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St. Peter's Basilica and its dome

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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.

One of the many works of universal importance kept in St. Peter's: La Pietà by Michelangelo Buonarroti

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 most inspiring picture will never be able to fully convey the sensations that the visitor feels when, at the top of the climb, the widest view of Rome that the human eye knows opens before his eyes.
In the film-fresco on Rome that in 1962 earned Federico Fellini the Oscar, "La Dolce Vita", one of the most unforgettable scenes sees Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni observing Rome from the balcony you will visit in this tour.

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.

Pope Francis praying by the tomb of John Paul II, in St. Peter's Basilica
The Baldacchino by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

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.

The Vatican Grottoes (or Crypts) are the beating heart of religious veneration within the vast complex of the Basilica

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.


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Some reviews of people that I have had the pleasure of guiding on my tours

Daniela L.
Daniela L.
The tour I wanted
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The tour of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill that I have wanted to do for a long time. Camilla was a perfect choice. Prepared, friendly, patient with my many questions. I will recommend her to my friends. Thanks Camilla!
Fabio T.
Fabio T.
The squares of Rome are very interesting
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My wife and I went on a tour of Rome's squares with Camilla. Although I was a little skeptical at first and took this tour by suggestion of my wife, I must say it turned out to be spectacular, and that Camilla was simply a fantastic guide.
Gianna B.
Gianna B.
Vatican exploration to remember
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I had always tried to imagine what was behind the Vatican doors. This tour finally introduced me to a reality that had intrigued me all my life.
Roberto R.
Roberto R.
Rome in a Day
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Without straining we were able to see in one day all the most famous glimpses of Rome, also recognizing many places seen in the great films of Italian cinema. A day that I would suggest to anyone who goes to Rome.
Cristina C.
Cristina C.
Forum and Palatine
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We all know the Colosseum, but perhaps we know less about the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Camilla has a perfect way to make you "travel" in Imperial Rome, among historical data, curiosities, secrets ... Not only a great day, but also useful, very useful!
Luigi Z.
Luigi Z.
As a teacher I tell you: do it!
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All my life I taught History and Letters in high school, and I thought that a tour like the Colosseum could tell me little, and in fact I had organized it mostly for my wife and my daughter. Actually, this guide has been able to illuminate some aspects of the life of Roman citizens that were completely unknown to me. We never know enough about Rome.
Emma G.
Emma G.
The Sistine Chapel is an incredible emotion
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Before doing this tour of the Vatican I knew that the Sistine Chapel is one of the most important and famous works of art in the world, but I would never have imagined the emotion that entering that place caused me. There are no words to describe it. Thanks Camilla, for your expert and complete guide.
Mara K.
Mara K.
How nice the tour of the squares!
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When we think of the squares of Rome we always imagine the most famous ones, such as the Spanish Steps or Piazza Navona. But those who are not from Rome, like me, often do not even suspect how beautiful many other squares of this incredible city can be! I recommend you do this tour with Mrs. Verdacchi, you won't regret it!

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