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Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide

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Vatican City, Italy
Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 10 more

Overview

To dig deep into the history and art of St. Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a self-guided audio tour. Explore St. Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims, and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic Catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
  • Audio guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Gaze in awe at the impressive dome designed by Michelangelo
  • Rub the foot of the statue of St. Peter, and see Michelangelo's 'La Pietà'
  • Listen to audio commentary as you explore at your own pace
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Audioguided tour of the Basilica with fully narrated tour
Taxes and gratuities
Free wifi and toilets
Over 30 point of interest to visit
Headphones (you can use your own or buy them at the desk for €1,00)
Basilica entrance ticket (the entrance in the Basilica is free)
Cupola (Dome) entrance ticket
Skip the Line (security checks can result in queue)
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Wednesday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Thursday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday:01:00 PM - 05:30 PM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Wednesday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Thursday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday:09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday:01:00 PM - 05:30 PM
See the best of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the self-guided tour lets you decide what you want
to visit and when. As you walk, hear tales of the popes, pilgrims and legendary artists who,
throughout history, have helped make St Peter's Basilica the awe-inspiring place it is today.

Go straight inside the spectacular structure, said to be built upon the site where St. Peter the Apostle was crucified. Throughout the centuries, the humble church grew into the ornate icon it is today—the holiest of Catholic sites. With your audio guide on, explore at your leisure to discover Renaissance art like Michelangelo’s 'La Pietà' sculpture, as well as the Cupola—St. Peter’s famous dome.

Admire mosaic works, see a statue of St. Peter, visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II, and stare in wonder at Bernini’s 'Baldacchino,' the elaborate canopy alter that sits above St. Peter’s tomb.

No meeting point needed: at the time of booking you will receive a QRCode that will allow you to download the audio guide track. This will allow you to go to the Basilica when and how you want without having to respect fixed times and appointments.

If you prefer to use a traditional audio guide, you can request it - showing your booking voucher - at the reception desk located in the atrium of the Basilica. The desk hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 and from 13:00 to 17:30 on Sundays
Itinerary
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St. Peter's Basilica
No need of meeting point: at the time of booking you will receive a QRCode that will allow you to download the audio guide track. This means that you can go to the Basilica when and how you want without having to respect fixed times and appointments. If you prefer to use a traditional audio guide, you can request it - showing your booking voucher - at the reception desk located in the atrium of the Basilica. The desk hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 and from 13:00 to 17:30 on Sundays
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NO Ticket is needed to enter St. Peter. Basilica. This is an Audio-guide service.
  • You can use the audio-guided tour service from two days before and up to two days after the booking date.
  • At the time of booking, you will receive a QR code that will allow you to download the audio guide track. This will allow you to go to the Basilica when and how you want without having to respect fixed times and appointments.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • If you prefer to use a traditional audio guide, you can request it - showing your booking voucher - at the reception desk located in the atrium of the Basilica. The desk hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 and from 13:00 to 17:30 on Sundays . To collect the “physical” audio guide you will be asked for an identity document which will be retained until the return of the device.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveles
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note: Due to religious celebrations, the venue might be not accessible on the day of your tour; it is recommended that you contact the local operator to avoid any inconvenience
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to Covid emergency, you need to be equipped with a FFP2 mask
  • OPERATED BY Vox Mundi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Saint Peter's Basilica Official Audioguide.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Skipping the main line is worth it unless you don't mind queuing for well over an hour." See review
  • "Entry to the museum and the location of Peter's bones are an extra cost." See review

