Not every knows that inside St. Peter’s there are no paintings at all: its walls are decorated with spectacular mosaics. It is for this reason that a visit to the Mosaic School (or Studio) is one of the most fascinating and exclusive visits in the Vatican.
In the work rooms located next to Casa Santa Marta (the hostel where the Pope has chosen to live) you can admire the painstaking work of the artisans and restorers that are not only responsible for the preservation of the Vatican’s artistic riches, but also for the creation of those works of art, of all sizes, that the Pope offers as gifts to Heads of State when he visits them on official trips.
At the end of the visit you will also have the chance to buy one of the small objects made by these mosaic masters.
The tour begins and ends in St. Peter’s Square. In some cases, it is possible to leave through the Porta del Perugino, located next to the headquarters of the Swiss Guards. You might even be lucky enough to be “greeted” by a Swiss Guard!
Children under 7 don’t pay. Please provide child’s proof of age upon entry
Appropriate clothing must be worn to enter the Vatican*
Visitors must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present their ticket/voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. It is the individual responsibility of each visitor to arrive at the meeting point on time.
Shoulders and knees must be covered
Vests, camisoles or shorts are not allowed, either for men or women
Visitors not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to enter the Basilica.
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Official Vatican Guides
Guided or audio tour of the Basilica
Guided or audio tour of the Cupola
Shuttle service to and from the hotel
Any additional services not previously listed
The meeting point is located – as you face the Basilica – on the right-hand side of the square, OUTSIDE the colonnade, in front of the Vatican Post Office (see map). Our staff (wearing blue vests with the Vox Mundi logo printed on them) will be waiting for you 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the tour to lead you inside the Basilica, through a reserved entrance
WOW! Incredibile . I will be back and I would like to suggest it to every one. Interesting and complete especially for family with kids!
Forse una delle esperienze più complete ed entusiasmanti mai fatte. Vedere artisti lavorare ai mosaici è stato indimenticabile. Lo raccomando con 5 stelle . Grazie
Fantastically organised with the nicest people from your company worthwhile!
Meravigliosa e incredibile. Consiglio a chiunque sia interessato all'arte del Vaticano. La nostra guida ci ha portato in studio mosaico dove 12 artisti sono in carica di riparare tutti i mosaici di San Pietro, così come crearne di nuove. Ci hanno mostrato le tecniche di lavorazione del vetro, gli artisti al lavoro, e ho visto molti splendidi mosaici. Abbiamo avuto un'ottima guida!
Merveilles inoubliables ! Nous avons reçu au-delà de ce que nous souhaitions savoir. Lors d'une prochaine visite les tableaux de la Basilique St Pierre susciterons en nous un total émerveillement.