This is the best tour for those who want to get to know St. Peter's Basilica in depth: the one that is not only the largest church in the world, but also the largest and most important museum coinciding with a religious temple.
This tour will remain in your memories forever, as it will allow you to reach the highest point of Rome: the dome, from which you can enjoy, at 360 degrees, the widest panorama that in Rome is visible from the top of a building, photographing incredible views with your eyes and your smartphone, and discovering, from above, the smallest state in the world: the Vatican City.
The dome of St. Peter's is the only place from which it is possible to "spy" what is happening within the walls of the Holy City.
The tour will introduce you to the history of the Vatican, starting from St. Peter's Square, a Bernini's masterpiece.
You will see the obelisk, the fountains, the balcony (the famous "Loggia of the Blessings"), the window from which the Pope usually looks out, the Apostolic Palace, the colonnade, and the roof on which the most famous chimney on the planet stands : that of the Sistine Chapel.
We will then leave, at a brisk pace, for the ascension to the dome!
This tour, of course, also includes the ticket for the lift which will allow you to save 231 of the 551 steps that you would have to climb to get to the "top" of the Eternal City.
After the breathtaking view from the panoramic terrace of what in Roman tradition is called "Er Cuppolone", we will descend directly inside the Basilica to admire the countless historical and artistic masterpieces that it has preserved for centuries.
Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini's Baldacchino, the medieval bronze statue of St. Peter, the Papal Altar, the tomb of St. John Paul II, the statues of the Saints, the Chapels and funeral monuments of the Popes, the Holy Door that is opened only on the occasion of the Jubilees.
Finally, we will go down to the basement of the Basilica, the so-called "Vatican Grottoes", or "Crypts", unknown to most despite their importance.
Here, in fact, there is the tomb of St. Peter, buried after being crucified by Nero in 64 AD, as well as the "stone" on which the Basilica was built by Emperor Constantine in 326 AD.
In addition to the fundamental sepulcher of the first Pontiff, a place of strong transport and emotion for all Christianity, among the underground tunnels we will also see tombs of Popes and Sovereigns (such as those of Paul VI, John Paul I, the Pope of 33 days, Boniface VIII, as well as that of Queen Christina of Sweden).
In this place rest 147 Popes.
We will conclude the tour by returning to the sunlight and meeting the Swiss Guards in the setting, unique in the world, of St. Peter's Square.