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Duration: 2.5 Hours
Organized by: Walks of Italy
Gain access to all areas of St. Peter’s Basilica and submerse on your own in the history and architecture of one of one of the most essential spiritual monuments in the world. Climb 231 steps to the top of the dome for scenic sights of Rome.
The Majesty of St. Peter’s Basilica
As the primary papal church and one of the largest churches in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica holds immense importance to the Catholic faith. Its construction began in 1506 under Pope Julius II, with renowned artists and architects like Bramante, Michelangelo, and Bernini contributing to its design.
The basilica is built on the site where St. Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles, was crucified and buried. It houses the sacred tomb of St. Peter, as well as the tombs of numerous popes and other significant religious figures.
The basilica’s architecture showcases a perfect blend of Renaissance and Baroque styles. Some of the most notable features include:
- The imposing façade designed by Carlo Maderno
- Michelangelo’s iconic dome, which stands at 448 feet (136.5 meters) tall
- The lavish interior adorned with marble, gold, and precious stones
- The Baldachin, a masterpiece by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Climbing the Dome: A Breathtaking Experience
Ascending St. Peter’s Dome is an unforgettable experience, offering a stunning view of Rome and Vatican City. The climb is divided into two parts: reaching the base of the dome and then ascending to the top. Visitors have the option to take the elevator up to the terrace level or climb the 231 steps. From the terrace, you will need to climb an additional 320 steps to reach the summit of the dome.
The terrace offers a close-up view of the dome’s intricate mosaics and design, as well as panoramic vistas of St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Gardens, and the surrounding cityscape. It is an excellent spot for capturing memorable photographs.
As you ascend the narrow and winding stairway to the top of the dome, you’ll witness the stunning frescoes adorning the interior. Upon reaching the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree view of Rome, highlighting landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Tiber River.
Exploring the Crypt: A Journey through History
The Vatican Grottoes
Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica lies the Vatican Grottoes, a vast underground burial complex housing the tombs of numerous popes and other prominent figures. The crypt’s dimly lit corridors are adorned with intricate carvings, frescoes, and mosaics that reflect centuries of history.
Tomb of St. Peter
The centerpiece of the Vatican Grottoes is the tomb of St. Peter, situated directly beneath the main altar. This sacred site is marked by a bronze statue of St. Peter, which pilgrims and visitors often touch or kiss as a sign of devotion.
In addition to St. Peter’s tomb , the crypt is home to the final resting places of over 100 popes. Among the most notable are the tombs of Pope John Paul II, Pope Paul VI, and Pope Innocent XI. Each tomb bears unique artwork and design elements that reflect the pope’s life and reign.
A visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is an enriching and inspiring experience, offering a unique blend of history, art, and spiritual significance. By embarking on the dome climb and exploring the crypt, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the basilica’s architectural mastery and the storied past that lies beneath its magnificent surface.
- Pre-reserved tickets to climb up the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica, with lift accessibility to the first terrace,
- Live Guide (in English),
- Small group tour of St. Peters Basilica (no more than 15 individuals),
- Guided Tour.
Free cancellation up to 3 day before tour starts.
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