Discover the jaw-dropping treasures of St. Peter's basilica with our virtual tour of the world's greatest church
duration 1.5 hour
COMING SOON! Join expert guide and Through Eternity founder Rob on a journey through 2,000 years of art and faith as we virtually explore the largest church on earth, a jewel of 16th-century architecture dominated by Michelangelo’s iconic dome. In our dynamic live presentation you’ll discover the fascinating history of the Vatican, and get up close and personal with some of the absolute highlights of Western art: admire Michelangelo’s incredibly moving Pietà and discover how the interior of St. Peter’s is dominated by the outsized genius of Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. Thanks to our webinar’s combination of videos, high-resolution imaging and more, you’ll be able to appreciate the splendors of the basilica from your own home. We think our online tour of the iconic basilica is the next best thing to being there, so if you can’t wait to get travelling again join Rob today on this fascinating journey!
Hi I’m Rob, co-founder and president of Through Eternity Tours. Born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, I’ve had the good fortune of living in Rome for the past 20 years. I hold a Bachelor of Arts, and before coming to Rome worked in the travel division of American Express. Arriving in Rome on a backpacking trip through Europe in the late 90s, I’ve never left! I founded a small tour guide business in the hope of sharing my passion for the city, and over the last 2 decades Through Eternity has developed into one of the most successful walking tour companies in Italy. A licensed tour guide of Rome myself, I only work with the most knowledgeable and personable guides out there, whose storytelling abilities can make Rome come alive for our clients.
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group!
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
The magnificent St. Peter’s basilica is the world’s ultimate Christian pilgrimage destination. One of the grandest construction projects ever attempted in the Renaissance, St. Peter’s took over 120 years to build. At over 190 metres long and with a dome soaring 136 metres above the floor, it’s still the largest church anywhere on earth, capable of holding fully 60,000 worshippers. Today, however, St. Peter’s lies empty, and on our virtual tour we’ll have the awe-inspiring basilica all to ourselves.
On this live online experience, Rob will unravel the fascinating story of St. Peter’s and the Vatican. Discover how the original Constantinian basilica was built over the site of the emperor Nero’s ancient circus, legendary site of the apostle’s martyrdom. You’ll learn how the venerable old church fell into disrepair in the 16th century, and get the inside track on the construction of the extraordinary church that was to take its place – including Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring dome.
Making our virtual way through iconic St. Peter’s square, find out why an ancient Egyptian obelisk stands at the centre of the piazza and the symbolism of the sweeping marble colonnades that funnel the faithful towards the massive basilica.
We’ll also be learning all about the fabulous artworks that adorn St. Peter's glittering interior. Examine Michelangelo’s beautifully moving Pietà, and discover how the young sculptor’s first Roman commission was to make his name. Over the course of our online St. Peter’s tour you’ll also be introduced to Baroque master Gianlorenzo Bernini. Discover how the basilica stands as lasting testament to his genius as Rob gives you the full story behind his immense sculptures and what is perhaps the artist’s greatest creation: the awe-inspiring bronze baldacchino that soars above the basilica’s high altar, marking the grave of St. Peter himself.
No story of Western culture can be told without St. Peter’s. Join Rob on this online journey to the heart of the Christian faith and discover why the basilica is one of the world’s great treasure troves of art.