Guided tour

St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Papal Tombs

Activity provider: When In Rome Tours

St. Peter's Dome Climb, Basilica & Papal Tombs

Activity provider: When In Rome Tours
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Experience the majestic St. Peter's Basilica and climb the Dome with an expert guide.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Climb to the summit of Michelangelo's Dome
  • Join a comprehensive tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the rarely accessed Papal Crypts and Papal Tombs
  • Learn from your professional art historian guide
Full description
By Roman law, no building in Rome can be higher than the top of the Dome at St Peter's Basilica. Join a guided tour of the incredible art and architecture in Rome and see the city from the summit of Michelangelo's magnificent Dome, stretching to the blue Tyrrhenian Sea and green Castelli Romani hills. You will also see views of the entire Vatican City and gardens.  Meet your guide, who is an art historian, in St. Peter's Square and stroll across the piazza into the Vatican City. You climb begins, there are 551 steep steps in total, which is a bit more than most wish to tackle on foot. Take the elevator part of the way up and just 171 steps remain. Climb at a leisurely pace and enjoy the journey with frequent stops. At the summit, you will witness the breathtaking 360° views of the Vatican City as it extends out into Rome and its seven hills. At this point, take as many photographs as you can because you are very high up and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Easy does it on the way down to terra firma. Take a brief break before entering St. Peter's Basilica, which is an absolute triumph of art and architecture that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is where Bernini's sculptures and Michelangelo's art rise above holy papal tombs and the perceived necropolis of St. Peter himself. 
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lift part of the way to the summit
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    What to bring

    • Face mask or protective covering

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • There is a strict dress code at the Vatican where both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees
    • On the days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican alterations to tours may be necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. The tour of the Basilica itself will be extended if the Papal Tombs underneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed
    Customer reviews

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    4.8 /5

    based on 159 reviews

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    Very good overall. The climb to the dome and the monuments are something exceptional. Unparalleled. There are no words. The guide was very good, except that as he had other excursions scheduled for after ours, he was going at full speed and his only concern was to finish ours as soon as possible to get on with the next one. But in general very good.

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    May 9, 2022

    Very nice and informative tour. Chiara is an amazing guide, she explains everything very well and with a great sense of humor. It was only a pity that we didn't booked the full tour with the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel included. I strongly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Vatican City.

    September 12, 2021

    Bazilikanın içi gerçekten görülmeye değer. Müthiş bir sanat eseri diyebilirim. İnsanı büyülüyor gerçekten. Eğer Dome’a tırmanacaksanız, covid döneminde kesinlikle tavsiye etmem çünkü daracık yerlerden ve merdivenlerden kalabalık bir şekilde tırmanıyorsunuz ve maalesef nefes almak için maskelerini çıkaran insanlar vardı. Herhangi bir kontrol de yoktu. Dome manzarası müthiş ama bu salgın zamanı risk alınmaması gerektiğini düşünüyorum.

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    August 18, 2021

    Product ID: 205117