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Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Early Morning Tour

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Rome: St. Peter's Basilica Early Morning Tour

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Enjoy an early morning visit of St. Peter's Basilica, also known as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom" on this unique guided tour. Learn about Michealangelo's master pièce La pietà and Bernini's Baldachin.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Private or small groups available


  • Enter St. Peter's Basilica Early in the morning
  • Learn all about La Pieta
  • Explore interior of the most important church in the world
  • Hear the story about St. Peter's Tomb
  • Visit Vatican Grottoes with more than 80 Papal Tombs
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Explore one of Rome's most visited sites away from the crowd and find out why it took almost 120 years to get it done. St.Peter's Basilica is the most prominent building in the Vatican City with a surface area enough to accommodate up to 60,000 visitors, its dome is a dominant feature of the skyline of Rome. The largest church in Christendom, and one of the holiest sites of Christianity and Catholic Tradition, it is traditionally the burial site of its titular, St. Peter, the first Bishop of Rome,the first Pope. As you enter Basilica your guide will walk you towards famous Bernini's Baldachin underneet which the tomb of St. Peter is located. For this reason, many Popes have, from the early years of the Church, been buried near Pope St. Peter in the necropolis beneath the Basilica which occasionlly can be visited as well. You will then continue towards another Masterpiece, famous Pieta di Michelangelo. An art historian tour guide will reveal you some of the most important facts about this unique sculture carved from a single slab of marble and commissioned by a french cardinal Jean de Billheres. Not to mention the door on the right side, famous Porta Santa, the holy door which is only opened once every twenty-five years. Save the best for the last, exclusive visit, to famous Vatican Grottoes positioned just below the Renaissance basilica and above Constantine’s 4th century basilica, the grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. This unique guided tour will end on St. Peter's Square a grandiose elliptical esplanade created in the mid seventeenth century by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The square is bordered by massive colonnades that symbolize outstretched arms. Bernini and his assistants sculpted the 140 statues of saints that grace the balustrades on the colonnades. The square is decorated with fountains and an Egyptian obelisk that was transported to Rome in 37 AD.
  • Early Morning entrance in St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guided tour
  • Transport
  • Gratuity for the guide
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • An airport-style security check is a must before you enter St. Peter's Basilica; please note that liquids and sharp items are not allowed
  • As an active Catholic Church St. Peter's Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. In these situations you will be offered alternative dates
  • Gratuities are not included
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Wonderful morning walk in St. Peter's Church with a guide who knew a lot and who told without it becoming too much. Think guide named Luigi, very pleasant person. Good idea for a morning walk before too many people had arrived.

November 1, 2021

Gids: Luigi English is good. Story telling is nice. Gave some usefull suggestions for the rest of the trip.

September 24, 2021

Guide très bien pour la promenade

January 19, 2022

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