Borgo Pio, San Pietro and the Dome
Duration: 3/4 hours
The life of Borgo Pio unfolds among shops, alleys and small houses, in this Roman corner a few meters from the colonnade of San Pietro. Here the Popes and cardinals are at home and perhaps for this reason the people of Borgo are special people. Here, even the shops have a story of their own.
There is also the Pope’s cobbler and the restaurant where the cardinals chose Pope Bergoglio.
Even if the old inhabitants complain that everything has changed, the atmosphere here remains from other times. Although many of the old shops have disappeared and many have left, Borgo retains its Roman authenticity. People chat in the shops as they did in the past and the stories mix with the anecdotes of this neighborhood that is the backdrop to the Vatican and the marvel of St. Peter’s.
St. Peter’s Basilica is undoubtedly the most spectacular of the buildings erected by the Christian people.
It took centuries to see it as it appears today, with its mosaics, marble coverings and rich in precious works. Crossing the threshold, you will be overwhelmed by the immense proportions of the Basilica and then let yourself be enchanted by Michelangelo’s Pietà and enjoy the works of Bernini.
“TV ES PETRVS ET SVPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM ET TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORVM”
“You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven”
This is the mosaic inscription that appears around the drum of the dome: it is the founding act of the whole Church and the bulwark of Christianity in the world, whoever visits it will understand how much this building represents much more than a dazzling architectural work.
In a few months, depending on the influx of visitors, it will be possible to conclude the visit on the top of St. Peter’s Dome, to enjoy an unparalleled view of Rome.
Price for a private guided tour starting from 350 € including VAT for groups of up to 6 people, including an official guide highly specialized in Art History available for 3 hours, Bluetooth headsets, insurance and certified anti-COVID protocol.