Reviews

4.5
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193 Reviews

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star-3
Not the best
Anna_L
, Jul 2022
Would have been nice to get more information about the architecture - the guide almost only talked about the different alters so we did not use the guide that much. The best video was about the entrance and the open place at the front of the basilica
star-5
Easy to do
Nyasha_N
, Jul 2022
It was easy to find where to pick up the audioguides and made for a swift entrance into St. Peter's.
star-1
Terrible experience
soccerslave726
, Jun 2022
Total confusion as the Pope was having an event & St Peters closed earlier than expected, at noon. Viator should have advised travelers with booking of the situation.
star-5
Excellent Experience
Prashanth_K
, Jun 2022
Easy to understand guide with very well laid map with all the key points. Beautiful explanation of paintings and sculptures
star-2
Zero
Patricia_B
, Jun 2022
We couldn’t upload the audio and didn’t find anyone to help us . We never got to use your service. No clear directions and not easily accessible
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
There is no point in buying this type of voucher
Ivelina_M
, Jun 2022
With the voucher paid for the audio guide and "skipping the queue" nothing is skipped. We waited in line at a temperature of 35 degrees for about 45-50 minutes. The police laughed at us when we showed the voucher and explained what was written on the tour operator's website. They just said: go to the queue. It is for everyone. After this queue, which is clearly visible in the photos, we entered St. Peter's Basilica and wanted to take a traditional audio guide from the counter where we also waited for a small queue. However, we were not given one, but only stated that we should download an application and listen on the phone. To my objection that we don't have headphones and that the voucher describes it that way, they only replied that they can't give us a traditional audio guide and we should listen on the phone. In conclusion: there is no point in buying this type of voucher.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
John_F
, May 2022
The entry wait was a long line. The audio guide was very good and heipful. Plan to spend at least 90 minutes to take everything in.
star-5
Great stay at the basilica
Sandra_Z
, May 2022
We were very urly at the basilica. It was great. The audio was very interesting and not too long. Just great!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was easy to buy and...
Aleksejs_T
, May 2022
It was easy to buy and download the app. After QR scanning app did the authentication job and the guide was ready for work. Audio was informative but at the same time not too complicated. Definitely recommend this guide!
star-1
Waste of money
Ehsan_M
, May 2022
Everyting is free no need to spend your money on this. No possible fast track. Save your money for gelatto insted
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
No sense
Groza_I
, May 2022
Does not add any value. There are plenty of free audioguides, buying of this one does not allow in no way skipping the line to Basilica
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Audio guide - take your phone and earphones!
Natasa_K
, Apr 2022
We bought the tickets to visit Basilica - it was for skipping the line as well as audios to learn some facts about the grand building. Upon arrival there was a queue not for the tickets but for the security and we could not skip the line as it says with small letters in the brackets that security line is not a matter of skipping the line :( Please be aware of this fact so you will not be disappointed. What bothered us more is that audio needs to be downloaded on the phones which my kids do not have, nor did my husband. Of course I did not have my earphones with me and due to the crowd I did not hear much in the basilica.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear natasa, Thanks for your review. You have purchased the audioguide experience and we are sorry you had NO hearphones to better appreciate your experience. WE do offer hearphones and also the classic audioguide ( the one that at the end of the experince you have to return) free of charge. We are sorry if that was not proposed to you. By all means I wish we could receive more details and we hope you can send us an email using our website. Thanks
star-1
This is fake. You have to...
Magnus_F
, Apr 2022
This is fake. You have to stay in the same line as everybody else. Once inside there was no way to find the guide. Don’t buy this.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Guest, We are sorry to hear your problem. We do have an HOTLINE to help guest with issues like yours. We work hard every day to provide the best guided tours for our guest. Unfortunately the long line was due to the entry control (manage by the POLICE). From ITALY infact you need to enter into another state ( Vatican City). Unfortunately there is NO way to skip that. We would be happy to offer you an audioguided experience of the Cupola. Of course you will receive money back if the service was not used. Best regards
star-5
Best ever
M5_D
, Apr 2022
It was the most beautiful basilica in the world!! App was easy to use and simple. Thank you so much.
star-5
Great audio guide! Gave...
Ian_N
, Mar 2022
Great audio guide! Gave us all the interesting facts and information we wanted. Also, it was super easy to follow along with on the map. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Breathing
Daniel_D
, Mar 2022
Saint Peter’s Basilica is a must see. Breathing architecture and the amount of history inside this wonder its just overwhelming.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
We could not use the...
Rekha_T
, Mar 2022
We could not use the tickets as the app could not scan the QR code sent by them- I have asked for a refund of money on an email sent to them.
star-1
DON’t BUY
Frdrique_V
, Oct 2021
There was a gigantic line outside which we weren’t allowed to skip. I had to wait 40 minutes outside before I could get in. Of course, I understand that it is like that because of the pandemonium, but I bought the ticket just to skip the line, which I wasn’t allowed to. SO DON’T BUY, it’s not skip the line!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear customer, we are really sorry for your negative experience. Unfortunately this product is not entitled to a skip-the-line access (which at the Saint Peter's Basilica has been suspended since the Covid emergency began). As you will be able to note, in fact, in the description of the service on the internet page in any section it is indicated "skip-the-line access" (which is usually emphasized already in the title / name of the product). We hope you can come back soon to enjoy the beauties of St. Peter's Basilica, this time without inconvenience. Regards
star-1
DO NOT BUY. BORED TO DEATH
MissYTS_T
, Oct 2021
The Audioguide sounds like it was recorded a long time ago and the man narrating it was monotonous and only talks about the history of the pop when I wanted to learn more about the building! I would prefer having more of a balance of learning both. Some of people we come across during our visit said the kids version was actually better and more informative On top of that the person manning the Audioguide stand wanted to take the postcard back (used to facilitate the use of the Audioguide device) because he didn't have much left!!!! We were so annoyed as it was obviously a souvenir but he wanted it back so he didn't have to order more. Overall. DO NOT PURCHASE. I DO NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Miss YT, Thanks for your review. We are sorry you did not find the audioguides as good as we were hoping. The audioguide is provided in 2 options: 1) with the old system (as you say) which includes an hardware and a postcard (which need to be returned). 2) more modern system which provide the all history and audio-content on you phone and guess what... You can keep it with you and use it as many times as you want. Probably our staff forgot to propose the alternative option (on your phone). We are sorry and we wish you could give us another possibility to surprise you. Hope to see you again in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican City.
star-5
Efficient and easy.
FK_E
, Feb 2020
It was easy to find the Viator representative, and the subsequent wait was very short. The whole experience was good.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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