums. A highlight will be an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo Buonarotti. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells  you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

  • Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

    2. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Dome to Underground Grottoes Tour

    Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square then start the tour by climbing your way to the top of the Basilica’s Dome. Enjoy an exclusive look at the Dome’s impressive mosaics then head further up to the top balcony.

    From here, marvel at panoramic views across the city, spot the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and other iconic landmarks. Descend directly into the Basilica and avoid the long entry queue. Inside, admire its impressive interior and discover why it took 150 years to build.

    Gaze at the colorful marble, golden ceilings, and intricate mosaics that surround you. Learn about the renowned works of Renaissance and Neoclassic artists that are housed here.  Next, head underground to the Basilica’s historic grottoes and visit St. Peter’s Tomb (if option selected). Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th century Basilica and admire its beautiful frescoes. Fini...

    Our tour guide was most welcoming, warm, and so cordial. She was also quite knowledgeable so it was all in all worthwhile time spent in Rome. I would certainly recommend!

  • Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

    3. Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

    Step inside the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line entry. Experience all the wonders and history the Vatican has to offer on this guided tour.

    Skip the queues and be whisked straight into the Vatican. Once inside, your expert guide will show you the best of the Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and the highlights of the Papal art collection in the Raphael Rooms.

    Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, and hear the history from your guide. Continue to St Peter’s Basilica, which is larger than the Statue of Liberty. Gaze up into its massive dome and see its iconic sculptures, mosaics, and hidden details.

    Finish your tour at St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful gather to listen when the Pope appears. Come away with an understanding of the Vatican's history and see how it has impacted the...

    Great guide. He really knows his information on the various different parts of the Vatican Museum. No problems getting into the museum, and nice small headsets were not distracting.

  • Skip-The-Line Vatican, Sistine & St. Peter with Small Group

    4. Skip-The-Line Vatican, Sistine & St. Peter with Small Group

    Accompanied by a knowledgeable and passionate guide, the tour begins at the Vatican Museums with its immense collection built, by the Popes throughout the centuries. The itinerary includes the Pio Clementino Hall, the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Maps Gallery, the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestries Gallery and  the Sistine Chapel to admire the breathtaking frescoes by Michelangelo, one of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world. From the  Museum you will exit directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, the most important Christian church in the world,  where you will admire, among others, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Pietà, and the impressive Baldachin Altar by Bernini. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola and surrounded by the famous Bernini’s double Colonnade.  

    We had a great guide and an overall great experience! You don’t get that much time to look around in the basilica and at the vatican museums, but in the sistine chapel we got 10 minutes, which was more than enough for us! We would certainly recommend this tour!

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    5. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.  Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries. Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work. Today these have...

  • Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    6. Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colloseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and magestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” by foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Location highlights include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

    Rome is so big and the best way to save time and see all the attractions is to take the Big Bus.

  • Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Tomb, and Dome

    7. Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Tomb, and Dome

    Discover the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica on this guided tour. Start with an ascent to the top of St. Peter's Dome to admire the breathtaking views of Rome and then work your way down to the underground grottoes. Following a quick security check, climb to the top of the Dome, which is the tallest point in Rome - despite being 500 years old! From atop St. Peter's Dome, lauded as the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture, enjoy panoramic views of the city below. Following St. Peter's Dome, prepare to be dazzled by the intricate levels of detail and gold displayed all over the interior of the Basilica. We will cover its construction, interior and importance in Christianity. Making sure not to miss the important pieces inside by the likes of Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael. Finish the tour with a trip to the grottoes underneath the church and visit St. Peter's tomb. At the end of the g...

  • Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

    8. Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

    Get an introduction to the highlights of the Vatican City and then skip the ticket lines to the Vatican Museums. Wander the vast network of galleries to see highlights such as the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Raphael Rooms. Benefit from your guide's expert knowledge and learn the history of Vatican City. Hear about hidden meanings behind the precious art and more. Then, marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

    We had an excellent tour guide who is an art historian. She was very knowledgeable and explained every detail of the Vatican history precisely and clearly.

  • Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

    9. Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

    Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Your next stop will be St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Chu...

    A great tour! Our guide Anestis was very knowledgeable about the history and the facts/fiction of the movie compared to the places we visited. He didn’t just give basic facts but told you what the book said, what the movie showed and what the truth is. He went out his way to answer all our questions. Amazing experience.

  • Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    10. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    Visit the Colosseum, one of the most iconic structures in the world. Skip the ticket line to access the Colosseum quickly and easily. Learn about the architecture and history of this massive amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, and gladiators, as well as animals from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to visit Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many...

Other Sightseeing Options in Saint Peter's Square

Want to discover all there is to do in Saint Peter's Square? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Saint Peter's Square

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 23,939 reviews

Ferdinando was excellent. He was full of knowledge and very excited to share his experience. To see the Basilica with so few people was such a treat for him that he couldn’t contain his excitement. This tour was a great way to see a magnificent place. The group was small- 8 people, which gave it a very intimate feel. The entire experience was well organized. The headset allowed us to hear Ferdinando’s explanations while taking pictures and wandering at our own pace. The trek to the top was grueling and not for those who dislike enclosed spaces or fear heights. But the view from the top was absolutely stunning and well worth the effort.

Very informative and competent tour through the Vatican museums and of course with a special focus on the explanations about the Sistine Chapel. Very good travel guide with in-depth knowledge and interesting background stories.

This was an experience and one that was memorable. I by accident booked Spanish guide and she was amazing. Did her best to speak and share information in English and she did a wonderful job. Thank you!

Roberto was a fun and interesting guide. This tour is not for you who want to quickly cut down the Vatican but for you who want to know a lot about history and interesting facts.

Our tour guide was most welcoming, warm, and so cordial. She was also quite knowledgeable so it was all in all worthwhile time spent in Rome. I would certainly recommend!