Discover St. Peter’s Basilica!

Experience the rich history and art of the Vatican with a visit to the iconic St. Peter's Basilica. See all the priceless works from the Papal collections.

6.33 $

St. Peter’s Basilica

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Included in the price:

  • Smartphone audio guide
  • Self-guided tour of the Vatican
  • Headsets
  • Live guide

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Covid-19 precautions: Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.

Duration 2 hours: Check availability to see starting times.

Audio guide included: Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian

Vatican City: Explore the Wonders of St. Peter's Basilica with a Digital Audioguide

Discover the fascinating history and awe-inspiring beauty of St. Peter's Basilica with a 60-minute audio-guided tour on your smartphone. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of one of the most renowned landmarks in Rome, and delve into its rich past and magnificent architecture.

St. Peter's Basilica, located in Vatican City, stands as a testament to centuries of religious significance and architectural brilliance. Originally commissioned in the 16th century by Pope Julius II, this majestic Basilica was built upon the site believed to be the burial place of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.

Embark on a captivating journey as you explore the legends and myths surrounding St. Peter's Basilica. Learn about the construction of its towering dome, a marvel of Renaissance engineering, and marvel at the oculus that bathes the interior in celestial light. Discover the renowned tombs housed within the basilica, the final resting places of numerous popes and other notable figures.

Through 27 listening points and a convenient digital map, the audio tour will guide you through the basilica's most significant features. Uncover the intricate details of the basilica's interior, from its ornate decorations to the intricate mosaic artwork adorning its walls. Gain insight into the symbolism and historical context behind the remarkable pavement beneath your feet.

Whether you are an art enthusiast, a history buff, or a spiritual seeker, this audio-guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica offers a comprehensive and engaging experience. Immerse yourself in the grandeur and majesty of this iconic masterpiece, and deepen your understanding of its profound cultural and religious significance.


  • Unravel the history of the St. Peter's Basilica on with a mobile audio guide
  • Learn about the treasures inside St. Peter's Basilica at your own pace
  • Download an audio guide on your smartphone to enjoy maximum flexibility
  • See St. Peter’s tomb and the original basilica walls while learning about them
  • Immerse yourself in a journey through art and religion at an iconic landmark


  • Smartphone audio guide
  • Self-guided tour of the Vatican
  • Headsets
  • Live guide

Meeting Point and Important Information

You can go directly to St. Peter's Basilica whenever you want, there is no meeting point. At the time of booking, you will receive a QR code to download the audio guide track. This will allow you to go to the Basilica when and how you want without having to follow fixed times and appointments.

What to bring:

  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Not allowed:

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Important points to note before your visit:

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 120 minutes
  • This is a digital experience. Once you book, you'll immediately be sent a link to download the app and content. Make sure you download the audio guide on your device before your visit. There is no meeting point or staff on-site.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica and the Square may be closed in the morning due to Papal Audience (usually on Wednesdays and Sundays)
  • The opening hours are subject to change due to special events at the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Usually, the St. Peter's Basilica is open from 8.00 to 18.00.
  • The entrance to the Basilica is free of charge and doesn't require an entrance ticket.
  • You must observe the dress code to access the St. Peter’s Basilica (no shorts, vests, or sleeveless tops)

Price: From $6.30 per person

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Customer Reviews

Overall rating: 3.8/5 based on 1933 reviews

Review summary:

  • Transportation: 4/5
  • Value for money: 3.7/5
  • Service: 4/5
  • Organization: 4/5

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History and Significance, Art and Architecture of the Basilica

The Basilica is a monumental architectural structure with historical, cultural, and religious significance. Its history and architecture are intertwined, reflecting the evolving styles and beliefs of the eras in which it was constructed and renovated.

Initially, the Basilica was constructed during a time of great architectural and artistic flourishing in the Roman Empire. The word 'basilica' itself was derived from the Greek 'basileus,' meaning 'king,' highlighting its grand and regal nature. In ancient Rome, basilicas were initially large public halls where various functions, including legal and commercial matters, were conducted.

Over time, the concept of the basilica evolved within Christianity. The Basilica became a symbol of the growing influence and prominence of the Christian faith. The architecture shifted to accommodate religious rituals and gatherings. Basilicas often became significant centers of religious and social activity.

The art within the Basilica is a blend of various styles and periods. From intricate mosaics to awe-inspiring frescoes, the artwork within the Basilica often depicts religious themes, important historical events, and revered religious figures. The art serves not only a religious purpose but also as a visual testament to the beliefs and traditions of the community that worshiped there.

Architecturally, the Basilica embodies a mix of styles, often reflecting the periods of renovation and expansion. Initially influenced by Roman architecture, basilicas featured grand halls with columns, arches, and domes. As time passed, Gothic and Renaissance elements were incorporated, adding to the overall majesty and grandeur.

The significance of the Basilica goes beyond its architectural and artistic marvels. It is a place of worship, reflection, and pilgrimage for countless individuals. It symbolizes the continuity of faith and the endurance of human creativity across centuries.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the origin of the term 'basilica'?

The term 'basilica' is derived from the Greek word 'basileus,' meaning 'king.' It reflects the grand and regal nature of these monumental architectural structures.

2. How has the concept of the basilica evolved over time?

Initially used in ancient Rome as public halls, basilicas evolved within Christianity to become significant centers of religious gatherings and activities. The architecture and purpose shifted to accommodate religious rituals and ceremonies.

3. What kind of artwork can be found in a typical Basilica?

A typical Basilica showcases a variety of artwork, including intricate mosaics, frescoes, sculptures, and stained glass windows. The themes often revolve around religious narratives, historical events, and revered religious figures.

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1933 reviews

Didn’t receive the QR code for the audio guide. Had to just view and read the plaques.

traveler – United States

I DID not get even get an audio guide and want a refund of 15€!

traveler – United Kingdom

Skip the line was a 3-hour wait! Walk-in visitors got in quicker as there were more security guards pre-screening them. Those that purchased tickets only had 1 security guard taking care of the line, therefore it took longer than the walk-in. And guides were allowing groups to cut in line, making the wait even longer. It was so packed that I was unable to use the audio guide.

traveler – Slovenia

Paid for the audio guide online. Once we arrived at St Peter’s at 4:30, we were told the service desk for pick up was closed, and it was no longer available for pick up. A waste of money.


I couldn't download the audio guide.